We were very spoilt having 5 days in Myoko, with constant fresh snow falls day and night.
Akakura Onsen - great child or beginner terrain with nice cafe at Yodel up the top. Would be a bit small to spend more than a day or 3 here.
Akakura Kanko - which is conjoined with Akakura Onsen is much larger with excellent terrain and lifts. This is handy as most available accommodation (esp for English speakers) and village is at Onsen which
Ive only ever snowboarded in NZ where I lived. (currently here on working holiday visa) so I hadnt seen any powder or done powder boarding before. The day I was there the weather was actually a bit of a nightmare, we couldnt see a thing really and it was really cold and windy.. But it was snowing harder than anything I had ever seen in NZ making for some absolutely incredible snow.
This was my first taste of boarding in Japan since moving to Tokyo, and my first go on my new setup.
My girlfriend is a beginner with new gear too, so it was a good place to warm up.
She enjoyed the simple, consistent runs and the space to turn and ractice carving, but it was a little dull for anyone more advanced, excepting the steeper run at the top with the ungroomed section being the most fun in the resort.
I sounds harsh but DON'T GO! 3 lifts for one descent run. A momument to the burst bubble. This resort should never have been built. I spent all day on horizontal lifts! Jouetsu Kokusai is not a mountain, it's a series of hills. Beginners everywhere and soooo flat. My GF booked this trip assuming the more lifts the better the resort.
Big mistake. Park wasn't too bad but it's was still such a hastle to get around the mountain