The Best Snowfall on the Main Island of Japan
Myoko was once a well-kept secret, but with 16m + of snow in past seasons, the word is out on this terrific Japanese snow village! Many Snowscene travellers are now adding 5-7 days at Myoko on to their week at Hakuba or Nozawa Onsen. Skiing/Boarding on the slopes of Myoko feels like you’ve ventured out to the backcountry. Endless powder runs lined by rusty red barked dakekamba birches.
If you are looking for a party scene of pubs and clubs then Myoko will disappoint you. Myoko is well known for its very laid back lifestyle where boarding and skiing is the priority. This isn’t to say you can’t find great restaurants and bars… there are many in the main village strip of Akakura Onsen.
Myoko Kogen consists of 4 linked resorts. Most accommodation is located in Akakura Onsen / Akakura Kanko. This area is linked to the other two, Ikenotaira and Suginohara, by shuttle bus along the base of the mountain. There are an additional 5 ski resort areas in the greater-Myoko area: Tangram Circus linked to Madarao Mountain, Seki Onsen, Kurohime, and Lotte Arai Resort.
The main mountain in Myoko Kogen (Akakura Onsen / Akakura Kanko) features some extremely fun terrain for all levels but is especially well known for its deep powder runs through the side country! The other neighbouring resorts mentioned above, not only give you diversity in the terrain you ride, but it also means you can escape crowds… if you happen to come across any.