Myoko Snow report 22 December 2015

Myoko Snow report 22 December 2015: Warm before the Storm

Myoko Snow report 22 December 2015

Warm before the Storm

Myoko Snow report 22 December 2015

It’s a foggy and damp morning in Myoko today. The temperature looks like it stayed above zero in the village overnight, and it was +3degrees outside the Red Warehouse Lodge at 7:30am this morning. We’ve had a bit of rain down here in the village over the past 24 hours which has taken a bite out of the recent snow. Up higher they may have seen a bit of snow overnight, but whatever fell will be wet. Akakura Onsen are running Yodel 2 & 3 lifts today if you’re keen for a few laps.

Despite the moisture around at the moment, it’s not all doom and gloom and for the committed, there are some early season turns to be had. Here are a couple of shots from Nozawa over the past two days before the weather closed back in:

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The weather is supposed to clear up tomorrow with the freezing level sitting right up around the top lifts for the next two days.

Looking forward, the good news is that we are still looking a really big dump as the freezing level drops from Christmas onward and some really severe weather moves in from the north-west on boxing day.

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It’s going to be warm for the next two days before things get interesting from Christmas toward New Year. Image: snow-forecast.com

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Wind forecast for Honshu 3am December 27th. That’s a whole lot of cold, cold air streaming in from the northwest. Image: snow-forecast.com

This system is still a few days out, but it looks likely to deliver the goods we need to get the winter season up and running for the year.

Current snow and weather conditions in Myoko now:

24 Hr Snow Fall: 0 cm

Current Snow Depth at Base:  10cm.

Current Snow Conditions: Soft & damp.

Current temperature at base: +3° @ 7:00am

Current Weather: Foggy, light wind.

Current Visibility: Poor


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Bluebird and soft sides

Myoko Kogen Snow Report 12th January 2014

Bluebird day in Akakura Onsen. Photo by the Myoko Guy

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Sorry the report is late today, because, well, everyone is out skiing!!!! I thought our day would go badly when my daughter dropped her ski pole off the lift on the first ride up at Akakura. However she redeemed herself at the top of the second ride when she said, “Daddy, I know a great tree run we can do!”. BTW a big hi to the Sydney group we shared lunch with today at Piste Restaurant.

There’s been a little more snow overnight but otherwise today it’s been a beautiful bluebird day. At Akakura Onsen today the on piste was mostly compact with a soft top. On the sides however there was plenty of untracked powder to find on the sides.


Matt Hull Photography has been out and about today and this is the story they filed.

Anyone who has been to Myoko Kogen knows there there is no shortage of snow, for lack of a better word it ‘pukes’ here. Even thought this snow is heaven for us skiers and boarders for people that live here year round it is a headache to get ride of the mountains of snow we receive a season, so what is the solution? Well many many moons ago back when this town was in it’s infancy the locals utilised the natural onsen hot spring water that flows down from the peaks of Mt Myoko. Channeling this water into a drainage system that flows beneath the town the locals open up the main drainage grates located around town and shovel the snow directly into the flowing hot water, hey presto, no more snow!

In this pic the lovely and very fit Shige San (former manager of the Hotel Windsor) utilises one of these drains. Shige, like most of the hardy snow country women here, is one fit chick! I wouldn’t fight her!

Myoko Akakura Onsen snow clearing

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The weather forecast shows more snow on and off for the next few days. Nice cold temps will make for amazing dry snow.

Don’t forget to book your Myoko accommodation soon (if you haven’t already). Hotels are filling up!

Current conditions in Myoko now

24 Hr Snow Fall: 10 cm

Current Snow Depth at Base: Around 2.3m base – varying across the resorts

Current Snow Conditions: Stashes of powder everywhere.

