Myoko Kogen Area
The area collectively known as ‘Myoko Kogen’ sits at the southern tip of Niigata Prefecture and is blessed with some of Japan’s heaviest snowfall. Different people define the region differently but generally-speaking, the ski resorts of Myoko Kogen are typically considered to be Akakura Onsen, Akakura Kanko, Ikenotaira, Suginohara and Seki Onsen. As such, there are a lot of hotels and guesthouses in the area, many of which are family-run, servicing the skiers and snowboarders who head to Myoko each winter. The recent opening of Lotte Arai Resort heralds the first luxury accommodation in the area, a development that is sure to raise the profile of Myoko as an all-year-round destination.
Myoko is a place of special beauty, blessed with lush forest, beautiful mountains and within easy reach of Japan’s north coast including the Noto Peninsula and seafood markets of Niigata and Toyama. Exceptionally quiet outside of winter, the region is slowing coming to the attention of international visitors who are starting to discover its all-year-round appeal and ideal location positioned between the mountains and north coast.