Oyado Furuya is a solid choice for anyone hoping to enjoy the great winter sports in Akakura, while getting a dose of authentic Japanese culture.
Located right in the center of the main street of Akakura, Myoko’s ski center, Oyado Furuya provides quick access on foot to the two major ski resorts in Akakura, and has a great location close to everything you need, from the shuttle buses to other resorts, to restaurants and bars. You’ll probably never need to walk more than five minutes (although you may feel like a stroll on a snowy night in downtown Myoko).
The hotel has a comfortable warm, natural, very traditional feel, and the friendly owners are a wealth of knowledge about the local area.
Their rooms are spacious and beautifully decorated, with Japanese design elements even in the rooms with Western beds (futons are not for everyone!).
The owners also take great pride in their Japanese cuisine – and you don’t have to be a staying guest to enjoy a memorable meal there. They claim to have the finest shabu-shabu course meals in town, and that claim is pretty well backed up by the delicious meals. Shabu-shabu is a type of traditional Japanese hot pot, and is extremely popular among visitors.
Along with the great food and central location, Furuya is also well placed for winter sportspeople hoping to hit up the slopes out of town. Myoko is surrounded by some of Japan's best skiing areas, with slopes suitable for every skill level.
Oyado Furuya is located right on the main street in Akakura, the resort area of Myoko. Within just minutes on foot are almost all restaurants, bars and karaoke spots, both Akakura ski areas, and bus stops for the shuttle buses serving the entire Myoko area, including ski areas.
However, the rooms are where Furuya really shines. All rooms feature soft woods and fragrant tatami (woven straw floors), with the elegant, restrained colors and textures that are a hallmark of Japanese design.
The hotel can provide a wide range of room styles and rates, from open tatami rooms that are great for families, to elegant rooms with their own private rotenburo (outdoor baths) on the balcony. You don’t have to sleep on the floor on futon mattresses, either (unless you prefer them—which many people do). They have rooms with Japanese elegance, and comfortable Western beds as well.
The last big selling point of Furuya is the food. Their winter specialty is shabu-shabu, thinly-sliced beef that is quickly dipped in boiling water, then enjoyed with one of several sauces. The meal also includes a wide range of delicious Japanese specialties, with a focus on the best of the season and from the nearby Sea of Japan. If you're looking for a pick-me-up, they also boast their own blend of coffee. The coffee is locally sourced, and the owners say it's some of the best in town. Pop in and try it for yourself.
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Myoko's biggest claim to fame is its world class skiing, with long seasons and serious powder. Furuya is pretty close to a bus stop for the free shuttles to nearby ski areas, and the owners can give you plenty of information on how to get the most out of a ski trip. However, skiing isn't the only reason to drop into town. The entire Myoko region is also renowned for its hot springs, known locally as onsen.
Halfway up the quiet volcano that is Mt. Myoko are two hot spring sources, one to the north, and one to the south. The natural hot water that comes down from them is actually the reason why Akakura first gained a nationwide name. The original onsen resorts here in fact date back to the Edo Period, the era, ending in the 1860s, that gave us much of what we think of when we think of Japanese culture.
Today, Myoko and Akakura may be better known internationally for snow and skiing, but the onsen hotels are still here, and still a major attraction throughout the year. Furuya claims to offer some of the nicest onsen facilities in town, including two unique indoor baths. The baths are beautifully decorated in a traditional Japanese style, and are a great reward after a day on the slopes.
|7 nights||JP room with Kotatsu & massage chair (Based on 2pax)||Package||NZ$1,997||Per person||03 Jan-01 May, 01 Dec-26 Dec|
|7 nights||JP room with Kotatsu & massage chair (Based on 2pax)||Package||NZ$2,566||Per person||26 Dec-03 Jan|
|7 nights||Wa-Yo (Based on 4pax)||Package||NZ$2,351||Per person||03 Jan-01 May, 01 Dec-26 Dec|
|7 nights||Wa-Yo (Based on 4pax)||Package||NZ$2,942||Per person||26 Dec-03 Jan|
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