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 it is generally considered to include the ski resorts of 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.