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Reviewed March 6, 2018

The Refre is a fabulous small family run hotel. Great location very close to the Main Street & the chairlifts. The Johnson's are very welcoming and helpful. The hotel has 9 rooms that are very clean and comfortable. The Onsen is perfect after a day of skiing.
We had a very enjoyable stay and would definately visit again.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
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Thank Kathy B
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Jennifer J, Owner at Refre Akakura, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Thankyou Kathy for the great review we really appreciate you taking the time.

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Reviewed February 15, 2018

Just stayed at Hotel Refre for over a week and absolutely loved it. The owners Jenni & Peter and their family are really friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. The hotel is very neat and clean and extremely comfortable. The living areas have big windows, high ceilings and beautiful wooden heated floors. My room had twin beds, TV, tea making facilities, a wardrobe, ensuite and view. There was a fantastic onsen which I used once or more a day and had it to myself every time, I noticed that couples were able to organize to have a private onsen together too which is rare in Japan. There is a wonderful spread of hot and cold food for breakfast every morning. There is always a lovely family feel to the living areas in the Hotel, some afternoons there are Yoga classes in the games room, at other times a movie playing in the lounge, on other nights the guests just sat around and chatted. Downstairs there is an amazing drying room with a boot rack where every boot gets it’s own dryer, everything dries well without getting scorched. There is also a laundry for guest use. The owners will pick you up and see you off at the Bus or Train station

Hotel Refre is in an exceptional location just around the corner from the main street of Myoko Akakura tourist area. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, convenience stores and ski hires as well as Myoko Snowsports School right there within 100 metres. Just up the street about 50 Metres from the hotel is the Myoko Akakura Onsen Ski Resort and from here you can ski to the bottom of Myoko Akakura Kanko Resort as well. The bus stop is probably about 100 metres walk and from there you can catch buses to all the other Myoko resorts plus Lotte Arai and Madarao. This gives you a great choice of places to ski at excellent resorts. I loved it so much here I just didn’t want to leave !!!!

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled solo
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Jennifer J, Owner at Refre Akakura, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

Thankyou Heather for the great review we really appreciate it.

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Reviewed February 8, 2018

We were a group of 8 friends travelling to Myoko for the first time. After many Hokkaido trips, was time to try a new location. The Refre hotel proved to be a great location very close to the main street of Myoko and all restaurants, cafes and gearhire etc all on your doorstep. The hosts Peter and Jen were sensational and with their family provide a welcome and inclusive environment. The Myoko area was awesome and from this hotel, it was super simple to catch shuttles to many other locations for day trips in the area. The rooms are clean and tidy and do contain a bathroom but no shower, for this you need to utilise the male and female onsens on the lower level. Breakfast every day was excellent, plenty of coffee, cereal and selections of hot foods to fuel your day. Whilst not listed as ski in ski out, it is an easy walk to the slopes and also only a 5 minute walk to the night skiing runs. The drying room was fantastic with plenty of room for all our gear. Peter and Jen were always willing to offer advice, recommendations and transport options, and were good fun throughout our stay. There is a large lounge area to chill after a day on the slopes on the lower level and the heated flooring was great while relaxing. Had a great 7 day stay and would stay here again no problem.

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled with friends
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Thank Chris_Bodyforce
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Jennifer J, Owner at Refre Akakura, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2018

Thankyou for the great review Chris we look forward to you visiting us again and enjoying the magic Japanese Pow

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Reviewed January 21, 2018

A beautiful family run Lodge in the heart of Myoko Kogen, Akakura.

Pete & Jen, supported by their beautiful family, go above and beyond to ensure you have a memorable experience whilst visiting Myoko.

The Location is perfect, being close to restaurants, bars, equipment rentals and the chairlifts.

You are welcomed to a spacious traditional Japanese or Western Style room, with access to a traditional Japanese Onsen - an incredibly unique experience!

Enjoy your Stay at Refre Lodge, we certainly look forward to returning next winter!

  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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Thank Joshua F
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Jennifer J, Owner at Refre Akakura, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2018

Thanks Josh for the great review, see you next season.

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Reviewed January 14, 2018 via mobile

Could not ask for anything more.
Perfect location, fantastic facilities including real deal onsens, and managed by an awesome family who are the amongst the friendliest and most helpful people around.
Would definitely recommend to everyone and looking forward to checking in again.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Jennifer J, Owner at Refre Akakura, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2018

Thankyou Tim for the great recommendation all of us here at the Refre really appreciate your kind words and we look forward to you both visiting us again in the future. Regards Refre Hotel Family

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