A ski holiday in Myoko Kogen
offers some small opportunities for shopping, but it’s certainly not a place where you can go on a shopping spree.
Myoko Souvenir Shopping
The main street of Akakura Onsen village has six gift shops that sell fairly typical Japanese souvenirs: Hello Kitty knick knacks; souvenir confectionary and cakes; a few chopsticks and simple homewares; Japanese dolls; and lots of sake and food stuffs that feature Niigata’s famous rice.
The town of Myoko Kogen has various gift shops with the greatest concentration near the train station. These shops sell the usual Japanese gifts as well as more unique local souvenirs.
Myoko Kogen Ski Shops
There are various ski-osks dotted across the Myoko ski areas selling basic ski and snowboard accessories such as gloves, beanies and goggles.
However if you need a new snowboard, skis or a spanking outfit, then buy it before you arrive because the offerings at the Myoko Kogen ski shops are rather slim. There are a few Myoko ski shops in Akakura Onsen but they largely specialize in equipment rentals rather than retail. Spicy has a little bit of retail including some backcountry gear such as collapsible poles, beacons, probes and shovels. They also sell sunglasses that come pre-scratched!
There are two convenience stores in Akakura Onsen. Yamazaki in the main street sells small meals, snacks, other basic food items, sundries, and beverages including plenty of sake.
The base area of Suginohara Ski Resort has a shop selling lots of snacks, beverages and ski accessories.
The town of Myoko Kogen also has a 7-Eleven.
For more substantial grocery purchases there is the Dai-Ichi Super down in Myoko Onsen.
Akakura Onsen has a drug/convenience store at the top of the main street that sells very basic pharmaceuticals and other pharmacy goods such as sports tape, knee braces, eye drops and other useful products that you may need to mend your ski battered body. The shop also sells beauty products in case you want to look pretty on the slopes.