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We are currently at Myoko for the ski season until mid-February! We are here to investigate the ski area and vibe, and to report to you one of the best places to ski in Japan, for many reasons (it’s still very off-the-beaten-path, highest snowfall in Japan, etc). However, it seems that global warming is taking its toll with now conditions here being abysmal. It’s not only here - all over the world the ski resorts are struggling with snow. This is a reality we must face.
The small, pretty, and relatively (not for long) untouched ski area of Myoko is famous in Japan for receiving some of the highest amounts of snowfall of all Japan. If you’re a powder skier and chasing the Japow, get your gloves on and come to Myoko Kogen. Myoko Kogen is considered to be one of the birthplaces of Japan ski.
Akakura onsen - probably one of the ‘main’ areas in terms of nightlife and restaurants, including conveniences like post office and ATM. Despite the relative lack of after-ski stuff to do, Akakura has a decent selection of bars and restaurants that are pretty lively in the evening. The other parts of the Myoko Kogen area are pretty quiet in the evening.
Below are the main ski fields/mini villages within the area. Each are within a 5/10 minute drive from one another. Most ski lifts cost between 3000-4000 yen per day, with discounts for groups or multiple-day purchases.
The oldest ski area in Japan, and the original. It’s a nice area, good for families too.
The main ‘downtown’ area. This is where you will find the bars and restaurants, or rather, the only bars and restaurants are here. It’s a good fun place to visit, albeit there are literally only around 4-5 bars and they’re pretty quiet most nights. The Ski area at Akakura is decent. You will find that a night out here will get you rubbing shoulders with lots of drunk Aussies so be ready for that!
Ikenotaira is one of the more central areas of the Myoko Kogen area. It is great for families, beginners and intermediate skiers with nice long open runs. Great for a day skiing.
Suginohara is the longest ski run in Japan. Almost 8km of glorious Japan powder with epic views over the mountains.
Keep an eye on this page for more updates with the Japan Ski mission! Our mission is to bring you the best, off-the-beaten-path Japan travel advice and it would be rude for us not to cover skiing! This is why we are checking out Myoko Kogen.
Lime Resort Myoko is the hotel in the area and is a 4-star hotel. We highly recommend staying here. Rooms are comfortable (but they don't all have showers) there is a beautiful natural hot spring bath, gym and a cosy library bar, in which there is all you can drink wine evenings from 8pm until 11:30pm.
It is also a 15-minute walk to the Ikenotaira Ski area, and the friendly hotel staff will give you a lift to the ski areas and back if the hotel isn't too busy during peak hours.