Myoko Kogen is famed for its ski resorts. The Myoko ski fields were founded in the 1930's making it one of the oldest established ski areas in the world and is a traditional mountain retreat of Japan's imperial family. In 1916, Myoko Kogen became nationally famous when it came first in a vote taken to find the most popular summer resort in Japan. The Myoko Kogen Ski Area is made up of nine main mountain resorts: Myoko Akakura, Ikenotaira Onsen, Myoko Suginohara (which boasts the longest ski run in Japan), Seki Onsen, Kyukamura, Myoko Ski Park, APA resort Myoko Pine Valley, Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus.
The area is dominated by ' Hokushingogaku' - a spectacular series of five mountains (Madarao, Myoko, Kurohime, Togakushi and Iizuna) that make up the border of Nagano and Niigata prefectures. Mt. Myoko 妙高山 is listed as one of the hundred most famous mountains in Japan with it's summit recorded as 2,454 meters above sea level.