Spot Check: Myoko, Japan
Myoko Kogen, located in the Niigata region on Japan’s main island of Honshu. Still relatively unknown and off the radar for the hordes who flock to Japan’s larger resorts. Myoko is a quiet achiever and ticks so many boxes for an authentic Japanese experience, on and off-snow.
The resort is not overly commercialised and has retained it’s charm. Akakura Onsen is the main village and with it’s towering snowbanks, steaming onsen, traditional lodges and restaurants and minimal english singage it’s a great escape after you’ve ticked off the larger commercial resorts.
If you’re not into riding from first to last chair, then there isn’t much else for you to do in Myoko. The focus is on the riding and you won’t be disappointed! With 4 resorts accessed on a single lift pass you’ll always have new areas to explore. It doesn’t matter if you’re staying for 2 days or 2 weeks, there is always new places to ride. Once you’ve ticked off the 4 main resorts, head to the nearby resort of Seki Onsen or join us for a Backcountry Tour with our local Japanese guides and find out why this region is rated as one of the premiere backcountry areas in Japan.
The season in Myoko kicks off with a bang. Last December was the snowiest month of the 2014/15 season with over 5.6 metres of the light, dry fluffy stuff falling during the month. Not bad when you consider that the resort doesn’t officially open until the 22 December. The close proximity to the coast means we consistently score massive quantities of snow on a regular basis and it keeps on coming all the way through until March.
Check out the snowfall stats for the 2014/15 season:
December 2014: 5.6 metres
January 2015: 5.25 metres
February 2015: 3.2 metres
March 2015: 1.55 metres
If you’re looking for a resort that will give you access to wide open groomers, multiple terrain parks and some of the best in-bounds, off-piste terrain in Japan, then put Myoko on your list.
Check out our guided tours to Myoko HERE
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