Pioneering Japanese resort where you can enjoy snow and hot springs
Akakura is a resort surrounded by great mountains taller than 2,000 m. Since 1937, when a hotel opened here, leisure facilities such as hot springs and ski slopes have been developed one after another. In winter, a sweeping snow vista attracts a large number of tourists. Two ski areas, in particular, are key attractions for skiers.
Akakura Kanko Ski Area has a 4.5 km-long course, while Akakura Onsen Ski Area has a wide range of slopes for beginners as well as experienced skiers. The area is a fun place even if it's your first time to play with snow.
The hot springs have a long history dating back to 1816, during the Edo Period. They fascinate visitors in all seasons. The water has the reputation of being good for rheumatism and lower-back pain, making skin beautiful and curing wounds. The grand nature and landscapes filled with a Japanese atmosphere have been loved by many cultural figures, including Okakura Tenshin (1863-1913), the father of modern Japanese art, and a poet named Yosano Akiko (1878-1942). Relaxing in a bathtub after skiing could make you healthy, both physically and spiritually.
Address: Akakura, Myoko, Niigata
Phone: 0255-87-2165 (AKAKURA SPA Tourism Association)
Directions: 20 minutes from Myoko-kogen station (3 hours by Shinkansen from Tokyo Station) on the JR Shinetsu Honsen by Keinan bus bound for Akakura Onsen; get off at Akakura Onsen bus stop. (Car) 5 minutes from Myoko-kogen Interchange on the Joshinetsu Expressway.