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“Lovely Ski in Ski out hotel with great service” 5 of 5 stars
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585-90 Akakura, Myoko 949-2111, Niigata Prefecture (Akakura Onsen)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 78 Hotels / Ryokan in Myoko
4.5 of 5 stars 27 Reviews
Perth, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Lovely Ski in Ski out hotel with great service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Our group of 6 adults greatly enjoyed our 5 night stay at Resort Hotel Alp, Myoko Kogen. Satomi was so welcoming and helpful and her husband collected our luggage from our previous hotel ( see review of Hotel Moc) so we could ski all day and do " ski check in", a first for us! We had Western rooms which were small but comfortable, with an ensuite. The Onsen or Japanese hot spring water spa was fabulous, especially the outdoor section. Relaxing in the outdoor Onsen with views of snow laden trees and beautiful mountains while snow was gently falling was a wonderful, magical experience. The hotel has a lift, very nice food and Satomi sells discounted lift tickets. It is only a short 5 to 10 min walk to the main street of Akakura Onsen, where we had excellent Japanese dinners at great prices. Satomi advised us and helped us book. From the hotel it is a very short ski to the nearest chairlift or to the bus stop to access other resorts such as Suginohara. Myoko Snowsports, which provides English speaking ski/ snowboard lessons and outstanding ski/ snowboard rental is also just a short walk/ ski away. They have larger sizes which are sometimes not available in Japan. They also sent one snowboard/ boot set to Nozawa Onsen for one of our group who is very tall. Myoko Kogen was great for powder skiing,as long as one avoids the slightly flat sections.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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fremantle Australia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Spacious Japanese style tatami room, truly ski in/out and a decent breakfast. Very helpful and friendly owners. Would go back, but might try a bigger ski town next time as eating and entertainment options are limited in Myoko.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tamworth, Australia
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38 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We love the Alp and our dear friend Satomi. The skiing is great, the hotel is genuine ski in-ski out and Satomi is a welcoming hostess with good English. The Japanese rooms are large and while the ensuite bathrooms are standard Japanese modules, there are both indoor and outdoor onsens which are just the thing after a tough day on the slopes.
All rooms have balconies with magnificent views of Mt Myoko and the ski slopes ... perfect!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra, Australia
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40 hotel reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We booked this hotel through a travel agent, something I dont usually do, but as this was an area I had no knowledge of, it was good to do it at least once. The hotel looks large from the outside, being at five levels plus basement. However, it wasn't full of people, so didn't have a crowded feel. Our traditional japanese room was large, and had ensuite. Breakfast was western and japanese. The onsen is in the basement. Our hosts were helpful and could speak some english. The lodge is located within a ski run of one of the lifts and a walk into Akakura. All up I was satisfied with the hotel and give it four bullets. At the end of the day I would go for a more intimate smaller accommodation as this is more my style. However if you have a large family and/or like big hotels, this would suit you.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is a well located hotel just a short walk to the village.
In the morning put your skis on and ski down to the chair and in the afternoon just ski back to the front door. You couldn't ask for better.
We stayed in a tradtional Japanese room which was nice and the beds comfortable. Our bathroom was split between a toilet, vanity and basin and shower. The room had wifi. The hotel felt a little dated, but not an issue.
The people who run the hotel couldn't have beeen more helpful and nice.
Breakfast in the morning was basically the same every day with changes to how the eggs were cooked and the additional items with them. There was always corn flakes and they have great toast plus some fruit.
Overall it was good value.
The snow was sensational:) Although the lift system and runs not large enough to amuse an average skier for more than five days.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

My husband and I spent 8 nights at the Alp hotel in Akakura Onsen (Myokokogen) this December 2012 and really enjoyed the hospitality and atmosphere of the hotel. Very friendly staff, service was great, ammenities and rooms were clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the onsen every day after snowboarding, and had a couple of meals there which were great quality versus money with a 5 dinner set for 3000 yens. The snow was perfect, lots of powder everyday. We would definitely return. Satomi, the hostess is very friendly and dedicated to making everyone's stay as pleasant sa possible. We rented our ski equipment at Myoko Snowsports, that was a great experience too, friendly and available staff. Amy from the information center was really helpful too with bookings and advice with train.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fremantle
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

This has to be the best hotel in Myoko and we can't wait to return next January.

Satomi is a wonderful host and really makes you feel part of the family. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and we have stayed in both Western and Japanese en suite rooms, the latter being of a an excellent size and sleeping on the tatami mats is a very good experience.

Breakfast every morning is substantial and varied, and evening meals are available

Amy at the Tourist Bureau has been a fantastic help and nothing is too much trouble if you need any assistsance or advice.

For the true ski in/ski out experience you cannot do better than the Resort Alp, skis on at the front door, turn right and you are at the chairlift, on the way home the Bear Inn is on the final run and is a great pit stop before arriving back at the front door.

Very quiet ski slopes with some nice long runs and if you are up early enough you will have them to yourselves mid week although we didn't find it too busy at the weekends. The restaurants on the slopes offer excellent meals and the piping hot big bowls of vegetables and noodles are delicious.

A shuttle bus can be easily accessed to the other resorts, ie Suginohara where the runs are long, the longest being just over 8km. Seki Onsen and several others not far away.

The village itself is just a few minutes walk, here you will find a variety of gift shops, a few restaurants and a couple of bars all tried and tested....whilst not on the scale of Nozawa certainly enough variety for a week or two. There also a bar across from the hotel which may be open now.

All in all a very traditional Japanese resort experience with a charm of it's own with easy travelling from Nagano by either shuttle bus or local train line.

Can't wait for third visit in January 2013.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 585-90 Akakura, Myoko 949-2111, Niigata Prefecture
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Location: Japan > Chubu > Niigata Prefecture > Myoko > Akakura Onsen
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Ranked #4 of 78 Hotels / Ryokan in Myoko
Number of rooms: 19
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