• Overall Rating
Powder Recon4.7 out of 5 based on 21 reviews
Wagner Custom Skis
 
Powder Recon Japan specialises in unique Myoko ski packages and northern Honshu ski tours and snowboard trips. They’re not called “Powder Recon” for nothing! Powder Recon Japan knows where all the powder stashes are and the owner and guides combined, have been on hundreds of reconnaissance trips to lots of Honshu (the main island of Japan) ski resorts to find more secret stashes for you.

Powder Recon started in 2006 in Myoko Kogen and is an Australian owned company that also employs various local Japanese staff and guides. They are culturally sensitive and place strong importance on giving back to the local community and ensuring that guests have genuine Japanese cultural experiences. Their motto of “premium snow tours and cultural experiences” pretty much sums it up!

Powder Recon will take you away from the usual ski tourism crowds to see the “real” Japan where there are no lift queues or westernised experiences.

Honshu Ski Tours & Snowboard Packages

Powder Odyssey DETAILS
GUIDED SAFARI - TOHOKU
7 Nights | 6 Days Guided Skiing
From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
From price based on twin/double-share option.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,862
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are looking to go off-the-beaten track in Tohoku (northeastern Honshu) where there are abundant lines of fresh powder and no foreigners, this tour is perfect! Visit Tohoku ski areas you've probably never heard of before and immerse yourself in the Japanese culture. More
View inclusions & Add-ons
Inclusions
  • 7 nights accommodation in traditional Japanese or Western-style rooms
  • Daily buffet breakfast & dinner on first 4 nights of tour
  • 6 days morning guiding (Sunday to Friday), 1:5 guide to guest ratio
  • 6 days lift passes
  • Private transport to and from ski resorts, lodging and train stations (on arrival and departure) & more...
Add-ons
  • Premium ski/snowboard rental equipment at discounted prices
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Click here for rates, dates & availability
These dates are for fixed date tours. Most fixed date tours are for mixed groups i.e. you can join a group as a solo, couple or small group Fixed Date(s)
These tours have a set number of days as shown below Days
Price
We try to keep the availability as accurate as possible however things can change regularly. The following statuses roughly equate to:
  • Available = 5 or more spots
  • Filling = 3 – 5 spots
  • Almost Full = 2 or less spots

Please “enquire” to get a definitive answer
Availability
Jan 05 - Jan 12, 2019
8
USD 1,862
Sold Out
Jan 12 - Jan 19, 2019
8
USD 1,862
Filling
Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2019
8
USD 1,862
Almost Full
Jan 26 - Feb 02, 2019
8
USD 1,862
Sold Out
Feb 02 - Feb 09, 2019
8
USD 1,862
Sold Out
Feb 09 - Feb 16, 2019
8
USD 1,862
Sold Out
Feb 16 - Feb 23, 2019
8
USD 1,862
Sold Out
Feb 23 - Mar 02, 2019
8
USD 1,862
Available
Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.
Myoko Powder Packages DETAILS
HOSTED & SEMI-GUIDED PACKAGES
7 Nights | 6 Days Lifts | 5 Days Guiding
2018-19 season rates: Sample price based on twin/double-share option based on 7-night sample package
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
2018-19 season rates: Sample price based on twin/double-share option based on 7-night sample package
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,380
To be eligible for any advertised specials you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions.
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Get the best out of Myoko Kogen and nearby ski areas and chase the powder with a Powder Recon Myoko Kogen ski package. This hosted package includes accommodation at a quality Japanese hotel/ryokan. Great for families as well! The sample price is for 7 nights, but you can choose your length of stay. More
View inclusions & Add-ons
Inclusions
  • 7 nights quality western or Japanese-style accommodation
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 6 days lift tickets for use at Akakura Kanko ski area
  • Private transport to/from Myoko station & between ski resorts
  • 5 days on-mountain morning guiding
Add-ons
  • Equipment rentals
  • Ski/snowboarding lessons
  • Backcountry Guiding at Seki Onsen
  • Child care
  • Zenkoji Temple tour
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste
Click here for rates, dates & availability
Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.
You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
The number of days for this tour can be customised however must be a minimum as shown below Min Days
Please enquire for a price for your custom tour Price
It is not possible to know the exact availability for custom tours so please enquire here and the operator will let you know of their availability. If the availability is flagged as "Filling", "Almost Full", or "Sold Out", it means that dates are filling up or are fully booked. Availability
Dec 24 - Jan 13, 2019
From 4
Enquire
Almost Full
Jan 13 - Jan 20, 2019
From 1
Enquire
Sold Out
Jan 20 - Jan 27, 2019
From 4
Enquire
Almost Full
Jan 27 - Feb 03, 2019
From 4
Enquire
Almost Full
Feb 03 - Mar 18, 2019
From 4
Enquire
Filling
You can request a custom tour for your own private group within the date period shown Custom Booking Period
The number of days for this tour can be customised however must be a minimum as shown below Min Days
Please enquire for a price for your custom tour Price
It is not possible to know the exact availability for custom tours so please enquire here and the operator will let you know of their availability. If the availability is flagged as "Filling", "Almost Full", or "Sold Out", it means that dates are filling up or are fully booked. Availability
Dec 24 - Mar 18, 2019
From 3
Enquire
Enquire
1Total Results: 2Total Pages: 1

