Ikenotaira Ski Resort

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Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort Myoko
Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort Myoko
The main base at Ikenotaira Myoko
The main base at Ikenotaira Myoko
The lower slopes are very mellow
The lower slopes are very mellow
A few of the intermediate slopes are very wide
A few of the intermediate slopes are very wide
The imposing Mt Myoko
The imposing Mt Myoko
Ikenotaira Onsen Myoko
Ikenotaira Onsen Myoko
Hooded detachable double chair from the base
Hooded detachable double chair from the base
One of the cafeterias at the main base
One of the cafeterias at the main base
They have real coffee!
They have real coffee!
Great views from Ikenotaira Ski Resort
Great views from Ikenotaira Ski Resort
The terrain is more long than wide
The terrain is more long than wide
Wide open mellow trails
Wide open mellow trails
Easy tree skiing zones
Easy tree skiing zones
Ikenotaira Ski Resort is an ideal place to learn to ski or snowboard
Ikenotaira Ski Resort is an ideal place to learn to ski or snowboard
Alpen Blick Hotel Ikenotaira
Alpen Blick Hotel Ikenotaira
Ikenotaira is generally not crowded
Ikenotaira is generally not crowded
Plenty of room to manoeuvre
Plenty of room to manoeuvre
Ikenotaira equipment rentals
Ikenotaira equipment rentals
Ikenotaira Onsen
Ikenotaira Onsen
The only crowds were the defence force in training
The only crowds were the defence force in training

Ikenotaira Ski Resort

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Ikenotaira Ski Resort

The Ikenotaira Onsen Ski Resort is one of the Myoko ski resorts and it’s ideal for beginners to intermediates. Ikenotaira is also particularly good for budding powder hounds because the slopes are mellow, there are gladed easy tree runs, plenty of powder, and there is little competition for freshies compared to the rest of Myoko Kogen. The only time Myoko Ikenotaira isn’t so good for powder puppies is when the snow is super deep and you need a wax, because it’s easy to get bogged.

The abandoned lift at the top of the ski area is indicative of former financial hardship, but now Ikenotaira is a ski resort to keep an eye on. There are plans afoot to install a gondola to increase the vertical and size of the ski area, plus other modernisation.

Pros and Cons of Ikenotaira Onsen

Pros 

  • The terrain is ideal for beginners to learn and there is an international ski school based at Ikenotaira.
  • The Ikenotaira Myoko Ski Resort has opened up some official tree runs that have been gladed and are ideal for those learning to ski or ride trees.
  • The ski area is a quiet alternative to the other main Myoko ski resorts, so L-plater powder hounds can experiment in the powder in peace.
  • Ikenotaira Ski Resort is usually renowned for having a great terrain park and pipe, although of late the park has not always been well established.
  • Ikenotaira offers a range of very economical family lift combo lift tickets.

Cons

  • It’s a mellow mountain, so those looking for steeps should head elsewhere. When the powder is a bit heavy or deep, there isn’t enough gradient to keep momentum.
  • A few of the lifts are very slow.
  • If you stay overnight in Ikenotaira Onsen accommodation, there’s nothing much to do for après ski except have a soak in the onsen, have dinner, and go to bed.
  • There is negligible ski-in ski-out accommodation in Ikenotaira Onsen village and other options require a shuttle or decent walk to get to the slopes.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective

  • In the “village” of Ikenotaira Onsen there are lots of locals that don’t speak English and it has retained its traditional Japanese-ness. As part of traditional customs, you’ll need to bring cash.

Ikenotaira Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Ikenotaira is medium sized for a Japanese ski resort (so in other words it’s small!) with only 10 courses (ie piste) and 6 lifts. Like its neighbour Suginohara, Ikenotaira is more long than it is wide, with a vertical drop of 740 metres (760 – 1,500m).

The trails at Ikenotaira Ski Resort are mostly for beginners and low-end intermediates. The green runs are located near the base and vary from open wide to tree lined trails, whilst the intermediate slopes are located in the top half of the resort and are wide with plenty of room for error. There is nothing on offer for advanced riders on-piste, yet there is a little bit of tree skiing for low-end advanced riders, but it’s not very pitchy.

