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Myoko Kogen has a resort area to suit everyone. Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko resorts are the main areas, sitting side by side. Akakura Onsen has shorter runs that are great to learn on, while the Kanko area has longer runs that predominantly cater to beginners and intermediates. Kyukamura and Myoko Ski Park are smaller resorts that are good for families.
For those looking for more advanced runs, Suginohara is known for long groomers that carvers will love, the tiny Seki Onsen is fantastic for steep tree runs, while Ikenotaira is best for freestyle. All of these resorts are fantastic on powder days and have excellent sidecountry options.
You can take public transport or a shuttle to Myoko Kogen. The Nagano Snow Shuttle and Chuo Taxi are ideal options from the airport or from Tokyo.
If you’re opting for public transport you’ll need to first catch a bus or train to Tokyo. From Tokyo, you can take the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagano, and then jump on the Shinetsu train line to Myoko Kogen. To get to the main ski village you’ll need to take a 10 minute bus or taxi from the station.
Most hotels are centred around Akakura Onsen as it allows access to the main ski resorts and has the most food and drink options. There are a number of huge (but slightly older) hotels, family run ryokans, lodges and European style chalets.
The Akakura Kanko Hotel is located halfway down Akakura resort, with stunning views of the mountains. Built in 1937, it’s an absolute icon of the Japanese ski industry and continues to provide luxury ski-in ski-out accommodation to guests. Yuki Dake is a centrally located lodge run by friendly Australians. It has an awesome basement bar and a relaxed vibe that suits groups and young couples.
Restaurants & Apres
Most of Myoko’s restaurants and bars are around the Akakura area. Nearly all of them are still owned by the local Japanese people so you’ll find plenty of izakayas and restaurants offering Japanese dishes like ramen, udon and soba. There is also an Italian place, a burger joint and an abundance of crepes. Hunter Bar is a crowd pleaser with its large menu catering to Japanese and Western tastes, while Udon-no-fu is a cute basement udon restaurant and Pomodoro is the place to get your pizza fix.
The nightlife scene in Myoko is relatively quiet, with only a handful of izakayas and bars. Skate Bar is a small, smokey den with frequent skate nights. Love Bar is good for parties and live DJ sets while Jack’s bar is the regular haunt of the English-speaking staff.
Great time to be visiting this area as the crowds have not yet found this great area.