Myoko Kogen Travel Guide - By car

Myoko by car

Myoko Kogen is the mountainous part of Myoko City with a number of resorts on the side of the beautiful Mt Myoko.

Myoko is in the southern region of Niigata Prefecture, surrounded on three sides by the border with Nagano Prefecture.

The region gets famously huge amounts of snowfall each season, but Myoko is a popular onsen and nature resort all year round as well.

Myoko area by car
Getting to Myoko resorts from expressway
Town map
Getting from Myoko to nearby snow regions
Joshinetsu region map
Additional Myoko resources on SnowJapan
Myoko by public transport
Go to our guide for getting to the Myoko area using public transport

What is Myoko?

  Mt Myoko is the name of the beautiful mountain in the above photograph.
Myoko Kogen
was the name of a town that existed until 2005.
Myoko-mura was the name of a village that existed until 2005.
In 2005, Myoko Kogen and Myoko-mura, along with Arai City, were brought together to form the new Myoko-shi (Myoko City).
Most people now refer to the ski resort area as 'Myoko Kogen', or just simply 'Myoko'.
Myoko Kogen Town
Myoko Village
Myoko City
妙高高原
妙高
妙高
  Myoko Kogen is the name of the local line train station near most of the ski resorts. Myoko Kogen Station 妙高高原
  Joetsu Myoko Station is the name of the Hokuriku Shinkansen train station (* though it is located over 25km to the north of the ski resort areas - more train info) Joetsu Myoko Station 上越妙高
  The interchange exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway is called Myoko Kogen IC Myoko Kogen IC 妙高高原IC
  Some of the ski resorts in the area include the word 'Myoko' in their name.
Note: There is no ski resort that is called just 'Myoko'
Kyukamura Myoko RunRun
Myoko Ski Park
Myoko Suginohara
休暇村妙高
妙高スキーパーク
妙高杉ノ原


Getting to the Myoko area by car

  Main expressway and exits:  

  Joshinetsu Expressway (toll road) 上信越自動車道
  Myoko Kogen IC 妙高高原IC
  Shinano-machi IC 信濃町IC
  Main roads:  
  Route 18 国道18号
  Prefecture Road 39/399 県道39号 399号

The two main roads running through the Myoko region north to south are Route 18 which goes from Joetsu City in the north through into Nagano Prefecture to the south, and the Joshinetsu Expressway which runs from Fujioka JCT in Gunma Prefecture, through Nagano Prefecture and beyond Myoko to Joetsu in Niigata Prefecture.

Myoko Kogen IC is the nearest exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway for most of the ski hills in the area, with most of the larger resorts being about 4-5km from the IC exit.

From Tokyo and approaching from the south

Nerima IC to Myoko Kogen IC (Kanetsu; Joshinetsu) about 250km 5,930 yen
Nagano IC to Myoko Kogen IC (Joshinetsu) about 47km 1,420 yen
Okaya JCT to Myoko Kogen IC (Nagano; Joshinetsu) about 125km 3,330 yen

From the north

Itoigawa IC to Myoko Kogen IC (Hokuriku; Joshinetsu) about 72km 2,070 yen
Niigata Chuo IC to Myoko Kogen IC (Hokuriku; Joshinetsu) about 158km 3,980 yen
Kanazawa IC to Myoko Kogen IC (Hokuriku; Joshinetsu) about 204km 4,880 yen

Route Finder

>> SnowJapan Route Finder: See below for individual resorts
>> SnowJapan Route Finder: General Route Finder

 
Kanetsu Expressway
Kanetsu Expressway from Nerima IC Fujioka JCT
>> Full Kanetsu Expressway details
>> Diagram showing regional expressway connections
Exit name Prefecture Distance from Nerima Connections
Nerima IC 練馬IC Tokyo >>>  
Fujioka JCT 藤岡JCT Gunma 78.6km Joshinetsu Expressway
 