Current temperature: 4° at 2:30pm

Current Weather: Sun through some high thin clouds. Some grey clouds over the mountains

Current Visibility: Excellent

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Myoko Kogen Snow Report 12th January 2014:  Bluebird and soft sides
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Akakan Ski Resort, Akakura Kanko Ski Area, Myoko Kogen

akakan ski resort“This resort just blew us away. Without a doubt, Akakan Ski Resort became the whole teams most favourite resort in Japan.” World Snowboard Guide

 

Need a place to stay? Check out our Akakan Ski Resort accommodation guide and map

Akakan Ski Resort was first established in 1937 as Myoko Akakura Kanko Resort Ski Area. In recent years it has merged with it’s neighbour Akakura Champion Ski Resort and is now known as Akakan Ski Resort but many locals still refer to it as “Shin-Akakura”. These should not be confused with the neighbouring Akakura Onsen resort areas (watch for the signs that clearly delineate the two areas).  Lift tickets at Akakan Ski Resort will not cover Akakura Onsen but a joint lift ticket is available – ask your Akakan resort hotel for details.

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The park at Akakura Kanko Ski Resort

Akakan Ski Resort, Akakura Kanko Ski Area

Akakan Ski Resort: An overview

The first thing you will notice upon arrival is the dominance of the Akakura Kanko Hotel – a large resort and spa hotel complex situated half way up the mountain. It was built in 1937 from a collaborative effort between Japanese and German interests, and making it Japan’s first international standard mountain resort. There is more than one reason why some locals call it by the nickname “The Eagle’s Nest.”

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The Akakan Ski Resort area provides a variety of runs for all levels of skiers, from beginners to experts as well as a kids park. The best runs are on Akakura Champion if you are intermediate or better, but with more than 13 metres of snow annually, you’re guaranteed great skiing anywhere in this diverse ski area.


This large, snowy area consists of two main ski areas where you can enjoy a four kilometre run from the top of the hill at 1,500-metre-plus. Or you can do whatever else fits your skills and interests: powder skiing, bumps, trees, terrain parks, or just plain cruising. At the foot of the resort is a small onsen resort area with a collection of restaurants, pension and shops. From the slopes a grand panorama spreads out, offering beautiful views of Lake Nojiri and, in the distance, the Sea of Japan.

Need a place to stay? Check out our Akakan Ski Resort accommodation guide and map

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Akakan Ski Resort: Stats

Longest Run: 4,500 metres
Half Pipes: Yes
Terrain Parks: Yes
Back-country available: Yes
Elevation: 1,500 metres
Vertical Drop: 760 metres

Akakan Ski Resort: Ski Runs

Lifts: 1 gondola, 6 lifts
Trails: 10 (Beg: 48% Int: 37% Adv: 15%)

Akakan Lift Ticket Prices 2016-17

 Ticket Adult Child Senior Remarks
Half Day 2,900en 2,000yen 2,300yen Half day tickets valid 8:30-13:00 / 13:00 – Close
One Day 4,300yen 3,000yen 3,500yen
2 Days 7,600yen 5,200yen 5,800yen
3 Days 10,800yen 7,200yen 8,100yen
Spring skiing 2,500yen 1,500yen 2,000yen Valid 23rd March 2017 – Season Close.

Resort Family Pack

 Ticket Price Remarks
Family (1 Adult + 1 Child) 5,500yen Valid until 20March 2017
Family (2 adults + 1 Child)
(Extra child 2,200yen)
8,800yen

Other Tickets

 Ticket  Price
Season Pass (incl. Spring) 50,000yen
Single use 500yen
Single use (child) 400yen
Sky Cable (single use) 1,300yen
Sky Cable (single use, child) 700yen
Preschoolers Free

Akakan Ski Resort: Course Maps

Here (English) (Japanese)

Akakan Ski Resort: Contact

Phone: 0255-87-2503 | Website (EN) Website (JP)

Akakan Ski Resort: Ski Schools (English speaking)

English speaking ski school and rentals are available at Myoko Snowsports in the Akakura Champion area. Ski lessons (in English) and ski rentals are also available from the Yodel Snow School in Akakura, Myoko Kogen. They also offer snow shoe, junior race training and kids programs. Bookings can be made online. See here more more details.

Akakan Ski Resort: Ski and Snowboard Rentals (English speaking)

There are numerous ski rentals shops such as Myoko Snowsports in Akakura Champion, Spicy Rentals & Aoyama Sports in Akakura (online reservations available) or Yodel Ski School, also in Akakura Onsen. Many of the hotels, such as the nearby Guest House Bunk, also have ski rentals on-site. See here more more details.

