Village Info in Myoko Kogen
Myoko Kogen Getting Around
Myoko ski resorts are connected by ski shuttles, on roughly an hourly schedule. The buses loop from Akakura Onsen Bus Stop, through Akakura village to Akakura Kanko Resort ski slopes, then over to Ikenotaira Onsen ski area, through Suginohara village and terminating at Suginohara ski area. The reverse pattern is also operating on an hourly-or-so schedule.
Night shuttles operate at Myoko Ski Resort, from Akakura bus stop through Ikenotaira and Suginosawa Onsen and into Myoko Kogen train station. Fares cost around 500 yen per ride. Heading down to the train station and main Myoko Onsen village area opens up a number of dining options, and a chance to interact with town locals.
Myoko Kogen ATMs, Bank & Cash
Japan is still very much a cash economy, so it is highly recommended to purchase Yen cash before you arrive in Japan or arrange it before you leave the airport you entered in to. The only place in Myoko Kogen to withdraw cash with an international credit card is the Post Office ATM next to the bus terminal, open weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Myoko Kogen Shopping
Myoko Kogen offers a number of small shops selling basic souvenirs, snacks and alcohol, but don’t expect a shopping spree! Rental shops are widely available, but those planning to buy ski gear or snow wear in Japan better pick it up in a major city or Nagano City just before getting to Myoko. Due to the clean mountain spring water, and cool climate, the land around Myoko produces some of the best rice nation-wide, and therefore great rice wine is available in the village.
Myoko Kogen Onsen Guide
Myoko Kogen is blessed with a plethora of mineral rich natural hot spring waters, with the first hot springs opened to the public some 200 years ago. Many hotels in the area take advantage of this treasure and just about wherever you choose to stay, you can look forward to a relaxing evening soak in the hot spring baths.