Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort, Myoko Kogen

Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort (妙高杉ノ原スキー場)

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 (U/13) ski free so it is also a good resort for families.

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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: An overview

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.

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Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort: Resort Stats

Skiable Area: 90 HA
Longest Run: 8500 metres
Half Pipes:Yes
Elevation: 1,855 metres
Vertical Drop: 1,124 metres
Terrain Parks: 2 “Sugi Park” (intermediate/Advanced) and “Garden park” (Beginner/ Intermediate) Both parks are accessed from the Mitahara No.2 High speed quad.

Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort: Ski Runs

Lifts: 8
Trails: 17 (Beg:40% Int:40% Adv:20%)

Download a Suginohara trail ski map (English)

Suginohara Lift Tickets 2016/17

1 Day Lift Ticket Adults ¥4,500
Seniors / Jr. High School Students ¥3,900
Children Under 13 FREE
2 Day Lift Ticket Adults ¥8,300
Seniors / Jr. High School Students ¥7,200
Children Under 13 FREE
4 Hour Lift Ticket
(4 hours from time of purchase)
Adults ¥3,600
Seniors / Jr. High School Students ¥3,100
Children Under 13 FREE
1 Day Joint Mt. Myoko Lift Ticket
(Includes Myoko Suginohara,
Akakura Kanko Resort, and Ikenotaira
Onsen Ski Resort)
* Available until 2017.
Adults ¥4,600
Children Under 13 ¥4,100
30 Day Consecutive Lift Pass Adults ¥27,000
Seniors / Jr. High School Students ¥25,000
Children Under 13 FREE
Season’s Pass Adults ¥44,000
Seniors / Jr. High School Students ¥39,000
Children Under 13 FREE
Prince 4 Ski Resort Season’s Pass
(Includes Myoko Suginohara, Karuizawa, Shiga Kogen and Manza Onsen)
Adults ¥70,000
Seniors / Jr. High School Students ¥50,000

Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort: Contact

Phone: 0255 86-6211 | Website (Japanese)

Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort:Events

The Myoko Suginohara Snow Festival will be in December 2016 (TBA) and the Dontoyaki Fireworks Festival (a little similar to the Dosojin Fire Festival in Nozawa Onsen) takes place in January 2017 (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

Nearest train station: Myoko Kogen

Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort: Google Map with lifts, accommodation and restaurants

View a larger Suginohara Ski Area Hotel and Accommodation Map with hotel key

Tokyo Ski Buses to Myoko Suginohara

Between December and April Travex runs a ski bus service direct from Tokyo Station or Ikebukero to the following ski resort areas – Myoko Suginohara, Ikenotaira and Akakura Onsen.

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