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The Myoko ski area sprawls at the foot of Mt. Myoko, one of Japan's 100 greatest mountains. Surrounded by Mt. Hiuchi, Mt. Ogenashi and Mt. Madarao, you can enjoy climbing in Myoko from spring to summer, colorful trees in autumn, and skiing and snowboarding in winter. Over 3 m of snow blankets the mountains during the high season of January to February, giving Myoko some of Japan’s deepest cover. And as a true snow paradise boasting quality powder, it's a magnet for powderhounds from Japan and beyond. Myoko is home to eight ski resorts, all easily accessible from Tokyo by Shinkansen. Other drawcards include the countless hot springs with a range of different water qualities, and hot spring towns offering everything for visitors, including local gourmet food.

An irresistibly fun and long course: Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort

This ski resort stretches all the way down the middle of Mt. Myoko. The highest point is 1,855 m, and the runs are celebrated for the quality of their snow. Cruise down the mountain's longest run, a broad, tree-lined trail blessed with deep powder that takes you more than 8 km down the mountainside. And don't miss other spots like Sugi Park, the large 1,000 m-long snow park, and the 3,000 m-long "Gondola Line" with waves, banks and spines for skiers who enjoy something more aggressive.

Relaxing skiing on a wide plain: Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort boasts an ultra-wide piste. The huge course is as wide as 400 m and includes gentle slopes up to 3,000 m long, ideal for beginners. From the top to the middle of the course you'll find ungroomed areas and forest runs, offering a dynamic skiing experience. There's also a snow park for beginners to intermediate skiers who want to tackle many types of skiing. At the foot of the mountain is Hotel Alpen Blick, complete with a hot spring!

Landmark resort hotel: Akakura Kanko Resort

Nicknamed "Akakan," this is the first ski resort in Japan to gain international ski resort certification. Half way up the ski area is the symbolic and high-end Akakura Kanko Hotel, where you can enjoy lunch at the restaurant. The resort offers premium powder runs with 100% natural snow, and a 4,000 m-long cruising run stretching from the topmost lift to the bottom of the resort. There's also a kids' square for families to play in the snow and enjoy sledding.

Close to hot spring town: Akakura Onsen Ski Area

Akakura Onsen Ski Area stretches along a mountain ridge, and most of the 14 courses are easy enough for beginners. You can enter the resort from either the Yodel or Kumado entrance, and enjoy skiing regardless of your skill level. Beginners will welcome the long, wide slopes while experienced skiers can look forward to hitting some deep powder. Resting at the foot of the resort is a hot spring town with countless restaurants, souvenir stores and hotels. The ski resort is open at night every day.

Revel in Myoko's deep snow: Seki Onsen Ski Area

This area hosts loads of ungroomed snow and wild powder runs. Though it only has two lifts, it opens part of the off-piste area to the public, giving you access to spectacular terrain featuring forest trails and steep gullies. The piste is mostly ungroomed as well, offering great powder runs. From mid-March the snow park is a hive of activity and becomes the venue for many events, including a banked slalom competition.

For beginners and families: Myoko Ski Park

This is a compact and homely ski resort with only one pair-lift. From the top of the piste run a beginner and an intermediate course that let you glide comfortably down gentle forest runs with an average angle of 7 degrees. At the base of the lift there's a broad sledding zone, with plenty of events for kids. At the ski center at the base you'll find a restaurant and a store, as well as a children's room with playground equipment and baby beds - all for beginners and families.

Straight out of the hotel! Runrun Ski Resort is for people venturing out on the snow for the first time

This little resort is directly accessible from the Kyukamura Myoko Hotel, and the piste lies right at the hotel’s front door. The slope is wide and gentle enough for beginners and kids, and the lift is free for pre-schoolers. You can play in the snow or sled in the kids' park, or get on the lift with a sled. The resort welcomes those of you content just to play in the snow, too, and it’s a perfect choice if you’re skiing or snowboarding for the first time. Also welcome are temporary visitors to the hotel’s hot spring.

Loads of snow and fully equipped facilities: Lotte Arai Resort

At Lotte Arai Resort, the gondola and lifts are yours to ski to your heart's content down a broad piste stretching 951 m from top to bottom. The resort features freshly groomed general courses as well as an "avalanche-controlled zone" that opens according to the day's weather conditions, helping you to make the most of the resort's natural terrain. At the foot of the mountain is a luxurious resort hotel, a hot spring, swimming pool and a spa, with plenty of activities such as a flying fox and snow tubing.

Myoko is home to many hot spring towns

Each ski resort in the Myoko Area has hot springs, including facilities for day-trip visitors through to accommodations with their own private hot springs. Akakura Onsen and Seki Onsen are both hot spring towns that have thrived for decades, with souvenir shops and restaurants serving local dishes. You can also visit bars and Japanese izakaya at night, enjoying the opportunity to be part of the charming Myoko community.
text:Chiho Kuriyama

Facility Information

Myoko Suginohara Ski Resort

Suginosawa, Myoko-shi, Niigata 949-2113

Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort

2457-1 Sekigawa, Myoko-shi, Niigata 949-2112

Akakura Kanko Resort

216 Tagiri, Myoko-shi, Niigata 949-2102

Akakura Onsen Ski Area

51-3 Akakurakita, Myoko-shi, Niigata 949-2111

Seki Onsen Ski Area

Seki Onsen, Myoko-shi, Niigata 949-2235

Myoko Ski Park

6323-4 Sekiyama, Myoko-shi, Niigata 949-2235

Runrun Ski Resort

Sekiyama, Myoko-shi, Niigata 949-2235

Lotte Arai Resort

1966 Ryozenji, Myoko-shi, Niigata 944-0062


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