Myoko, Hakuba, Nozawa: Explore the Heart of Japan

The Heart of Japan has been the leading English information guide for the Japan Alps since 2003. We are locals and know the region well so trust us for all your requirements. Find extensive information on Myoko Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, Hakuba, the Japan Snow Monkeys, Togakushi Village, Matsumoto Castle, Zenkoji Temple and Lake Nojiri just to name a few. Check the largest number of accommodation choices (500+) for Myoko Kogen, Shiga Kogen, Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen, Nagano City, Snow Monkeys, Togakushi and many more. We also bring you the most up to date Myoko ski info, loads of local maps, as well as daily on the ground snow reports from Nozawa Onsen, Myoko Kogen and Hakuba via the new DailyFlake.

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Access & Travel

Discover how to get from Tokyo or Osaka to Nagano. Check train times, bus schedules, find fares or rent a car. Use our route finder to get to Myoko, Hakuba, Nozawa, Nagano, Togakushi or the Snow Monkeys.


Heart of Japan offers simply the widest range of accommodation available across the region. Book online a choice of over 400 ryokan, resort hotels, backpacker hostels, ski lodges, pension & traditional inns.

Ski & Snowboard

There are over 50 ski resorts in the area that average 12-15 metres of fine Japan powder snow every year. Find ski resort info, locate a ski school, rent ski gear and download discount ski coupons.

Snow Reports & Weather

Get regular snow reports from our local crew in Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen. Sign up for our snow emails, check the current weather conditions or get the latest area forecasts.

Myoko-Nagano Japan Maps

Find out the location of Myoko, Hakuba and Nozawa. Download village and ski trail maps. Interact with our extensive google maps and locate that local bar, hotel or hotspring you’re looking for

Ski and Travel Forums

Interact on our Myoko-Nagano forum with other skiers and travellers from the region. Sign up to ask questions, get tips & recommendations, write reviews, leave trip reports or arrange crew meet-ups.