Welcome to Destination Myoko Kogen – the proudly independent Myoko Kogen ski resort, accommodation and tourism guide. We were the first dedicated English guide to the region (in 2003) and unabashedly can claim that we are the most comprehensive and popular Myoko Kogen ski resort site on the web. Updates are regular as we head towards 2016/17 Japan ski and snowboard season in Myoko. With La Nina effect coming the season forecasts look great!
Good reading: 12 things to do in Myoko Kogen.
Please note: We are NOT the official Myoko Tourist Office website!
Myoko Kogen Ski Resort – Destination Myoko Kogen
Winter skiing and snowboarding options in Myoko Kogen’s powder snow and the surrounding regions are almost endless. If you are looking for nightclubs and parties Myoko will not be your scene. Instead, it’s all about the riding here in Myoko. The area offers some of the most outstanding skiing in all of Asia with an average base of four metres and snow walls sometimes building up to more than three metres high at the height of the season – yet just a train ride from Tokyo. After a day getting in amongst the white stuff (see the Myoko Kogen video below or the new Myoko ski video here) there are a few traditional bars and restaurants to relax with friends and meet locals, plus don’t forget an obligatory dip in the onsen hot springs.
Myoko Kogen Ski Resort and Snow Information
The mountains in and around Myoko receive some amazing snowfalls in winter (up to 14 metres on average) as moisture is swept in from the Sea of Japan and cooled by the surrounding peaks. The Myoko Kogen Ski Resort Area is made up of nine main mountain resorts: Myoko Akakura Onsen, Ikenotaira Onsen, Myoko Suginohara, Seki Onsen, Akakura Kanko (a.k.a. Akakan), Myoko Ski Park, Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus, all with their own special distinctive features. There are a number of other nearby resorts such as the newly re-opening Arai Ski Resort, Kurohime Kogen Snow Park, Togakushi Snow World and Iizuna Kogen Ski Resort, plus other popular combination choices further afield such as Nozawa Onsen and/or Hakuba – so one is never really short of choice! You will find here a clickable map of all the major Myoko Kogen ski areas as well as surrounding resorts. There are also text links below.
Myoko Suginohara boasts the longest ski run in Japan (roughly 8.5 km) and Akakura Onsen Ski Resort possesses the steepest ski run in central Japan (38°) – rather nefariously referred to as “The Wall”. With great quality powder snow, some high level moguls, plus refreshing long runs, the area has something for all skiers. The kids are not forgotten at Myoko Kogen either – check out some of the Myoko kids ski school and childcare options here and the best family ski lodge in Myoko.
Myoko Kogen is truly the place to ski ‘The Heart of Japan’.
History of the Myoko Kogen Ski Area
The original meaning of Myoko comes from Buddhist culture – ‘holy mountain standing in the center of the universe’. The Myoko ski resort fields, one of the largest ski areas in Japan, were first used in 1911 and Akakura Onsen was established in the 1930’s as Japan’s first international mountain resort. This makes it one of the oldest established ski areas in the world and is a traditional mountain retreat of Japan’s imperial family. As just one testimony to the history of skiing in the area visitors will find a ski jinja (skiing shrine), which is dedicated to the protection of skiers in Myoko. With this rich history, you have the ideal holiday place to enjoy a total Japan ski resort experience.
Myoko Kogen Ski resort lift passes and discount coupons
There is no one joint lift pass for the whole Myoko Kogen ski resort area. To find out what options are available in Myoko ski lift ticket information and discount lift passes you can check out our Myoko Ski Lift Passes and Discount Coupons page. Alternatively you can try the official resort sites that can be found via the resort links in the main drop down menu above.
Myoko Back Country, Nordic & Cross-country skiing
For those wanting to get off the piste and into some unexplored country, we seriously recommend finding qualified back country tours & guides such as the great locally owned and operated Itadaki Tours. No backcountry experience? We can hook you up with some backcountry ski school or instruction. So check out the variety of cross-country, back-country, nordic and telemark and on our dedicated Myoko Back Country Ski page. Opportunities for snowshoe tours and races can be found on our Myoko Snowshoe page.
|Myoko Suginohara||Akakura Kanko Resort (Akakan)||Ikenotaira Onsen|
|Akakura Onsen||Togakushi Snow World||Seki Onsen|
|Madarao Kogen||Tangram Ski Circus||Arai Ski Resort|
|Other nearby Niigata and Nagano ski resorts:|
|Nozawa Onsen||Hakuba||Hiuchi Charmant|
|Ryuoo Ski Park||Kurohime Kogen||Shiga Kogen|
|Wakabuna Kogen||Togari Onsen||Shinanodaira|
Myoko Kogen Area Map
Page overview: We are Destination Myoko Kogen – the original Myoko Kogen ski resort area English website. Here you will find information on Myoko snowboarding and other activities in Myoko Kogen / Myokokogen / Myoko-shi (one of Japan’s best ski resorts), Akakura Resort, Ikenotaira, Suginohara, Madarao, Kurohime and Togakushi. Find the best Myoko accommodation options, plus discover how to ski Japan, snowboard Myoko, cross-country and nordic skiing, find out about ski packages and lift prices, book English-speaking ski schools in Akakura and Myoko, Japan, plus see live Myoko snow web-cams. Links for childcare and kids ski schools can be found on the resort pages.