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Akakura Ski Resort Areas / Re: Getting from Akakura to Seki
« on: January 21, 2009, 06:08:53 PM »
Thanks for the info. We ended up not going to Seki as had plenty to keep us busy - a few days at Akakura Kanko, one at Suginohara and one at Ikentoria. The skiers enjoyed going to different areas, the variety of runs, good snow.....The non-skier (me) found plenty to do - Nagano, Joetsu (port, Sea of Japan and Jusco!), Takada, morning tea at the Akakura Kanko Hotel, onsens ..... We all had a great time - helped by your advice and the assistance of Amy from Myoko Tourism. Soon on our way home, thanks again.

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Akakura Ski Resort Areas / Getting from Akakura to Seki
« on: January 17, 2009, 11:47:30 AM »
Hi. Finally here in Akakura - it is snowing and great outside. Have heard good things about Seki Onsen and hoping you may be able to advise on the best way to get there from Akakura Onsen. We would have 3 or 4 persons and 3 sets of skis. Also you mention that the village is traditional - would it be worth a non-skier going along just for the village atmosphere while the others ski? Thanks for all your earlier help.

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Akakura Ski Resort Areas / Re: Myoko Lift Passes
« on: November 24, 2008, 07:38:22 AM »
Forgot to change from  :( to  :).

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Akakura Ski Resort Areas / Re: Myoko Lift Passes
« on: November 24, 2008, 07:36:48 AM »
Thank you all for explaining the differences between the resorts. And MG you must have been up all night re-doing those pages. That is great. Many, many thanks. Looking forward to mid-January in Myoko!
PS Not a senior (yet) at Akakura, but was at the Yamagata resort!

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Akakura Ski Resort Areas / Re: Myoko Lift Passes
« on: November 23, 2008, 09:35:28 PM »
Hawker, think your link has changed. Under the new site link I am no longer a senior! Was that old link (http://wt-mogami.com/aka-spa/index.html) to a different resort altogether? As you can see I am still confused!

Would be able to point me to the Hotel Taiko on either http://www.akr-ski.com/english/images/gelandemap_large.gif or http://akakura-ski.com/gelande/index.html  - I will hopefully be able to get some idea of the layout.

I also have this map at http://www9.plala.or.jp/aoyamasports/aoyama/englishmap.htm which shows the hotels, but not in relation to the Kanko and Onsen lift systems.

Sorry to keep asking about this, but do appreciate the help.

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Akakura Ski Resort Areas / Re: Myoko Lift Passes
« on: November 23, 2008, 08:48:40 PM »
Thank you guys. I have to confess I am still a little confused (not being able to read Japanese doesn't help of course!).

Myokoguy - I have found the map with the yellow line so can see when we would be "crossing over".  I am assuming it is Onsen to the right and Kanko to the left - is that correct? But is the "shin-aka" you refer to, the Kanko or Onsen? Which is the village side?  ....Woops - while I was typing a message has come up with your new reply, thank you to your wife for answering my question about shin-aka!

Hawker, thanks for the link. Sounds like Kanko is the place to ski. But I have put your link to Akakura Onsen in Google translator and it has come up with the good news that I am now a senior - has to be some advantage to being old(-er)! Our "children" can buy their own lift tickets!

We are staying at Hotel Taiko - do either of you know where that would be relative to the yellow line?

Many thanks for all your help.

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Akakura Ski Resort Areas / Myoko Lift Passes
« on: November 22, 2008, 02:47:08 PM »
Hi, am more than a little surprised to hear that you cannot ski Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko on one lift pass. Is this correct? As far as I can see they are side-by-side, even overlapping, on the one slope. What happens if you end up at the bottom of the wrong run, do you have to buy another lift pass to get back up? Are there enough runs on either AO or AK for a few days or is it just too small for advanced skiers? Can you direct me to a map that clearly shows which trails belong to AO and which to AK. This is looking like a disadvantage of coming to Akakura  :(. You advice would be appreciated. Regards.

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Akakura Ski Resort Areas / Re: Ski Hire
« on: September 19, 2008, 07:21:37 PM »
Many thanks for the advice.

myokoguy that was a great link to the (english) hire shop. Not only gave me an idea of prices, but a map of the village. I have spent ages looking for a map to get an idea of where the hotels are!

Which brings me to pikaski's advice. We haven't booked yet. Is that likely to be a problem? Maybe you could also advise here as I am looking for a place within walking distance of the lifts. So far have looked at Akakura Hotel Annex and the Taiko (by putting the website into the translator!), but I can see on the map that Taiko is further - do you think it is too far to walk from the Taiko?

How far is it to Joetsu and the ski shops - and how do you get there?

Thanks again for the help - I am trying to organise this trip by myself so every piece of advice is appreciated.

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Akakura Ski Resort Areas / Ski Hire
« on: September 18, 2008, 07:58:48 PM »
We hope to be in Myoko mid to late January. A family of four but only one prepared to carry own skis and boots. Could someone please let me know what the hire situation is in Akakura - extent and quality of gear. Many thanks.

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