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"Great resort for skiers who enjoyed wide intermediate groomed runs. Good selection of restaurants scattered over the mountain. Crowded with local Japanese on weekends. Lift design for getting around the mountain is fairly awkward. Gondola feels like it takes forever. "
"Akakura is a small Japanese ski town with half a dozen restaurants and some good slopes for beginners and intermediate snowboarders and skiers. This was Japan's first ski resort and still a favourite with Japan's Royal family, however nowadays it has been superseded by some of the larger and more mo..."dern resorts across Japan. Because of this it's a great place to learn to ski or snowboard without large crowds and still gets big snow dumps consistently each year. There's not much night life, however there is regular night skiing and the local restaurants are all pretty decent and not too expensive. There are 4 resorts on this mountain and with the right ski pass you can access them all via a free bus service that runs between them throughout the day. There are half a dozen ski and snowboard rental shops in the town and all operating on local prices and with reasonable equipment. The hotels still cater mostly to Japanese short stay visitors from Tokyo, however there is certainly a friendl...
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"I stayed about 20 minutes up the road at Akakura Onsen town and caught the free morning bus (drop off and pick up every hour) that links the four resorts at Mt Myoko to come and snowboarded at Suginohara for a half day. I had a Myoko Super Big-4 Lift Pass, which gave me full mountain access for 21 d..."ays (35,000 yen). Snow conditions were pretty good, even in March so I did the whole run a half dozen times over the morning. I was there on a weekday and there was probably only 100 other people skiing and boarding that day so no crowds for the gondola ride at all. Most of the people were skiers compared with all the other resorts on the mountain but uncrowded slopes made it fun. The gondola ride is a good 10 minutes and I found it necessary to open the vents to stop from getting too warm, some stayed open by themselves and I stuffed a glove into the ones that wouldn't. I mention this boring addition because the attendants wanted them all closed but after riding with a few locals I found ou...
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