There’s a long history of hospitality in Myoko.
Some of the hotels in town date back to the establishment of local onsen (hot springs) in the Edo Period (1603 to 1868)—with many of the same families still running them today.
It’s the reason that Baron Okura selected the area as the site of the Akakura Kanko Hotel and ski area in 1937, one of the oldest ski resorts in Japan (and almost anywhere), and still the centerpiece of the region.
But it’s more than just the facilities—and there are a wide range of hotels, modern and traditional, Japanese and Western, available for travelers.
There is a real Myoko style to be experienced: a small, intimate ski town with a rich history; a sense of being immersed in Japanese culture; the magic of the unbelievable snowfalls that have defined life here for centuries.
The snow here truly is amazing, as an increasing number of travelers from all around the world have discovered.
There are five major ski areas spread across the base of the majestic Mt. Myoko—one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains—and several others in the area where you can access the powder.
There are schools and services ideal for all kinds of skiers, including families with small children.
For the adventurous (even the inexperienced), there is the thrill of accessing the deeply forested backcountry, from snowshoe and light ski hiking to guided day tours to local peaks.
And after enjoying it all, soak in an onsen from one of the two sources high on Mt. Myoko, then a have delightful dinner in the hotel, or in local restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines.
You will be welcomed; you will get to meet and enjoy the company of the local people.
That’s the Myoko style.