The Unofficial English Guide to Myoko City, Lake Nojiri & Togakushi

Welcome to Shin'etsu-kogen has moved to! Redirecting now...

Please click here if not redirected in five seconds (adjust your bookmarks)


Site Overview

Welcome to Shin'etsu! was launched in 2003 as the first English website focused on the area and is still the most popular and informative English portal for the Shin'etsu-kogen area, in particular - Myoko & Lake Nojiri-ko.

The region, stretching from Iizuna-kogen and Togakushi near Nagano City to Myoko City in Niigata Prefecture, has always been popular amongst locals and foreign residents but now also increasingly from overseas tourists. There are always plenty of things to do - whatever the season and whatever the age, with accommodations to suit any budget.

Lake Nojiri has long been regarded as one of Japan's best summer retreats and in October 2007 Welcome to Shin'etsu! featured in The News Corporation Travel Section - designating Myokokogen as one of Japan's best ski resorts. Also, in January 2008 Seki Onsen was Japan's only resort represented in the Travel Channel's "Skiers World" series (Episode Five).

Welcome to:

Myokokogen - Japan's Best Ski Resort

Lake Nojiri - Japan's Best Summer Retreat

Togakushi - Soba, Shrines and Ninja

Click on links below or on the sidebar for more information

We hope you find this site useful and ultimately have a most enjoyable stay in the area. Information can be accessed via the links below or in the sidebar. Please recommend this site to your friends and let your hosts know you found their information via this site.

Feel free to e-mail us if you know of other useful contacts/links, have experiences to share (good or bad), would like to contribute other events/information, or have just generally found the information on this page useful.

Town Guides: -- - Myoko City (Myokokogen) -- - Lake Nojiri (Nojiriko) -- - Togakushi
Click for information on the individual areas

Accommodation Most of the sites linked on this page are in English and can also accept bookings in English. A full range of accommodation is catered for from hostels right up to to well known resort hotels

Skiing and Snowboarding There are more than twenty five ski resorts found within thirty minutes of the area. Links to most of these can be found in this section. There are also nordic packages for those wanting to get off the piste and into some unexplored country.

Location and Directions Myoko City (Myokokogen), Lake Nojiri (Nojiriko) and Togakushi in Shin'etsu-kogen are located approximately 250 kilometres north-west of Tokyo and 30-45 minutes from Nagano, home of the 1998 Winter Olympics. See this page for maps, train schedules, bus timetables and taxi bookings

Attractions Outdoor and leisure activities available in the area include hiking, cycling, fishing, shopping, museums, golf, water activities, hot springs (onsen), an amusement park, helicopter rides and walking, as well as skiing and snowboarding (see below). Links and contacts are provided for many of these


Festivals and Events There are a multitude of events that take place in the area right throughout the year. These vary from traditional matsuri to triathalons and jazz.

Road Conditions - Live Cam This page will display, via live cam, current road conditions in the area. Some are seasonal and therefore may not show


Local VideosA selection of local videos, promotional videos and some random You Tube ski videos.

Weather & Snow ConditionsHere you will find predicted ski & snow conditions, predicted snowfall and local resort weather.


Email Snow AlertsWant to know when snow is falling at your favourite resort in the area. Click here to sign up for notification emails.

Local Live Cam Shown on this page are a variety of feeds from local live web-cams in Ikenotaira, Togakushi, Madarao, Myoko and Lake Nojiri. Some are seasonal and therefore may not show and/or be out of date.


Links Most of the various sites linked on this page are in English. However you will find clicking on links directly in each page probably much easier.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)A list of frequently asked questions received by the site. Please read these before contacting us.


Golf and Golf Courses Get information on the numerous local courses

Onsen and Hot Springs Fancy a nice hot soak? A selection of local onsen are listed here


ShoppingDiscover some of the local specialities

Tourist CentresLocate a local tourist information center


About Us | Site Map | Copyright | Contact Us | ©2008 Welcome to Shinetsukogen!