Myoko Resort Guide
Insider tips from our team
The main areas to ski - Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko are situated side by side, and are linked. Akakura Onsen is best suited to beginners and intermediates, and Akakura Kanko offers more challenging terrain. Suginohara and Ikenotaira are a short shuttle bus ride away, and included on the main resort lift pass. Suginohara has a lovely long 8.5km run, from which you can catch views of Lake Nojiri. Ikenotaira offers wide, gentle slopes, and a great freestyle park. Seki Onsen is a separate resort in the Myoko range and not included in the lift pass, but it is definitely worth a visit.
Local ski schools offer lessons in English, and it is also possible to hire guides for backcountry or off-piste tours.
Off the Slopes
This area is big for onsens (Japanese hot springs) thanks to the proximity of the volcano of Mt Myoko which is the source of the thermal spring waters. This incredibly relaxing après activity is a great way of experiencing a big aspect of Japanese culture.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you can take the train to Nagano to visit the famous Zenkoji Temple or perhaps join a day trip to visit the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.
There are lots of bars and restaurants to choose from the in area with the majority to be found in Akakura Onsen. The izakayas (Japanese-style pub) are a really popular option here and really worth a visit as they have a great atmosphere.
Akakura Kanko Ski Area (Akakan)
Perhaps the oldest true ski resort in all of Japan, the area was founded in 1937, with the signature Akakura Kanko Hotel still right in the middle of the slopes. It's not just old, though; Akakan boasts a wide range of tree-lined courses that continue to draw the young (and lots of young-at-heart skiers).
Akakura Onsen ski area
Connected with Akakan, skiers can enjoy both areas on a combined ticket, or each separately. The area has many runs especially suited for beginning and intermediate skiers. And, with Akakan, it shares the town of Akakura at its base—a traditional onsen (hot spring)town: the perfect place to enjoy traditional Japan after skiing!
Ikenotaira Onsen ski resort
There are two sub-areas to this relative gentle area, set in the midst of a romantic birch and beech forest. With long, wide slopes, this ski resort boasts one of the best snowboard parks in Japan, for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort Myoko Suginohara boasts a diverse range of ski trails. There are beautiful views of Lake Nojiri and the mountains to the south and east (even Mt. Fuji on a clear day) with long downhill trails for all levels. Suginohara's 8.5-kilometer (5.3-mile) run is the longest in the nation.
Seki Onsen ski resort
Seki Onsen Ski Resort is renowned for its deep, soft powder snow. A smaller area, it makes up for size with interesting topography and massive snowfall—it's one of the best places in Japan for powder hounds.
Ski park resort
Families and beginner skiers seeking to enjoy a leisurely skiing experience shouldn't miss Myoko Ski Park Resort. Its gently sloping, wooded trails have a 7-degree average slope. The ski lodge has complete facilities, including restaurants.
Kyukamura Myoko ski resort
Starting skiers and snowboarders can safely take on the challenge of Kyukamura Myoko's gentle slopes running no more than 16 degrees. The ski slopes are close to the lodging facilities, so skiers can conveniently return to their room for a break. Here skiers can enjoy skiing at their own pace.
One of the best ways to improve your skiing or boarding—and get a lot more out of the sports—is by taking lessons at one of Myoko's ski schools. Three local schools have English-speaking staff, with programs covering everything from children's lessons, group and private lessons, skiing, snowboarding and Telemark skiing, to backcountry tours and hiking.
Yodel Ski School
The Yodel Snow School was established in 1960, so we have been introducing the joy of snow sports in this magnificent natural setting for half a century. We offer professional training in skiing and snowboarding, and can introduce you to powder and backcountry skiing and boarding, as well as provide snowshoe tours into the quiet areas outside the ski runs. Our highly qualified, professional instructors will guide you around the many, highly varied ski runs, and help you develop your skills and increase your enjoyment. Open our door, and friendly smiles will always greet you!
Myoko Backcountry Ski School and Guide Center
Founded in 1987, Myoko Backcountry Ski School (MBSS) was the first ski school in the country accredited by the Telemark Association of Japan (TAJ), the official certification body. Today the school continues to provide Telemark ski education for all levels, from beginners to advanced, in Japanese and English. The MBSS Guide Center's experienced, trained guides, several of whom are bilingual, are experts in safe, exciting backcountry tours in the remarkable Myoko peaks. All have advanced avalanche, mountaineering and first aid training. We provide a regular series of tours weekly for many levels of skiers, snow hiking (excellent even for non-skiers), backcountry training and educational courses, and more. We want to work with you to create the tour that meets your interests and abilities!
Myoko Snowsports' International School specialises in providing professional ski and snowboard lessons in English. A variety of programs are available for all ages and ability levels. Our international staff all have overseas instructing experience, are internationally qualified and speak native English. Their passion for skiing and snowboarding is infectious and complements their outstanding coaching abilities. They will show you the wealth of terrain Myoko has to offer, while helping you achieve your winter goals. Myoko Snowsports also offers a comprehensive children's ski program. Learning is made easy with two dedicated kids' ski areas, an indoor kids' center, easy lift access and excellent terrain. Beginner to advanced skiers will improve through their holiday as activities and techniques are tailored to meet each group's requirements by our specialized kids' instructors.
Myoko Super Big-4 Lift Pass
A special price for long-staying guests.
A discount-price lift pass for all four Myoko-area ski resorts, ideal for persons staying from 8 to 21 days in Myoko. The period of use begins from the first day of your stay in Myoko.