Myoko Kogen Ski Resort, Japan

Myoko Kogen Ski Resort – Ski the Heart of Japan

Japan's best ski resortMyoko Kogen Ski Resort, Japan – in the world’s best ski resorts! - The Telegraph (U.K.)

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“I think I have found my place, Hakuba was nice, but there is something about Myoko that just makes it feel so perfect. Plans for next years trip start on Saturday Review

Myoko-Kogen: Japan’s first international mountain resort – established 1937

Ski pristine powder at Myoko Kogen ski Resort

Welcome to “Myoko Kogen: Ski the Heart of Japan” - the ultimate Myoko Kogen ski resort 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 the 2014/15 Japan ski and snowboard season in Myoko. Visitors will see even more features next season, as well as a number of new hotels - both in the local resort areas and city stopovers. You can also read and contribute tips, hints and questions via our Myoko Kogen, Japan ski forum.

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Myoko Kogen Ski Resort overview

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 Area is made up of nine main mountain resorts: Myoko Akakura OnsenIkenotaira OnsenMyoko SuginoharaSeki Onsen, Shin-Akakura (a.k.a. Akakura Kanko or 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 Kurohime Kogen Snow ParkTogakushi 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!
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 refered 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.

There are nearly 25 ski areas in Myoko Kogen and the surrounding regions such as HakubaTogakushi and Nozawa Onsen. 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. You can discuss any of these and more in the local Myoko Kogen Ski and Snowboard Community forum.


Myoko Kogen is truly the place to ski ‘The Heart of Japan’.

History of the Myoko Kogen Ski Area

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.

Tokyo - Great hotels at reasonable prices

Myoko Kogen Ski Videos

See the new Myoko Kogen ski resort video here

More Myoko Kogen ski videos here…

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Self contained and ski accommodation in Hakuba, Japan

Myoko Ski resort lift passes and discount coupons

For ski lift ticket information and discount lift passes you can check out our Myoko 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 Kogen Ski Resort -  Accommodation and Hotels Check out Myoko Kogen accommodation and hotels here!

Myoko Back-country, Nordic & Cross-country skiing

For those wanting to get off the piste and into some unexplored country, as well as where to find a back country ski school or instruction, 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.

Breaking News!

Freebies galore!

Share your 2013/14 Myoko Kogen Ski Resort Trip memories with others. In conjunction with the gallery page below you can make your own 2013/14 Myoko Ski Resort Trip journal here. The best entries win great prizes. Videos can also be posted - see an example Myoko ski video here. Easy to log on – just use Facebook or another one of your personal logins

We have an updated gallery page where you can view lots of great local pics by Matt Hull of Myoko Snowsports. You can also use your Facebook, Google+ or other accounts to upload your own local Myoko ski trip photo galleries too.

Other news!

Our new Myoko Suginohara webcam is now online! (With thanks to Myoko City)

Want to know where to eat or drink in Myoko Kogen this season? Check out our updated Myoko bars, restaurants and cafes page.

Also check out our new Myoko ski rentals, ski school and child care page as well as our new Myoko Reviews page where you have an opportunity to win great prizes!

Myoko Snowsports at Myoko Kogen Ski Resort Daily Myoko Kogen snow reports and photos are provided courtesy of Myoko Snowsports. Also head over and bookmark our Myoko Resort Snow Forecast and Weather page now.

Stayed tuned for more 2014/15 Myoko Japan Ski Season updates or check in regularly at our Myoko ski and travel forum!

Myoko Ski Resort Location Map (or see here for the full interactive map)

myoko kogen ski resort map

Myoko Kogen Ski Resorts & Surrounds

Myoko Suginohara Akakura Kanko Resort (Akakan)
Ikenotaira Onsen Seki Onsen
Akakura Onsen Akakura Chuo  / Kumado
Tsubame Onsen Akakura Champion
Myoko Pine Valley Togakushi Snow World
Myoko Ski Park Kurohime Kogen
Madarao Sympathique Tangram Ski Circus
Madarao Kogen Iizuna Resort
Iizuna Kogen
Other nearby Niigata and Nagano ski resorts:
Nozawa Onsen Hakuba
Hiuchi Charmant Kyukamura Myoko
Wakabuna Kogen Togari Onsen
Shinanodaira Kitashinshu Shinanodaira
Ryuoo Ski Park Hokuryuko

Myoko Ski Resorts Areas Map(or see here for the interactive resort map)

Myoko Ski Map

Live Akakura Webcam - Click here for more Myoko Web cams

Akakura Onsen is a member of the Classic Mt. 6 Group. Other members include Nozawa Onsen, Zao Onsen, Shiga Kogen, Kusatsu and Hakuba Happo One.

Page overview: This is the original Myoko Kogen ski resort area reference page. 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 ResortIkenotaira,SuginoharaMadaraoKurohime 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 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. Ski Niigata and Ski Nagano at Myoko Kogen ski resorts.