The Myoko Kogen ski resort was first established in 1911 and quickly became Japan’s First Internationally known resort in 1937, as well as the first fully established Japanese ski resort with English guides.

Located a simple 3 hour bullet train ride out of Tokyo, Myoko Kogen is fantastic for those who are searching for pristine, untouched surroundings, with an authentic ‘old town’ Japan experience to compliment one’s ski holiday.

Myoko Kogen has some of the most outstanding POW in all of Asia, with an average 3 meter base, and natural snow walls which can reach up to 4 meters.  Here you will find the location for Japan’s longest and the steepest ski run, which compliments the many ‘in-betweens’, thus making Myoko Kogen ‘the place to ski the heart of Japan’, and without any crowds!

Made up from 9 snow resorts, some of which are interlinked and serviced by resort buses during the peak of the winter season, the skiing and snowboarding options in Myoko Kogen are second- to-none.

Shona Headshot

“Myoko Kogen is like stepping back in time and offers a quaint ‘old town’ Japan experience.  Holding a special place in Japan’s ski history, and still today a ‘crowd less’ ski holiday experience, the quality of the snow in this region is faultlessly pure.  Offering a family friendly environment, terrain and guided touring options for all abilities, Myoko Kogen is a great ‘ski holiday destination’ or ‘side trip’ option’ – Shona AMPED

10 Top Reasons to Ski Myoko Kogen

  • Access to 9 snow resorts each with their own terrain style
  • 45,000 skiers per hour ‘uplift’ ensures that you’re back on top of the mountain and ready to hit the slopes in no time
  • Off piste skiing allowed (recommended that you’re a skilled skier)
  • Whooping 80m pipe
  • Gain a cultural experience off snow with many traditional Japanese cultural festivals year round.
  • Natural hot springs contrast cold and hot
  • Enjoy authentic Japanese hospitality and culture
  • 33 on slope restaurants means there’s something for everyone’s tastes and convenience
  • 2km fully geared snow park
  • Pristine groomers, you are spoilt for choice
  • Test yourself and take on The Challenge Wall – daring 39 degree slope!

Myoko Kogen Facts & Stats

The Myoko Kogen Ski Area is made up of 6 main mountain resorts which include: Myoko Akakura Onsen, Ikenotaira Onsen, Myoko Suginohara, Seki Onsen, Shin-Akakura (a.k.a. Akakura Kanko or Akakan), Myoko Ski Park, each which boasts it own special features.Below are the three main Ski Resorts in this area:
Akakura onsenIkenotairaSuginohara
No. of Lifts21815
Village Altitude740m800m731m
Top Lift Altitude1,500m1,500m1,855m
Vertical Drop760m700m1,124m
Longest Run4.5km4.5km8.5km
Lifts Open8:30am8:30am8:30am
Lifts Close5:00pm4:30pm4:30pm
Night RidingYesNoYes
SeasonDec – AprilDec – MarchDec – March
Skiable terrainfind60 ha90 ha
Total trails36108
Maximum height1200 m1487  m1855 m
Lift capacity43,176 per hour3,000 per hour16,000 per hour

Getting to Myoko Kogen

Ex New Zealand

  • Daily direct flights with Air NZ from Auckland through to Tokyo
  • Daily flights from Auckland via Sydney to Tokyo with Qantas
  • Daily flights with Japan Airlines from Auckland to Tokyo, via Sydney
  • Scheduled weekly flights with China Eastern from Auckland to Tokyo, via Taipei
  • Scheduled weekly flights with Korean Airways from Auckland to Tokyo, via Seoul

Ex Australia

  • Scheduled weekly flights to Tokyo with Japan Airlines, via Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Daily scheduled domestic services from most major cities in Australia to Sydney available to connect with international flights to Japan
  • Scheduled weekly flights to Tokyo with Japan Airlines, via Hong Kong and Singapore
  • Daily scheduled domestic services from most major cities in Australia to Sydney available to connect with international flights to Japan
  • Daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane to Tokyo, via Seoul, on Korean Airlines
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Tokyo with China Eastern, via Taipei
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney to Tokyo with Thai Airways, via Bangkok
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Tokyo with Malaysian Airlines, via Kuala Lumpur
  • Scheduled weekly flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, with Cathay Pacific to Tokyo, via Hong Kong

Myoko Kogen Village Map

Land transfers

  1. By train: From Narita Airport (the Tokyo international airport), catch the Narita Express (NEX) train to Tokyo Station (1 hour). There are frequent departures from the airport railway terminal.Upon arrival at Tokyo Station take the escalators up and follow the green signs for the Nagano Shinkansen Asama. Then bus to Myoko Kogen
  2. By road: shuttle, bus or car

Driving times to Myoko Kogen from:

Tokyo- 4.5 to 5 hours | Narita Airport – 5-6 hours | Nagoya – 5 hours | Osaka or Kyoto – about 7 hours | Nagano 1 hour 10 minutes

Myoko Kogen Ski School and Daycare

At Myoko Kogen, there are numerous ski school options available in this area for both adults and kids, giving you the option of private, public and group lessons.  Further more with several hire gear locations, thus making sourcing ski and board gear simple and affordable.  There are also multiple daycare facilities on the mountain, junior ski schools, kids’ activities and snow playgrounds in many of the hotels, some notable options are the Tamaghara T- kids day Centre, The Prince Hotel’s nursery, and the Alice room and the Maruike Kids Park, which will keep kids up to primary school age thoroughly entertained throughout their stay.

