Japan, it’s having more than a moment for skiers and snowboarders right now. Australians and Kiwis have been flocking to the ski fields for well over two decades, with numbers increasing year upon year.

In more recent times as the word has well and truly got out and resorts developed Canadians, Americans, Chinese, Brits and their friends have been staying in and/or investing in the winter towns.

Both the Epic Pass and the Ikon Pass now have partnerships with larger resorts and it’s only a matter of days before either will announce a resort acquisition, surely.

Real estate prices may have risen to international city levels with fancy pants five bedroom residences in Niseko going for AUD$9m but it is still possible to grab a bargain in lesser known areas. Even the “officially on the map” Akakura Onsen in Myoko Kogen.

Akakuraso Lodge is ski-in at Akakura Onsen with the Kumado chairlift just behind the hotel. You’re not far from the ticket office which sits adjacent to the lodge, and the main strip of restaurants, bars and shops are all with a 300 metre walk.

It’s officially on the market for ¥92,000,000 – that’s AUD$938,701 (at today’s exchange rate).

This 17 bedroom hotel could put you in good stead for a fruitful retirement as Singapore’s PCG group have big plans for this area. It even has it’s own hot spring onsen.

The lodge was bought pre-Covid and has not operated for three seasons, however it has been well maintained and offers both managers accommodation and 17 rooms with five rooms offering en-suite bathrooms.

But wait, there’s more. The property sits on over 1800m2 of land so you can expand the property if you decide to do an upgrade.

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