Akakan Ski Resort: Access & Directions

Nearest station: Myoko Kogen Station on the Kita-Shinano line is less than ten minutes by taxi to Akakan Ski Resort. Also, free shuttle buses run between Myoko Suginohara, Ikenotaira Onsen and Akakura Onsen ski resorts.

For more information on getting to Akakura Kanko Resort check here.

Airport shuttles to Akakan Resort

Book airports to Akakan ski resort here
Book inter-resort shuttles to/from Akakura Kanko Resort here

Book chartered bus services and shared taxis here.

Akakan Ski Resort: Access Map (English)

Akakura Kanko Ski Resort: Weather

Akakura Kanko Ski Resort: Webcams

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Akakan Ski Resort Webcam (from Shin-Akakura Village)

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Places to stay near Akakura Ski Resort Ski Resort: Akakan Accommodation

Need a place to stay? Check out these establishments below and many more at our Akakan Ski Resort accommodation guide and map

Click on the links for further details, prices and availability.

Guesthouse Bunk - Akakura Kanko AccommodationGuest House Bunk (aka Bonku or Bonk) is a bright and clean guesthouse located near the Akakan ski resort area (Akakura Kanko) ski lifts. Run by the friendly Sasahana-san, it is an ideal choice for families with a snow play area right alongside that is easily supervised. The bright and airy rooms at Bunk Guest House are mostly Book Guesthouse Bunk lodge accommodation in Akakura Kankowestern-style rooms that can fit up to 4 people. All rooms have a flat-screen TV and feature free WiFi. Read reviews for Guest House Bunk, Myoko

akakura kanko resort hotelThe Akakura Kanko Hotel is the most famous of all Myoko Kogen hotels and is regarded as a Japan ski industry icon. The hotel was built in 1937 and still retains its sense of history. This classic European style hotel, the first of it’s kind in Japan, is perched 1000 metres high on the slopes of Akakan ski resort area where one can ski in and ski out. There are 52 guest rooms in Book Akakura Kanko hotel accommodationboth Western and Japanese styles with a new extension being built. Expect a high standard of service and supberb views reaching all the way to the Sea of Japan. Guests at the Akakura Kanko Hotel can enjoy an onsen hot spring on the balcony in the snow. Spa treatments are available as well as private onsen bookings. Read or leave reviews of the Akakura Kanko Hotel.

pension for you, myoko long stayPension Petit House For You (usually just known as ‘For-Yu’) is a bright and clean pension style guesthouse located near the Akakan (Akakura Kanko) Resort ski lifts. Run by the friendly Yu-san and Shige-san, a popular local couple, it is an ideal choice for skiers on a budget or those looking for a Myoko long stay. This small friendly guesthouse is about 5 minutes walk from the Akakan ski lifts. Book Akakura Kanko hotel accommodationShuttles to other nearby ski resorts in the Myoko area can also be arranged. Read reviews for Petit House For You, Myoko

 

Red Warehouse MyokoRed Warehouse in Akakura Onsen, Myoko is a family ski lodge with communal self contained facilities right in the heart of the ski village. The lodge is friendly Australian ski club style but with a Japanese twist. Red Warehouse family ski lodge enjoys a suberb, almost ski in, location in Akakura Onsen, Myoko Kogen, just off the main street. It’s a very short walk to restaurants, shuttle buses and Book Akakura Kanko hotel accommodationski schools/rentals yet only less than 3 minutes walk/ski to the ski lifts. There is a large communal living area with a pot belly stove fire and communal kitchen. A kids play area and games room/mini-theatre are available in the basement. Free wifi throughout.

Pension in MyokoCanadian House is a popular Myoko pension that offers both western & Japanese style Myoko budget accommodation. It is conveniently located between Myoko Kogen and Akakan Ski Resort with an English speaking host. Ski hire available & collection from Myokokogen Station can be arranged. Prices start from only 2,500 yen. See reviews or Book Canadian House Myoko - Akakan accommodationmap to Canadian House, Myoko

 

Hotel Moc Shin-AkakuraThe Hotel Moc boasts a fantastic location right opposite Akakan Ski Resort. There are twelve semi-Japanese and three Western style rooms. The hotel amenities include washer/dryer, internet access & a ski rental shop. The hotel is only ten minutes drive from Myokokogen station. A complimentary shuttle bus from the station is also available. Check Hotel Moc ratings and reviewsBook Hotel Moc - Akakan accommodation

