Myoko Reviews, Reviews of Myoko Kogen, Myoko Trip Reports

Welcome to the Myoko reviews page. Want to know first hand info about skiing in Myoko Ski Resort? Well, check out the many Myoko reviews below.

Myoko Reviews, Reviews of Myoko Kogen, Myoko Trip Reports

From Studio Home (October 2012)

“I watched a skier take two turns then sink completely out of sight to ski submerged styles under the thick top layer of virgin pow. That snow was the deepest I had skied in my 25 years of sliding… Myoko was the cherry on top of our Japanuary magical mystery tour. ” Read more

Myoko Reviews: From the forum (January 2012)

“I think I have found my place, Hakuba was nice, but there is something about Myoko that just makes it feel so perfect. Plans for next years trip start on Saturday” Mark GC

“Having spent only a few days in Myoko I left with a hankering for more…As a first time visitor to Myoko I was pleasantly surprised by the distinct lack of gaijin, by the distinct lack of people on the slopes and the general laid back feel to the place.”Tonester

“…there -is- something about this place” JoeKing

“I love Myoko! This place is amazing. It has given me my first serious powder experience.” Peejay

Myoko Reviews: From 9 Ski Destinations You Haven’t Heard Of (Nov 2011)

“…just an hour from Nagano is one of Japan’s oldest skiing areas, Myoko Kogen, that also happens to be one of the less traversed. It’s a truly tiny Japanese mountain town with amazing skiing during the day and warm, hole-in-the-wall izakayas serving ramen noodles and fresh sushi by night.”

Myoko Reviews: What others say about Myoko Kogen Ski Resort

Japan! Deepest. Snow. Ever. – A photo essay (January 2011)

“Tree jibs, avy barriers, pillow lines, and bottomless powder were on tap every day..All in all I think this was one of the best ski trips I’ve ever been on.  Not only did we have unbelievable snow every day we skied (always somewhere in between 25 and 100+cm per night) but the culinary adventure matched the adventure on the slopes!” Read more of these Myoko Reviews…

Akakura powder snow and trees - Myoko Reviews

Photo courtesy of Adam U

From The Australian (June 2011)

“Myoko, on the other hand, gets an average of 15m of snow a year, and while the gradient of the slopes is not as steep as at many European and North American resorts, avalanches do occur.

For intermediate to advanced skiers, there is some in-bounds off-piste skiing at Myoko, and the policy of most ski areas here is less strict than elsewhere in Japan. But for those chasing a long, uninterrupted descent through untracked powder, hiking up to a nearby peak is always tempting.” Read more…

From Tripadvisor (April 2011)

I recently went to Myoko with my family on a ski holiday. It was our first time to Japan and I can say we’ll be back again for sure. The town was very Japanese with lots of culture and friendly people. We found a great international ski school that offered english speaking lessons. All the instructors and staff were excellent in acommodating our needs. Our family fell in love with this place and recommend it to anyone wanting to take a ski trip to Japan. Read more of these Myoko reviews…

The ESPN GO ski crew said in January 2011 that, “The terrain here offers the same endless bounty of pleasant surprises as the rest of the culture and the snow is as perfect as the people are welcoming and polite. “I have never skied snow this deep in my entire life and we have zero competition for lines,” said KC Deane”. Read more…

In October 2007 the Myokokogen area was designated by The News Corporation Travel Section as one of the best ski resorts in Japan. It claimed, “Myoko Kogen is a large-scale resort with great snow, numerous runs and a fast, efficient lift and gondola system. The village is connected to three linked resorts: SuginoharaAkakura and Ikenotaira. Akakura is the main area with a good selection of hotels and entertainment. There are natural hot springs in the area.” Read more…

