Myoko

Myoko Kogen lies in mountainous surroundings near the historical entrance to the Echigo Plains, an easy 2.5-3.5 hours drive from Tokyo. The area is dominated by 5 impressive mountains (Madarao, Myoko, Kurohime, Togakushi and Iizuna) that make up the border of Nagano and Niigata prefectures. Known for its powder, Myoko gets around 13 metres of white stuff every season on average (comparable to Niseko), perfect for powder hounds after a secret stash. Plus, unlike some other Honshu resorts, Myoko is known for having a progressive policy towards off-piste skiing. Interested in visiting a traditional mountain retreat of Japans Imperial Family? Steeped in history, Myoko was founded in the 1930’s making it one of the oldest established ski areas in the world, perfect for those looking for an authentic Japanese experience.

 

“Unlike other resorts in Honshu, tree skiing and off-piste skiing is not prohibited – so there are plenty of backcountry opportunities. Ask us about getting a guide in Myoko and make the most of it!”

 

Myoko Suginohara is usually a quiet resort, boasting varied slopes, short lift lines, night skiing and a half pipe. Like your long cruisy trails? Suginohara has the longest ski run in Japan at around 8.5km.

 

MYOKO SUGINOHARA RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – April
Altitude: 1855m peak
Terrain: Beginner 40% / Intermediate 40% / Advanced 20%
Lift system: 6 lifts
Vertical: 1124m
Longest run: 8.5kms
Average Snowfall: 13m
Terrain Parks: Halfpipe & park

Akakura Onsen provides a variety of runs for all levels. It is a large resort with long runs, great powder skiing, moguls, terrain parks or just cruise the blues with your family!

 

MYOKO AKAKURA RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1500m
Terrain: Beginner 48% / Intermediate 37% / Advanced 15%
Lift system: 28 lifts
Vertical: 760m
Longest run: 4.5kms
Average Snowfall: 13m
Terrain Parks: Yes

Ikenotaira is a medium sized resort made up of 2 distinct areas, with 6 lifts offering skiers and snowboarders a vertical of 700m.

 

IKENOTAIRA ONSEN RESORT STATS 

Season: Dec – Apr
Altitude: 1500m
Terrain: Beginner 40% / Intermediate 60%
Lift system: 6
Vertical: 700m
Longest run: 4.5km
Average Snowfall: 13m
Terrain Parks: Halfpipe