Seeing Myoko Kogen for the first time, the mind boggles as to how one place can simply get so much snow. Myoko Kogen receives endless snowfalls which literally blanket the entire area right throughout its long winter season. One of the pioneering ski resorts and one of the largest ski areas in Japan, Myoko Kogen was originally established in the early 19th century and soon developed a reputation as Japan's first international ski resort by the 1930s. With three main ski areas; Akakura, Suginohara and Ikenotaira along with a myriad of nearby ski resorts, Myoko Kogen offers an incredible variety of terrain, near perfect conditions with the deepest of deep powder, big verticals, long carpet like corduroy pitches, magnificent gladed tree runs all with an astonishing 13 plus meters of snow each winter.
Mt. Myoko, once an active volcano is now Myoko Kogen's rich source of thermal spring waters. With a plethora of natural onsen hot springs, Myoko boasts not only spectacular snow, but the Myoko Valley is literally teeming with relaxing rejuvenating thermal mineral spring baths, which is without a doubt one of the best ways to finish a perfect ski day. Myoko's charm lies in its traditional Japanese atmosphere and its incredibly hospitable local people all there to see that you get the most out of your Myoko ski experience. With endless powder turns, delicious Japanese restaurants, cozy pubs and steaming mineral hot springs, Myoko Kogen really is an undiscovered gem with magical snow and amazing terrain – this resort will just blow you away! Myoko is made up of several different ski resorts with sprawling villages and a wide selection of accommodation, many offering ski-in-ski-out locations or within close proximity to nearby lifts. With a sprinkling of cozy vibrant bars, colorful tantalizing restaurants and a good mix of shops and services, you will soon find your place in Myoko Kogen.
The Akakura Onsen and Kanko Ski Areas are known as the heart of the Myoko Ski Resort and are the most popular village locations to stay. Akakura is also home to Myoko Kogen’s most exclusive & one of Japan's most revered ski resort hotels, the Akakura Kanko Resort & Spa. Akakura Onsen offers the greatest number of hotels, lodges and pensions and is also the main hub for most of the après bars and restaurants. Myoko is also surrounded by some of the region’s best ski resorts including Seki Onsen, Madarao Kogen and Tangram Ski Circus. Seki Onsen is heaven for powder lovers and back-country skiers and boarders; Madarao Kogen is connected with Tangram Ski Circus and offers a great variety of terrain with plenty of ungroomed slopes and dry powder snow. Myoko offers a snow experience for everyone, snowshoe tours through the snowy woods, guided backcountry trips to the surrounding peaks and exhilarating deep powder tree runs. For those looking for on-mountain lessons, clinics and mountain guiding, Myoko Snowsports provides a comprehensive range of mountain programs for all ages and levels to enjoy.