9 Ski Destinations You Haven’t Heard Of Slideshow

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Myoko Kogen, Japan

Americans who, 10 years ago wouldn't have trekked to Japan, have since discovered the fantastic slopes, like Hokkaido. But, an hour north of Nagano, Myoko Kogen is unspoiled by tourists, despite being one of Japan's oldest ski areas. Those in the know head there for great snow, hot springs, and a charming town with welcoming izakayas offering sake, fresh sushi, ramen noodles, and Japanese-style tapas.

Sleep: Myoko Akakura Kanko Hotel, for ski-in and out access and Japanese-style with fine dining.

Flickr/Mihai Japan