Akakan is a nice little resort with its red-hooded lodge located in the middle of the slopes as a unique cachet. It is a little bit small to spend few days there, but there are others resorts in the vicinity.
The snow conditions were excellent for this time of the year. On the groomed tracks, the snow coverage was perfect with granular powder. I did not encounter a single spot of ice.
From my understanding, the mighty Naeba is a flagship of the 'bubble era' resorts. Arriving here at night with heavy snow falling is quite surreal, steep mountains partially lit by the reflected light of the mini-city wedged into the narrow valley floor below, high above march rows of giant high voltage power lines giving the whole scene a strange science fiction feel.
We opted to stay at Naeba, with night skiing (for what it's worth) & more accom options, while riding
A long review of Myoko Suginohara - posted by Brett Dennis
Prior to visiting Myoko, I had heard mixed reports about Suginohara & aerial photographs suggested flatish terrain. Now after being there, of the three ski areas I rode at whilst in Myoko, Suginohara is firmly my favourite.
Staying at Akakura, it was an easy twenty minute free bus ride to reach Suginohara. The drive through varied forests with an assortment of cosy looking homes, lodges & pensions scattered along the route is very pleasant, sadly like many of the 'big' Japanese
Whilst based closer to Akakura Kanko, rode here a few times, mainly by default when riding the main Kanko area.
The area certainly doesn't struggle for snow with a 3m+ base in the village in January & the locals constantly waging war on the snow attempting to bury their little town!! The actual ski area maintains snow in significantly better condition than Kanko due to it's more northerly aspect & substantial areas of dense evergreen conifer forest which create a cool