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 Mt. Myoko is listed in the hundred most famous mountains in Japan. Its periphery is 2,454 meters above sea level and is renowned as an enchanting highland zone. Since the Meiji Era, which began in 1868, numerous cultured persons, financiers and imperial family members built holiday homes here to spend their vacations in elegant ease. Okakura Tenshin, who inaugurated what is today called the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, was especially fond of this highland zone and lived his last days here. A monument constructed in his honor in 1914 by Yokoyama Taikan and others still stands here today. In 1916, Myoko Kogen became nationally famous when it came in first in a vote taken for the most popular summer resort in Japan.

 Around that time, university clubs such as the Tokyo University Red Gate Club and the Keio Mita Club started ski practice at the foot of Mt. Myoko, beginning Myoko Kogen's history of skiing. The local people welcomed the students and named their practice area "University Slope." In 1922, the Akakura Ski Club was formed and skiing started taking root in the region as a favorite athletic activity to brighten the long winter. It was through this that Myoko Kogen became a mountain resort of all four seasons.

 In 1937, the Akakura Kanko Hotel opened for business. In those days, the tourist bureau of the Ministry of Railways of that time had been widely promoting sightseeing in Japan to the outside world and this hotel was planned to be a means for acquiring foreign currencies from visiting tourists. In fieldwork for the hotel construction, the owner, Okura Kishichiro, flew to Switzerland to observe the actual situation of mountain hotels. The Akakura Kanko Hotel was born as a modern resort hotel, which at that time was the only one of its kind in Japan. With this hotel as a nucleus, Akakura became a resort area clearly distinguished from any other. In 1950, wooden pole lifts with the first and second permits from the Ministry of Transport were completed in Akakura and Ikenodaira. The area at the foot of Mt. Myoko then went into full-scale development and eventually grew to its present-day scale as Myoko Kogen. During that time, numerous national ski championships were successfully held in Akakura, and contributions were made to the development of skiing. Myoko Kogen has mountain resort culture heritage that is no less than that of overseas resorts and actively interacts with other countries. Its history of unstintingly and steadily cooperating in athletic meets is also a property of importance. With the inauguration of the Nagano Shinkansen bullet trains, Myoko Kogen became a two-hour and eight-minute ride from Tokyo at the fastest. And with the completion of Joshin’etsu Expressway, it became possible to drive here directly. Be sure to experience the joy of Niigata Prefecture's delicious local sake and fresh seafood, the natural beauty of the different times of each season, and the Myoko Kogen hospitality. We look forward to your visit.

Sister city: Zermatt
The town of Myoko Kogen is a sister city to the town of Zermatt, which is situated at the world famous Matterhorn. In 1986, to preserve the natural environment, the Zermatt authorities placed a ban on all automobiles that discharge exhaust fumes. Their clean air philosophy was well received and Zermatt became one of the most famous resorts with visitors from all over the world. Taking Zermatt as an example to follow, the town of Myoko Kogen also aims for long-term improvements.

MYOKO AKAKURA ONSEN
Akakura Onsen Sightseeing Association
Akakura Onsen, Myoko, Niigata 949-2111
Tel: (+81) 255-87-2165 (Domestic: 0255-87-2165)
Fax: (+81) 255-87-3071 (Domestic: 0255-87-3071)

URL http://www.akakura-snow.com/
データ
Ski area opening
Population
Hotels, ryokan inns
Minshuku inns, pensions
Hotels, pensions
Total lodging capacity
1911
6,956
270
156
76
21,744 people
 
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