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  1. Akakura Onsen in Myoko (Niigata Prefecture) has joined SnowJapan with a new Resort Spotlight page. You can find all of the information here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/akakura-onsen
  2. (MYOKO) Ski & Snowboard School Information on Go Myoko Adventures in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/go-myoko-adventures
  3. Hi there, Family ( 3 kids and the Mrs) and I are travelling to Japan, skiing Myoko/Nozawa from Jan 1st 2020. First ever trip to Japan. We arrive Tokyo on December 31st and will head to Myoko via Nagano on trains on Jan 1st. We want to get skiing asap on arrival but would like to purchase some ski gear ( skis for our 5 y/o for example) ASAP on arrival. We wont have time in Tokyo (plus it'll be NYE). I would really appreciate any tips/advice on buying gear in either Nagano or Myoko. Whats best for us to get widest selection, value etc... We are also happy to buy online to collect on arrival if thats possible/better! Thanks in advance!
  4. This is by train / bus. Am I right in thinking that the best way is to get the Joetsu Shinkansen from Minakami to Takasaki, and then the Hokuriku Shinkansen up to Nagano? Thanks!
  5. Hi I am interested in going to Charmant Hiuchi in Niigata when I am in Myoko. It looks like I kind of need a car (or a friend with a car) but thought I might just see if there are any public transport ways to get there I am missing. Thanks for any help.
  6. I used to go to Arai (in Niigata, to the north of Myoko) a bit way back when. Last season my friend went to the newly re-opened Arai and said that while the facilities were impressive and all brand new, it was very very quiet. Anyone get there this last season? I wonder how much of a success they can make of it. Will be trying to go myself next winter.
  7. Guy Zudkevich

    Buying gear in Japan

    Hi Im planning of snowboarding in Myoko for 8 weeks next winter . How are the prices of snowboarding gear in Japan compared to the us ? where do you recommend buying gear in Tokyo or Myoko ?
  8. Guy Zudkevich

