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Address: Myoko 949-2111, Niigata Prefecture
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Myōkōkōgen is famed for it's 9 local ski resort areas. The first of these,...

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.

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Great snow and good atmosphere

As beginner/intermediate skiers we loved this area for skiing ... there are plenty of slopes that are all "joined" and the snow was good despite very poor falls in nearby areas... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 August 2016
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Brisbane, Australia
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123 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

As beginner/intermediate skiers we loved this area for skiing ... there are plenty of slopes that are all "joined" and the snow was good despite very poor falls in nearby areas. The local town is quiet but has a nice feel and the ski slopes were similar ... quiet and friendly with short queues even over the New Year holidays.... More 

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Destination-Myoko, Representative at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review Myoko Kogen MPW_Oz and really glad you had a great time. Looking forward to having you back sometime soon! More 

Stockholm
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

After visiting countless ski areas in Europe and the USA-Canada, it was now time for Japan.First stop Myoko Akakura Onsen sounded like a good introduction.Without having seen some pictures of the resort it was with surprise we were measured by a somewhat rundown cityscape, but not without its charm.The area was not linked should not be a surprise, just bad... More 

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Destination-Myoko, Representative at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review Myoko Kogen Phayao13. If you are an experienced skier, yes, you would've found Akakura Onsen not very challenging. However there are numerous other resorts close by that hardcore skiers do enjoy such as Suginohara, Akakan and Madarao. I invite you to try them on your next trip here. We're also happy to help... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

Apparently they just had the worst snow fall in 30 years.... And I still loved it!!! We were lucky to have 2 powder days in the 6 days we had snowboarding. 5cm of snow was predicted one day, and we ended up 50cm. We went through Powder Recon and can't recommend them enough. They guided and took us to a... More 

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Destination-Myoko, Marketing at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review Myoko LiamHearne and so glad you had an awesome trip. Your timing was pretty good it seems. Hope you'll come back to visit us another season when the regular Myoko powder taps are turned on! More 

Sydney
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016

Another visit this year, and even though it had not been a great year for snowfall, Myoko rarely disappoints. Very few crowds, great snow, reasonable prices- hard to beat

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Destination-Myoko, Marketing at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Sorry we couldn't turn the snow on for you this season JEJ54. Thanks for the positive outlook/review and look forward to having you back soon - hopefully with some legendary Myoko pow! More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

A wonderful village positioned up the mountain in amongst the trees and overlooking the valley. We stayed in the 'Central Hotel' which had it all for a group of skiers - dated but clean and tidy, traditional rooms, breaky included offering western and Japanese, cosy bar with log fire and close 5 minute walk to village central with it's great... More 

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Destination-Myoko, Marketing at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to review Myoko Mark F. Glad that you had a great stay and hope to see you back another time! More 

Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

Perhaps I didn't research this one enough, but Myoko Kogen is not suited to everyones tastes. I would describe Myoko Kogen as a collection of seven small ski areas that present as a single mountain, but are really seven small ski areas. Each area has its own ticket which makes life frustrating. If you are only there a few days... More 

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Destination-Myoko, Marketing at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Dear JP_MELB, Thanks for your review and sorry you didn't enjoy Myoko as much as your previous trips to Nozawa Onsen and Hakuba. We understand your frustration with the shuttles and are providing all information provided by visitors back to official channels. I have sent your review onto various interested parties who have provided feedback on your other issues. I... More 

Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016 via mobile

We arrived just BEFORE the real snow started, but could tell that the pistes were well suited to families. There were no queues at the lifts and the on-snow eating options were varied, interesting, affordable and warm.

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Destination-Myoko, Marketing at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to Myoko Kogen Sue T as well as the feedback. Sorry we couldn't turn on the snow for you this season but hope to see you back another time! More 

Glen Iris, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

We stayed close to the Akakura Onsen side and its a nice pretty mountain but the runs are a little short and not many challenge all but the novice skier. You are better to get the ticket that covers both sides as the other side has longer and more challenging runs. Not that busy despite the new year period, so... More 

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Destination-Myoko, Marketing at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Thanks for the feedback Alan S. Akakura Onsen is great for families and beginners but more advanced skiers maybe looking for more advanced terrain. When you come next time please check out some of the other nearby resorts such as Suginohara, Ikenotaira, Seki Onsen or Madarao. Shuttles are available - just search for 'Myoko Transport' and you'll find a page... More 

Perth
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

We travelled to Myoko Kogen on the advice of friends who had been twice before and weren't disappointed. The area has lots of skiing and snowboarding opportunities for people of all abilities, a well run English language ski school & hire (Myoko Snowsports - lots of Aussies on staff) and lovely village atmosphere, not to mention some gorgeous views. Not... More 

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Destination-Myoko, Marketing at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to feedback re Myoko Kogen PerthRedFox. I think you've been able to encapsulate the Myoko experience pretty well! Hopefully look forward to seeing you in Myoko Kogen again. More 

Morawa, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

Good village atmosphere, great combo of piste and off piste. Has more snow than Nazawa Onsen & Hakuba at the moment. If off piste is your thing, more snowbase is needed as there is plenty of underbrush between the trees.

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Destination-Myoko, Marketing at Myoko Kogen, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback SunburntPlums. Sorry we were not able to provide our normal great base for you but hope you'll come and check us out again another season soon. More 

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