Myoko & Madarao thread 2014/15

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It isn't in the village but the giant Akakura Kanko hotel in the middle of the resort has a great bakery and cafe. Worth a stop if you're sliding past and need to fill the tank.
 

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Cafe at the bottom of the Akakura Sky Cable
Possibly the new cafe at the back of Myoko Snowsports

Next time better include a coffee enquiry when booking. ;)
 

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4 more sleeps till we arrive! Are the many public onsens in Myoko or mostly private ones attached to accommodations?
 

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I hope this doesn't sound too "latte ish", but can anyone recommend a good coffee in the myoko village? I can do without most western things, but I'm having coffee withdrawals and the cans aren't doing it for me.....
In Akakura Onsen, MSS have recently opened "Panorama" restaurant and Cafe. On the main road, just up from the PO.
Trained baristas, and triffic service.
Best service on the mountain, by far!
 

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Had a great couple of days at Akakura! :) Heading over to Sugi today. Been told it's supposed to snow 1.5m over the next 72 hours :eek:
In Togura/Nagano now, heading out to myoko in a few hours. Looks like we might be copping it when we arrive..
 

Joliver

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A very big thank you to all those who contribute to this forum, we had an awesome trip to Myoko and really appreciate the tips and suggestions. I love Japan, love the snow and was really taken with Myoko as a first-timer to this region. Shhh, don't tell anyone else how awesome it is.

So sad that its over now! But, already planning the next trip.... ;-)

PS. our favourite bar was the cosy Avaya and our favourite restaurant was the izakaya on the left side corner at the top of the main street, first door on left. Duh, didn't get its name.
 
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A very big thank you to all those who contribute to this forum, we had an awesome trip to Myoko and really appreciate the tips and suggestions. I love Japan, love the snow and was really taken with Myoko as a first-timer to this region. Shhh, don't tell anyone else how awesome it is.

So sad that its over now! But, already planning the next trip.... ;-)

PS. our favourite bar was the cosy Avaya and our favourite restaurant was the izakaya on the left side corner at the top of the main street, first door on left. Duh, didn't get its name.
Akatako. Im guessing anyway. With the wee baby on mums back?? Place is amazing!! made sure i tipped every night as they were just lovely people and such amazing food. The homemade umeshu was great too!
 
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Akatako. Im guessing anyway. With the wee baby on mums back?? Place is amazing!! made sure i tipped every night as they were just lovely people and such amazing food. The homemade umeshu was great too!

Yes that is the one! Baby Rin was too cute, we had a terrific night with Rin's grandparents, aunt & friends who were there to celebrate the opening one night. The cracked pepper edamame & grilled tofu was divine! Such a beautiful place and such a lovely family! I hope they have great success this season, they only open in winter.
 
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Not Manny but this should whet the appetite, from a while back. Just another boring day in Myoko
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Planning on going back to Japan (3rd time) maybe next year. We have been to Hakuba that last two times we have been.

Im keen to try else where and Myoko could be a goer. How does the mountains here compare to Hakuba.

The things i love about Hakuba are;
1) Numerous mountains close together & easy to get to
2) Long runs (8km?) & numerous runs to choose from.
3) Steep runs.

I know Myoko is more traditional Japanese which will be fine. I just want to know how the mountains compare to Hakuba? If Myoko isnt similar, where else in Honshu are mountains similar Hakuba?
 

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Planning on going back to Japan (3rd time) maybe next year. We have been to Hakuba that last two times we have been.

Im keen to try else where and Myoko could be a goer. How does the mountains here compare to Hakuba.

The things i love about Hakuba are;
1) Numerous mountains close together & easy to get to
2) Long runs (8km?) & numerous runs to choose from.
3) Steep runs.

I know Myoko is more traditional Japanese which will be fine. I just want to know how the mountains compare to Hakuba? If Myoko isnt similar, where else in Honshu are mountains similar Hakuba?
In my opinion the Myoko resorts satisfy points 1 and 2 but very little of point 3.
 

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Pretty long runs at Akakura & Sugi, but hardly any steep inbounds terrain. More snow though & your choice of 4 resorts reachable in under 40 mins.
 
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Just got back from Joetsu - been to our fav all you can eat restaurant - and as is often the case when it is raining on Route 18, turn off to head up the mountain and it is snow. Temp was 0 but the snow was settling nicely. So tomorrow morning could be good.
 

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After missing out on a Japan trip the last 2 seasons, I've got a chance to get away from work mid March and what to come and have a look at what Myoko has to offer (after being to Hakuba a couple of times previously).
A couple of questions, is it going to be worthwhile that time of the season. I know nobody can forecast the conditions, but historically is the 3rd week of March still going to be ok and yes I'm not expecting ideal mid winter conditions with fresh on the ground every other day. Secondly, does anyone have any accommodation recommendations for a solo traveler (feel free to PM)?
Cheers.
 

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We've had some very good snow around then and other times not. To be honest I'd be increasing my chances and looking at Hokkaido options.
 

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Ask @gareth_oau about end of March at Myoko. They were very lucky last year and had fresh snow.

It was raining horribly as we left Tokyo on the weekend of 20th March.

By the time we arrived in Myoko it was snowing quite nicely.

When we went out the next morning, we'd had close to 40cm overnight. It was a bit heavy, but great conditions for that time of the year, (and also for me as a beginner skier)
 

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After missing out on a Japan trip the last 2 seasons, I've got a chance to get away from work mid March and what to come and have a look at what Myoko has to offer (after being to Hakuba a couple of times previously).
A couple of questions, is it going to be worthwhile that time of the season. I know nobody can forecast the conditions, but historically is the 3rd week of March still going to be ok and yes I'm not expecting ideal mid winter conditions with fresh on the ground every other day. Secondly, does anyone have any accommodation recommendations for a solo traveler (feel free to PM)?
Cheers.
hokkaido
 

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It was raining horribly as we left Tokyo on the weekend of 20th March.

By the time we arrived in Myoko it was snowing quite nicely.

When we went out the next morning, we'd had close to 40cm overnight. It was a bit heavy, but great conditions for that time of the year, (and also for me as a beginner skier)

Would have been blower powder at the top of Shiga Kogen.
 

BobGnarly

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actually dont book accom till a few days out when you can see the forecast and make a decision where to go.
 

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Contrary to the weather reports saying we will have rain there is a little fresh snow this morning. Had settled on the upper side of tree branches. And it is slowly getting heavier and starting to settle on rooves and the road now. This weekend may be quite nice with just a little fresh snow.
 
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