Myoko Backcountry Tours, Myoko Ski Guiding

Myoko Backcountry Tours & Myoko Ski Guiding

Myoko Cross-Country, Nordic, Telemark

Myoko Kogen Back country ski tours

Feel like hiking the Myoko Backcountry on a guided tour?

Myoko Backcountry Ski: Overview

The Myoko Mountain range lies close to the Japan Sea and includes several high summits, including Myoko, Mitahara, Akakura, Kurohime, Mae and Maru. This proximity to the ocean draws in heavy snows – an arguably weak point that is however more than made up for in the sheer volume that falls. It’s not uncommon to witness a metre of fresh fall in one night, so those heading off-course are encouraged to pay close attention to the weather and avalanche signs. The upper hills run along the top of the forest line and feature a wide variety of trees and terrain, with a slope that allows for comfortable speeds. Most visitors to the Madarao and Myoko backcountry tours tend to explore the deep powder fields by first heading up the lift line.

Myoko Backcountry Ski: Video

Myoko Backcountry Ski: Tours

Destination Myoko Kogen is pleased to be able to help offer group and private backcountry tours in Myoko. These are run by a locally owned and operated operation with experienced Myoko backcountry guides.

Myoko backcountry tours available

Resort Guide

You’re in a foreign country, on a ski holiday, lost on the slopes, and don’t have a clue what the signs say. With over five ski resorts in the Myoko area, it isn’t difficult to get lost. We are here to help you navigate through the intertwining slopes safely, and of course while having fun. This is an ideal plan for beginner to intermediate riders who want to stay on-piste.

Duration 8:30 ~ 12:00 (May vary due to lift operation circumstances)

Powder Cruising

With an annual average snowfall of over 13 meters, there is never a shortage of snow here in Myoko. The best way to take advantage of the fresh powder snow is to explore the secret powder runs and lift-accessible sidecountry that only the locals know. Resort selection will be based on the weather, providing you an unforgettable experience.

Duration 8:30 ~ 12:00 (May vary due to lift operation circumstances)

Private Tours

For those who wish to enjoy the day with only the camaraderie of friends or family, or for those who want to ski and snowboard at your own pace. Luxurious and self-indulging, take advantage of having your very own guide to spend a memorable ski holiday.

Duration 8:30 ~ 12:00 (May vary due to lift operation circumstances)

“Okawari” Plan (Extension)

Encore! Encore! If the morning session just wasn’t enough, we are offering afternoon extensions for those who want more. Please let your guide know any time before lunch.

Duration 13:00 ~ 15:00

Backcountry tour group prices:

Resort Guide Powder Cruising Okawari
1 person ¥8,000 ¥12,000 ¥3,000/2h

Private (Please add private tour fee below to above price x number of people in group)

Resort Guide Powder Cruising Okawari
1 person +¥8,000 +¥12,000 ¥3,000/2h
2~4 people +¥4,000/group +¥4,000/group ¥3,000/person/2h
5~8 people +¥8,000/group +¥8,000/group ¥3,000/person/2h

Ready to book? Fill out the enquiry form to start!

Please enter your required dates, number of skiers, preferred package and any other relevant details. We will try to answer your query as soon as possible.


Important notes:
  • The tour does not include lift ticket, lunch or insurance;
  • While on the mountain, be sure to follow your guide’s instructions. Change of route or decision to cancel the tour will be made by your guide;
  • All guides are certified in CPR, First Aid, AED, and Avalanche Skills Training Level 1.
  • Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns about your ski/snowboard ability;
  • We may ask you to take lessons if you are an absolute beginner;
  • Please note group tours will proceed on the lowest ability level of the group;
  • Our guide to client ratio is 1:4, however this may slightly vary due to ability levels;
  • If you do not have backcountry equipment, you will not be allowed to ski outside the ski area boundaries;
  • Full refunds will be made if the tour is cancelled due to weather, or for any reason on part of the organizer;
  • Partial refunds will be made on a pro-rated basis for tours cancelled once tour has begun, due to weather or for any reason on part of the organizer;
  • All personal information will be handled according to the Personal Information Protection Law of Japan;
  • All tours are not organised, arranged or run by Destination Myoko Kogen but by a third party.
What to bring
  • Ski clothes (jacket, pants, gloves, hat, warm thermals-no cotton)
  • Goggles
  • Helmet
  • Ski/Snowboard
  • Boots
  • Water
  • Beacon, Shovel, Probe (Powder Cruising)
Rentals (per day)
  • Beacon ¥1,500
  • Probe ¥500
  • Shovel ¥500
  • Backpack ¥500
  • Foldable Pole ¥500
  • Backcountry Set (Beacon, shovel, probe) ¥2,000

※Please note that we have limited supply for rental. Reservation Hours 7:00〜20:00

Pre-Tour Meeting Once we receive an inquiry, we will arrange a pre-tour meeting. During this time, we will discuss the upcoming weather and answer any questions or concerns. Date, time and place for this meeting will be decided accordingly. We ask for payment to be made at this point.
Payment Options Cash or major credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, American Express)
Cancellation Refund Policy From 5:00 pm of day before tour until day of tour: no refund
From 2 days before tour until 5:00 pm of day before tour: 50% refund
All cancellations must be made either by email or in person. None will be accepted by phone.


