Location of Myōkō in Niigata Prefecture
|Region||Chūbu (Kōshin'etsu) (Hokuriku)|
|• Mayor||Akira Nyumura (since November 2006)|
|• Total||445.52 km2 (172.02 sq mi)|
|Population (February 1, 2012)|
|• Density||80.43/km2 (208.3/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Fagus crenata|
|- Flower||Glaucidium palmatum|
|- Bird||Cyanoptila cyanomolana|
|Address||5-1 Sakaemachi, Myoko-shi, Niigata-ken
Myōkō is the result of a merger of three municipalities. The major one was the city of Arai (新井市 Arai-shi). Arai absorbed the town of Myōkōkōgen, and the village of Myōkō (both from Nakakubiki District), and took the name Myōkō on April 1, 2005. Its name comes from the mountain which dominates the area. Mount Myōkō is listed as one of the hundred most famous mountains in Japan with its summit recorded as 2,454 metres (8,051 feet) above sea level.
The former city of Arai was founded on November 1, 1954. The current mayor is Akira Nyumura, who elected by November 2006, and the former Arai mayor was elected in November 2002.
The city is surrounded by five mountains. Madarao, Myōkō, Kurohime, Togakushi and Iizuna are collectively known as the Five Peaks of Northern Shinano (Hokushingogaku). They make up the border of Nagano and Niigata Prefectures.
Myōkōkōgen and the former village of Myōkō are famed for their ski resorts. The first of these, Akakura, was founded in the 1930s, making it one of the oldest established ski areas in the world. It is also a traditional mountain retreat of Japan's imperial family. The Myōkō Ski Area has nine main mountain resorts: Myōkō Akakura, Ikenotaira Onsen, Myōkō Suginohara (which boasts the longest ski run in Japan), Seki Onsen, Kyukamura, Myōkō Ski Park, APA resort Myōkō Pine Valley, Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus.
Twin towns — Sister cities
Myōkō is twinned with:
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- Official website (Japanese)
- The English-language website of the Myoko Tourist Office (covering the ski resort and hot spring areas of the city)
- Explore the Heart of Japan (popular English tourism guide for the area)