After the success of the Mountainwatch Japan tours in 2019 and 2020 we will again be running the tours in 2021! Come join us as we guide you through Japan’s best ski resorts, Myoko Kogen, Hakuba and Shiga Kogen. Open to solo travellers, couples and small groups, our guided tours are designed to fit your skill level (intermediate, advanced or expert) and show you the complete Japan experience!
During the tour our expert guides will pick the best resorts each day based on conditions and take you to the best spots across the mountain. Come for one week or all three, the choice is yours. If you join us for all three weeks you’ll receive a $200 discount off the total package. See an outline of each week below and if you have any questions get in touch.
If you’re after powder and lots of it then Myoko is the place to be. Myoko averages up to 15 metres of snowfall every season making it the snowiest resort in all of Japan. During the 2020 Myoko Mountainwatch Tour we received over 1.5 metres of fresh snowfall over the week making for some unreal skiing and boarding with the group. Myoko is a small traditional village with a selection of quality restaurants and bars to get you refuelled after a day on the mountain.
The Kogen Taizan hotel is well located within the Akakura village and only 5 minutes walk to the nearest ski resort. The hotel is a traditional Japanese Ryokan style hotel with a mix of Japanese and Western rooms. The hotel also features a men’s and women’s onsen, sauna and jacuzzi as well as on onsite restaurant and bar.
The Hakuba Valley is one of the most popular snow destinations in Japan and for very good reasons. The Hakuba Valley is made up of 10 ski resorts which can all be accessed on the one lift pass meaning there’s so much terrain to explore. When you’re off the mountain there is a vibrant après atmosphere across the three main areas; Happo, Echoland and Wadano with an extensive selection of bars and restaurants to enjoy.
Set in the center of Echoland village in Hakuba, Nomad Hakuba is a great spot to stay in Hakuba. You’re just a short walk to some of Hakuba’s best restaurants and bars as well as access to Hakuba’s ski resorts. The rooms are traditional Japanese style with a combination of western beds and Japanese futons with shared bathrooms. Nomad Lodge also features a bar within the property and great communal areas perfect for relaxing after a day on the mountain.
Shiga Kogen is the largest ski area in Japan with 21 interconnected ski areas to explore. Instead of a village, most facilities are contained within the accommodation. For the Mountainwatch Tour you will be based at the bottom of the Yakebitaiyama Ski Area with ski in/ski out access. Nearby to Shiga Kogen you’ll also find the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park where you’ll be able to see Japanese macaque monkeys relaxing in natural hot springs.
The Shiga Prince West building offers ski in/ski out access at the base of the Yakebitaiyama ski area. You will be staying in twin share rooms with all the facilities you need within the hotel. The West building contains 3 restaurants or you can visit the South and East buildings for even more options.