The location of the Myoko backpackers hostel lends itself perfectly to not only the local ski areas but also as a base to explore the numerous surrounding resorts & backcountry. The Myoko mountain area consists of 5 ski resorts, that are easily accessible from Akakura Onsen village, where the hostel is located.

Akakura Onsen and Akakura Kanko are a short walk from the hostel, there’s also a shuttle bus available between both resorts. After a huge dump of snow you’ll even be able to board or ski back down to the Hostel!

Ikenotaira and Suginohara are also accessible by local bus and by hostel shuttle.

While the famous powder heaven resort of Seki Onsen is accessible by taxi and private shuttle.

To this end we are pleased to be able to offer cheap shuttle services from station to hostel, to all resorts and to the local supermarket.

Akakura Onsen

From the Hostel 5 min walk

Chair Lifts: 14

Terrain Parks: Yes

Night Skiing: Yes

Akakura Onsen is only a short 5 minute walk from the hostel, it is a beginner friendly ski area with rolling pistes through the trees, with some challenging terrain off of the top chairlift.

 

Akakura Kanko

From the Hostel 5 min walk

Chair Lifts: 6

Gondola: 1

Terrain Parks: Yes

Akakura Kanko is only a 5 minute walk from the hostel. is a great ski area with varied terrain for all abilities, while the top chairlift provides great access either for a hike up for backcountry runs or below to hidden steep off piste tree runs. While the gondola by the Akakura Kanko hotel provides great scenic views for a quick route up to the pistes.

 

Ikenotaira

From the Hostel 10 min drive

Chair Lifts: 8

Terrain parks: Yes

Ikenotaira is a majority beginner area with extensive terrain parks and good beginner tree runs, if you’re looking for jump and jib lines it’s a must. You can also enjoy a natural onsen (natural hot spring bath) and lunch, as part of your lift pass ticket.

 

Myoko Suginohara

From the Hostel 15 min drive

Chair Lifts: 14

Gondola: 1

Terrain parks: Yes

Half Pipe: Yes

Suginohara is the biggest ski area in the Myoko Kogen area, with extensive wide pistes and great tree runs accessed by the Gondola also having one of the biggest and best terrain park and halfpipes in the area. Great for all abilities.

 

Myoko Ski Park

From the Hostel 12 min drive

Chair Lifts: 1

Myoko ski park is a small beginner area, great for first timers and families.

 

Seki Onsen

From the Hostel 15 min drive

Chair Lifts: 2

Terrain Park: Yes

Half Pipe: Yes

Seki Onsen is an amazing Family run ski area, with crazy ungroomed valley’s and steep stacked tree runs and is a must for all powder hounds searching for that extreme powder experience.

 

Tangram Ski Circus

From the Hostel 20 min drive

Chair Lifts: 6

Terrain parks: Yes

Tangram is a great little ski area on the road towards Madarao with steep tree runs and open pistes, great for all abilities.

 

Madarao Kogen

From the Hostel 30 min drive

Chair Lifts: 16

Terrain parks: Yes

Madarao Kogen is an extensive ski area with terrain to suit everyone’s liking, with steep powder tree runs and amazing backcountry access.

 

Kurohime

From the Hostel 30 min drive

Chair Lifts: 8

Half Pipe: Yes

Close to Nagano city, intermediate and advanced upper piste with great beginner lower pistes as well. With ample side/back country access.

 

Madarao Sympathique

From the Hostel 35 min drive

Chair Lifts: 4

Terrain parks: Yes

Madarao Sympathique is located on the Myoko Kogen to Nozawa road, with great beginner terrain and open pistes.