Powder Recon Booking Terms

  • All bookings will be held for 7 days once quotes have been issued.
  • A 25% deposit is required to secure bookings (credit card payment available).

Reviews

Powder Recon Odyssey Tour

Steven and Alysha Mcgill
21/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February
What a great trip. It was our first trip to Japan for my wife and I and this trip was fantastic. We stayed in great hotels/resorts with the best japanese food and we were the only westerns at each ski resort everyday. The guides Ray and Vaughn were excellent and they took us straight to the good powder stashes everyday. It was a great trip and was run very professionally. We went to a different resort everyday so everyday was a new day to have fresh tracks and it was great to see the real japanese culture. If anyone is looking to do a trip to japan I HIGHLY RECOMMEND POWDER RECON!!!!!!!!!!! Great value for money without a doubt.

Great Snow; Great Operation

Chip Burgess
07/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
My son and I just spent a week with Powder Recon in Myoko. It was an amazing trip. The Lodge was comfortable and had a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. The guides were all excellent at finding hidden stashes of untracked powder, even days after the last dump.

Secret Stashes and Superb Service

Colin Davies
18/01/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Month:
    January
Last week I was lucky enough to join our guides James, Vaughn and Miashta for the epic ski experience that is the Powder Recon Odyssey tour.

All of us on the trip remarked at how well organised it was. The group was a really nice match. The accommodation, transport and agenda were all first class. All of the guides went out of their way to ensure all the guest had a great time catering for every request with enthusiasm and a good dose of charaima.

The resorts selected to visit made the most of the weather conditions which we encountered throughout the week which was fantastic. The best part of this however was the depth of knowledge the guides had with regard to the mountain. For example choosing a resort which benefited from the high winds dumping the snow into certain tree sections. Avoiding long hikes and flat sections as well as avoiding the lines which are known to annoy the mountain patrol and lead to a clipped lift pass.

This tour is well and truly off the beaten track and a real insight into the Japanese ski scene outside of the influence of western culture. Highly recommended.

Powder Recon January 2017

James
15/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    January
Staff was great, without exception. Snow was abundant. Terrain was mediocre at best. The combination of mediocre terrain and limited lifts doom this to a mediocre experience at a high price.

Best Holiday Ever!

paul @ nina
14/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
/totally awesome, couldn't recommend enough!

An Alternative Ski Adventure

James
31/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    January
We had an excellent time on the Secret Tour by Powder Recon (which covers part of the resorts of the Powder Odyssey Tour resorts), and it delivered as advertised: an abundance of powder conditions both on and off piste, led by a very knowledgeable, capable, and client-focused group of guides. The Bandai area mountains are not huge and the trails not overly difficult, but the terrain is varied and the tree skiing challenging enough for most. Accommodations and food were first rate. I would recommend this trip for those looking for an authentic Japan skiing/boarding experience in a very scenic setting, easily reached by train from Tokyo.

