Myoko Kogen is a laid back Japanese village located in the Niigata prefecture about 1 hour train from Nagano station. The resort has 9 resorts with the main resort being Akakura Kanko which is a traditional Japanese village where most of the accommodation, restaurants, ski hire and atmosphere is located.
Some of the other popular ski resorts in the area which are all within a half an hour drive from Akakura Kanko include Myoko Suginohara, Mt Tangram, Madarao, Akakura Onsen, Seki Onsen and Ikenotaira Onsen.
Suginohara has the longest ski run in Japan which at 8.5km’s is a decent leg burner especially when there is a significant amount of fresh snow. Apart from Suginohara, Akakura Onsen has one of the steepest runs in Japan suitable for advanced level skiers and snowboarders. Tree skiing is also allowed in Myoko Kogen and backcountry / side country tours can also be arranged with a qualified local guide. Beginners and Intermediates will also be able to find suitable terrain for their abilities with 30% green runs and 40% Intermediate runs on average throughout the Myoko Kogen area.
The Niigata Prefecture averages 12-16 metres of snow per season with a fresh dump of snow falling every 3 days on average. Make sure you pack your powder ski’s and snowboards or simply hire one from the many rental shops located in Akakura Kanka.
Best chance of Powder from Mid December till Mid March. Great Spring conditions with Bluebird days and no crowds and usually a 3m base right through till end of April