 

 

Akakan Hotel SilverhornHotel Silverhorn

The Hotel Silverhorn offers a superb location right across the road from the Akakan Ski Resort Sky Gondola station. It is also an easy walk to the Akakura Ski Village. Book Akakan Hotel Silverhorn Myoko - Akakan resort hotelRead Hotel Silver Horn reviews

 

Akakura Yours InnThe homely Akakura Yours Inn is only five minutes drive from Myokokogen station and only a short distance to Akakan Ski Resort. Mine host Ogasawara-san is a well known local identity and will happily share his in-depth local Myoko knowledge. Book Akakura Yours Inn Myoko - Akakan accommodationSee Akakura Yours Inn reviews

 

Find the best deal, compare prices & read what other travelers have to say about Akakan Ski Resort hotels

Villa Mon Repos AkakanAkakura Villa Mon Repos is located at the bottom of the Akakan Ski Resort slopes and the rooms offer a marvelous view of the Myoko landscape. Ski-in, ski-out. The hotel cuisine uses local ingredients from the mountains and sea is highly recommended. Group reservations available! Ski in, ski out - Akakan accommodationSee map and reviews

 

 

Need a place to stay? Check out these establishments below and many more at our Akakan Ski Resort accommodation guide and map

Seki Onsen Ski Resort

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.”
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.

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!

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 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
Season Pass: ¥50,000
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 (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 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. See map or read/leave a review
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

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

Asahiya 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

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.

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Akakura Onsen Ski Resort, Myoko Kogen, Japan

Akakura Onsen Ski Resort“This resort just blew us away. Without a doubt, Akakura Onsen became the whole teams most favourite resort in Japan.”
World Snowboard Guide

 

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Akakura Onsen Ski Resort provides a variety of runs for all levels of skiers, from beginners up to intermediate-experts. It is a huge resort with many lifts and runs so that it never seemed that crowded, even on a weekend, and lines are usually short or even non-existent. With more than 13 metres of snow annually, you’re guaranteed great skiing at this diverse ski area. There are lots of great accommodation choices right at the base of the slopes in the Akakura Ski Village.

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Akakura Onsen Ski Resort, Myoko Kogen

Following mergers over the years Myoko Akakura Onsen Ski Resort now covers a number of formerly independent resort areas, the best known being Akakura Onsen, Kumado, and Akakura Chuo as well as a couple of other small areas such as Yodel. These should not be confused with the neighbouring Akakan /Akakura Kanko resort area. Watch for the signs that clearly delineate the two areas.

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Akakura Onsen Ski Resort: Overview

At Akakura Onsen Ski Resort skiers can enjoy a 4 kilometre run from the top of the hill starting at 1,500 metres+. Or you can do whatever else fits your skills and interests: powder skiing, moguls, terrain parks, hit the trees or just fun family cruising. Slalom races are held in February and March, with entry available to anyone.

There is a nice selection of restaurants scattered over the mountain and in the village. At the foot of the mountain is an onsen spa town where steam and the scent of hot springs fill the air – the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Japan apres experience. Below the resort a grand panorama spreads out, offering beautiful views of Lake Nojiri and, in the distance, the Sea of Japan.

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Akakura Onsen Ski Resort: Stats

Longest Run: 4,500 metres
Half Pipes: No
Terrain Parks: Yes – Two (as follows)
Kumado Panorama Course: kicker, table top, rail box, straight rail
Maeyama 4 Course: Freeride park – SBX course, kicker, table top, rail box, straight rail
Cross-country available: Unknown
Child Care / Ski School: Yes
Elevation: 1,500 metres
Vertical Drop: 760 metres

Akakura Onsen Ski Resort: Ski Runs

Lifts: 14
Trails: 36 (Beg:48% Int:37% Adv:15%)

