Myoko Kogen is home to four main resorts spread across the breathtaking base of Mt Myoko – Akakura Kanko, Akakura Onsen, Ikenotaira Onsen and Suginohara. The four resorts are linked by the main village of Akakura, which is where you will find most of the accommodation and services.
Located less than an hour north of Nagano City, Myoko Kogen is also famous for its rich history, culture and traditional Japanese onsens.
Surrounded by the beautiful Myoko National Park, the resort is consistently rated as one of the most beautiful ski areas in Japan. Here you will find everything you need for an enjoyable winter holiday.
- Ski Season: Mid December to late March
- Overall Height: 2454m
- Nearest township: Yamanouchi
- Accommodation: Myoko Kogen
Accommodation, Shuttle Bus, Restaurants / Cafes, Bars / Nightclub, Shopping, Supermarket, Doctor / Medical Centre, Bank / ATM (limited), Ski Hire
Activities and Attractions
Home to some of the steepest vertical and longest runs in Japan, Myoko Kogen boasts more than 19 meters of snow annually across nine different mountain ranges.
With 95 runs to choose from, you will find everything from easy beginner through to advanced runs, the longest stretching an impressive 8.5 kilometres.
At Akakura Onsen Ski Resort you will find ‘The Wall’ which is the steepest ski run in central Japan. You can also enjoy exploring the vast backcountry terrain, where Nordic and cross country skiing are both popular.
The highly regarded international snowsports school provides ski and snowboard lessons for beginners through to the advanced with multilingual instructors.
The kids are also well catered for with several kids’ programs to choose from.
There is also plenty of fun to be had off the slopes, choose from snowshoeing tours, photography tours or snow biking. Or simply wander along the snow filled streets and enjoy the majestic snowfalls that blanket the village.
A number of cultural day trips to the Myoko National Park are also available.
After a big day exploring the beautiful outdoors, enjoy a long, soothing dip in any of the countless hot springs.
For accommodation, choose from small and large Japanese style hotels, pensions, lodges, and traditional Japanese Ryokans. Most accommodation providers offer a number of dining options, alternatively stroll through Akakura to discover a wide variety of international and local restaurants and bars.
Akakura is also home to several convenience stores and a post office.
If flying into Tokyo’s Narita Airport, the easiest way to access Myoko Kogen is via bullet train. The journey takes approximately two hours (via Nagano).
Alternatively choose from a number of luxury transfer companies. On arrival, most hotels offer complimentary shuttle services.
Activities & Attractions
- Total Ski Lifts: 95
- Total Ski Runs/Trails: 41
- Beginner Ski Area: 25%
- Intermediate Ski Area: 53%
- Advanced Ski Area: 22%
Ski / Snow Activities:
Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Cross-country skiing, Ski School / Lessons, Terrain Park, Snow Play Area, Snow Shoeing, Snow Tubing, Snow Kat Tours, Snow Mobile Tours, Scenic Chairlift, Night Skiing
Day Spa / Massage Centres
- Address: Akakura 549-25, Myoko, Niigata Prefecture 949-2111, Japan View website