To help us usher in the Japanese snow season we’ve been chatting with our lodge owners to get all the gossip! This time around we caught up with Louise and Warwick from Myoko Vista. The couple has been visiting Japan for over 13 years now and has settled into the Myoko region - they reckon it’s the best ski spot in Japan and with record snowfall year on year, it’s easy to see why. Got a spare few minutes? Then sit back, grab a coffee and catch up on the latest from Myoko Vista.
Snow: What brought you to this part of the world to have your own lodge?
Myoko Vista: We had been travelling to Japan since 2006. The last place we visited as tourists was Myoko. We fell in love with the small-town vibes, the onsens and of course the massive snowfall! We noticed there was a shortfall in western-style boutique accommodation and that is what sparked the dream!
Snow: What’s most unique about your property/location?
Myoko Vista: We are one of a small number of ski-in ski-out accommodation options in Akakura Onsen village. We’re a small boutique operation, offering only seven rooms, each with western ensuite bathrooms, balconies and expansive views over the Myoko mountain range. We also offer a full hot western breakfast daily and have a daily shuttle which is also available for private transfers to 12 other resorts in the greater Myoko area. Some of our guests have also taken advantage of our catered day trips, including Snow Monkeys and the Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival.
Snow: We gotta say a western-style bathroom does tick a box for us. Most of our guests love to stretch their legs and grab something to eat, do you have a go-to place for your fave food?
Myoko Vista: This might be a bit biased as we are part owners (cheeky!) but you can't go past a coffee or craft beer from Full Circle Cafe and Bar. But we also love Naomi's cooking at Shibata!
Snow: We totally agree! So, we’re asking for secrets now… but please can you highlight your number one ski runs and why?
Myoko Vista: Champion A course - once it opens. Sometimes it's later in the morning because the overnight snowfall is so deep and ungroomed!
Snow: Do you have a favourite month of the season?
Myoko Vista: We love February. It's so so quiet and the snow is just incredible.
Snow: Quiet ski runs in Japan, we’re there. For a lot of clients, this trip is usually married up with a few locations so they can make the most of their time in Japan. Is there anywhere you could recommend?
Myoko Vista: Either Kyoto or Tokyo. These two cities are so different and full of character in their own right. Two must-sees.
Snow: Great, they’re on the list! Can you tell us if you have any new projects or improvements on the agenda for next season?
Myoko Vista: Its a secret for now but there is definitely an exciting project happening.
Snow: Woah! We can't wait for the details. One last question before you go. Can you share a quirky fact we may not know about you or your staff?
Myoko Vista: Warrick and I both had corporate jobs but always loved snowboarding. Warrick is now a ski patroller at Thredbo in the Australian season and Louise is a photographer, as well as spending winters in Japan.
Thanks for your time guys. We’re looking forward to Myoko this season and to hear more on your next project that’s under wraps. Speak soon...
Keen to get to your slice of Myoko this Japanese Ski Season? Get in touch with us NOW as spaces for the season are limited.