Myoko Kogen

 

Myoko Kogen ski resort is located one hour north of Nagano Japan in the Niigata prefecture. Founded in the 1930’s Myoko Kogen ski resort is claimed to be the oldest ski locations in Japan and is made up of nine mountains with three distinctive areas.

A.I.R Myoko
A.I.R. Myoko (artist in residence) is a boutique ski chalet, restaurant and gallery, located in Myoko, Japan. In winter we enjoy absolute ski-in ski-out to one of the snowiest mountains in Japan. Our focus is on the change of seasons throughout the year. This is expressed through good cuisine, art and design. Each year we a invite a select chef, artist and designer/craftsperson to showcase.The restaurant serves plant based cuisine (primarily vegan) with the majority of food sourced locally and seasonally. For dinner we serve a degustation set menu and for breakfast fresh sourdough, fresh juice, specialty coffee and Japanese and Western cooked options. A.I.R. is not like a traditional hotel but a melding of ryokan hospitality and contemporary comforts. Our rooms are traditional Japanese tatami rooms with shoji windows overlooking the ski-runs. They are austerely elegant and don’t have televisions. Onsen: Our thermal mountain spring onsens overlook the ski run and are available for private use. The thermal water flows from beneath the volcanic mountain and contain various minerals known to provide various therapeutic benefits the the skin and body. Perfect to relax and unwind after a day on the mountain. The restaurant: Breakfast is served daily to guests and includes fresh juice of the day, in house baked sourdough and local specialty coffee. It is all plant based and nutritionally designed for a day on the slopes. At night our restaurant hosts an intimate dining experience inspired by traditional Kaiseki cuisine. The eight course degustation is plant-based and highlights local fresh produce. Our wine list focuses on Japanese minimal intervention wines from the region (Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi and Yamagata) as well as sake and whisky.
Myoko Vista
Property Description: Myoko Vista is one of the newest lodge's in Myoko, with a boutique stylish feel, great location to the slopes and an in-house traditional bathhouse overlooking the snow and ski runs of Myoko Akakura resort. All rooms feature traditional Japanese tatami flooring and include, private bathroom, either western style bedding or futons, large glass sliding doors and private verandas ideal for soaking up that striking alpine vista. The penthouse room, with it's stunning views, space and amenities unlike anything else in town covers one entire half of the top floor of the building and has expansive views over the valley, full kitchen, large bathroom and a Western style freestanding bath. Address: Akakura 586-33, Myoko-shi, Niigata-ken, 949-2111, Japan. Location: Ski in/ Ski out Property Facilities: Town Shuttle (free), Free Wifi, Ticket service, Laundry, Ski/Snowboard drying room with boot dryer, Japanese Bathouse (Private use available) Lounge and Dining area with TV and Stereo, Ski Tuning Bench, Central Heating, Tea and coffee making facilities, Iron and Ironing Board. Inclusions: Hot Western Buffet Breakfast Daily Parking: Available on site - subject to availability Check In Information: Check-in: 3 PM - No Check in after 11pm permitted Check-out: 10 AM Bond: Credit Card Will Be Required at Check In Western room can be Twin or Queen bedding Important: CHECK IN IS STRICTLY 3PM – 10PM. Please understand we are a small lodge and we are often out with guests during the day. We do not operate a “reception desk” and aside from housekeeping, the lodge may not be staffed from 10am – 3pm. If you wish to arrive outside of the designated check-in hours, we ask that you make your own way to the lodge. You may store your bags in our foyer if you wish to check in prior to 3pm. For late check-ins (after 10pm), self-check in is available. We do recommend you plan on arriving in Akakura prior to 10pm. If you are getting the train from Tokyo, we recommend you do so before 6pm for several reasons: Reduced services operate from Nagano to Myoko Kogen after 9pm, with the last around 10.25pm. Also, sometimes local train services are cancelled during heavy snowstorms, and our road may not be clear for pick up if it is late in the evening. We recommend you check the weather forecast and give yourself plenty of time for travel. Lastly, please consider also that we often wake at 5am daily to clear snow and that we are not available to pick you up from Myoko Kogen Station after 10pm.
Myoko Kogen Overview

Myoko Kogen ski resort is located one hour north of Nagano Japan in the Niigata prefecture. Founded in the 1930’s Myoko Kogen ski resort is claimed to be the oldest ski locations in Japan and is made up of nine mountains with three distinctive areas: Myoko Akakura, Myoko Suginohara and Ikenotaira Onsen, linked by shuttle but not by the lifts.