Joshinetsu Expressway
Joshinestu Expressway from Fujioka JCT to Myoko Kogen IC and beyond
>> Full Joshinetsu Expressway details
>> Diagram showing regional expressway connections
Exit name Prefecture Distance from Fujioka Distance from Nerima Connections
Fujioka JCT 藤岡JCT Gunma >>> 78.6km Kanetsu Expressway
Shinano-machi IC 信濃町IC Nagano 167.4km 246.0km  
Myoko Kogen IC 妙高高原IC Niigata 172.5km 251.1km  
Joetsu JCT 上越JCT Niigata 204.3km 282.9km Hokuriku Expressway

See also:

>> Nagano Expressway
>> Chuo Expressway

 

Getting to the ski and snowboard resorts from the Myoko Kogen IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway

Snow resort name Distance from IC Directions from Myoko Kogen IC* exit
(*unless noted otherwise)
 
Ikenotaira Onsen
池の平温泉
about 2.7km Go straight ahead at the IC exit traffic lights and then soon turn left onto Prefecture Road 187. Go under the expressway and continue on this road for about 2.5km until reaching the base of the resort. Parking off the road to the right.
Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
黒姫高原スノーパーク
about 4.5km* From the Shinano-machi IC exit, turn right onto Route 18. After 200m, turn right onto Prefecture Road 119 and follow this road to the base of the resort.
Akakura Kanko Resort
赤倉観光リゾート
about 4.5km Turn left at the IC exit traffic lights onto Route 18. After just over 1km turn left at the road signposted as Akakura Spa (Prefecture Road 39) and follow the signs. The resort base and main car park is on the left side just over 3km from Route 18.
Akakura Onsen
赤倉温泉
about 5+km Turn left at the IC exit traffic lights onto Route 18. After just over 1km turn left at the road signposted as Akakura Spa (Prefecture Road 39) and follow the signs past Akakura Kanko into Akakura Onsen.
Myoko Suginohara
妙高杉ノ原
about 5.5km Turn right at the IC exit traffic lights onto Route 18. After about 750m turn right at the road signposted as Sasagamine and Suginosawa (Prefecture Road 39). Follow this road for just over 3km where there is a junction with a number of roads - turn second right and follow the big blue/green sign for Suginohara resort and car park.
Tangram Ski Circus
タングラムスキーサーカス
about 10.5km Turn left at the IC exit traffic lights onto Route 18. After about 800m turn right and head towards Myoko Kogen Station. Turn right at the station and after about 600m turn left onto Prefecture Road 96 - the main road sign says for Iiyama and Madarao Plateau. Continue on this road for just under 6km and then turn left onto Prefecture Road 97. Follow this road up to Tangram Ski Circus.
Myoko Ski Park
妙高スキーパーク
about 10km Turn left at the IC exit traffic lights onto Route 18. After about 7.5km turn left onto Prefecture Road 39. Follow this road for just under 5km and Myoko Ski Park is just on the left hand side.
Kyukamura Myoko RunRun
休暇村妙高ルンルン
about 10.5km Turn left at the IC exit traffic lights onto Route 18. After about 7.5km turn left onto Prefecture Road 39. Follow this road for just over 5km and Kyukamura is just on the right hand side.
Seki Onsen
関温泉
about 14km Turn left at the IC exit traffic lights onto Route 18. After about 7.5km turn left onto Prefecture Road 39. Follow this road for about 6.5km and Seki Onsen is on the right hand side.
Madarao Kogen
斑尾高原
about 15km Turn left at the IC exit traffic lights onto Route 18. After about 800m turn right and head towards Myoko Kogen Station. Turn right at the station and after about 600m turn left onto Prefecture Road 96 - the main road sign says for Iiyama and Madarao Plateau. Continue on this road for just under 6km and then turn left onto Prefecture Road 97. Follow this road up to Madarao Kogen.

