Myoko Kogen is located in the Niigata Prefecture about 4 hours from Tokyo Narita International Airport.Myoko Kogen is surrounded by many excellent mountain villages, each unique in their own way. The Village of
Akakura Kanko is the area where you’ll find most restaurants and accommodation.

The main attraction for skiers and snowboarders is the huge snowfall Myoko Kogen gets each year, averaging around 15 meters of snow per year it is arguably the snowiest place in Japan if not the world.

Further to this the diversity of terrain that can be found at the numerous mountains located in this area. Myoko Kogen is fast developing a reputation for having excellent tree runs for the first timer, right up to seasoned shredders. It is not hard to see why Myoko Kogen is being noticed by the Australian public with an average snowfall of about 14 metres!

Myoko Kogen is made up of 4 main resorts: Myoko Akakura, Akakura Onsen, Myoko Suginohara and Ikenotaira Onsen.

The pure quality of the snow at Myoko Kogen, plus an efficient lift system (with one of the fastest gondolas in Japan) will ensure you get to the best runs and in the least amount of time. Apart from the snow in Myoko Kogen there is a lively Japanese culture for all to see and be a part of. Public and private onsens are scattered throughout the village and are mostly free of charge. Having an onsen is an old past-time in
Japan so make sure you try it out. It’s also a good way to help your muscles recover after a long day pushing out some big powder carves.

MOUNTAIN STATISTICS:

SKI SEASON Dec – May (Peak: Dec – Feb)
VERTICAL DROP 1124m
RESORT Made up of 3 interlinked resorts
LONGEST RUN 8.5kms
AVERAGE SNOEFALL 14 meters
NUMBER OF LIFTS 40 Lifts
TERRAIN Begginer: 42%, Intermediate:41%, Advanced:17%

SNOW CONDITIONS

Myoko Snow Conditions Commonly the off-piste areas at Myoko Kogen have bottomless powder. Myoko receives some great snow falls with the large volumes due to the proximity of Myoko to the Japan Sea (only 25km from the coast). Mt Myoko provides plenty of orographic lift, condensing the moisture into snow. The average snowfall is higher than other ski resorts near Nagano such as Hakuba, NozawaOnsen and Shiga Kogen. Seki Onsen reputably gets 16 metres per season, but it’s hard to know if this is just part of the hype associated with Seki or whether it’s the source of the hype!

To get the big powder dumps, storms from the north to north west are ideal. Seki gets big snow from north winds, Akakan gets bigger snowfalls from NNW storms, whilst Suginohara does the best out of NW winds.

The quality of the powder is pretty good; not the super light dry powder that Hokkaido is renowned for, but still reasonably dry. Of course the quality of the snow is somewhat dependent on elevation. The top of Suginohara (with a top elevation of 1,855 metres) typically has great snow quality. This area is higher than the top elevations of Hakuba (1,670m) and NozawaOnsen (1,650), whilst Akakura Kanko’s top elevation is only at 1,500 metres.

MYOKO SKI RESORT STATISTICS

LOCATION  Vertical
(m)
Elevation
(m)
 Size
(ha)
 Longest
run (km)
 %
Beginners
%
Inter
 %
Advanced
 Runs  Lifts
 Akakura Kanko  760  1,500 *  4.5 40 30  30 10 8
 Seki Onsen  310 1,210 *  1.5 20 50 30 6  2
 Suginohara 1,124  1,855 90 8.5  40 40 20  17  5
 Ikenotaira 700  1,500  60  4.5  40 45  15 10  8
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