Bandai with Powder Recon

Amelia
30/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
I recently got back from skiing for a week with Powder Recon in Alts Bandai. They are awesome, and so is the place. They have several guides that will take people to the places that suit their skill level and they make sure that everyone visits all the places. I went to Alts Bandai, Inawashiro, Nekoma and Gran Deco. I loved loved them all.

When I got there I realized that my skill level was way below what is probably their average customer, but they were accommodating and we also had a guide (Bonnnie, who is super nice, professional and I am grateful that she took me down places I would have never gone down on my own) that took us down the runs and not through the trees. If you are a skillful skier this must be an amazing experience because the staff really knows the area and seems to be really on top of taking good skiers to interesting places. For those of us who stayed on piste, sometimes they are completely empty. The place is not crowded at all, not even on weekends.

The hotel is also wonderful. Theres a buffet for breakfast and dinner with great variety, but it does not change. The place is not touristy so maybe there is less English than in other places, so sometimes you need to think about being understood, but the staff is very nice. The onsen is amazing, and when you are done there's a freezer with delicious popsicles outside.

There is no need to bring much clothes because the hotel gives you a robe and pants that you can wear while you're in the hotel.

I have nothing but good things to say about the place and the company.

great snow at less visited place

Andrew Chan
11/04/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    March
We went with Powder Recon in late March 2016. All the pre departure info was good with easy to follow instructions on how to get to Myoko from Tokyo.

Everything was pretty smooth and the accom we stayed in Hotel Taiko was really nice, good size room (bring some cereal/bars though) as the breakfast is a bit samey after a week.

Our guide Taku was great and took us to some nice spots in the trees/ off piste where we got some nice powder at 4 different resorts in the area. It was reassuring having someone show us round the different mountains.

Myoko is a pretty quiet place, not a party town which suited us, plenty of choice for dinner. Good variety of runs which were near empty during the week and the snow quality when we were there was awesome.

Myoko

uli
05/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
great people, they look after you...

Powder Odyssey Tour - Jan/Feb 2016

Richard Male
13/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Month:
    February
This tour was amazing, never riding the same resort twice yet having the guides ensures you make the most out of each resort, never having to worry how or if you can get back on to the piste.
They were all saying this year was the least amount of snow they have had, but with the guides knowledge of each resort we still found POW and fresh tracks.

Myoko Kogen semi guided package

Peter Botterill
03/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
We have just returned home from the Myoko Kogen area.
The owner Bryce is a great operator. Despite a hotel that went broke before we arrived,  and Myoko had the worst season for 35 year, our group (13 in number) ended up with fantastic accommodation, skied fresh powder 6 out of 9 days. A credit to Bryce and his team.

Powder Recon - impressed!

Katya
25/01/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    UK
  • Month:
    January
Just returned from a Powder Odyssey tour (January 2016). Extremely impressed. Yes, the snow this year (at least in January) was somewhat lacking - but to me that's when being on tour actually pays off as you can move around to take advantage of the best snow.

We visited the following resorts: Alts Bandai, Geto Kogen, Amihari and Shizukuishi.

Our group of 7 happened to be fairly similar in terms of skiing ability and we all skied together in the mornings, which worked quite well as no-one was holding anyone up. Also given the challenging conditions it was good to have one of the guides at the back, sweeping, especially going through tight trees, where bamboo shoots or minor insufficiently filled gullies provided interesting challenges...

Here are the things we very much liked about the tour:

- professionalism and general attitude of the guides: always going out of their way to help, good group management and judgement, especially on the mountain: choosing routes whilst balancing risk and adventure

- the guides' local knowledge: James clearly knows all of the areas we visited like the back of his hand and so was able to find the elusive stashes of powder or fun tree runs so we could make the best of every day whatever the conditions

- the split of morning guiding / free afternoons

- choice of accommodation - mostly traditional "onsen" hotels with no other westerners in sight, all high quality. Nicely appointed rooms, often in traditional Japanese style. Having an onsen became a major part of après-ski

- eating local food, but with western options for breakfast. Eating out is surprisingly inexpensive

- relaxing transfers, chilling out to great music, whilst James and Tom were doing all the hard work, driving

- banter and laughs with the guides and other members of the group

- performance of our Nordica skis, rented from Powder Recon: brand new and great to ride.

