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“Fabulous family destination”
Review of Myoko Kogen

Myoko Kogen
Ranked #5 of 23 things to do in Myoko
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
“Fabulous family destination”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

We visited Myoko Kogen for a family ski holiday, this was our first time visit to Japan and we were seeking the great snow Japan is so famous for and an authentic Japanese experience. Travelling with young children we had no interest in late night bars and hard partying which the Hokkaido resorts have become so renowned for. Only three hours North West of Tokyo by bullet train and a regional connection from Nagano you find yourself in some truly inspiring mountain regions. The temperatures are overall milder than Niseko and Furama so kids have a better time of it on the slopes. The English speaking ski schools cater for all ages and abilities and our kids absolutely loved their lessons and their English instructor. Myoko is quiet and still retains a genuine Japanese appeal, overseas tourists are still in the minority - so expect those quaint moments where language remains an obstacle and charades come in handy, particularly at restaurants! We had a fantastic family holiday and Myoko met our every expectation, it has great skiing and you can still immerse yourself in genuine Japanese culture, but if you are looking for some edgy après ski and look forward to being part of 'Ozzie Kuta on Ice' best head North to Hokkaido. Myoko Kogen remains, at least for the moment one of Japan's best kept secrets, I truly hope it stays that way.

Visited January 2014
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Tokyo
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42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Summer trip to Myoko Kogen”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

I didn't know what to expect as I hadn't done much research on the place but it turned out to have some adventurous hiking tracks up the volcano to see plenty of waterfall and semi natural hot spring baths.
The paths were not very well kept and were crumbling at the sides with obvious signs of recent landslides. The whole track was oozing with volcanic water and the smell made you light headed, which made the trek just that little more dangerous.

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank KuriTokyo
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Myoko Snowsports”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Our recent trip to Myoko Kogen was made all the better by Tom, Nozomi and their team at Myoko Snowsports. They taught us to ski/board, showed us around the mountains and fostered our confidence and enthusiasm.
We hired our equipment and ski clothing (for 2 adults & 2 young children) and couldn't fault a thing.
The powder was awesome - but the staff at Myoko Snowsports made our holiday very easy & enjoyable.
Huge thanks to them.
We'll be back.

Visited January 2013
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8 Thank Pip C
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Melbourne, Australia
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Myoko Snowsports”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Our first trip to ski the resorts of Myoko Kogen and it was fabulous! What made it exceptional was the assistance we recieved from the Myoko Snowsports team headed by Nozomi and Tom. They know the mountains and apart from their dedicated team of instructors, have mountain guides who can find amazing hidden stashes of powder!

Visited December 2012
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6 Thank Steve B
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