“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.”
Qantas Travel Insider
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.
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!
Longest Run: 1,500 metres
Half Pipes: Yes
Terrain Parks: Yes
Cross-country available: Unknown
Elevation: 1,200 metres
Vertical Drop: 310 metres
Lifts: 2 Trails: 10 (Beg:20% Int:50% Adv:30%)
Lift Tickets 2016/17*
|One Day Ticket (adult):||¥3,500|
|One Day Ticket (child):||¥2,800|
|Half Day Ticket (adult):||¥2,800|
|Half Day Ticket (child):||¥2,000|
|Single Lift (adult/child)||¥500 / 200|
|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
Phone: 0255-82-2316 | Website (Japanese)
Nearest station: Sekiyama (Myōkō Haneuma Line)
The ski resort is twenty minutes by taxi or bus from Sekiyama Station. See here for the bus timetable.
Shuttle: There is an regular shuttle between Akakura Onsen and Seki Onsen that will operate from 15 Jan – 31 Jan 2016. 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 cost is 1,500 yen return. See here for more information on the Seki Onsen shuttle
Seki Onsen Webcam
Click on the links for further details, prices and availability
|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. See map or read/leave a review
Read or leave a review of Uguisu no Hatsune Ryokan here
National Park Resort Village (a.k.a. Qkamura / Kyukamura)
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
|Asahiya Ryokan is a traditional style ryokan in Seki Onsen. At this mountain town hot springs inn you can enjoy hot water that is perfect for your skin and flows from one of Echigo’s best 100% natural secret hot springs. See map or read reviews|