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Nagano Niigata Guided Ski & Snowboard Tour

Looking up towards Akakan
Looking up towards Akakan
Powder skiing Akakan
Powder skiing Akakan
Looking up to the Akakura Kanko Hotel & Spa
Looking up to the Akakura Kanko Hotel & Spa
Powder!
Powder!
Face shots galore!
Face shots galore!
Akakura Onsen Village
Akakura Onsen Village
The main street of the village
The main street of the village
Some of the accommodation is ski-in ski-out
Some of the accommodation is ski-in ski-out
Kougakuro: Japanese style accommodation
Kougakuro: Japanese style accommodation
Outdoor onsen at Kougakuro Ryokan
Outdoor onsen at Kougakuro Ryokan
The main street of Akakura Onsen
The main street of Akakura Onsen
Akakura Onsen Village
Akakura Onsen Village
Myoko Akakura
Myoko Akakura
Sidecountry at Akakura Kanko
Sidecountry at Akakura Kanko
Akakura Kanko Hotel - luxury accommodation
Akakura Kanko Hotel - luxury accommodation
Nice and deep
Nice and deep
Trails leading down to the village
Trails leading down to the village
Powder, powder, powder
Powder, powder, powder
Ski Akakura Kanko
Ski Akakura Kanko
Akakura Ski Resort
Akakura Ski Resort

Akakura

Akakura is made up of two interconnected ski areas: Akakura Onsen to the lookers’ right; and Akakura Kanko ski resort aka Akakan to the lookers’ left. The combined Akakura Ski Resort is considered by many to be the resort of Myoko Kogen because it sits above the main village (Akakura Onsen) where most people stay, it is the largest of the Myoko ski areas, and it has the most well developed ski resort facilities and services. 

Myoko Akakura Ski Areas

“Myoko Akakura” refers to the two adjacent ski areas of Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko. There are large signs in English that make the demarcation between the two areas very obvious. You can purchase a lift ticket for one or the other resort, or for a few more yen, you can purchase the Akakura Kanko/Onsen combined pass. This is particularly handy if your Myoko accommodation is much closer to one of the areas but you want to ride the other.

See the Akakura skiing page for more information.

Akakura Snow

Like the rest of Myoko Kogen, Akakura has a reputation for scoring lots of pow. For the 2014-15 season it received a whopping 16 metres (630”) of snow for the season! With respect to quality, the Akakura snow is generally very good to excellent rather than being amazing.

Where is Akakura?

Akakura is really the hub of the Myoko Kogen area (well for visitors anyway). The Akakura Kanko base area is 4.3km from the Myokokogen train station and town, whilst the Akakura Onsen base area is another 0.9km up the road.

The two ski resorts sit on the eastern flank of the dominating Mt Myoko (Akakura Onsen ski area sits on Maruyama, a foot hill).

Ikenotaira Ski Resort sits 3.5km south of Akakura whilst Seki Onsen is directly to the north, although it’s about a 30 minute drive to get there.

Myoko Kogen is located in the Niigata Prefecture close to the Nagano Prefecture, and the city of Nagano is only 31km to the south. See the travel to Myoko Kogen page for more information on the location of Myoko and options to get there.

Akakura Accommodation

Most visitors to Myoko Kogen stay in the Akakura villages, in either the lower village of Akakura Kanko (Shin Akakura) or Akakura Onsen (slightly further up the hill). There’s no obvious delineation between the two village areas, which are interconnected via the cute main street.

Akakura Onsen Accommodation - Upper Village Listings

Akakura Kanko Accommodation - Lower Village Listings

Summary of Pros and Cons of Akakura

Pros

  • Myoko Akakura (the combined Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko) is the largest ski area of the Myoko Kogen ski resorts.
  • The Akakura Ski Resort is readily accessible from the main village of Myoko Kogen.
  • The lift infrastructure at Akakan is good. - Like the other main Myoko ski areas, it generally receives abundant snow.
  • Akakura is very well suited to beginners and intermediate riders.
  • Akakura Kanko offers some very good slackcountry and backcountry access.
  • The Akakura Onsen village has the most restaurants and bars of the Myoko Kogen villages.
  • A reputable English speaking ski school and child care facility is based here.

Con

  • As is common with most Japanese ski resorts, there is very little in the way of challenging piste terrain and much of the off-piste is not particularly steep (although it’s pitchier than Ikenotaira Onsen).
  • Ski patrol are becoming progressively antsy about off-piste skiing (particularly if it involves crossing a lift line).

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • Akakura caters very well to gaijin with group ski lessons and child care with English speaking staff, many of the restaurants have English menus, and many of the lodgings have various staff that speak English. Akakura is still a cute little village with plenty of Japanese vibe, but associated with the Anglophone benefits comes a little loss of the traditional Japanese-ness of the place. Similarly Akakura is becoming progressively more popular, so freshies are harder to come by.

Tours That May Include Akakura

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Nagano Niigata Explorer DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding | Up to 8 Ski Areas
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Price p/p
USD 3,198
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Based in Myoko Kogen, enjoy Honshu's rich culture and visit up to 8 ski areas including Myoko (5 ski areas), Nozawa Onsen, Kurohime, Shiga Kogen (18 inter-connected ski areas), Madarao, Tangram & a few other secret spots
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Myoko & Madarao Tour DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED TOUR
9 Days | 8 Nights | 6 Days Riding
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Price p/p
USD 1,989
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Ideal for snowboarders getting used to riding deeper powder. Experience the rich Japanese culture of Myoko Kogen and its famous deep, deep powder. Also head to Madarao where you will ride the renowned trees.
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Myoko Powder Tour DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5 Days Riding
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Price p/p
USD 1,677
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Make the most of the Myoko region which is renowned for receiving huge snowfalls. Experience the rich Japanese culture of Myoko Kogen and its famous deep, deep powder.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Myoko Powder Packages DETAILS
HOSTED & SEMI-GUIDED PACKAGES
7 Nights | 6 Days Lifts | 5 Days Guiding
Sample price based on twin/double-share option based on 7-night sample package
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Price p/p
USD 1,474
To be eligible for any advertised specials you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions.
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
Get the best out of Myoko Kogen and nearby ski areas and chase the powder with a Powder Recon Myoko Kogen ski package. This hosted package includes accommodation at a quality Japanese hotel/ryokan. Great for families as well! The sample price is for 7 nights, but you can choose your length of stay.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Alps to Coast Tour DETAILS
HAKUBA & MYOKO BC ADVENTURE
9 Nights | 8 Days Guided Skiing / Riding
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Price p/p
USD 2,631
5% discount off advertised price if you book before July 15
Ability: Advanced to Expert
The HAKUBA ALPS are the ultimate when it comes to steep alpine terrain in Japan and the MYOKO KOGEN area receives some of the highest snow falls in Japan. This backcountry tour takes in the steep & deep alpine terrain of the Hakuba Valley and the deep POW around Myoko.
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Myoko Deep Tour DETAILS
MYOKO BC ADVENTURE
9 Nights | 8 Days Guided Skiing / Riding
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Price p/p
USD 2,631
5% discount off advertised price if you book before July 15 2017
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The MYOKO KOGEN area receives some of the highest snow falls in Japan. This tour takes you to the deep backcountry and sidecountry terrain of Myoko and surrounding ski areas.
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Hakuba Guided Day Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TOURS from HAKUBA
For PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 5 people
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Price p/p
USD 121
5% discount off advertised price if you book before July 15 2017
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
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