Snowshoes can be hired from the visitor centre near Imori Pond in Ikenotaira. There are usually 4-5 pairs available but if possible please give them advance notice so they can make sure they have enough sets available for you. Snow shoe rental is 1,500 yen for half a day and 3,000 yen for the whole day.
There are three courses that have been marked out with numbered sign posts so you can easily find your way around the courses. You should allow 1-2 hours for each course. The courses are unguided and free to access. You can print out our maps for reference. It is also a good idea to have a smart phone with navigation (google maps) just incase you lose your way.
The squirrel course takes you through woodland areas and then into an open snowfield area. If you only want to take a short tour then there is a short cut that cuts the course in half. This course is mostly flat and suitable for people of all level.
The fox course takes you through some beautiful dense woodland areas. At the bottom of the course you loop round the fox pond before heading back up. The pond doesnt freeze so be careful not to walk on it. There are some uphill areas which makes this course a little tougher than the squirrel course.
The rabbit course is the longest course and takes you up the ridge of Mt Myoko. There is an optional loop at the top of the course that you can take to get some great views of the surrounding mountains and area.