Myoko Kogen Ski Resort – Ski the Heart of Japan
Myoko Kogen Ski Resort, Japan – in the world’s best ski resorts! – The Telegraph (U.K.)
Myoko Kogen – No. 8 in 15 lesser know resorts to check this season – CNN
“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
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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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 Onsen, Ikenotaira Onsen, Myoko Suginohara, Seki 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 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!
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 Hakuba, Togakushi 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.
See the new Myoko Kogen ski resort video here
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.
|‘ Check out Myoko Kogen accommodation and hotels here!|
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.
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.
Want to know where to eat or drink in Myoko Kogen this season? Check out our updated Myoko bars, restaurants and cafes page.
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 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|
|Other nearby Niigata and Nagano ski resorts:|
|Hiuchi Charmant||Kyukamura Myoko|
|Wakabuna Kogen||Togari Onsen|
|Ryuoo Ski Park||Hokuryuko|
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 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 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.