See also:

>> This map alongside googlemaps
>> Joshinetsu Expressway
>> Kita Shinano-sen
>> Myoko Haneuma Line
>> On the above map click on the resort names, train line and expressway names for more details

 

Getting from Myoko to nearby snow resort regions

Region Approximate distance by road General directions
Myoko to Madarao (Nagano) about 14km By car:
From the Myoko Kogen station area take Prefecture Road 96 and then 6km  later turn onto Prefecture Road 97 to go up to Tangram Ski Circus (8.5km) and Madarao Kogen (14km).
>> SnowJapan Madarao Travel Guide - By car : By train
Myoko to Nozawa Onsen (Nagano) about 40km By car:
Take the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway, exiting the expressway at Toyota Iiyama IC. After exiting the toll area, turn right onto Route 117 and follow that road through Iiyama city for 15km until reaching a sign for Nozawa Onsen. Turn right here onto Prefecture Road 410. After 1km turn left onto Prefecture Road 38 which takes you into Nozawa Onsen village. The resort car parks are clearly signposted on approaching the village. (Alternatively, take the more scenic mountain route from Myoko and go past Tangram Ski Circus and Tangram Ski Circus on Prefecture Road 97, eventually joining Route 117).
>> SnowJapan Nozawa Onsen Travel Guide - By car : By train
Myoko to Shiga Kogen (Nagano) about 50km By car:
Take the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway, exiting the expressway at the Shinshi Nakano IC. After exiting the IC, either go straight ahead to use the direct Shiga Nakano Toll Road (normally 310 yen), or turn right to avoid the toll road and go through a town area.  Shiga Kogen is signposted. Take Route 292 up to the Shiga Kogen resort areas.
>> SnowJapan Shiga Kogen Travel Guide - By car : By train
Myoko to Nagano City about 45km By car:
Take the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway heading south, exiting the expressway at the Suzaka Higashi Nagano IC or Nagano IC.
Myoko to Sugadaira (Nagano) about 58km By car:
Take the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway, exiting the expressway at the Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC (38km). At the Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC exit, turn right onto Route 403 for less than 1km and then turn right onto Prefecture Road 58 where Sugadaira is signposted. Follow that road for about 6km until arriving at some traffic lights on Route 406. Turn right onto Route 406 and head up to Sugadaira.
>>
SnowJapan Sugadaira Travel Guide - By car : By train
Myoko to Yuzawa (Niigata) about 95km By car:
Take the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway, exiting the expressway at Toyota Iiyama IC. After exiting the toll area, turn right onto Route 117 and continue for about 46.5km, going past Nozawa Onsen and through Sakae Village and Tsunan Town. After passing through Tsunan, turn right on Route 353 which is signposted as Shiozawa and Route 17. Continue on Route 353 for about 18km until reaching Route 17. From this junction turn right to head into Yuzawa town.
>> SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By car : By train
Myoko to Hakuba (Niigata) about 92km By car:
Take the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway, exiting the expressway at the Nagano IC (48km). At the Nagano IC exit, turn right onto Prefecture Road 35 for just under 3.5km heading towards central Nagano City. At the Route 19 (Nagano Minami Bypass) junction, turn left - Hakuba is signposted. After about 13.5km on Route 19 turn right onto the Hakuba Nagano Toll Road (210 yen) and from there Prefecture Roads 31 and 33 continue straight into Hakuba.
>> SnowJapan Hakuba Travel Guide - By car : By train

See also:

>> Regional expressways connection map
>> Regional train lines connection map
>> On the above map click on the resort names, train lines and expressway names for more details.

 

Additional Myoko resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to the Myoko area by train and public transport, please go to this section.

Daily reports Exclusive daily snow and weather reports from Myoko (Myoko Now)
Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Myoko
List of ski and snowboard resorts in Shinano
Accommodation Accommodation Spotlights - Myoko area
Online booking for accommodation in Myoko
Online booking for accommodation in Shinano
Ski lessons Lessons in English

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