    Myoko seasonal

    Hi there We are a couple looking to spend 1-2 months snowboarding in Japan (January 2020 and maybe February as well). We are want to experience the powder japan is famous , experience ‘authentic Japanese’ and also stay on budget. After tons of reading we are thinking about Myoko and we have a few questions: Do Myoko ski resorts allow off piste skiing/ snowboard ? Is Myoko a good place to go to snowboard some good deep powder ? Does Myoko have any joint seasonal ski pass with other ski resorts in Japan? Is Myoko a good place to stay on low budget ? Of course we would love to hear recommendations about other ski resorts that will suit us Thanks !
  9. (MYOKO) Equipment Rental Information on Yukibancho Rentals in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/yukibancho-rentals-myoko
  10. (VARIOUS) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at MountainPros can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-mountain-pros
  11. (MYOKO) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Yodel Snow School in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-yodel-snow-school
  12. (MYOKO) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Echo Lodge in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-echo-lodge-myoko
  13. (VARIOUS) Ski & Snowboard Lessons Information on MountainPros can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/mountain-pros
  14. (MYOKO) Ski & Snowboard School Information on Yodel Snow School in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/yodel-snow-school
  15. (MYOKO) Ski & Snowboard School Information on Myoko Snowsports in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: Akakura https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/myoko-snowsports-akakura Arai https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/myoko-snowsports-arai
  16. Accommodation Information on Kogakuro in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/niigata/myoko/kogakuro
  17. Accommodation Information on Rental Cottage Greenbell Myoko in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/niigata/myoko/rental-cottage-greenbell-myoko
  18. Accommodation Information on Morino Lodge Myoko in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/niigata/myoko/morino-lodge-myoko
  19. Accommodation Information on Akakura Central Hotel in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/niigata/myoko/hotel-kofukan
  20. Accommodation Information on Guest House LAMP in Shinano-machi, Nagano (near Myoko) can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/nagano/shinano/guest-house-lamp
  21. Accommodation Information on Akakura Kanko Hotel in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/niigata/myoko/akakura-kanko-hotel
  22. Accommodation Information on Akakura Central Hotel in Myoko, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/niigata/myoko/akakura-central-hotel
  23. Resort Spotlight The Resort Spotlight for the Akakura Kanko resort in Myoko, Niigata Prefecture can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/akakura-kanko-resort
  24. It was on the news today that the locals have decided that the best name for the new Shinkansen station near Joestsu on the new shink line would be "Myoko Takada". Sounds like a good name to me, I bet Myoko will be happy.
  25. I used to visit Suginohara often when I first moved to Nagano, as at that time I lived on the northern side of Nagano city and it only took an hour or so to drive across into Niigata and the Myoko area. Now that I live such a short drive from the Hakuba valley, I rarely get across to Myoko and I do miss the place. I was lucky enough to win not one, but two tickets to use anywhere in the Myoko area in the last ‘Unclaimed Tickets’ Giveaway of the 2013/14 season. Thanks Snow Japan! I decided to use the tickets to visit Myoko Suginohara on what turned out to be a big powder day, late in the season. As I had two tickets, I decided to treat a friend of mine to a day out. I hadn’t ridden with him in a good few seasons, so he was very glad for the invitation, and even more so seeing as the ticket was free! As always, my wingman, ‘Bushiman’ came along for the ride. He got lucky on the same giveaway. So it had started puking at around 5pm on Thursday (20th) night and we arrived at Myoko Suginohara car park at around 8:20am on Friday. The drive up there was a little slower than we had expected, as the highway traffic slowed right down around the couple of IC exits before Myoko. After the IC there was not so much traffic at all really. It was the first day of a 3 day weekend, but the parking wasn’t even close to being full. Score! There was maybe 25cm of fresh on the ground when we arrived and it was coming down hard. Really good, light snow too. It certainly didn’t feel like the end of March up there! We met my buddy at the ticket window and got our tickets for the day. It was here that we found out the top ‘Mitahara No.3 High-Speed Qhad Lift’ would not be running today, due to the sudden dump of fresh snow. That kind of put the brakes on our plan to ride the lines over the back of the top lift. That said, those lines are steep and the new storm snow on top of the recent rain crust layer would have been sketchy at best. We decided that the best way to enjoy these late season powder conditions would be on the tree lines with less gradient. No line at the gondola, so we were straight in and on our way to the goods. It was looking deep out there! We took a couple of very mellow powder lines in the trees off the ‘Mitahara High-Speed No. 2 Quad Lift’ that serves the park. The first one was basically a straight line as it was bottomless and gravity was barely enough to get us through! The second one was just using our tracks from the previous line to gain some speed to catapult into the deep and get some nice turns. Pretty fun to warm up but we soon realised that we needed something a little steeper, as there was at least 40cm on the ground up there and our tracks were getting partially covered between laps! We opted for a longer, steeper line the other side of the mountain. Starting a little lower down and ending near the bottom of the gondola, this is the line we rode until we stopped for lunch. The snow was bottomless, light, fast and it was big grins all morning. At around 10am it looked like this: And then by 11am it was more like this: It was snowing so hard that our tracks were almost completely filled in between laps on the gondola. I’d say that it was more like 50-60cm on the ground by the time we stopped for lunch at around 1:30pm. I wouldn’t usually stop for lunch on a powder day like we were having, but I was hungry and ramen was the only thing that could satisfy my hunger. Bushiman and Jimbob were ready to eat too. Our 40 minute rest and feed was well deserved. We stopped at the ‘Restaurant Downhill’ half way down the ‘Suginohara Connection Trail’ and it was basically empty. I inhaled a massive bowl of ramen and it hit the spot! Hunger cured and time for a 15 minute rest to prepare for the post-feed lines. It was around 2:15 when we got back out there, so it was straight down to the gondola again to get a few more of the same line. The run we took down was our only one on a regular course, and the slope was almost empty. In fact, the whole place seemed freakishly quiet for the first day of a three-day weekend….. We called it a day at around 3:30 and got back to the car to find it buried up to the bumpers. Maybe a good 30cm had fallen in the 7 hours we were there. It was still coming down hard when we left! This photo of the car next to ours shows how much had fallen: It was a great day and I always like riding at Suginohara. It’s a shame the top lift wasn’t running, but we managed to get the goods all day on the lines available to us. Thanks for the tickets Snow Japan!

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