Nagano Niigata Explorer Overview
On this Myoko guided ski tour you’ll get to see the real Japan, ride untracked powder every run, have the best guides, private transport and be completely flexible so as to get the best conditions possible.
This Nagano Niigata Explorer Tour will have you skiing/riding up to 8 different Honshu ski resorts, fully guided, as well as enjoying the delicious local food, and soaking in beautiful natural onsens.
You’ll stay in Myoko’s quaint Akakura village each night. From Akakura, you will have the flexibility to access any of the 20+ ski resorts
in the area each day in the comfy 4WD vans.
Your experienced guides will be following the weather closely and will decide each day where the best possible conditions are. From Suginohara’s back bowls to Madarao’s gladed trees, the Nagano-Niigata area has it in spades when it comes to variety of terrain and the all-important powder. You’ll be spoilt for choice on this tour!
Potential resorts visited may include: the Myoko Kogen ski areas (Akakura, Seki Onsen, Suginohara), Madarao, Tangram, Nozawa Onsen, and Shiga Kogen ski areas (such as Okushiga Kogen).
- chase the best powder and snow conditions
- a smorgasbord of different resorts to sample
- your guide will show you lots of powder stashes
- stay in Japanese style accommodation
- have a daily onsen at the ryokan (Japanese hotel) or sample other onsen
- based in Akakura in Myoko – no need to pack up your bags every couple of days
- in the evenings explore the many restaurants of Akakura and check out the bars
- enjoy a very traditional Japanese meal at the hotel/ryokan – you can even wear your yukata if you like!
This tour requires that you be at least an advanced skier or snowboarder. You should be able to get down all runs confidently at a reasonable speed and have relatively strong intermediate ability in powder. You will get the most out of these tours if you have a good level of fitness. Groups are split up into ski/board/ability levels and some groups will be doing some hiking (traversing/boot packing) to get to the goods.
Terrain & Safety
As this tour incorporates off-piste and backcountry terrain, avalanche safety gear is compulsory. If you do not have your own gear you can rent it from WRTs.
Powder at Nozawa
...based in Akakura Myoko...
(a.k.a. Kougakuro or Kogakuro Ryokan) has friendly English speaking staff who understand the needs of international visitors.
Kogakuro is well located in Akakura Village near the base of the Akakura Onsen ski resort in Myoko Kogen; the nearest lift is only 300 metres away. There are lots of restaurant options within a 200 metre walk of Kogakuro.
Kogakuro is a Japanese-style ryokan with a 115-year history that offers traditional hot springs (onsen), including an outside rotenburo (outdoor onsen), and a Japanese-style mountain holiday experience with a number of western touches such as lounge room with open fire, bar and a billiard table.
...simple authentic Japanese rooms...
...lots of restaurants nearby.
Rooms provide Japanese style accommodation with a tatami floor and futons for sleeping on. The rooms have a washbasin and private toilet, and some rooms also have a shower, although you’ll more than likely want to have an onsen in the public bathhouse instead.
Breakfasts at Kogakuro are a grand affair and will adequately fuel you for powder chasing each day. Breakfast is buffet style and whilst there are some Japanese items, most of the fare suits a western palate. There are cooked items, cereal, toast, juices, coffee, and a range of salad. Some of the hot items such as eggs, bacon and pikelets are cooked fresh.
Dinner is available with pre-booking (this is must do for at least one night of your stay!). They serve up set Japanese meals that vary each night from nabe to sushi to grand kaiseki.
See more information here.
Dinner at Kogakuro
...simple authentic Japanese rooms...
Your guide will meet you at Myoko train station and transfer you to your accommodation in Myoko Kogen where you will enjoy a hearty welcome dinner.
See our travel to Myoko
page for information on getting there. You will also receive an information pack that includes advice on how to get to Myoko.
Days 2 - 9
There is no set itinerary for this tour; the aim is to keep it totally flexible to ensure you are skiing or riding the best possible conditions every day. On one day you might walk to the Akakura lifts and your guide will show you all the great local powder stashes. On other days, your guide will drive you to one of a myriad of nearby ski resorts and then show you the goods. Variety is the spice of life!
Dinner at Kogakuro
...hot springs and foot baths.
At some stage during the tour there will be a rest day, which will be determined by weather factors and how the group is feeling. You might want to use this day to visit the snow monkeys
, stroll through Shibu Onsen
, visit the Zenkoji temple in Nagano, or explore other Nagano cultural activities. It’s up to you. If you don’t need a rest day, you can hit the Akakura ski areas for an unguided day.
Typically the group will meet for après-ski drinks in the bar at the ryokan/hotel each evening. It’s up to you whether you want to have a traditional Japanese dinner at the hotel/ryokan, or explore the many Akakura restaurants that are on your doorstop.
Feast on more powder during the day! Tonight your guides will organise a farewell dinner to feast on more Japanese fare.
It’s time to say a sad farewell. Your guide will drive you to the Myoko train station in the morning.
- Price per person, based on twin/triple share occupancy
- 6:1 client to guest ratio
- Single upgrade to a private room for additional fee (subject to availability)
- Transfers to/from Myoko Train Station
- Ground transport to resorts on guided days
- 10 nights twin/triple share accommodation at Kogakuro Ryokan in Myoko Kogen
- 8 days of lift passes at up to 8 resorts
- 8 days of guiding to any/all of the following resorts: Suginohara, Akakura Kanko, Akakura Onsen, Ikenotaira, Seki Onsen, Nozawa Onsen, Kurohime, Shiga Kogen (18 inter-connected resorts), Madarao, Tangram and a few other secret gems
- Welcome & farewell dinner
- Daily hot breakfast
- Avo Gear Rental - $165
- Single Supplement
- Extra days - $enquire
Powder at Myoko
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