Average Akakura Onsen Snow Depth

December 40 cm
January 180 cm
February 250 cm
March 200 cm
April 150 cm

Akakura Onsen lift tickets 2016/17:*

Ticket Type Adult Child (6-12) Senior (60+) Notes
One Day 4,300yen 3000yen 3000yen 8:30 – 16:30
5 hour ticket 3,300yen 2,400yen 2,300yen  5 hours from purchase.
Sunset ticket 3,500en 2,500yen 2,500yen 15:00 – 22:00
Night Ski A 2,500yen 1,500 1,500 17:00 – 22:00
Night Ski B 2,000yen 1,500 1,500 19:00 – 22:00
Single use 450yen 350yen 350yen 8:30 – 17:00
Joint Akakura Snow Area Pass – 1Day 5,000yen (Child/Senior 3,700yen)
Joint Akakura Snow Area Pass – 2Day 9,400yen (Child/Senior 6,700yen)
Akakura ski lift discount coupons here
*Further senior, family, child and/or early/late season discounts may also be available

Akakura Onsen Ski Resort: Course Map

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Akakura Ski Resort Course Map

Resort Course Maps Here (English) (Japanese) (.pdf)

Akakura Onsen Ski Resort: Contact

Phone: 0255-87-2125 | Website (Japanese)

Akakura Onsen Ski Resort, Myoko Kogen

Akakura Onsen Ski Resort: Access and directions

Nearest station: Myoko Kogen

Myoko Kogen Station on the Kita-Shinano line is less than ten minutes by taxi to Akakura Ski Resort. Also, free shuttle buses run between Myoko Suginohara, Ikenotaira Onsen and Akakura Kanko ski resorts.

Airport shuttles to Akakura Onsen

Book airports to Akakura ski resort here
Book inter-resort shuttles to/from Akakura Ski Resort here

Book chartered bus services and shared taxis here.

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English Ski Schools in Akakura Onsen, Myoko Kogen

English speaking ski school and rentals are available at Myoko Snowsports in the Akakura Champion area. Ski lessons (in English) and ski rentals are also available from the Yodel Snow School in Akakura, Myoko Kogen. They also offer snow shoe, junior race training and kids programs. Bookings can be made online. See here more more details.

Snowboard and ski rental/purchase in Akakura Onsen

There are numerous ski rentals shops such as Myoko Snowsports in Akakura Champion, Spicy Rentals & Aoyama Sports in Akakura (online reservations available) or Yodel Ski School, also in Akakura Onsen. Many of the hotels, such as Guest House Bunk, also have ski rentals on-site. See here more more details.

Akakura Onsen: Access Guide

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Check our extensive Akakura Onsen Google map for greater detail

Akakura Onsen: Weather Forecast

7 Day Outlook for Akakura Onsen Mountain Base, from meteoblue.

Akakura Onsen Webcam

Akakan Ski Resort webcamAkakura Onsen webcam thanks to Akakan Ski Area

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Akaura Onsen ski video

Akakura Onsen Accommodation:

Need a place to stay? Check out these recommended Akakura Onsen hotels below plus many more at our Akakura Onsen accommodation guide and hotel map

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Akakura Wakui Hotel, Myoko KogenThe Akakura Wakui Hotel offers a choice of western or Japanese-style rooms to suit all types of groups. The hotel is operated by a well-known local family and features a plethora of local history and artworks to enjoy.

It is centrally located just a very short walk from the lifts at Akakura Onsen Ski Resort. The hotel has onsen/hot springs onsite for a relaxing post-ski experience. An excellent choice of Akakura accommodation with English speaking host. Get a quote or check Akakura Wakui Hotel ratings

 

Hotel Mumonhotel mumon myoko is funky retro hotel with lovely hosts and onsite restaurant. Facilities available include onsite bar, fireplace, onsen, ski and drying rooms and internet access. English speaking staff are on hand to assist foreign guests as well as organise ski tours and cultural activities. Weekday rates start from ¥7,000 per person, per night including breakfast.

