Nature, hot springs and powder await in this peaceful resort area.
Wet winds rise from the ocean striking the Kubiki Alps, a mini-range near the Japan Sea, turning to snow and falling on Mt. Myoko at up to a meter overnight and more than 13 meters annually. Groomed courses quickly turn into delightful powder runs. The Myoko Kogen area, occupying a corner of Niigata Prefecture, and extending into neighboring Nagano, is one of the oldest established ski areas in the world, first opening in the early 1930s. Unlike many modern ski towns, Myoko grew up around its mountain—and the small-town feeling is still very strong here. It's a four-season destination, but is best known for welcoming guests to to the nice selection of ski resorts.