Destination Myoko Kogen: About us
About Us: Destination Myoko Kogen is the independent web guide to Myoko. We were the first dedicated English guide to the region and have been proudly supporting Myoko tourism since 2003. It is part of the 蔵インターナショナル (Kura International) Group, a Japan registered business.
Akakura Onsen 549-25, Myoko-shi, 949-2111
Ph: +81 (0)255-78-7828
Email: myokoguy -at- myokokogen.net
〒949-2111 新潟県妙高市549-25 赤倉温泉
Eメール：myokoguy -at- myokokogen.net
We work with the local tourist board for promotion purposes but do not have any commercial affiliation, nor do we receive any subsidies.
We are proud members of the Myoko Kogen shoko kai (Business Association) and Myoko kanko kyokai (Tourism Board).
About Us: History
Our first site was first launched in 2003 as a simple one page of links, hints and pictures in an effort to consolidate the paucity of English information on the Myoko Kogen area and make it more readily accessible. At that time there was very little information available in English but that had changed by 2006 with Myoko’s expanding international profile – partly due to our efforts we believe.
After the site grew to a number of pages with expanded coverage, it’s popularity increased, links were made from other sites and we were even mentioned in a number of newspaper, magazine and web articles. Since then the Explore The Heart of Japan sites have also been linked or recognized as the authoritative guide by a variety of websites and travel companies including MSN Travel, HIS, JNTO France, Sydney Morning Herald, Lonely Planet, The News Corporation Travel Section and Qantas Travel Insider. So in due course Explore the Heart of Japan further established itself as the most popular and informative one-stop English portal for the Myoko-Nojiriko-Togakushi-Madarao-Snow Monkeys-Nagano area.
Around the end of 2007 we became aware that there was a growing body of international skiers and snowboarders coming to Myoko Kogen. After visiting Myoko many skiers and snowboarders, both local and foreign, despaired of the accolades poured out on Hakuba, Nozawa, Shiga-kogen, etc., whilst Myoko Kogen, with snow every bit as good, went seemingly unnoticed. This was in part due again to a lack of regularly updated and substantive ski information on the area.
Hence in 2008 we added the Destination Myoko Kogen site as well to serve these needs. Destination Myoko Kogen quickly established itself as the authoritative site for ski information in and around Myoko Kogen and we strive to continue adding features.
About Us: Our Websites
About Us: Our Ski Lodge
In order to fill a growing need in the market we have opened an Australian style ski club lodge in Akakura Onsen. See our Red Warehouse website for more information.
About Us: Staff
The information on this site was first put into place by Nic Klar (author of ‘My Mother is a Tractor’) in 2003. Nicholas spent two years living in Omi-machi in Niigata (1995-97) and met his wife on a snowboarding trip to Myoko. After travelling regularly to the area each year they are now established full time in the area at Akakura Onsen. Other people contribute on a part-time basis.
About Us: Contributions and Recommendations
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