Back Country | Tours | Guiding | Snowshoe

Famous for its incredible snowfall and rich culture, Japan is the ultimate destination for powder hungry skiers, snowboarders and snowshoe buffs. Increasingly visitors are looking to head away from the lifts and into the off-piste, side-country and backcountry where you’re virtually guaranteed to find a blank canvas of the deepest, driest snow on Earth. There are many resorts in Japan, but Myoko is one of the premier resorts in Japan for the experience. Inbounds terrain may sometimes be getting tracked out but you can usually find untouched snow by going into the immediate Myoko backcountry and sidecountry surrounding the resort areas.

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Myoko Backcountry & Guiding

Myoko Snowshoe Tours

In need of some Myoko backcountry fresh – on your skis, snowboard or snowshoes? Or simply need a Myoko ski guide to show you the best on and off piste stashes? How about checking out some new Myoko backcountry trip options? You’ll find lots of good info to help you out below.

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Myoko Backcountry Tours

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Myoko Backcountry Ski Tours

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Myoko Backcountry Ski Tours

myoko backcountry tours

Group and private backcountry tours are easily available in Myoko (as well as Madarao Kogen & Nozawa Onsen) and can be booked online below. These Myoko backcountry day tours start from 20,000 yen per person and are run by a well established operation with experienced Myoko backcountry guides. Myoko backcountry tours run Jan 15th – March 15th (8.00 – 4.30pm) but may vary due to lift operation circumstances. The route will be chosen and customised by your guide to match your skill & experience level. Use the form below to request your dates. Please ensure your travel insurance will cover any circumstances that may occur during your tour.

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Myoko Guided Ski Tours

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Myoko Guided Ski Tours

Myoko Backcountry & Guiding

Powder Recon

Historically, Powder Recon has only provided guided tours for their own clients as part of their accommodation and lift pass packages. As from winter 2017 Powder Recon now runs daily guided tours for walk in groups. Guided day trips can be arranged at the Powder Recon office building and include pickup and transfer for you and your friends via your very own private 4WD van to one of the many neighbouring resorts around Myoko Kogen. Contact them here.

Myoko Snowsports

If you’re looking to experience the best powder Akakura has to offer this is the private Powder Program at Myoko Snowsports is for you. An 8:30am start time gets you the freshest snow, and your instructor will guide you around the resort’s hidden powder areas. Suitable for both first-time powder skiers/snowboarders looking for their first try, and also for experienced off-piste riders wanting to explore the deepest areas. More info here.

Deep Powder Snow Tours

Deep Powder Snowboard Ninja tours will provide local snowboard guiding depending on your skill level. These tours are not a backcountry tour, but an inbounds guided powder tour. Tour staff are local, well known and qualified snowboard instructors. The company owners also run Senke Hotel in Akakura. Book here.

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Myoko Snowshoeing

Have you ever wanted to move silently through the forests and snowfields in the stillness of winter? With snowshoe trekking, you will discover a completely new side of Myoko’s rich natural world. Snowshoeing opens up ordinarily inaccessible snowy slopes and forests.

Unlike skiing’s fast-paced downhill descent, snowshoeing lets you leisurely enjoy the beauties of Myoko’s forests in winter. You will see the footprints of the many animals living here, including rabbits, tanuki, foxes, squirrels and kamoshika, and may even see the animals themselves. From the trees come the calls of countless birds. The forest has a completely different, almost pristine beauty in the winter, and, as you move higher, the landscape suddenly spreads out all around you.

Have your own snowshoes or would just like to rent some? Rental equipment and information is available from the Myoko Kogen Visitor Centre next to Imori Pond (closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays).

Self guided Myoko Snowshoe Tours

Self guided Myoko Snowshoe Tours

There are three courses to choose from at Ikenotaira Onsen – the beginner Squirrel course, the intermediate Fox course, and the long and advanced Rabbit course.

  • The Squirrel Course is flat and winds around a forest, making it the best choice for first-timers and children.
  • The Fox Course crosses through a thicker forest with steeper inclines, making it difficult and a little intimidating for first timers. The course is named after Fox Pond, a small pond that the trail loops around towards the end.
  • The Rabbit Course goes higher up Mt. Myoko and is an extended version of the Fox Course. The route goes uphill and gives excellent views on clear days. The trails are all self-guided and easy to follow. Guides are also available to help for 300 yen from the information center.
Guided Myoko Snowshoe Tours

Guided Myoko Snowshoe Tours

Myoko Kogen snowshoe trekking tours take place in Ikenotaira Onsen. The Myoko snowshoeing program provides everything from a basic course to genuine snowshoe trekking with a mountain guide. Try the new evening tours for something different. Prices start at 4,150 yen for a two hour program. Half day or full day programs are also available. Give the Myoko Kogen snowshoeing program a try. Contact us to book a tour!

Snowshoe Guide & Hotel Plan

Myoko Kogen Snowshoe and Hotel Plan

The owner of Park Lodge Sekine, Sekine-san, is an experienced snowshoeing guide. He is always happy to take his guests on snowshoe trekking tours. The pension, as well as Resort Project Myoko, has a special plan which includes a guided snowshoe trekking excursion. Contact us to book this special stay and snowshoeing plan!

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Read about one visitor’s snowshoe experience in Myoko here

Snowshoe Myoko. Backcountry & Guiding

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