The Myoko town is nestled in the valley below and is the main infrastructure of the area, including a JR rail station. The main ski village is at Akakura Onsen, at the base of the Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko lift systems, a good selection of hotels and traditional accommodation are avilable.

Skiing options are almost endless in Myoko Kogen. The ski resort is a large scale resort with incredible snow, numerous ski runs and an efficient lift system. Few ski areas can offer the diversity and variety of Myoko Kogen with something for every ski enthusiast from beginner areas through to deep powder ski areas.

 
Where to stay in Myoko Kogen
Myoko, nestled in the heart of Japan's snow country, offers a diverse array of accommodation options to suit most traveller’s preferences. From traditional ryokans to modern hotels boasting panoramic mountain views, there's something for everyone. For those seeking an immersive cultural experience, ryokans offer tatami-matted rooms, futon bedding, and soothing onsens (hot springs) to unwind after a day on the slopes. Additionally, ski-in/ski-out lodges cater to avid skiers and snowboarders, providing convenient access to the powder-covered slopes. Meanwhile, chalets and vacation rentals cater to families and larger groups, offering privacy and a home-away-from-home feel. Myoko's accommodations blend of comfort, convenience, and cultural richness, ensuring a memorable stay amidst its stunning natural beauty.
Skiing and Snowboarding in Myoko Kogen

Myoko Kogen is a paradise for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, known for its abundant powder snow and diverse terrain. With multiple interconnected resorts like Akakura Onsen, Ikenotaira Onsen, and Suginohara, visitors are treated to a variety of slopes catering to all skill levels, from gentle beginner runs to challenging off-piste terrain. The region's copious snowfall, averaging 15 meters annually, creates pristine conditions, drawing powder lovers and free riders to the resort. 

Advances riders will also enjoy the backcountry and sidecountry opportunities, as well as the off piste and tree skiing options, and beginners are going to enjoy the conditions at Akakura Onsen. 

 
Getting to Myoko Kogen & Getting Around

Those flying to Myoko Kogen from Australia will need to fly into Tokyo's Narita or Haneda airports. From there, you can take a domestic flight to Niigata Airport or take the shinkansen (bullet train) to either Joetsu-Myoko Station or Nagano Station. 

Once at the station or airport, various transportation options are available to reach Myoko Kogen, such as shuttle buses, private transfers, or rental cars. The journey might involve a combination of flights, trains, and ground transportation, but it's a well-connected route, ensuring relatively easy access to this winter wonderland from Australia.

There are several ways to navigate around Myoko Kogen and its connecting resorts. Depending on one's accommodation choice, travelers can opt for walking or utilizing the convenient Myoko Kogen shuttle bus system. Taxis are also available to facilitate travel between mountains or to access various restaurants in the area.

Top things to do in Myoko Kogen

Myoko Kogen has a traditional Japanese vibe, however the facilities are reasonably well set up for Westerners and families. When you are there a must try activity is to take a soak in one of the many onsens, which range from hotel based onsens, to delightful outdoor hot springs that are surrounded by forests. 

Winter in Myoko Kogen offers an array of activities beyond skiing. Those looking for a rest day can try a snowshoeing adventure through pristine landscapes, allowing those to explore hidden trails and enjoy breathtaking views. For those looking for a bit more adrenaline, try exhilarating snowmobiling excursions or zipping through snowy terrains. Finally, don't miss the magical spectacle of snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park, witnessing these playful creatures in their natural snowy habitat, adds an unforgettable touch to your winter escape in Myoko Kogen.

 
Dining and Apres in Myoko Kogen

Myoko Kogen offers a delightful mix of dining and après-ski options that cater to various tastes and preferences. After a day on the slopes, visitors can indulge in Japanese culinary delights at local restaurants serving authentic dishes like sushi, ramen, and hot pot. Traditional izakayas provide a cozy atmosphere to unwind with drinks and small plates, perfect for socializing and trying local sake or Japanese beers. Additionally, western-style cafes and restaurants offer international cuisine for those seeking familiar flavors.

As for après-ski, Myoko Kogen has somewhat of a vibrant scene where you can relax after a day on the slopes. Many accommodation options have their own bars or lounges, providing a convenient spot to unwind. There are also standalone bars and pubs in the area where you can enjoy live music, and experience Myoko Kogens après-ski culture.