Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort (妙高杉ノ原スキー場) rates highly amongst the legions of ski slopes in Japan with beautiful views of the lakes on the plain below. Suginohara is recommended for those who like long cruisy trails because it possesses the longest ski run in Japan at around a massive 8,500 metres. Elementary school kids ski free so it is also a good resort for families.
Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort, Myoko Kogen
“Myoko Suginohara…the single best day’s skiing of my life”
– The Sydney Daily Telegraph
Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort is a usually quiet resort that is easily accessed from Tokyo. It boasts many varied slopes, great snow, short ski lift lines, the occasional night skiing (nighta) and a halfpipe for snowboarders. Covering 1124 metres in vertical drop Myoko Suginohara dishes up a diverse range of ski trails with plenty of easy, mid-level runs as well as long downhill trails suitable for beginners. The ski lifts at Suginohara ski resort transport riders up to 3 km in one stretch, and it has three connecting lines of quad lifts that can carry skiers to the peak. There are 15 ski lifts in total, with a capacity to lift 16,000 people per hour. The upper reaches of the Suginohara ski slopes have premium snow quality and a magnificent view, even of Mount Fuji on a clear day. Snow compactors are not used on all areas, making it reasonably easy to get amongst some excellent powder.
Skiable Area: 90 HA
Longest Run: 8500 metres
Cross-country available: Unknown
Elevation: 1,855 metres
Vertical Drop: 1,124 metres
Terrain Park (‘Big Up Park’): SBX Course – table top, kicker, spine, quarter pipe, hip, box, rail, wave and bank
Trails: 10 (Beg:40% Int:45% Adv:15%)
Suginohara Lift Tickets 2013/14:*
Adult / Child
Average Snow Depth
|One Day Ticket:||¥4,000 / ¥3,000||Dec||66 cm|
|Two Day Ticket:||¥7,500 / ¥5,500||Jan||172 cm|
|Season Ticket:||¥40,000 / ¥32,000||Feb||233 cm|
|Half Day Ticket:||¥3,300 / ¥2,900||Mar||223 cm|
|Night Ticket||¥1,500 / ¥1,000||Apr||195 cm|
|Note – Elementary and pre-school children ski free! Plus, for early season skiing you can get a discount off by showing your lift ticket from last season. See here for English translation|
|Resort Course Maps Here (English) (Japanese) (.pdf)|
|Download discount ski lift coupons for Myoko Suginohara here – (translation here)|
Phone: 0255 86-6211 | Website (Japanese)
Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort:Events
The Myoko Suginohara Snow Festival will be in December 2014 (TBA) and the Dontoyaki Fireworks Festival (a little similar to the Dosojin Fire Festival in Nozawa Onsen) takes place in January 2015 (TBA). The Dontoyaki Festival kicks off when men and women whose zodiac sign is the same as the new year light a fire. As a way of praying for the well-being of their family, business prosperity, and a rich harvest, participants burn New Year’s decorations and kakizome (traditional New Year’s calligraphy) in the fire. If the flames rise when your kakizome is burnt, it means your handwriting will improve. Mochi, small squares of pounded, chewy rice, is also cooked in the fire, and eating it is said to prevent illness over the next year. Local saké is readily available on this day, and a fireworks show completes the event.
Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort:Access & maps
View a larger Suginohara Ski Area Hotel and Accommodation Map with hotel key
Tokyo Ski Buses to Myoko Suginohara
Ski Bus Club also runs both night and day bus services between Tokyo Station, Shinjuku and Ikebukero to Myoko Kogen, Myoko Suginohara, Ikenotaira and Akakura Onsen.
The cost for both services is 4,000 yen one way or 7,500 yen return.
Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort: Weather Forecast
Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort: Accommodation Options
Click here for more places to stay near Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort or check out our new options at Ryokan Tabataya or Highland Takagen Lodge!
Soratobu Usagi Myoko is very popular, offers comfortable and affordable accommodation and even got a mention in Qantas Travel Insider. The location is fantastic, right in the middle of the Myoko Suginohara ski area trails. There’s a restaurant, ski rental, common bath and internet access. They also have some self-contained accommodation which was very neat and cosy and would be ideal for a family or small group of friends. However you need to bring your food/utensils up as there is no shop within walkable distance. Map to Soratobu Usagi Myoko, Suginosawa
Shikinoyado Arufain Shuunso Alpha-Inn is very centrally located within a short walking distance to the Suginohara ski lifts. Early check-in is available before heading out to ski.
Lodge Beetle is located 1,000 metres high up on the mountain within Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort. Because it is so high up the mountain and inaccessible by usual transportation, the owners will pick guests up by snowcat free of charge. At Lodge Beetle you can not only enjoy the location and view but also the delightful meals on offer. Vegetarian menus available on request.
Pension Puruku is a ski in, ski out pension with a fantastic location right on the slopes of the Suginohara Ski Resort. This cosy pension has a fire place in the lobby and floor heating, as well as DVD/CD players, internet access and snow gear rental. Stay more than 7 nights and get one night free.
Click on the links for further details, prices and availability
MYOKO SUGINOHARA PHOTO GALLERY – CLICK HERE