Kurodake accommodation is located in the town of Sounkyo. “Kyo” means gorge and Sounkyo definitely fits the definition with a dramatic ravine that is flanked by high cliffs and other rock formations. In contrast to the dramatic scenery are the many high rise Sounkyo hotels that are a little OTT. The faint aroma of sulphur indicates that Sounkyo is indeed an onsen town, and the hotels have beautiful onsens, but it’s not a cute onsen town like Shibu Onsen
near Nagano with its many traditional ryokan.
The Sounkyo accommodation is reasonably close to the Kurodake Ropeway
, although none of it is ski-in ski-out.
The majority of the Sounkyo accommodation consists of large hotels that offer a combination of western and Japanese style bedding. Most of the Sounkyo hotels offer lavish dinners as part of half board packages, which may include buffets or grand kaiseki (delicate multi-course) meals.
Sounkyo Kankou Hotel
is about 650 metres from the Kurodake Ropeway. This Sounkyo hotel features twin western rooms or Japanese style rooms, all with private bathroom, although the hotel also has a beautiful indoor and outdoor onsen. The hotel has various amenities including karaoke rooms. Free scheduled shuttle bus services between Asahikawa and Sounkyo are available with pre-arrangement.
The very lovely Hotel Taisetsu
is only 350 metres from the Kurodake Ropeway, featuring delightful indoor and outdoor hot baths (onsen). This hotel has Japanese style rooms or twin western rooms; both types with private bathroom. Half board packages are available that include exquisite meals.
You can find other Sounkyo hotel options
Other Sounkyo Accommodation
There are a few Sounkyo pensions, providing very simple Japanese style accommodation.
The Sounkyo Youth Hostel
provides very economical accommodation, although it’s only open during the summer months.
The other option for accommodation is to stay in one of the many Asahikawa hotels
(about 1.5 hours away).