Ski Services available range from:

  • Adult lessons
  • Private Lessons
  • Small Group Lessons
  • Beginners programs
  • ladies’ classes
  • Specialist Camps
  • Telemarking
  • Nordic

Family Fun lessons at the beautiful Myoko Kogen Snow

Myoko Snowsports Ski School

Myoko Snowsports Ski School is a fully equipped ski and snowboard school, which offers lessons in English and Japanese for all levels of skiing ability, as well as daycare options for little ones.  This dedicated school has some of the best ski instructors, on the mountain, and is sure to help you to expand and improve your ski and snowboard competency.

snow monkeys at Myoko kogen

Myoko Kogen Ski and Snowboard Town Landscape

Tours and Activities

Myoko Kogen is the ski heart of japan, and as such, this resort area has been immaculately preserved in order to maintain the highest quality skiing available.  Because of the head start which Myoko Kogen ski area was fortunate enough to get, this resort truly is well provided with a perfect landscape for skiing.  The snow is beautiful, the natural Onsen’s are steaming, and the ski lift flies back to the top for you to get back on those immaculate snowy fields and ride or ski to your heart’s desire.

Once you’re done with skiing though, Myoko Kogen also has a variety of restaurants, shops, hot-springs, and many other activities to keep you occupied, such as:

  • Massive ski field
  • Sample authentic Japanese Onsen’s (bath houses)
  • Downhill skiing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Back-country skiing
  • Tube parks
  • Snowmobile adventures
  • Snowcat tours
  • Scenic mountain tours
  • Snowshoeing tours
  • Exploring the Shinto shrines
  • Japan Ski Museum
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park

Accommodation at Myoko Kogen

Akakura Kanko – Premier – 5 star (top property), Ski in/Ski Out

The Akakura Kanko hotel is the most famous of the Myoko Kogen hotels, built in 1937 and regarded as a Japanese ski industry icon, Akakura Kanko was one of the first classic European styled hotels in Japan, and is fully  organised with a golf course, tennis courts and a spa centre with natural onsens, Akakura Kanko also boasts a fully panoramic top floor terrace with 3 restaurants, each with beautiful views of the surrounding areas.

* Breakfast included

Akakura Kanko Spa

Double Room at Akakura Kanko HotelAkakura Kanko Twin Room example

Akakura Kanko Dining in styleAkakura Kanko Room dining table

Oyado Furuya – Deluxe 4 star Japanese Ryokan (Japanese lodge), Short walk to lifts & central township

Oyado Furuya, a traditional Japanese inn, located in the centre of Akakura, Myoko Kogen’s main street, this traditional Japanese style inn is all that you’re looking for in a trip in Japan, with a close location to shuttle busses, other resorts, restaurants, and many beautiful evening spots, this inn is a wonderful way to be immersed in the centre of Myoko Kogen’s local culture and atmosphere. Odayo Furuya also has a very popular restaurant, which is well known amongst locals for boasting one of the best Shabu Shabu course meals in town.

* Breakfast included

Oyado Furuya traditional roomtraditional Japanese styled Room

Oyado Furuya Western blend Room

Oyado Furuya Stone floored Onsen

Oyado Furuya Tatami Matt Onsen

Hotel Alp – Moderate 3 star, Central Township & Short Walk to Lifts

Hotel Alp is a superb base for skiers in the Myoko Kogen area. Located a short walking distance from shops, restaurants and bars, making this a good affordable option off the slopes as well. Based on Swiss styling, with Japanese hospitality and a mixture of western and Japanese styled rooms, a pub, complimentary Wi-Fi, and natural Onsenss, Hotel Alp has something to make everyone feel at home

* Breakfast included

Western Styled Rooms

Traditional Styled Rooms

Close proximity to the mountain gives visitors beautiful views

room view

Refle Hotel – Good Value 3 Star, Short Walk to Slopes and Township

This Bright, modern styled hotel is set in central Akakura, and is only a short walk away from the slopes. Refle Hotel offers comfortable western and Japanese styled rooms, natural onsens, sauna rooms, and both Japanese and western cuisine options.  This hotel also has a bar and restaurant, a lounge, and a gaming area to keep guests entertained when off the snow, coupled with the world famous Japanese hospitality, Refle Hotel is sure to make you feel at home

* Breakfast included

The Grand Refle Hotel

Western Styled Rooms

Refle Hotel’s Natural Onsen


IMPORTANT NOTE: the above images are to be used as guides for room types available. Due to room configurations and decors differing from condo to condo, not all rooms will look or appear the same.