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Skiing Japan - Myoko Kogen area questions.

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We are planning on skiing in Japan for a week and I think I have narrowed it down to the Myoko Kogen area for the different resorts that are available. An alternate might be Hakuba. If you are familiar with Myoko Kogen please tell me your opinion on Myoko Kogen as far as travelling around/shuttle/bus transportation. It does not seem like there is a great bus/shuttle system in the area so I was thinking of renting a car in Nagano and then staying in Myoko Kogen so that I have the ability to try different resorts and get around easier with my wife and 11 year old son. What are your thoughts on that, please? 

 

Any other info on the area would be appreciated. Tips on accommodations, best slopes/ski areas, areas to see?  We are reasonably good skiers and our son is better than either of us and he can ski anything around us in the Lake Tahoe CA area where we live. My wife is a good intermediate. 

 

I did read Anthony17's info on the post at http://www.epicski.com/t/100698/skiing-japan. Great info and inspiring. Part of the reason I am interested in skiing this area. 

post #2 of 8
For intermediates, you'll enjoy the area. Can't really give you lodging advice as we always stayed with friends down the hill. Always had a car or access to one so I can't comment on transport between the areas. All in all, the areas are relatively flat, but the area gets tremendous amounts of snow. Everything lift served is below tree line, so there's always something to ski even during a storm. The real beauty of the place is the touring above the areas. Amazing beech tree skiing. You'll have fun. If you have a car, look into making a day trip over to Nozawa Onsen. Nice cruising skiing and 13 free public baths. smile.gif
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

 All in all, the areas are relatively flat. smile.gif

Not really into flat... I want to ski, not snowshoe! I figured it was near the Alps and had the "Wall" it would be ok. Where is some good steep stuff, preferably on Honshu, please?

post #4 of 8
The Hakuba area (Happo One) will have more angle, but again, the best stuff is above the ski areas.
I've always had a great time at both Myoko and the Hakuba area. The Myoko area certainly has a more 'homey' vibe, and Hakuba, the 'destination'.

There are a couple of Hakuba areas that are pretty flat though.. Iwatake and Tsugaike.
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I've had Myoko Kogen somewhat on the radar.  I skied Happo One a couple of days with fresh snow.  It was fun and good enough for powder but I wouldn't call it steep. 

 

It's fairly clear from geography that Myoko Kogen gets a ton of snow.   But does it have enough pitch to ski a foot or two or powder without bogging down?

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I've had Myoko Kogen somewhat on the radar.  I skied Happo One a couple of days with fresh snow.  It was fun and good enough for powder but I wouldn't call it steep. 

It's fairly clear from geography that Myoko Kogen gets a ton of snow.   But does it have enough pitch to ski a foot or two or powder without bogging down?

Tony, it does above the areas on Myoko-San proper. It's lovely and the touring is really nice. This is pretty much the case with every area in Japan with a couple of small very local exceptions like Kanazawa Seymour.


Even Niseko isn't particularly steep, but from the peak, there's plenty. smile.gif
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I only hiked above top lifts at Niseko.  But Niseko's sidecountry gates had great powder, as did some of the trees between the runs at Happo.   I'm not inclined to travel that far if the only viable powder terrain is above the lifts.

 

When I go back to Japan I would like to seek out one of the "off the radar" areas on northern/western Honshu.   But the objective would be non-competitive, lift accessible powder.

post #8 of 8

From your initial post it sounds like Hakuba or Nozawa would be better choices than Myoko Kogen.

Personally I prefer Nozawa, but Hakuba would offer more terrain options. 

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