In December 2008 it was listed in the world’s TOP 10 resorts by The London Telegraph. The author in his Myoko review stated that the, “..Japanese have embraced snowboarding culture, leading the way with the sport’s innovations. This hidden gem, just two hours from Tokyo on the bullet train, receives 40ft of snow each winter. It offers floodlit terrain parks as well as the unique experience of riding through birch trees. The atmosphere is unmistakably Japanese: most households have mini JCB diggers to clear snow rather than shovels, while a dip in the local hot springs is the perfect way to unwind.” Read more…

In the same month Qantas Travel Insider said that Myoko Kogen, “…may well be off the beaten track, but canny skiers know it’s worth the effort. After a 45-minute bus trip from Nagano City, you’ll discover a slice of Japan not yet on the mass-market radar. The snow can be so deep and light that even afficionados of more famous ski destinations rave about its quality. Six ski areas are linked to Myoko Kogen, with plenty of options for off-piste skiing, often in neck-deep snow. Seki Onsen Resort is the perfect place for back-country skiers…” Read more…

Tokyo - Great hotels at reasonable prices - Myoko reviews page

The Sydney Morning Herald wrote two reviews of Myokokogen. The first says, “An hour north of Nagano City sits Myoko Kogen in the Niigata prefecture. It is ideal for families, with a mix of terrain suitable for everyone and both Western and Japanese hotel and hostel options. Mt Myoko-San ski area is made up of nine mountains and the area boasts an annual snowfall of 13 metres, as well as stunning lake views and silver-birch trees. The village is known for its onsens and intimate bars as well as more than 40 restaurants and a variety of hotels… ” Read more…

The next Myoko review from this well known newspaper was even more effusive, “It’s a fact of life that Australian skiers are the most adventurous on the planet; find a mountain anywhere on Earth and, without doubt, you will find an Australian who found it before you did. But if you’d like to avoid Australians en masse and have a genuinely Japanese ski holiday, Myoko Kogen could well be your idea of alpine heaven. It is one of Japan’s oldest ski resorts and Westerners have yet to infiltrate it fully. It’s also where the Japanese Royal family chooses to ski. Although it’s not far from the popular ski regions of Shiga Kogen and Hakuba and it boasts more than 14 metres of snowfall a season, Myoko Kogen has traditional Japanese accommodation with few options for nightlife outside soaking in onsen and competitive karaoke competitions with locals, who take their singing very seriously. Skiing here is as far as you can expect from the ”Australianised” experience you’ll have at Niseko. In Myoko Kogen you’re still a novelty – I counted only three Australians in a week, two of whom worked there.

You’ll also experience uncrowded ski runs on Myoko Kogen’s nine mountains, which have everything from steep black runs to easy, wide-open beginner slopes. What’s more, the tree runs (just be careful of where you’re allowed to go) are well spaced and have deep snow. There’s about a kilometre of vertical descent, with some runs more than nine kilometres long.” Read more…

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A travel writer for their rival Sydney Daily Telegraph rated her day at Suginohara as “…the single best day’s skiing of my life”

The World Snowboard Guide enthusiastically blogged, “With wide eyes and open mouths we drove through the main street – narrow, snow-covered, shop-lined and truly authentic. After the slightly ‘Aussiefied’ Hakuba, Myoko felt like the heart of Japan….This resort just blew us away. Without a doubt, Akakura became the whole teams most favourite resort in Japan. The freeriding possibilities, along with the great snow, kept us in fits of over-excited hysterics, giggling like Japanese school girls, all day long. So many lines and so little time.This resort just blew us away.”

Camilla Stoddart, sports photographer, visited in 2008 and again in 2009. Her Myoko review said, “We went to Myoko and I fell in love with this small and very non-commercialised place instantly. Myoko is one of those undiscovered gems that you don’t want to tell too many people about. It is a real slice of true Japanese skiing with friendly locals, cool wee hang outs, a crazy onsen in the middle of the mountains and amazing pillow line stashes. I will be back to this place!!”

