Myoko Suginohara is located on the southern slopes of Mt Myoko in Myoko city, Niigata Prefecture. The resort has two main zones - the Suginohara Zone and the Mitahara Zone. They are connected both at the base and higher up the mountain. This resort boasts a vertical of over 1100m and a longest course run of 8.5km, as well as a new 3.5km run of various park items by the Gondola. Myoko Suginohara has been operating since 1968.
Myoko is the name of a city in Niigata Prefecture, but it is also the name that many people associate with a number of ski and snowboard resorts located on and around the beautiful Mt Myoko in the south west region of the city. The region famously often receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in Japan. Myoko is located fairly close to a number of other popular ski and snowboard resort areas in neighbouring Nagano Prefecture including Madarao Kogen, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen (regional map). It is also a popular onsen hot springs and nature resort all year round and in recent years there has been a large increase in the number of visitors from overseas.
Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Myoko Suginohara. Please check our Lessons in English section for any current Myoko-related listings.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
There is a 'Chibbiko' course near base for young children.
There are a number of park areas at Suginohara including the 'Sugi Park' and the 3.5km long 'Gondola Line' which features various attractions.
Myoko Suginohara Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Myoko Suginohara is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:30pm on Saturdays and holidays.
There is no scheduled public nighta at Myoko Suginohara... but, you can reserve a private opening! 'Private Nighta' is available for 100,000 yen when they will open from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. The Number 2 pair lift is used for this special service.
Myoko Suginohara Lift Ticket Charges
Junior High School age
55 years & over
Gondola (going up)
Gondola (going down)
Quad lift (1 time)
Pair lift (1 time)
Season Ticket (all)
Season Ticket (weekdays)
30 Day Ticket
Mt Myoko Season
Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.
The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from the time of purchase.
The 30 Day Season Ticket can be used for 30 consecutive days from day of purchase.
The bus leaves Akakura Onsen at the following times: 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, 9:30am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:12pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm. (At 2:00pm, the bus leaves Myoko Bus Terminal on the way to Akakura Onsen).
This service costs 500 yen for a one-way ticket.
5.4km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
8.3km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
17.4km from the Nakajo IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (4.6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 39
Myoko Suginohara is about 5.5km from the Myoko Kogen IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway.
At the Myoko Kogen IC exit traffic lights, turn right onto Route 18. After about 750m turn right at the road signposted as Sasagamine and Suginosawa (Prefecture Road 39). Follow this road for just over 3km where there is a junction with a number of roads - turn second right to follow the big blue/green sign for Suginohara resort and the car park. From the Shinano IC turn right at the exit and right once again onto Prefecture Road 119 which heads up to Suginohara. (The road sign says Kurohimakogen Heights).
The ski resort information currently shown on SnowJapan is from the 2018-2019 season. Over the summer and autumn months we will be checking and then updating information. Everything will be updated online in time for the 2019-2020 winter season. Please note that planned ski resort opening dates are often very similar every year, so the dates from the 2018-2019 season can be taken as a good idea of what to expect next season.
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