It is a pretty nice way to spend a week, and I fear, quite addictive!

Powder Recon Family Adventure

Christian Miles
23/05/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
Happy DayZ Cool NightZ
Our family experience in Japan was our first & we are planning on returning - It was insane! We were able to immerse ourselves very comfortable into the Japanese culture & Fresh, Deep Powder! Bryce & his crew were awesome from meeting us at the Hotel's foyer for check in through to dropping us at the train for return to Tokyo.

They provided us with guides each day at the locations of our choice & suitable for all skill levels.

The guides had an extensive knowledge of the various resort's trails & where to search out the best runs available to suit the days conditions.

The nightly meetings came with a wealth of knowledge from Japanese etiquette, meeting fellow guests, weather forecast, resort recommendations, tips on places to go & things to see.

Bryce made us aware of the very real hazards that exist, how to identify them & most importantly how to have an awesome day & stay safe.

We'd like to thank them all for there assistance which made for a very enjoyable, traditional, adrenaline filled family holiday. A special thanks to Bryce, Evan, Robyn & Shaya you made Myoko Magic. Cheers

Powder Recon was amazing!

Pranil Singh
19/05/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
Empty runs! Fresh powder! Can't wait to go back.
Freaking awesome trip! A group of four of us spent 5 days in Myoko Kogen on a Powder Recon trip and had a amazing time.

The hotel was neat and tidy, and the staff super helpful and polite. Our Japanese was quite limited and we had no trouble communicating with then. The onsen was also a great way to relax after a day on the mountain.

Powder Recon staff were helpful and happy to give us any advice. We got to spend a bit of time with the guys on the mountain as well, which was great.

Will definitely go again - both Myoko and the Powder Recon guys were so, so good. If you go ask about the okonomiyaki - it's probably the best in Japan!

Thanks for a fun trip

Nicki Gallagher
24/02/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
Great way to meet new people and ski with others at similar levels. We had a great time and have made some new life long friends.

Enjoyed exploring the region with some great guides...

Bryce very professional and organized but other staff limited at times.

Great Way to Explore Multiple Ski Areas

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
07/06/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
There was plenty of this!
We were very impressed with the Powder Recon offering at Myoko Kogen. It provides the powder skiing benefits of a multi-resort tour and an oportunity to sample various resorts, yet the stability of being based in one village and not having to change accommodation every night. We can thoroughly recommend the packages, and better yet, the packages provide exceptional value for money.

The information provided pre-trip was impressive and we also received a great orientation on arrival and advice on things to do in the village.

We really liked the accommodation (see our 7th Door Ryokan review). Powder Recon has an ethos of trying to provide an authentic Japanese experience (they only book out a max of 20% of rooms to westerners) and we really enjoyed the Japanese feel of the hotel.

We were largely there to chase the powder and we weren’t disappointed. Each day we went to different ski areas, both Myoko ski areas as well as nearby resorts. Firstly having the guides drive us each day enabled us to access a variety of ski areas that we otherwise wouldn’t have visited. One resort in particular was a complete gem because it was deserted, so there were super freshies galore! The guides were really affable and provided guiding in the mornings to show us lots of good spots, and then we were free to choose our own routes in the afternoon.

I was surprised that the packages didn’t just cater for powder hounds, but also for groups and families with beginners and intermediates. We met other guests and Powder Recon could provide guiding at the local hill for intermediates or assist in organizing lessons (or child care). With a Myoko Powder Package, groups or families of differing ability levels can be catered for and no one has to ski or board by themselves (unless they want to!). This sort of trip provides the happy medium between meeting new friends and having others to ride with, but it’s not a rigid organized tour so you can do your own thing if you wish.

