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.
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