Myoko Suginohara is located on the southern slopes of Mt Myoko in Myoko city, Niigata Prefecture. The resort has two main zones - the Suginohara Zone and the Mitahara Zone. They are connected both at the base and higher up the mountain. This resort boasts a vertical of over 1100m and a longest course run of 8.5km, as well as a new 3.5km run of various park items by the Gondola. Myoko Suginohara has been operating since 1968.
Myoko is the name of a city in Niigata Prefecture, but it is also the name that many people associate with a number of ski and snowboard resorts located on and around the beautiful Mt Myoko in the south west region of the city. The region famously often receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in Japan. Myoko is located fairly close to a number of other popular ski and snowboard resort areas in neighbouring Nagano Prefecture including Madarao Kogen, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen (regional map). It is also a popular onsen hot springs and nature resort all year round and in recent years there has been a large increase in the number of visitors from overseas.
Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.
The Myoko Kogen Liner bus service operates between Joetsu Myoko Station (on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line) and various stops in Myoko. The service operates from 26th December 2020 through 14th March 2021. The charge is costs 1,100-1,300 yen for adults and children are charged at half price. There are two services from the station each day, as follows:
Note: The Mt Myoko Shuttle service will not be operating for the 2020-2021 season.
5.4km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
8.3km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
17.4km from the Nakajo IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (4.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 39
Myoko Suginohara is about 5.5km from the Myoko Kogen IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway.
At the Myoko Kogen IC exit traffic lights, turn right 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 to follow the big blue/green sign for Suginohara resort and the car park. From the Shinano IC turn right at the exit and right once again onto Prefecture Road 119 which heads up to Suginohara. (The road sign says Kurohimakogen Heights).
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