Powder Odyssey Indeed

POWDERHOUNDS
30/05/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
Deep in Geto Kogen The food was a great experience every night The accommodation was of a high standard Virtually every hotel had a beautiful onsen & hot spring Transport was comfortable & very social There were just endless lines of DEEP UNTRACKED POW
If you are a powder hound who is also looking for great Japanese cultural experiences, this is the tour for you. We headed to the “last frontier” of Japanese skiing, to resorts that were off the beaten track of international skiers and snowboarders, where very little if any English was spoken and cultural immersion was at an all time high, and there were plentiful freshies. Perfect!

Powder
This is up there as some of the best, if not the best skiing we’ve experienced in Japan! We definitely got our fill of powder. They took us to ski resorts where no one else was riding off piste (in part because it’s banned). At most resorts they get special permission to ride off-piste or otherwise the guides know how to do it discreetly. So there were lots and lots of fresh lines. It was very hard to ski at other resorts after this tour!

Hopefully many of our photos we took will give you an idea of how much powder fun we had! The resorts we visited were: Alts Bandai, Inawashiro (x 2 days), Nekoma, Geto Kogen, Hachimantai and Shizukuishi.

Transport
There is a fair bit of driving with this tour (especially if you depart from Myoko) so it was awesome to sit back and relax (and sometimes have a nap) and laugh with our new found buddies, whilst the guides did all the hard work. A couple of the ski resorts seemed like they’d be a nightmare to self-navigate to, so it was great that the guides knew where they were going. The guides also drove us to restaurants a couple of nights and frequently did 7-Eleven stops! All too easy!

Accommodation
The quality of the accommodation was way above expectation, and I don’t know how they offer this tour at such a low price. We got good at re-packing our bags becuase we moved accommodation frequently but the upside was that we got to experience a variety of places. Two western style hotels were on-mountain at a ski resort, two western style hotels were in a city (where it was great to go out), Geto Kogen had simple accommodation, whilst we also spent a couple of nights in a fabulous ryokan (Japanese style) near Inawashiro. The various onsens were also a highlight of the trip.

Restaurants
We also had a variety of amazing dining experiences including hotel buffets, restaurants and izakayas. The guides provided options on some nights, and guests on a budget also had the choice of take-away from the 7-Eleven.

Guides/Staff
The guides were amazing; an abundance of knowledge, charisma, fun and energy, and Bryce’s Japanese language skills made everything super easy such as hotel check-ins, ordering dinner some nights, and sorting out logistics. And impressively the guides were very culturally sensitive.

The guiding was only in the mornings, which was ideal. The guides oriented us and showed us some secret stashes, whilst we had free time in the afternoon to self-explore. We had two guides so they could break into two groups according to speed or skiers/snowboarders depending on the terrain each day. The terrain covered was largely off-piste and a little bit of side-country. We personally wear beacons, shovels, & probes when off-piste in Japan but this was not mandatory for guests or the guides, as they feel they are only riding in areas that are very safe. We'd recommend taking your own gear.

Whilst a couple of guests had reported that Powder Recon seemed a little slow in responding to pre-trip emails, once on the road, they seemed very organized and everything ran very very smoothly.

The guides were very flexible and were only too willing to help guests with all sorts of requests from finding vitamins, to doing beer stops, to picking up and dropping off guests at the station if they were starting or finishing the tour late or early. This was great for the guests with special requests but on a couple of occasions their flexibility impacted on other guests’ experiences.

Fun
This trip seems to attract like-minded skiers and boarders with a sense of fun and adventure, so we had so much fun. The guides were great at gee-ing everyone up to make sure that everyone was having a great time, but this probably wasn’t necessary considering the great group we had and the amazing powder.

We can thoroughly recommend this tour to other powder hounds and we can’t wait to go again!!

Great Tour - One of the Best!

Andrew Henderson
19/05/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    New Zealand
That's me at Geto Kogen And another epic powder run
God I love this tour. I have had the extreme good fortune to do it twice. Two of the best weeks skiing of my life. This is the sort of stuff you know lurks in Japan, but could never find yourself. Quiet resorts with only a handful of people skiing during the week and heroic amounts of dry Japanese snow to play in. It does not get better than this.

