Very Good10 Reviews
6.06km from Orient BranchPros- 1. Very reasonably price as compared to many other surrounding establishments that charges more but offer less. For me, it's a very good deal. 2. Peaceful and quiet. Not luxurious but a small family run boutique hotel with maybe only 9 or 10 rooms. 3. Fantastic location. Right smack in the center of Akakura Onsen at the top overlooking the main street. It is not ski-in, ski-out but only 6-7 minutes walk either way, down main street towards the Yodel chairlift or turn right towards the Kumado chairlift. 4. Room was big and spacious with lots to spare. It had 2 single beds, a futon mat area that can easily sleep another 2 or 3. A sort of small kitchenette for preparing hot tea and beverages, a small area and a rack for the snow stuff and a small coffee table in the middle installed with under heater mechanism help to keep warm. 5. I was in room 506 and Wi-Fi was pretty reliable and consistent. 6. Private bath and toilet facilities i believe in all rooms. Though dated, it serve its purpose and in winter, cold water was expectantly cold while hot water was thankfully consistently hot. 7. A storage room on the 1st floor for all ski and snowboard gears. However in a rarity, the hosts here allow guests to bring their gears and equipment back to your own room where obviously, you are expected to keep the room clean and tidy. 8. A small but very hot in-house onsen with natural minerals. After a cold day on the slopes, nothing beat stripping down and soothing off in a pool of hot natural water. 9. Breakfast prepared by Shinseigei san and wifey was simple, delicious and good. I alternate between the japanese and western breakfast and for both options, the hosts varies it day to day. It is advisable to make reservation with breakfast as it seemed at least till 11am, most surrounding joints are closed and breakfast is a non-event. 10. A convenience store right next door to take care of emergencies should you go hungry or thirsty. Another 2 or 3 shops away, Skate Bar for après-ski and the night revelers. 11. Wonderful hosts that are friendly, sincere and nothing is too much to ensure guests have a pleasant stay. Minami was very informative and helpful especially with the discounted ski-passes and rentals, breakfast choices, dinner options about town, while her 1yr old gal Akani was simply adorable and kept me entertained no end. Naoto san, the hubby picked me up from Myoko station while the father Shinseigei san sent me to the station on my day of departure. Such a close knit and gracious family ( hope I got all the names and spelling correct ) and I hope to be back next year. Cons- In all honesty, given what I paid for and what I got in return, I can't think of any.