Myoko Ski Lodge offers an East meets West, self-contained accommodation and skiing experience in the culturally rich Japanese village of Akakura Onsen. This is the perfect ski lodge from which to explore the greater Myoko ski area with some of the most reliable, uncrowded, chair lifted powder skiing in the world.
Start each day with breakfast in the spacious dining area with valley views overlooking the village with Tangram & Madarao ski areas providing the backdrop.
Then it's a quick easy walk... slide... ski... downhill from the lodge to the nearest chairlift. The closest lift is in the Akakura Onsen Ski Resort's family friendly ski area, complete with English speaking ski school and the convenience of linking chair lifts to the adjoining Akakura Kanko Ski Resort for the bigger lines and great backcountry. Either way, you can still ski right back to the lodge for lunch or rest time.
For the more adventurous with a penchant to explore, you'll find yourself conveniently located to multiple ski areas with a wide variety of terrain. From the longest groomed run in Japan, to mesmerising tree-skiing, park-snowboarding, and back-country shredding, at any of the five ski resorts all within a 30 minute bus ride from the village.
After each epic day carving your way on Mount Myoko, it's time to relax with a revitalising soak in one of the two in-house onsen baths, directly fed from a volcanic hot spring. Then time to socialise with a drink by the roaring fire, before strolling out to dinner at a Raman Bar or one of several other local village restaurants. Alternatively, you can choose to cook at home with your family and friends in the lodge's communal kitchen.
After dinner, retreat to the cosy lounge to compare tales of the day's memorable powder experiences and share plans with new friends from around the world for tomorrow's adventures before retiring to the comfort of your Japanese, tatami style bedroom.
This 1972 ski lodge is continually being upgraded by it's owners each season. All rooms are non-smoking, and most are traditional Japanese style, which means a futon mattress on a tatami mat floor as is the traditional Japanese way. In true ski lodge style, the design entices guests out of their rooms by providing ample living space where you can find your own private nook or socialise with fellow guests.
Living Areas - Myoko Ski Lodge has lots of cosy communal living and lounging space with a toasty, double sided open fire place which invites guests to mingle with each other or just chill in the relaxing atmosphere. Maybe have a strum on one of the guitars or ukuleles or watch a ski movie or family show for the kids. The main dining and living areas serve as the social hub of the lodge with fairytale, snowy views over the village and across the valley to the neighboring resort of Madarao.
WiFi - Available in the communal living areas.
Breakfast - A light continental breakfast is included every morning, consisting of tea, coffee, juice, cereal, fruit, toast and condiments. You are more than welcome to supplement your breaky by cooking bacon and eggs etc in the communal kitchen.
Communal Kitchen - A commercial kitchen is available for your use 24/7 should you wish to take advantage of this option by preparing your own meals.
Traditional Onsen Bathrooms - The two bathrooms are traditional Japanese Onsen style sourced directly from a mountain hot spring. You can soak with company or lock the door for privacy.
How does a family from Western Australia, 3,000km from the nearest ski hill end up owning and running a ski lodge in Akakura Onsen, Myoko Kogen, Niigata, Japan?
A school trip to Mount Hotham in Victoria (Australia) in 1986 was possibly where the family's obsession with snow sports and mountain life was spawned. Since then, Geoff and Tania, along with daughters, Chelsea and Shannon have stayed at some of the best ski lodge accommodation in Japan and around the world in a quest to find the best mix of snow quality, snowfall reliability, terrain variety, atmosphere and affordability.
Culture rich Japan was always a firm favourite and it was here in the quaint village of Akakura Onsen, on the slopes of Mount Myoko that they found this funky, older style ski lodge from which to explore one of the best ski destinations in the world… Myoko, Japan.
Dump after dump of dry powder snow with relatively mild weather and a comfortable 800 metre altitude... The longest groomed ski run in Japan... Short lift queues... Mesmerising tree runs or exhilarating backcountry while the kids attend the English-speaking ski school... What was there not to love?
So, I urge you to join this family and share their self-contained lodge accommodation, taking advantage of Myoko’s uncrowded slopes and untracked powder lines before the rest of the western world discovers that Myoko Kogen has some of the most reliable powder skiing in the world.
Guest Rooms - All rooms are non-smoking, and most are traditional Japanese style, which means a futon mattress on a tatami mat floor as is the traditional Japanese way. In true ski lodge style, the design entices guests out of their rooms by providing ample living space where you can find your own private nook or socialise with fellow guests.
Room 1 - Quad Tatami ("White Room")
1 Double Bed and 1 Bunk Bed (loft accessible by ladder to accommodate 2 extra persons).
Please note: Loft not suitable for very young children preferably 6+ and bedding is mattress on the floor.
Room 2 - Twin/Dbl Tatami ("North Face") 2 x single beds (can be pushed together)
Room 3 - Western Triple ("Triple Black") 3 x single beds
Room 4 - Western Twin ("First Tracks") 2 x single beds
Room 5 - Quad Bunk ("Off Piste") built in capsule type bunks with power, light, privacy curtain, shelf and hanging space – small room but large bed
Room 6 - Quad Bunk ("Backcountry Bunker") built in capsule type bunks with power, light, privacy curtain, shelf and hanging space – small room but large bed
Room 7 - Twin/Dbl Tatami ("Secret Stash") 2 x single beds – mattress on floor but may be beds next season
Room 8 & 9 - Western Twin Econ Small ("Boarders Nook") & Western Single Economy (“Backbowl”)
Now combined as a Triple Economy Room – 2 rooms connected by solid concetena door. One side containing 2 single beds and the other containing 1 single bed. This room has no cupboards, but has shelves and hanging hooks plus towel rail. Must be taken together.
Note: No rooms have ensuites (Two Traditional Onsen Rooms with 2 showers each within the onsen plus the onsen bath which guests can lock and use privately).