Services in Myoko Kogen
The main street of Akakura Onsen offers the greatest range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. But it is somewhat limited compared to Hakuba Valley and Nozawa Onsen
There is no night shuttle service in Myoko Kogen, and while central Akakura is walking distance, those staying elsewhere may need to rely on accommodation shuttles, or taxis.
Convenience Stores and Supermarkets
There is a small convenience store in Akakura that is open from 9:00AM until 9:00PM. It is a Yamazaki Y Shop, and has basic food, drink and sanitary items.
For a larger 24 hour convenience store, you need to head down to the Seven-Eleven on route 18.
There are no supermarkets in the Akakura area, but several large supermarkets operate in the Myoko Kogen township area. The largest is the Narus supermarket located 10 minutes drive from Akakura. It is open from 9:00AM until 10:00PM. You’ll need a ride from your host or call a taxi to get here.
Taxis & Rental Cars
With somewhat of a lack of shuttle buses in Myoko Kogen, taxis and rental cars can often be the best option.
There is only one taxi company in Myoko Kogen Ski Resort Area. It is called Kogen taxi and they have an office near Myoko Kogen Station. They have one taxi-van, and several sedans, but can get booked out quickly with people wanting to get first tracks. Their number is +81-255-86-3141.
Rental Cars are hard to get in Myoko Kogen. We recommend renting from Nagano Station on arrival as there is a larger range of cars at better prices.
The main Tourist organization is “Myoko Kogen Tourism”, located in front of Myoko Kogen Station. They are open daily from 09:00 until 19:00. They can provide information on many activities in Myoko Kogen, and also sell the “Big Four” lift pass.
There is also a small tourism office operated by the Akakura Onsen (Hot Spring) Association. It is located next to the post office in Akakura and is open from 09:00 – 17:00. Information here is more geared towards the Japanese market.