Things To Do

Myoko Kogen is a year-round destination, with things to do in every season.  Snowboarding and skiing in one of the many resorts in the area, taking in a local onsen, back country hiking,  great food, cherry blossoms and one of the oldest temples in Japan are just a small list of things that you can enjoy in the Myoko Kogen area. See for further information about Myoko Kogen


Winter in Myoko Kogen lasts from about early December to mid-March.


Myoko Kogen is one of Japan’s oldest ski areas and made up of three separate resorts – Myoko Akakura, Myoko Suginohara and Ikenotaira Onsen.  The region often receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in Japan & its proximity to the Sea of Japan means Myoko often gets snow before anywhere else. It is renowned for some of the best vertical and longest runs Japan has to offer.


Spring in Joetsu-Myoko lasts from about mid-March to May, depending on the location.

Spring in Japan is famous for the cherry blossom season. Cherry blossom season is from the 1st of April to the 15th.

The most famous local area for viewing cherry blossoms is at Takada Park in Joetsu City; in particular experiencing the famous Cherry Blossoms at night. 

Myoko Range Reflection with Cherry Bloss
Selective focus of Tourist walking sight

Summer lasts from about early July to early-September, depending on location. and a particularly festive time of year,with colourful matsuri  (festivals) 

throughout the area.

The forests are popular with hikers , as is climbing Mt Myoko. The area is one of 48 certified 'forest therapy bases' in Japan, where walkers can practise the art of shinrin-yoku (forest bathing).


Many of the ski resorts also offer downhill mountain biking.​ Visitors can also enjoy the beaches in the Joetsu region - taking a dip or heading out for a surf in the Sea of Japan 



Autumn lasts from about early late October to early December, depending on location.


Autumn in Joetsu-Myoko brings out the brilliant autumn colours, complemented by the brilliant blue skies.


Some of the ski area gondolas are open for autumn leaf viewing which begin around late October or early November.


It’s still great weather for mountain hiking too (although starting to get a little chillier!).

Colorful Autum Leaves at Lake Chuzenji,
Zenkoji Temple in Nagano is over 1,400 years old and is one of the most important temples in Japan. 


Umigatari Joetsu Aquarium was fully rebuilt and reopened in 2018. It is one of the few places in Japan where you can see beluga whales. Year Round Attractions


Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's premier historic castles, and the five storey donjon is one of the oldest castles in Japan.  Year Round Attractions


Naena Falls is also a year-round attraction. With “earthquake waterfall” being its nickname, a gigantic volume of water gushes vertically down the 55-meter-high basalt cliff every second into the Seki River. 

Year Round Attractions 
Lake Nojiri is an ancient glacial lake, the location of the first pumped-storage hydroelectricity in Japan. 

Myoko has seven different Onsen areas which all have their source deep in Mt Myoko. Although the areas are all served from the same mountain the waters in each area are very different. This is what makes Myoko such a great place for experiencing onsens, every area will offer you a different type of bath.