Seki Onsen Ski Resort – Myoko Kogen

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“Seki Onsen Ski Resort is the perfect place for back-country skiers…with plenty of options for off-piste skiing, often in neck-deep snow.”
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Seki Onsen Ski Resort, Myoko Kogen

Seki Onsen Ski Resort Information

One review stated Seki Onsen as, “a resort which understands the needs of the powder hounds” in an area that, “…can provide Japan’s best powder snow skiing”. Don’t go here unless you have a pair of telemark skis, an avalanche beacon, a St. Bernard and a very alert skiing partner! But seriously, the appeal of Seki Onsen Ski Resort (関温泉スキー場), open as late as May, is its soft and pure powder snow. In January 2008 Seki Onsen was Japan’s only resort represented in the Travel Channel’s “Skiers World” series (Episode Five). The resort is owned and run by a local family and the home ski area for Masanori Takeuchi – a well-known Japanese snowboarder (see video below). Little grooming of the slopes is done, if at all. There are only two small lifts and the top single seater lift is usually not open on quieter days.

Getting it on at Seki Onsen Ski Resort

Although small, it’s best not to ski off-piste here unless you are really sure what you’re doing. There is a fairly free off-piste policy but if you get into trouble any rescue will be fully charged, so care is needed. Skiers and snowboarders love its 100% natural powder making it a freeriders paradise. Between its topography and ample snowfall, this is arguably the best place in Japan for powder runs. Seki Onsen Resort is perfect for those who desire a genuine back-country skiing experience with the best free-riding possibilities in Japan – and without the crowds. To top it off the local Seki Onsen village is unique, surrounded by traditional streets of days gone by and dotted with hotsprings.

Before you get too stoked and ready to go though, if it hasn’t snowed for a day or two in Seki Onsen the piste can get tracked out quickly. Hence timing is everything to avoid disappointment!

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Seki Onsen Resort Stats:

Longest Run: 1,500 metres
Half Pipes: Yes
Terrain Parks: Yes
Cross-country available: Unknown
Elevation: 1,200 metres
Vertical Drop: 310 metres

Seki Onsen Ski Runs:

Lifts: 2 Trails: 10 (Beg:20% Int:50% Adv:30%)

Lift Tickets 2013/14:*

Average Snow Depth

One Day Ticket (adult): ¥3,500 Dec 150 cm
One Day Ticket (child): ¥2,800 Jan 300 cm
Half Day Ticket: ¥2,800 Feb 350 cm
Season Pass: ¥50,000 Mar 300 cm
 (first 100 people) Apr 250 cm
Night Ticket: Discont. May 100 cm
Resort Course Maps Here (Japanese)* Lift prices may be subject to change. Senior, family and/or coupon discounts may be available.

Average Snow Depth 2012/13

Average snow depth in Seki Onsen

Seki Onsen Ski Resort Contact:

Phone: 0255-82-2316 | Website (Japanese)

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Seki Onsen Access:

Nearest station: Sekiyama (JR Shinetsu Honsen Line)

The ski resort is twenty minutes by taxi or bus from Sekiyama Station. See here for the bus timetable.

Shuttle: There is a shuttle between Akakura Onsen and Seki Onsen every weekday. The bus leaves the Akakura Onsen Bus Terminal at precisely 8.30am and returns from the Seki Onsen Ski Area parking lot at 4pm – so don’t be late! The service started operating last season on 9th Jan, 2013 and the cost was 1,000 yen each way. See here for more information on the Seki Onsen shuttle

Seki Onsen Access Map
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Seki Onsen Webcam

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Seki Onsen Ski Video

Seki Onsen Accommodation Options:

Click on the links for further details, prices and availability

Click here for a hotel map and more places to stay near Seki Onsen Ski Resort

Uguisu no Hatsune Ryokan Uguisu no Hatsune Ryokan is a traditional style ryokan that provides an open-air onsen with natural red hot spring water. Ski-drying room & internet connection available. Long-term guests are welcome & major credit cards.

Map to Uguisu no Hatsune Ryokan

Read or leave a review of Uguisu no Hatsune Ryokan here
Kyukamura Seki Onsen Accommodation

National Park Resort Village (a.k.a. Qkamura / Kyukamura) 

This government organisation is nationwide and has affordable accommodation located in the Seki Onsen National Park.

Click here for a Kyukamura map

Yoshinoya Hotel in Seki Onsen Yoshinoya Ryokan

Enjoy natural hot springs and homemade meals. Located a minutes walk from Seki Onsen Ski Resort.

Map to Yoshinoya Ryokan
Tomiya Ryoka - Seki Onsen Accommodation

Tomiya Ryokan

Located in Seki Hot Spring, this secret hot spring hidden in the mountains is known as the “hidden spring” of the military leader Kenshin Uesugi.

Click here for a map to Tomiya Ryokan

Seki Onsen Nakamuraya Ryokan Nakamuraya Ryokan

This hot springs inn will have you feeling as if you have returned to your own home. An easy walk to the ski lifts in winter.

Map to Nakamuraya Ryokan

Seki Onsen Photo Gallery

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