The nightlife at Myoko Kogen is much more upbeat than many other Japanese ski areas with the range of restaurants and bars being a strong point of Myoko Kogen. Most Japanese visitors have dinner at their hotel as part of their accommodation package, whilst due to the number of gaijins in town, the restaurant and bar trade in Myoko Kogen continues to do well with over 50 establishments to choose from.


On the corner at the top of the main street are a couple of izakayas; Kei and Akatako (formerly Hoheto). Both offer great food and a cosy atmosphere. Nearby is SenninIzakaya, tucked down one of the side streets. This tiny bar serves up simple food via an English menu as well as lots of kanpai. Also at the top of town is the Hunter bar Bar that serves Japanese food and a few Western options. They have an English menu and free wifi. This is a large restaurant so it’s a bit easier to get into than some of the others. One of our favourites for a cheap and cheerful feed is Shokudo Koyama, which is located in the street up from Myoko Snow sports. If you’re in need of a fix of western food, head to the over-priced Pomodoro, an Italian pasta and pizza restaurant. Downstairs is a really cute ramen restaurant, Udon-no-fo.


Jack’s Bar Myoko is set to open in 2016/17 and is sure to set a standard in the area. The Bar is located just off the main street and will bring a new level of hospitality, live music, DJ’s, international sport and the famous (Jacks bar Hakuba) Trivia and Karaoke nights. The Skater Bar is a must see in Myoko Kogen. It stays open until late, and it’s reminiscent of the olden-days of Myoko Kogen with its super smoky atmosphere. The The Love Bar can fire up at times. Whilst the name is rather dubious, this venue can be rather good with some party nights, dancing and live DJs. To get into the Japanese culture you should really head to a karaoke bar and sing your heart out (and let your friends laugh at you!). Kotobuki is just off the main street; a cheesy bar where you can partake in karaoke without having to sit in a little box room.

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