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“Powder Recon”
Review of Myoko Kogen

Myoko Kogen
Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Myoko
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Myōkōkōgen is famed for it's 9 local ski resort areas. The first of these, Akakura, was founded in the 1930s, making it one of the oldest established ski areas in the world. It is also a traditional mountain retreat of Japan's imperial family. Myōkō Kōgen is also well known for its many local onsen (hot springs) emanating from the Jigoku-dani valley between Mt. Myōkō and Mt. Mae The area is dominated by 'Hokushingogaku' - a spectacular series of five mountains (Madarao, Myōkō, Kurohime, Togakushi and Iizuna) that make up the border of Nagano and Niigata prefectures.
Reviewed 23 June 2014

Amazing skiing, loads of accessible resorts, guides at Powder Recon were accommodating and friendly. Rode fresh powder every day of my 6 day trip, can't recommend highly enough!

8  Thank Bob H
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Totally in agreement with Tripadvisor comments by Iluvtheoutdowz Perth. Our recent visit to Myokokogen was our second, and the skiing as enjoyable as the first, several years ago. Nozawa Onsen, Zao, and Appi Kogen are the other resorts we have visited in Japan, and wonderful Zao is the only other resort we would revisit.
There are 4 separate areas which comprise Myoko-Kogen ski resort, and the long wide Suginohara slopes a favourite. The longest run is around 8km top to bottom. The view from the top of Suginohara is amazing, as are the vistas on the lower slopes. Snow conditions were perfect, hire skis excellent, accommodation affordable, in short, some of the best skiing we have experienced, (comparisons with B.C. Canadian resorts, Europe, and Australia.)
Myoko Kogen has a laid back atmosphere, perfect for families, and skiers who enjoy wide pistes, and excellent snow. Conditions can get cold, some of the chair lifts are the older style chairs, though OK; in the past we have experienced colder windy conditions, slower, exposed chair lifts at Aussie Perisher Blue.
One of the reasons we now prefer to ski in Japan, and also avoid the ski fields popular with Aussies, is that many of our fellow Aussie skiers seem to have the need to prove something on the slopes; the Japanese skiers in comparison are out to share the slopes with fellow skiers for an enjoyable, pleasurable experience. For many years our preference was Canadian ski fields, which are diverse and enjoyable, however a Japanese ski trip requires shorter air travel and snow conditions in Japan are superior.
The Akakura Onsen slopes are also pleasant, and were closer to our Akakura Kanko accommodation which was a 5-8 minute easy walk to the main Akakura Onsen neighbourhood of shops, eating places, post office, ski hire rental etc. The convenient free ski Shuttle Bus connections begin at Akakura Onsen and connect to the other Myoko Kogen Ski areas regularly throughout the day.
It was possible to hire ski equipment from the Ikenotaria Resort nearer our accommodation, however the skis and boots on offer there were mediocre; out of style/ too worn quality and the assembly line hire process gave the impression that the important, correct fitting of boots was not a priority. Instead we chose to use a rental shop in the main Akakura Onsen village; opposite the Post Office we found the family run Satomiya rental shop. Here we hired quality, well maintained equipment for the same price. This family was a pleasure to deal with; the ski Shuttle Bus stop is across the road, and at the end of a day skiing we able to leave our skis and ski boots there for collection next day. During the day our walking boots were kept at Satomiya Rental; warm and dry, without the need to tramp any distance in ski boots. Nearby, above Satomiya, is a lift ticket sales office of one of the Akakura Onsen lifts, extremely convenient.

13  Thank Hitchiker_bear
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Loved the town and the food, but the resorts are very disappointing. Akakura Onsen & Akakura Kenko are side by side with interconnecting runs, but are on different tickets. So you pay extra to ski both. Ikenotaire and Suginohara are also connected by shuttle bus but again need separate tickets. As seems to be the norm for Japan, no grooming info is available, and grooming quality is extremely poor by Australian / North American standards. Chair lifts are uniformly slow, with more planks than padded seats, few restraining bars, and almost no foot rests. Feels like skiing back in the 70's. Plenty of better resorts on offer elsewhere in the world.

2  Thank Christine C
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

We visited Myoko Kogen for a family ski holiday, this was our first time visit to Japan and we were seeking the great snow Japan is so famous for and an authentic Japanese experience. Travelling with young children we had no interest in late night bars and hard partying which the Hokkaido resorts have become so renowned for. Only three hours North West of Tokyo by bullet train and a regional connection from Nagano you find yourself in some truly inspiring mountain regions. The temperatures are overall milder than Niseko and Furama so kids have a better time of it on the slopes. The English speaking ski schools cater for all ages and abilities and our kids absolutely loved their lessons and their English instructor. Myoko is quiet and still retains a genuine Japanese appeal, overseas tourists are still in the minority - so expect those quaint moments where language remains an obstacle and charades come in handy, particularly at restaurants! We had a fantastic family holiday and Myoko met our every expectation, it has great skiing and you can still immerse yourself in genuine Japanese culture, but if you are looking for some edgy après ski and look forward to being part of 'Ozzie Kuta on Ice' best head North to Hokkaido. Myoko Kogen remains, at least for the moment one of Japan's best kept secrets, I truly hope it stays that way.

9  Thank Iluvtheoutdawz
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

I didn't know what to expect as I hadn't done much research on the place but it turned out to have some adventurous hiking tracks up the volcano to see plenty of waterfall and semi natural hot spring baths.
The paths were not very well kept and were crumbling at the sides with obvious signs of recent landslides. The whole track was oozing with volcanic water and the smell made you light headed, which made the trek just that little more dangerous.

1  Thank KuriTokyo
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