When you go on a ski holiday to Myoko Kogen you have an endless list of things to do both on and off the slopes. The resort is known for having some of the best skiing in the continent, with around a base of four metres each year and you might even see snow walls which go up to around three metres high – you can have all this just a short train ride from Tokyo.
Here are the best things to do in Myoko Kogen when you visit:
Hit All The Myoko Resorts
On average the mountains at Myoko get around 14 meters of snowfall, that’s a pretty amazing amount of snowfall by anyone’s standards. Here you will find nine resorts all of which have their own special parts to explore; Myoko Akakura Onsen, Ikenotaira Onsen, Myoko Suginohara, Seki Onsen, Akakan, Myoko Ski Park, Madarao Kogen and the fantastic Tangram Ski Circus. I’d read up about their special features before choosing which is for you.
Checkout A Local Onsen
You have to have a dip in a local Onsen – I mean it must be obligatory right?! Every hotel will have an Onsen and visitors like to explore more than one Onsen, that is easy to do because all you have to do is stroll around the village popping into each hotel. It doesn’t cost that much either, on average it’s only 500 yen each time you visit.
I think most of you might have tried Sake back home when out at a Japanese restaurant, but when you’re in Japan it tastes a lot better! Sake is rice wine which you can enjoy both hot and cold. Myoko Sake is the best thing to sip when you’re enjoying the local food or maybe you’d like it when you first get back to the hotel after a great day on the slopes. If you have the opportunity join a sake tasting evening if your hotel has one organised. Be sure to bring a few bottles back with you either for yourself or for presents – there are loads of sake shops in every village.
Dawn skiing is most popular on New Years Day. It is a Japanese tradition to watch the first sunrise of each year – what better place to do it than on the slopes? Head over to the Akakan gondolas before dawn breaks and savour the view whilst sipping on the drinks available waiting for the sun to rise – having your camera is essential because you’ll want to snap away.