The hotel is very close to Akakura Ski Area  and a short walk to the main street and restaurants. A free pick-up service is available to and from the hotel. Get a quote or read reviews for Hotel Mumon

 

 

Red Warehouse MyokoRed Warehouse in Akakura Onsen, Myoko is a family ski lodge with communal self contained facilities right in the heart of the ski village. The lodge is friendly Australian ski club style but with a Japanese twist. Red Warehouse family ski lodge enjoys a suberb, almost ski in, location in Akakura Onsen, Myoko Kogen, just off the main street. It’s a very short walk to restaurants, shuttle buses and ski schools/rentals yet only less than 3 minutes walk/ski to the ski lifts. There is a large communal living area with a pot belly stove fire and communal kitchen. A kids play area and games room/mini-theatre is available in the basement. Free wifi throughout.

 

Akakura Sun Hotel is a ski in hotel based at the foot of Akakura Ski Resort.Akakura Sun Hotel is a ski in hotel based at the foot of Akakura Ski Resort. The Akakura Sun Hotel offers a hot spring bath and bright Japanese-style rooms with a private bathroom. Wi-Fi is available at the lobby. Sun Hotel in Akakura is only a two minute walk from the main street and restaurants of Akakura village. Get a quote or see reviews

 

Hotel Takeda, Akakura MyokoTakeda Hotel Myoko Akakura is right near the base of Akakura Ski Resort.

The Hotel Takeda Myoko offers budget single and twin Japanese-style rooms with shared bathroom/onsen. Wi-Fi is available and the property has a drying room, launderette and drinks vending machines. The owner is a sake expert who is happy to share his knowledge with you and sample tastings. Get a quote or read reviews

 

Akakura Onsen Hotel SenkeHotel Senke is located along the main street of the Akakura hot-spring district and is less than a 5-minute walk from both the Akakura Ski Resort and Akakan Ski Resort. It features hot-spring baths, 3 restaurants and 18 Japanese-style rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available at the lobby. There are three popular restaurants in and next to the hotel.

Check our extensive Akakura Onsen accommodation guide and hotel map for more options.

Myoko Kogen Ski Resort, Japan

Myoko Kogen Ski Resort – Destination Myoko Kogen

Destination Myoko Kogen Ski Resort

Welcome to Destination Myoko Kogen – the proudly independent Myoko Kogen ski resort, accommodation and tourism guide. We were the first dedicated English guide to the region (in 2003) and unabashedly can claim that we are the most comprehensive and popular Myoko Kogen ski resort site on the web. Updates are regular as we head towards 2016/17 Japan ski and snowboard season in Myoko. With La Nina effect coming the season forecasts look great!

Visitors to Myoko Kogen ski resort can find even more features and tours for this and next season, as well as a number of new hotels – both in the local resort areas and city stopovers.

Good reading: 12 things to do in Myoko Kogen.

Please note: We are NOT the official Myoko Tourist Office website!

Myoko Kogen Ski Resort – Destination Myoko Kogen

Myoko Kogen Ski Resort overview

Ski pristine powder at Myoko Kogen ski Resort

Winter skiing and snowboarding options in Myoko Kogen’s powder snow and the surrounding regions are almost endless. If you are looking for nightclubs and parties Myoko will not be your scene. Instead, it’s all about the riding here in Myoko. The area offers some of the most outstanding skiing in all of Asia with an average base of four metres and snow walls sometimes building up to more than three metres high at the height of the season – yet just a train ride from Tokyo. After a day getting in amongst the white stuff (see the Myoko Kogen video below or  the new Myoko ski video here) there are a few traditional bars and restaurants to relax with friends and meet locals, plus don’t forget an obligatory dip in the onsen hot springs.

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Myoko Kogen Ski Resort and Snow Information

The mountains in and around Myoko receive some amazing snowfalls in winter (up to 14 metres on average) as moisture is swept in from the Sea of Japan and cooled by the surrounding peaks. The Myoko Kogen Ski Resort Area is made up of nine main mountain resorts: Myoko Akakura OnsenIkenotaira OnsenMyoko SuginoharaSeki Onsen, Akakura Kanko (a.k.a. Akakan), Myoko Ski Park, Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus, all with their own special distinctive features. There are a number of other nearby resorts such as the newly re-opening Arai Ski Resort, Kurohime Kogen Snow ParkTogakushi Snow World and Iizuna Kogen Ski Resort, plus other popular combination choices further afield such as Nozawa Onsen and/or Hakuba – so one is never really short of choice! You will find here a clickable map of all the major Myoko Kogen ski areas as well as surrounding resorts. There are also text links below.

