Unique Skiing Destinations at the Foothills of Mt. Myoko


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Myoko Kogen was the first area to draw the attention of Australians in Niigata Prefecture, one of Japan’s greatest snowy regions. The unique skiing areas spread out along the slopes of the majestic Mt. Myoko, also known as Echigo Fuji for its resemblance to Mt. Fuji, have gained immense popularity. Part of its popularity is also due to its accessibility: it is only a 10-minute drive from the closest highway exit or train station.
A large-scale area with some 60 courses in total, Myoko Kogen is a surefire hit with families, beginners, and experts alike. There is the Akakura area formed by the Akakura Kanko Resort Ski and Akakura Onsen Ski Area, the Ikenotaira area with the Ikenotaira Onsen
skiing area, and the Suginohara area with the Suginohara Ski Resort, each with their own unique features. The Akakura area boasts numerous courses for advanced skiers and facilities aimed at children. Many Australian instructors are available, and the Myoko Snow Academy offers lessons in English for overseas visitors. Moreover, the hot spring town in the foothills is a lively spot with shopping opportunities, offering a great place to visit after skiing. The 800m cross-country course, the many park-style options of the Ikenotaira Onsen skiing area and the extraordinarily long 8,500m course of the Suginohara Ski Resort are also very popular. The variety of hot springs is another big draw to the region.