This was our first time to Japan skiing and we couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay!!
If there is a more hospitable host in Japan than Meko I haven’t met them yet. Great staff, awesome spot, helpful, it’s own Onsen, we had a great room basically the complete package.
We stayed here as a group of 7 (5 rooms) at the end of January 2020. We had an amazing time. The hotel is older Japanese style, with tatami room and comfortable futons, good heating, a drying room, a ski room, wonderful indoor and outdoor onsen. We were lucky to have a larger room with a separate living area.
Well located in the lovely town, waking distance to Akakura Onsen Resort lifts, a short bus trip to Akakura Kanko Resort and Suginohara Resort (plus others we did not go to) providing a wonderful variety of skiing. The hotel sells discount vouchers for daily lift passes to all resorts.
In addition to this, Meiko san made restaurant reservations for us, and we also ate at the hotel twice - the course dinner is a must and is exceptional. We also enjoyed pizza and ramen as a casual dinner in the bar area - perfect for a drink at the end of the day, or enjoying some time by the log fire. The bar sells drinks from 4-7pm, and outside these hours you can take your own drinks and snacks to the bar. There are a number of convenience stores where you can purchase wine, beer, spirits and lots of great snacks. All is quite convenient as the town is quite small.
There was a lot of coordination, transfer of luggage, train tickets, lift passes to various places, pick ups, restaurant bookings etc - which Meiko san pre-empted what we might need, and did so much to assist. I would definitely stay there again, and would recommend to others without a doubt.
We loved our stay here, the second time around for swveral of us. The hosts, Mieko and her husband, are absolutely wonderful. Mieko explained everything we needed to know about the hotel and skiing access. There is an Onsen on site (men and women batge separately) and an explanation of how to use it. The breakfasts are a triumph: traditional food as well as freshly made pancakes, bacon and eggs and toast. The place is spotless and very efficiently run. The Akakura slopes are at your back door (less than 10 mins walk) and an easy shuttle bus ride away Mt Myoko (Suginohara). There are genuine Japanese bedrooms available: very warm and clean. You can request an air mattress if you're mirw comfortable on that. Thoroughly recommeded - We'd come again, just to stay at this wonderful hotel.
Amazing owner, Mieko who runs Kougakuro. She makes it the wonderful place that it is! Excellent communicator and genuinely caring and helpful. Amazing breakfast. Location great, and they pick you up/drop off at Myoko train station. Nice onsen area with indoor and outdoor option. Room was fairly large for a Japanese style room compared to others I've stayed in. In saying that, the room was a bit dusty and suffering from allergies, I had a tough time with sleeping on the floor with the woolen blankets and feather doonas.
The location is great (basically at the uphill end of the main street) and the rooms were quiet. Mieko and her staff were very accommodating and helpful at all times, and went out of their way to make the stay very pleasant. I will 100% be staying here again next time.
We travelled with our two children 7 & 9 and another family with children the same age. This hotel was perfect. We had a room en-suite and it was large. The hotel is older but is clean and warm. Onsen was really nice.
Mieko the owner was amazing! She could not be more helpful, she helped with transfers, lift passes (cheaper through her) and even booked our next hotel at no extra price. The two Aussie guys in the bar were awesome, very helpful! As were the pizzas and margaritas. They were all very patient and really nice to all our children. Can’t wait to go back one day! Snow was amazing, Myoko snow sports were awesome too. Lots of great restaurants really close to hotel.