1. SPECIAL NOTE TO NEW REGISTRATIONS

    If you recently registered and have not received a confirmation email - please check your 'Spam or Junk' folders. Especially if your email is Hotmail. More help with confirmation issues

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice
  2. There's more to this forum than meets the eye!

    We have a vibrant community here conversing about all sorts of non-snow topics such as music, sport, politics and technology. Simply register to reveal all our Après topics or continue browsing and reading as a guest.

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice

Myoko or Madarao

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Michelle Snow, Aug 24, 2019.

  1. Michelle Snow

    Michelle Snow First Runs

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2019
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    hey! First time posting here- so glad I’ve come across this forum as I’ve been struggling to decide whether to take my family (husband and three kids) to Myoko or Mandarao. All good skiers. Wanting to stay ski in ski out if possible but also be able to walk into town. Want a Japanese Village experience! Wondering if you stay in Mandarao if you can ski in/out and still walk into village? Any feedback on either resort or accommodation options would be most helpful!!! Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 7, 2010
    Messages:
    8,386
    Likes Received:
    5,375
    I’ve been to Myoko - and it’s a yes to all your questions. I chose Myoko over madarao because there are multiple resorts close to each other, so advanced skiers won’t get bored.
     
  3. Zimbooo

    Zimbooo One of Us

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2017
    Messages:
    2,180
    Likes Received:
    2,439
    Myoko best suits. Madarao doesn't have a village. :p
    You can do a day trip to Madarao from Myoko.
     
  4. Rowdy1

    Rowdy1 Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2014
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    6
    We are a family of 5 and based ourselves in Myoko last January. It's a good village and has an excellent ski school/rental. We had a car and went to all the surrounding resorts, including Madarao ,Nozawa and Lotte, Suginohara, ikenotaira, Akakura. I think it's a great place to base a family. At suginohara Kids under 13 yrs old ski free and you get a further discount if you are a prince member.
     
  5. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 6, 2010
    Messages:
    26,215
    Likes Received:
    15,998
    Location:
    Perth
    Agree with all the above.

    Myoko is the go.

    But do hire a car and visit the local resorts - Madarao, Ikenotaira and Suginohara are all close and worth a day at least.

    We did a day trip to Shiga Kogen from Myoko, it’s quite a bit further but was well worth a day trip for mine. It’ll give you a taste of so many places and spark ideas or “no go” for future visits.

    Car is relatively easy in Japan, just request winter tyres and 4wd if possible. You can collect locally, so no need to negotiate Tokyo.
     
    skinik and Ozgirl like this.
  6. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Messages:
    5,832
    Likes Received:
    2,066
    Location:
    赤倉
    If you want a 'Japanese village' experience then check Akakura Onsen (which is the most popular ski part of 'Myoko'). Ikenotaira Onsen is becoming a fair alternative.Madarao was only built in the 1980's. Nice but won't give you the same feel.

    When are you intending to come? Mid-late Jan is already getting very busy!

    PM me if you need some help booking. I do bookings for Red Warehouse (great for families), Snow Frog and a few other locally owned places.
     
    skinik, skifree and elSpike like this.
  7. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2015
    Messages:
    300
    Likes Received:
    536
    Another vote for Myoko (and Akakura in particular) for you and your family. Wife and two boys loved it so much last year we are back again this season.

    Can also recommend taking up @M_G on the offer of finding accommodation. Great advice and often can find room when everything looks full!
     
    skinik and M_G like this.
  8. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Messages:
    5,832
    Likes Received:
    2,066
    Location:
    赤倉
    And now we wait to see if she comes back...
     
    nfip, Paradox, Zimbooo and 1 other person like this.
  9. DeskRider

    DeskRider One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Messages:
    2,852
    Likes Received:
    5,094
    Location:
    Melbourne


    They are close enough - easy to move. Would recommend a car, opens up a lot!!!
     