Ski rental Myoko Akakura Onsen

Myoko Suginohara boasts the longest ski run in Japan (roughly 8.5 km) and Akakura Onsen Ski Resort possesses the steepest ski run in central Japan (38°) – rather nefariously referred to as “The Wall”. With great quality powder snow, some high level moguls, plus refreshing long runs, the area has something for all skiers. The kids are not forgotten at Myoko Kogen either – check out some of the Myoko kids ski school and childcare options here and the best family ski lodge in Myoko.

Myoko Kogen is truly the place to ski ‘The Heart of Japan’.


History of the Myoko Kogen Ski Area

The original meaning of Myoko comes from Buddhist culture – ‘holy mountain standing in the center of the universe’. The Myoko ski resort fields, one of the largest ski areas in Japan, were first used in 1911 and Akakura Onsen was established in the 1930’s as Japan’s first international mountain resort. This makes it one of the oldest established ski areas in the world and is a traditional mountain retreat of Japan’s imperial family. As just one testimony to the history of skiing in the area visitors will find a ski jinja (skiing shrine), which is dedicated to the protection of skiers in Myoko. With this rich history, you have the ideal holiday place to enjoy a total Japan ski resort experience.

Myoko Kogen Ski Videos

See the new Myoko Kogen ski resort video plus more Myoko  ski videos here

Myoko Kogen Ski resort lift passes and discount coupons

There is no one joint lift pass for the whole Myoko Kogen ski resort area. To find out what options are available in Myoko ski lift ticket information and discount lift passes you can check out our Myoko Ski Lift Passes and Discount Coupons page. Alternatively you can try the official resort sites that can be found via the resort links in the main drop down menu above.

Myoko Back Country, Nordic & Cross-country skiing

For those wanting to get off the piste and into some unexplored country, we seriously recommend finding qualified back country tours & guides such as the great locally owned and operated Itadaki Tours. No backcountry experience? We can hook you up with some backcountry ski school or instruction. So check out the variety of cross-country, back-country, nordic and telemark and on our dedicated Myoko Back Country Ski page. Opportunities for snowshoe tours and races can be found on our Myoko Snowshoe page.

Myoko Kogen Ski Resorts & Surrounds

Myoko Suginohara Akakura Kanko Resort (Akakan) Ikenotaira Onsen
Akakura Onsen Togakushi Snow World Seki Onsen
Madarao Kogen Tangram Ski Circus Arai Ski Resort
Other nearby Niigata and Nagano ski resorts:
Nozawa Onsen Hakuba Hiuchi Charmant
Ryuoo Ski Park Kurohime Kogen Shiga Kogen
Wakabuna Kogen Togari Onsen Shinanodaira

Myoko Kogen Ski Resort Areas Map

myoko ski map

Myoko ski map provided with permission by the Myoko City Tourist Board

Myoko Kogen Area Map

Myoko Ski Map

Live Akakura Webcam – Click here for more Myoko Web cams

Page overview: We are Destination Myoko Kogen – the original Myoko Kogen ski resort area English website. Here you will find information on Myoko snowboarding and other activities in Myoko Kogen / Myokokogen / Myoko-shi (one of Japan’s best ski resorts), Akakura ResortIkenotaira, SuginoharaMadaraoKurohime and Togakushi. Find the best Myoko accommodation options, plus discover how to ski Japan, snowboard Myoko, cross-country and nordic skiing, find out about ski packages and lift prices, book English-speaking ski schools in Akakura and Myoko, Japan, plus see live Myoko snow web-cams. Links for childcare and kids ski schools can be found on the resort pages.

Myoko Kogen Snow Report January 21st 2010

24 Hour Snow Fall: 0cm

Current Snow Depth at Base: 245cm

Current Snow Conditions: Firm packed but a little wet on top from some drizzle last night.

Commentary: With a perfect run so far we unfortunately have had our first rainy morning of the season, the good news is that the temperature is dropping by the minute and this drizzle will hopefully turn to snow later on today.

Current Base Temperature: 2°c

Current Weather: Cloudy with some light drizzle

Current Visibility: Very foggy and low light.

Today’s Myoko Kogen photos:

Myoko Snow Report

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