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Other local Myoko Backcountry Ski tours and guidesmyoko snowboard tours

Deep Powder Snowboard tours will provide local snowboard guiding (and ski) depending on your skill level. These tours are not a backcountry tour, but an inbounds guided powder tour. Tour staff are local, well known and qualified snowboard instructors. Book here
1-2 guest(s): ¥20,000 (¥10,000 each)
3 guests: ¥25,000 (¥8,333 each)
4 guests: ¥30,000 (¥7,500 each)
5 guests: ¥35,000 (¥7,000 each)

Nagano Outdoor Sports – Madarao Kogen Back Country tours

Enjoy easy and fun Back Country Ski Tours in Madarao Kogen with Nagano Outdoor Sports. From the top of the ski lift skiers hike to the very top of Mount Madarao (see photo below). From there you’ll experience a fun back country ride with a tree course and natural half pipe as well as an encounter with ‘Tarzan’ and ‘Big Rock’!

The half-day (2 hours) tour cost is 8,000 yen
The day tour (4 hours) tour cost is 12,000 yen

Both tours include beacon rental but you need to bring your own lunch and snacks. Minimum age is 16 + and at least two people in a group needed. Snowshoe rental is an extra 1,000 yen per person

Address: 2425 Madarao-kogen Hotel, Iiyama-shi, Nagano-ken, Japan
Telephone: +81 (0)90 4461 7354
Web: Nagano Outdoor Sports

Japan Back Country Skiing in Madarao Kogen

SARC Telemarkers – Seki Onsen Back Country

If you have good Japanese you can also contact Kuga Hiromichi at SARC Telemarkers in Seki Onsen. One of their Japan Myoko backcountry ski trips is featured in the video below, or see here for a report and photos (in Japanese)
Telephone:+ 81 (0)80-1968-1829
Address: Seki Onsen Ski Area, Myoko-shi, Niigata-ken 949-2235

Other local providers of Myoko backcountry and telemark tours include In Field (インフィールド) and Myoko Backcountry Ski School (妙高バックカントリー・スキースクール).

Mount Hiuchi – Myoko backcountry webcam

See here for the most recent photo

Myoko back country journals and photo galleries

For a sample of some Myoko backcountry skiiing around Mount Takatsuma (in between Hakuba and Myoko) check out this Japan back country page.

Seki Onsen photo journal – some back country shots in and around Seki Onsen with another smaller photo gallery here.

Back country tour from Otari Onsen (near Hakuba) to Myoko Suginohara

Madarao photo journalback country ski touring around Madarao in Iiyama with Nagano Outdoor Sports.

Myoko Kogen avalanche

Don’t think there’s avalanches in Myoko? Think again, and be careful up there.

Myoko Cross-country courses

Area: Myoko Pine Valley Ski Area Cross Country Course
Telephone: 0255 82 4111
Location: 19km from Myoko Kogen IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) – See Access Mapjapan ski travel insurance, 妙高バックカントリー
Season: Mid December – Late March
Opening times: 9:00am-4:00pm
Course length: 1km
Cost: None
Guided tour or school: Available
Comments: Suitable for x-country beginners

Area: Ikenotaira Shirakaba Cross Country Ski Course
Telephone: 0255 86 2871
Location: 2.5km from Myoko Kogen IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) – See Access Map
Opening times: Varies
Season: Mid December-Mid March
Opening times: Varies
Courses available: 3km & 5km courses
Cost: None
Guided tour or school: Unknown
Comments: Popular course with a number of events held here.

Area: Togakushi X-Country Ski Area
Telephone: 026 254 2888
Location: 30km from Nagano IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) See Access Map
Season: Early December – Mid April
Opening times: 8:00am-5:00pm
Courses available: A variety of routes and lengths. Some are in the lower forest near Okusha Iriguchi bus stop. Cedar grove lines trail up the hill to the Okusha temple.
Cost: None
Guided tour or school: Available
Comments: Watch out for the wildlife!

Areas: Kurohime Kogen Ski Area & Douwanomori Snow Wave
Telephone: 026 255 6720
Location: 4km from Shinano-machi IC (Joshinetsu Expressway) See Access Map
Season: Mid December – Late March
Opening times: 9:30am-4:00pm
Courses available: 3km (beginner), 5km (intermediate, advanced)
Cost: 300 yen
Guided tour or school: Available
Comments: Tours available.