  10. Paradox

    Paradox Addicted

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2016
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    108
    There really aren't too many forums around where sooo much knowledge and info is just hanging around hoping for a chance to help.

    It's a little funny how casual searches find us, come in and ask for a some advice and then just disappear off into the ether - leaving a palpable sense of disappointment from those about to unleash their wealth of knowledge to organise the perfect solution to someones first Japan trip.....:nerd::nerd::nerd::nerd:

    We need to set up a travel services company with everyone here as shareholders :thumbs::thumbs:LOLLOL
     
    skinik, Ozgirl, nfip and 6 others like this.
  11. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Messages:
    5,832
    Likes Received:
    2,066
    Location:
    赤倉
    She hasn't checked in since her first post.

    I've become a bit more reluctant to jump in with first timers. Helped one via a phalanx of PM's about a month ago. She promised to come back to book a local friend's hotel. Then nothing. Imagined she just went and booked on bc. She hasn't been sighted back here since either. Not the first time either.

    Good idea Paradox. I think the site needs some algorithm that requires people to unlock content after the initial snippet.
     
    nfip likes this.
  12. Dave6

    Dave6 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2006
    Messages:
    1,825
    Likes Received:
    612
    Location:
    Brisbane
    Really. We are not running a business here.
     
  13. Mils

    Mils One of Us

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2011
    Messages:
    1,162
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    Gold Coast
    I appreciate the amount of info you give.

    And while it might not help the OP.

    It will help people who swing by like myself
     
    Paradox, skivet, LMB and 1 other person like this.
  14. skinik

    skinik Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2010
    Messages:
    21
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    NSW
    Much preferred to any general social media platform. The Japan forum wins hands down on helpfulness though...Must be the same qualities that make ski travel (or any travel) there such a lovely experience....Cant wait to be back in Myoko/Noz/Shiga over January...
     
  15. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 6, 2010
    Messages:
    26,215
    Likes Received:
    15,998
    Location:
    Perth
    Snow people are just generally awesome humans. I stand by this, and try to live by it also. I’ve been the recipient of much kindness in my own journey and if I can pay that forward then what an awesome ripple of joy of that is.
     
    Paradox, nfip, Melskius and 4 others like this.
  16. Paradox

    Paradox Addicted

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2016
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    108
    Oh relax, I wasn't being serious and M_G does a significant amount of work both in here and in the background helping people and has a right to be a little frustrated occasionally. He will still be one of the first to help out Michelle (if she comes back) or the next poster...

    My comments were meant to be taken in the context that a professional services company could not match the awesomeness of this forum.
     
    M_G likes this.
  17. Brendan Shanahan

    Brendan Shanahan Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2018
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Melbourne
    I have spent plenty of time in both resorts. My personal preference is Madaro, but that is due to the riding, not the village. Madarao has a far more progressive approach to tree skiing, with summer glading done in large number of areas. The Myoko resorts are also very flat on the lower mountain, reducing the true rideable area considerably.

    That said, Myoko village is definitely better. Both villages have significant western tourism in winter, but there are more options in Myoko for restaurants and onsens. The drive time between these resorts is only 30 minutes on a slow day, so don't rule out doing either some day trips (ask your accommodation to arrange transfers), or splitting up your stay with a few days in each resort.

    Both resorts have accommodation options that are on the snow or a (very) short walk, so essentially ski in/out.

    Either way, you will love it. Both are great.
     
    Paradox likes this.
  18. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Messages:
    5,832
    Likes Received:
    2,066
    Location:
    赤倉
    Not a business. But would be nice to get free beer. :cheers:
     
    Paradox likes this.
  19. Paradox

    Paradox Addicted

    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2016
    Messages:
    135
    Likes Received:
    108
    I always leave a box of beer for you each visit.... don't you get it? :eek::eek:

    I leave it with hot_saki, he says he always takes good care of it....:D:D
     
    M_G likes this.
  20. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2009
    Messages:
    5,832
    Likes Received:
    2,066
    Location:
    赤倉