The fields have varied a little between the two trips, depending on the conditions and what sort of skiing/boarding the group wants to do. There is the opportunity to do some ski touring or snowshoeing if you are interested, but there is so much low hanging fruit to pick on this tour, the most effort made is usually a few hucks, or a bit of traversing to get nice lines through the trees.

All of the destinations are perfect. Most of the fun stuff is tree skiing, as it usually is in Honshu, with well spaced trees and good pitches. The guides know all the fields and spend the morning making sure you know where all the secret stashes are.

This company has excellent guides and really cares about their guests. On the field and off, this trip is really well organised and a lot of fun. I skied with excellent people, passionate skiers and boarders, fun to ski with and to socialise with. I have made some good friends from these tours! I will definitely be going again.

Seventh Heaven?

Andrew Henderson
22/04/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Type
    Skier
Powder Recon's many repeat customers don't need a review to know how good this company and its services are. This is a great way to enjoy the best that the Myoko Kogen area has on offer, for everyone from hardcore powder hounds to families with young children.

The approach of Powder Recon is a little different to most ski operators in Japan. Their philosophy is to provide the best ski (or boarding) experience possible for each group or individual. Each evening there is a meeting in the 7th Door lobby to discuss the next day's skiing. The plan may be to stay at the local field where they base themselves (Akakura Kanko), or to try one of the other fields in the Myoko Kogen area, or to go further afield in one of their vehicles, to one of the many other nearby ski fields within a short drive. There is usually a suggestion from Powder Recon about the place likely to have the best conditions, but the choice of which field, or fields are visited is a democratic process. If you don't want to leave Akakura Kanko, that is fine as well.

As part of the service several guides are provided, one for each different group of skiers/boarders according to their abilities and style of skiing/riding. Most mornings, as a result, you get shown all the best places to ski (yep, all the secret powder stashes), places to explore, places to steer away from, where to eat or get a drink and usually some other people to ski with for the rest of the day, if that is what you want.

This worked very well for my 10 year old son and I. He loved the guides and we both enjoyed skiing with the other guests on the tour and socialising with them as well. There are some great places to ski in this area and we got to ski many of them!

Seventh Door Ryokan is an excellent place to stay. Not as expensive as some of the other choices in Akakura Onsen, but very comfortable, friendly and traditional Japanese. The onsen is very good and the hotel is very well positioned in the town, near the lifts and the shops and restaurants. The cultural part of the experience is very important to these guys as well and there are lots of chances to meet locals and feel part of the local community. Definitely one of the best ways to ski in Myoko Kogen.

Powder Recon Mt Myoko

Matt Stockham
22/04/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
Could not recommend Powder Recon enough. I booked with them for 4 days during Janurary of 2013. I was picked up from the train station and showed to my hotel and given a run down of the facilities. The hotel was neat and had a beautiful view and large onsen for patrons to use. All the staff were very helpful even with sugestions on where to eat for the night.

The best thing was during the week the Powder Recon team would use all the info they had to determine what mountain within the area would be the best, and give you the option the night before to be a part of the trip heading to that mountain. The swap would cost a small fee for changing of the ticket and transport to the mountain. Once you were there you had the option for a 2-3 hour tour of the mountain with a staff member and then after you had free roam of the ski area.

I will recomend Powder Recon to anyone heading to Japan for some snow fun, especially anyone travelling alone like myself or anyone that is worried about the language barrier or any other obstacles.

First trip to Myoko Kogen

Thomas Ong
14/02/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
Thomas Ong Seventh Door Ryokan and Powder Recon Review
This is our second trip to Japan for skiing. First was in Niseko. We loved it till we came and experience Myoko. Bryce Elvin makes the difference in our trip. He goes out of his way to ensure that we can truly enjoy hour holiday. He is very detailed and friendly.

The seventh door Ryokan is indeed a very nice place. We have recently made a trip to Nozawa and it has been better than Myoko in terms of skiing experience. Accommodation is no match to Seventh Door but we have to settle for this as budget was the main determinant factor.

Go for Myoko if you haven't been there. We are on a journey to experience various skiing resort. Next destination - Hakuba.
We love Myoko but we are not planning to come back for a re-visit just yet. We have not written it off like Niseko.

Ski tours