Welcome to Snow Country!
Less than an hour north of Nagano City, Myoko boasts more than 19 meters of snow annually?and everything from easy beginner runs to steep slopes where you can enjoy that deep powder. Add cozy accommodations, great local foods, soothing hot springs, rich history (founded in the 1930s, Myoko is one of the oldest established ski areas in the world), the unspoiled nature of Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park and easy access to interesting cultural side trips, and you have the ideal location to enjoy a total Japan ski experience.
With five distinctive areas spread across the base of beautiful Mt. Myoko, Myoko has something for every skier, from adventurous individual to couples looking for a romantic getaway, or families with children who need to satisfy many different needs (including daycare facilities). Call on a local guide for snowshoeing and light skiing that even beginners will enjoy, or take a day-long tour to the local peaks.
Or simply stroll along snow-walled streets and enjoy snowfalls like you’re unlikely to experience anywhere else in the world. When you’re done with the outside fun, take a long, soothing dip in any of the countless hot springs?the ideal treatment for ski-weary legs! Then enjoy a selection of Japanese and Western meals?don’t forget the local soba noodles and native mountain vegetables, served in a wide array of unforgettable dishes.
No wonder it earns top rankings as one of the most beautiful ski areas in Japan.
See details and snow reports for Myoko’s ski resorts and learn more about the area’s warm hospitality below!
A LONG HISTORY OF HOSPITALITY
Some of the hotels in the Akakura area of Myoko date back to the establishment of local onsen spas in the Edo Period (1603 to 1868). Many of the original families who began inns still run them today. Over two hundred years of harsh winters and snow, a tradition of warm hospitality has developed in Myoko?a friendliness and warmth that travelers take back with them.
It was the great snow, hot springs and hospitality that drew Baron Kishichiro Okura to select Myoko as the site for his Akakura Kanko Hotel and ski area in 1937. It became one of the first ski resorts not only in Japan, but globally?and it still stands proudly on the ski slopes of Myoko today.
Beyond the wide range of hotels and facilities, from modern to traditional and Japanese to Western, there is a still an intimate Myoko to be experienced: the small ski town with a rich history, immersive Japanese culture, and the magic of unbelievable snowfalls that have defined life here for centuries.
On the slopes, you’ll find ski schools and services ideal for all kinds of skiers, including families with small children. For the adventurous (experienced or not!), you can enjoy the thrills of the deeply forested backcountry, from snowshoe and cross country ski hiking to guided day tours to local peaks and bottomless powder.
And after enjoying it all, soak in a natural onsen bath from one of Mt. Myoko’s two geothermal springs and savor a delightful dinner in your hotel or a local restaurant.
Locals will welcome you warmly and show you the heart of snow country.
That's the Myoko style.
When you’re in Myoko, you’ll have lots of chances to enjoy things in the local style.
Whether it’s sampling fresh sake from one of the town’s three breweries, taking in a local festival or enjoying a meal in an intimate local restaurant, there are lots of opportunities to take in Myoko’s culture.
Because the town has been welcoming guests for centuries, the local people know how to treat guests?just ask the many repeaters who choose to visit year after year. With warm hospitality, hot springs, food and drink, the cold of winter all but disappears!
In Myoko, there’s lots more than just the snow!