Smorgasboarder 35 winter 2016

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Red Warehouse

• The town of Akakura Onsen has a good range of traditional restaurants and izakayas (Japanese bars that serve snack food). Our 2 nights here saw us enjoy 2 absolutely incredible Japanese meals at local restaurants.

RED WAREHOUSE Red Warehouse is a funky family ski house that is a former renovated IBM retreat located about one hundred meters from both Akakura Kanko and Akakura Onsen ski resorts and just up from the main street of town. It is owned and run by Mami and Nic Klar. Mami comes from a well-known local family with deep roots in the Myoko tourist trade. Nic originally hails from Adelaide but has lived here for many years and was instrumental

in Myoko’s foreign tourist trade boom creating the Destination Myoko Kogen website in 2003 well before any information on the town was readily available in English and foreign visitors were near non-existent. The origin of the name comes from Akakura Onsen, which in English translates as “Red Warehouse Hot Springs”. All rooms have been beautifully renovated with distinct Japanese appeal. We stayed in the specious Family Room on the top floor, which had great views of the surrounding mountain ranges. This large 10 tatami mat room with adjoining bunk area also had it’s own toilet and wash basin. We were all pleasantly surprised by the size of the room. It was the perfect space to simply chill out and stretch out after a big day on the slopes.


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