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The Myoko Kogen ski area is ideal for powder hounds. It scores highly on the pow-dometer thanks to a whopping 13 metres of pow per season on average, and in the 2014-15 season Myoko Kogen notched up over 16 metres of snowfall! Myoko Kogen is also great for those looking for a bit of a Japanese cultural experience. It is a far cry from one of those glitzy bubble era resorts or the highly westernised “Japanese” ski resorts. Founded in the 1930s, Myoko is rich in history, Japanese people own most of the businesses, and the area has lots of unadulterated onsens. [Powder Hounds].
The Myoko area is made up of several ski resorts that are largely linked together only by shuttle bus. The main ski area is Myoko Akakura which is made up of two resorts side by side; Akakura Kanko ski resort and Akakura Onsen. Suginohara ski resort features super long cruisy groomers and good sidecountry, Seki Onsen is renowned for steep and deep tree skiing, Ikenotaira Onsen has good freestyle fun, and family friendly slopes can be found at Kyukamura and Myoko Ski Park.
There’s something for everyone across the Myoko Kogen ski resorts although the area is most well known amongst powder hounds for the treed slopes, off-piste riding and long vertical. Some of the Myoko ski resorts also have sidecountry and backcountry opportunities. Of course Myoko Kogen is also famed for the abundant snow which results from its proximity to the Sea of Japan.
Myoko Kogen is located one hour north of Nagano in the Niigata prefecture in the heart of the Joshinetsu National Park. From Tokyo the best way to get there is to take the Nagano Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagano (approx 100 minutes), then the Shinetsu train line to Myoko Kogen Station. The ski villages such as Akakura Onsen are approximately 10 minutes from the station via bus or taxi. [Powder Hound].