Myoko Kogen is an amazing place to enjoy the snow in Japan. There is everything you could possibly want, from wide open gentle groomed slopes for the beginners and familys, to parks full of kickers and rails as well as a plethora of awesome options for backcountry expeditions.
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|Akakura Onsen||Akakura Kanko||Ikenotaira||Suginohara||Seki Onsen|
|ParkYesYesBeginner and AdvancedYesSpring only|
|PowderMaruyamaChampion A courseMellow sidecountryMitahara zoneEVERYWHERE!|
|KidsKids park and LOTS of beginner coursesKids park and beginner areasIkebei!Kids park and beginner areasLess friendly|
Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko
The Akakura area is made up of 2 main resorts, Onsen and Kanko.
|15||550||Yes||Maruyama||Lots of easy runs + kids park||BBQ lunch @ Yodel!|
Akakura Onsen is great for families and kids, with lots of gentle open groomers, but there are also steeps like Maruyama and a great park in the ‘Kumado’ area.
Akakura Onsen incorporates ‘Chuo’, ‘Yodel’, ‘Kumado’ and ‘Ginrei’ courses. These areas can all be ridden on the one ticket.
|8||760||Yes||Champion A course||Kids park + beginner courses||Sidecountry abounds|
Akakan (Akakura Kanko)
Akakan has a great high speed gondola and seven quad lifts, four of which are hooded.
There is something for everyone, with a beginner and advanced park, mogul runs, steep groomers and lots of great sidecountry options as well as access to Maeyama backcountry
|5||760||Very extensive||Mellow sidecountry||Ikebei!||Go big in the park!|
Ikenotaira has it’s main appeal in the large collection of park features built and maintained by the resort’s many park staff. It is the ‘go to’ destination for jibbers in the Myoko area. There are four parks in all, including “Happy Park” for beginners and “Ikeno City” for advanced park riders who are looking for bigger jumps and longer rails.
There are 5 lifts in operation and a vertical drop of 700m. The resort is serviced by the Mt. Myoko shuttle bus and also has rental facilities and it’s own ski school. There are several restaurants in the resort as well as a Kombi van that parks at the bottom of the “Capsule pair lift” and sells delicious kebabs for just 500 yen!
|5||1124||Yes||Mitahara Zone||Beginner areas + kids park||Super long top-to-bottom challenge!|
Suginohara has five lifts in total including one high speed gondola and the biggest vertical drop of all the Myoko resorts at 1124m. It also features Japan’s longest ski run, 8.5 Km in all – a serious test of leg fitness!
By virtue of being the highest of the resorts as well as being the furthest away from the sea, it also has the most sunny days by far.
|2||??||Spring only||EVERYWHERE!||Maybe not?||This is powder heaven!|
Seki Onsen is a small area which packs a lot of punch. There are only two lifts servicing 310 meters of vertical drop, but this is made up for by extremely high snowfall and backcountry possibilities just not on offer at other resorts in Japan. The average maximum base at Seki is between 4 and 5 meters, and it is said to be the snowiest resort in Japan. Last season the base topped 6 meters, a couple more than anywhere else. They do not do much grooming here, and as such it is more suited to powder junkies – beginners are probably better off at one of Myoko’s other nearby resorts.