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Ikenotaira Snow

Many of the Japanese ski resorts are not big on boasting about their mega snowfall statistics, and Ikenotaira is no exception. Myoko Ikenotaira is well blessed by Puki Yuki, the Japanese snow goddess, and the average seasonal snowfall is thought to be about 13 metres. Snow quality is generally very good, although none of the slopes have a north-facing aspect.

Where is Ikenotaira Onsen?

Located in Myoko Kogen, the Ikenotaira Ski Resort has Suginohara Ski Resort to its south and Akakan to its north, but the Myoko ski areas are not interconnected via the slopes and lifts. The Ikenotaira Ski Resort has Ikenotaira Onsen (hot spring) village at its base area, which is 4km from downtown Myokokogen (where the train station is) and 3.5km from Akakura Onsen (the main village of Myoko Kogen). See the Ikenotaira travel page for information on getting there.

Ikenotaira Onsen Accommodation

The base area isn’t really a village but more an assortment of pensions, hotels and ryokans. Very few of the Ikenotaira lodgings are slopeside, and whilst some are within walking distance of the ski resort, others require a car to get there or a shuttle from the accommodation host.

Some of the Ikenotaira Onsen lodgings have hot springs and offer half board considering that other evening dining options in Ikenotaira Onsen are rather limited.

An advantage of staying in Ikenotaira Onsen is that the accommodation is mostly economical, or if you want to stay in a fancy place, Lime Resort Myoko is lovely and offers beautiful onsen and shuttles to the Myoko ski resorts.

Ikenotaira Onsen Accommodation Listings

Facilities

The Ikenotaira Onsen ski resort facilities are adequate and include a good ski and snowboard equipment rental shop and an international snowsports school.

The main base area has a few no-frills eating spots, including a restaurant that specialises in katsu curry. Or over at the Alpen Blick base you can get a more elaborate feed and a Myoko Kogen beer.

Other amenities include a gift shop, convenience store, and an amazing kids’ play area (open weekends only). Day visitors can also enjoy a soak in an onsen and the resort offers lift ticket plus onsen deals. The onsen is about 700 metres down the road from the main base of the ski resort, and also offers a lovely napping area.

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Tours That May Include Ikenotaira

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Alps to Coast Tour
HAKUBA & MYOKO BC TOUR
9 Nights | Option of 1 Day Cat Skiing | Deluxe Option
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This backcountry tour includes the HAKUBA region with its steep alpine terrain and the MYOKO area which receives big snow falls. Choose from either a side country tour (lift accessed backcountry) or ski touring/skinning backcountry. Option to include a day of cat skiing & option for deluxe accommodation.
Price p/p From price based on a twin share room for group of 6 for 2020 (price displayed is per person).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 4,246
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Myoko Progression Tours
GUIDED PROGRESSION TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 5 Days Skiing | Up to 7 Ski Areas
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
Want to improve your riding to tackle bigger and better terrain? Well this tour could be for you! Get ski or snowboard instruction and learn to ride & ski deep powder whilst immersing yourself in Japanese culture.
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple/quad-share room occupancy.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 4,043
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Myoko Deep Tour
MYOKO BC ADVENTURE
7 Nights | 5 Days Guided Skiing / Riding
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The MYOKO KOGEN area receives some of the highest snow falls in Japan. On this PRIVATE Myoko tour you can head deep into the backcountry or just score the powder in the sidecountry (lift accessed) terrain of Myoko and surrounding ski areas.
Price p/p Indicative price based on a twin share room for tour in 2021 with 6 guests (price displayed is per person).
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 3,100
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Myoko Powder Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED TOURS
7 Nights | 6 Days Lifts | 5 Days Morning Guiding
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Get the best out of Myoko Kogen and nearby ski resorts and chase the powder with a Myoko Kogen Powder Tour. This tour includes quality accommodation in a great location, transport to nearby ski areas & morning guide. Tours runs Saturday to Saturday.
Price p/p Sample price based on twin/double-share option at the Lodge with shared bathroom, 7 nights for the 20/21 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 2,190
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Myoko Guided Day Tours
GUIDED DAY TOURS from MYOKO
For PRIVATE & MIXED GROUPS of up to 5 people
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
If you are in the MYOKO area, you can't go past a day or more of guided skiing or snowboarding. The area (& also other nearby resorts) is huge & some of the best skiing is outside of the resort boundaries which should only be accessed with a guide. Bring your own group (of up to 5) or join a group as a solo/small group
Price p/p From price based on group tour per person.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 216
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