Rabid K9 wrote a now legendary Japan trip report and photo essay on His began his journey in Akakan Resort, Myoko. “Myoko, to me, now sets the benchmark against which I mentally measure snow in other Honshu areas. It seems reports out of here may underestimate actual falls, especially when compared to well known nearby resorts… You know the day is going to be good when you steam down the untracked main piste with knee deep powder billowing in all directions on your first run. Enjoying the luxury of good lift accessed riding, fresh snow & no crowds…

In summary, I would return to Myoko without hesitation. Huge snowfalls, some decent resorts to warm up in & a host of good solid backcountry. I think Akakura Kanko resort itself may be overrated, but the underrated areas around compensate for that. I love the genuine Japanese feel of the place & I’d probably aim to have a car to explore some more of the out of the way areas…” Read much more…

Self contained and ski accommodation in Hakuba, Japan

Smitty 484 wrote us a winning Myoko trip journal for us that included these comments, “I decided to head to Ikenotaira for the pow day and it did not disappoint. Like all of the resorts in Myoko there was absolutely no ropes and there were plenty of trees to get in to. I have said this before, but the inbounds stuff at Myoko is not particularly steep, however if you are after easily accessed off-piste tree runs it is great….I really enjoyed the time in Myoko, the resorts were very off-piste friendly, there was lots of snow..the people were really friendly and it wasn’t overrun by Aussies.”

When asked “What was the best thing you saw?” this Lonely Planet Japan writer enthused, “The best thing I saw was fresh powder at 4pm in the afternoon (in Myoko Kogen).”

This poster enthusiastically proclaims the merits of Myoko over Hakuba, “There is tape. There are boundaries, but NO ONE gives a crap if you go out of bounds or play in the trees. It also has places for hiking and playing in. Again, the policy is, you go out of bounds and we have to rescue you, youll be paying through the nose for it, but otherwise, have a nice day! Myoko is well worth a visit. Unlike Hakuba and Nozawa its totally uncrowded…the lifts are top notch (fast and long), the slopes are beautifully maintained, the powder is epic, and the scenery is spectacular. And dont underestimate how much freedom you have 🙂 Its awesome!…Free pow, freeride, and a tonne of free space.”

This forum poster stated the advantages of skiing in Myoko Kogen succinctly:

  • Lots of powder
  • Very few roped off tree areas
  • A selection of resorts linked by a free bus network
  • Easy to get to from Tokyo (no extra plane ride)
  • Well priced accommodation close to the runs
  • English ski school
  • Childcare available
  • If you want LOTS of powder, something different, and a great cultural experience then Japan (Myoko) wins hands down…

Powder Mania wrote in January, 2011 – “The land of snow; a real Japanese experience. A trip to Myoko is traveling into the heart of Japanese culture and the Snow Country. About 13m average snow fall a season guarantees good skiing December all the way into May.” Read more…

Myoko Powder review  - Myoko Reviews

Mountain Watch thought that, “…at the moment Myoko is a bit of a hidden gem. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we stumbled across a place so good we put our travel plans on ice. There’s a down to earth friendliness in the town and on the hill, and the resorts offer some unreal riding. No doubt it’s going to be a popular area in the future.

“Epic” would be a safe way to describe the conditions. With a few days riding the Myoko resorts under our belt, the plan was to keep on heading north. We had a bunch of places we wanted to check out, and conditions were good everywhere. But with a handful of great resorts, barely anyone around and plenty more snow forecast, leaving Myoko didn’t seem like much of an option. Myoko was delivering the goods and the other spots on our list would have to wait. The road trip was derailed before it’d even gotten into full swing” (September 2010). Read more…

Lastly (but not at all leastly), Above Below Tours from Taiwan came to Myoko to film a number of promotional videos. One of their many claims was that, “The snow was phenomenal, the food was tasty, and the people were most accommodating. I can’t wait to go back!” See one of the videos below:

See our ‘Myoko Kogen in the News’ forum thread for more links and Myoko reviews.

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