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Daimaru
Ranked #31 of 81 Hotels / Ryokan in Myoko
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Spent 5 nights at Daimaru hotel, staying in a Western/Japanese combination room. The room was spacious and comfortable with an option to sleep on 'standard' beds or on traditional futon beds. There is a fridge in room for cold drinks and a water boiler for tea, coffee (or huge pot noodles!). There's free wifi in the hotel lobby so me and my travel buddies held social media club down there (silence in social media club please!).

Breakfast was a buffet style affair with Japanese food and also we had 'western' food provided (Yogurts, cereal and fresh fruit). There was plenty of food to set us up for the day.


Staff were super friendly with a couple of Aussies blokes helping us who were less than fluent in Japanese. They were there to pick us up from Myoko Kogen train station and shuttle us back at the end of our stay. Location is at the top end of the Akakura Onsen resort with the night skiing slopes only 3-4 minutes walk away (lovely uncrowded slope at night) and ski bus stop for shuttling down to main resorts. The hotel also had discount vouchers to reduce the price of the night skiing pass.

The hotel has an Onsen but we didn't sample this particular facility.

The hotel is a bit rough around the edges and yes a bit of tarting up would be nice to make it more 'modern' and up to date but that certainly doesn't detract from what was a very pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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4  Thank shane b
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Reviewed March 18, 2011

I was a bit a bit wary after reading a previous review but I was quite happy with my stay at the Daimaru. If you are expecting a 5-star hotel then don't go here. It's a somewhat tired 3-star but with friendly staff (inc. English speakers) and a good location close to the Akakura lifts. We were with a school ski group and it suited us perfectly. There was open space for the kids to hang out, they could walk through the village to shop, as well as try an onsen. The rooms were of a good size in a combination of western and Japanese. The ski hire/school was an easy walk but we could also catch the Akakura shuttle which stopped almost right at the door. Breakfast was plain but quite fine for the few days we were there. Dinner was good and plentiful - sometimes western and sometimes Japanese. There are plenty of restaurants in the village if you want to try something else. If there was any complaint it was from the teachers who had a room at the front of the hotel and were woken up regularly by the snow plows - so ask for a room away from the front.

For more information on the Daimaru see: www.myokoakakura.com/e-index.html and on Myokokogen/Akakura see: http://myokokogen.net

  • Stayed: March 2011
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5  Thank guy-jin
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Reviewed January 17, 2010

Stayed for a week. Travelled with my wife as well as another family (parents and 1 child). At the same time there were 2 other Western (Australian) families at the hotel (for one group this is their 3rd year in a roll).

Excellent place to stay if you're seeking a good Japanese styled hotel. The owner employed 2 Australians to assist Western visitors so language was not an issue. The staff not only tried to be but were actually very helpful. On the day we departed the local train line was shut due to excessive snow (which we were not aware of). The staff checked the status of the trains and drove us to a different train line (another 30 minutes away) to ensure my wife and I was able to catch a train back to Nagano as planned.

The location is almost ski in ski out for Akakura Onsen and Kanko, requiring only a short walk (<5 min) along the access trails before being able to ski to the lifts. The intermediate night skiing slope at Akakura Kanko is just across the road and down the access path.

The hotel also has an internal Onsen with both a cooler pool and a hot pool (I estimate to be approx 35'C and 40'C). The dinners they serve are fantastic. Otherwise it is approx. 5 min walk down to the main streets to a number of local restaurants.

Hotel has free Wi-Fi in the lobby.

However, the hotel does have a few down sides
- the rooms are spacious and nice with comfortable beds, but the hotel is showing its age. The half-Western rooms are much bigger than the Japanese rooms.
- the trek from the main street to the hotel is uphill ... not the most pleasant of walks late at night in sub-zero temperatures, which is necessary if dinning at the local restaurants.
- buffet at breakfast, although a mixture of Japanese and Western has a limited range and can become tiresome quickly if staying for more than 4 days.

For anybody planning to visit Myoko Kogen, I would recommend contacting Amy at the Myoko Kogen tourist office. She is very helpful, speaks good english and is very frank in her accessment of hotels and tour operators.

Between Myoko Kogen and Nozawa Onsen, we had a much better skiing and cultural experience at Nozawa Onsen than Myoko Kogen. There was nothing wrong with Myoko, just that Nozawa was that much a nicer place to visit.

We also went and visited the Snow Monkeys from Myoko Kogen, which was very easy to do via public transport.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Lokky_78
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Reviewed January 3, 2010

The ski company that reccommended this hotel to us, needs to get out here, have a look for themselves and give them some advice to the hotel owners before reccommending it to other Westerners.
Diamaru is clearly a much loved hotel by its regular guests who come up from Tokyo for a few days skiing, and when travelling with small kids or school trips it would be perfect. But as unsuspecting westerners, we were totally unprepared for what confronted us.
If I just say that the marketing material includes picture which must be 30 years old and there hasn't been alot of improvements done since then, you will understand where I'm coming from. And to top it off the breakfast was totally inedible.
I would suggest that alot of work needs to be done and capital spent by the hotel if they want to entice westerners in any serious numbers. I would also suggest that the Sydney based ski company needs to seriously think hard about reccommending hotels like this to its customers.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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5  Thank Australianguest
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Reviewed June 18, 2016
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Room Tip: 出来れば和洋室を希望すると、広々としてゆっくり寛げる。
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  • Stayed: June 2016, traveled with family
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1  Thank 隣のトラスティ。
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Reviewed April 7, 2016
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Room Tip: スキーシーズンに赤倉観光スキー場のHPでプラン予約すると良いでしょう。
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  • Stayed: December 2015, traveled with family
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2  Thank boni900saab
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Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile
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Stayed: February 2015, traveled with friends
1  Thank Shuhei N
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Address: 571 Akakura, Myoko 949-2111, Niigata Prefecture
Location: Japan > Chubu > Niigata Prefecture > Myoko > Akakura Onsen
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Ranked #31 of 81 Hotels / Ryokan in Myoko
Price Range: $161 - $187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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