Northwest of Tokyo and north of Nagano, the Myoko Kogen ski region has 95 courses totalling over 15 miles that are served by 70 lifts that access a maximum vertical descent 1,125m. The Myoko Kogen ski region consists of numerous semi-connected ski areas.
The non-connected Seki Onsen ski area is renowned for its deep powder glades and mostly ungroomed courses. The non-connected Suginohara ski area offers a high peak with good snow conditions. it is popular for its off-piste freeriding from the summit. Myoko Kogen is popular for its open backcountry and off-piste ferrying policy.
The Myoko Akaura ski area is well known for its epic terrain. It is divided into two zones called Akakura Onsen (easy) and Akakura Kanko (advanced). There is an open freeride policy but do so at your own risk.
To reach the snowboarding at Myoko Kogen from Tokyo, take the train to Nagano. Next, switch to the Shinetsu train to the Myoko Kogen train station. From the station, use the public bus or taxi to the resort. The best base area is the Akakura Onsen.
While in the large cities, make sure to use the ATM since ATM machines can be quite hard to find at the resorts (especially ones accepting international cards) and credit cards are rarely accepted.
Overall, Myoko Kogen is the 19th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 22 snowboarding resorts in Japan.