Resort Spotlight: Akakura Kanko Resort (Niigata)

Akakura Kanko Resort
Myoko, Niigata Prefecture

2020-2021 season planned dates:
19th December 2020 until 5th May 2021

Akakura Kanko Resort (often known as just ‘Akakan’) is a ski resort located on the eastern slopes of the magnificent Mt Myoko in Myoko, Niigata Prefecture.

Founded in 1937, the Akakura Kanko Hotel was one of the first European style ski resort hotels in Japan. Today, it is a popular and highly respected hotel combining tradition and formality with modern resort facilities. And of course, the famous Japanese-style welcome and hospitality.

On clear days, you can enjoy outstanding views looking out towards the Sea of Japan while skiing on the slopes or just relaxing in the hotel.

The Myoko region, in which Akakura Kanko Resort is located, is renowned as enjoying some the heaviest snowfalls in all of Japan - as much as one meter of snowfall (and more!) in one day is not uncommon. And of course, the ski runs enjoy 100% natural snow. People looking for deep powder snow conditions will often be pleased to be lining up for the first ski lifts of the day at Akakan!

Akakura Kanko Resort offers a 4.5 km downhill course from the highest resort altitude of 1500 metres. With one Gondola and six high speed quad lifts servicing the runs, the resort offers facilities that help eager skiers and snowboards to get up on the slopes quickly and efficiently to enjoy the powder snow. There are also four places to eat out on the slopes for some energy recharging and a bit of a rest! The upper course of the resort features an ungroomed snow area and there is also a free ride park located just above the hotel on the Shirakaba Course.

The resort is fully equipped with facilities that can respond to everyones’ needs, from beginners to expert skiers seeking deep powder. The central Myoko Kogen Sky Cable Terminal building offers a selection of services to help organize your day. Inside you can find an Information Counter, ski and snowboard equipment rental facilities, a shop and also ski and snowboard school options. There is also a convenient free shuttle bus service from the nearby Akakura Onsen town area.

Every year on New Year’s Day there is the popular annual Sky Cable Sunrise Service. Perfect to enjoy a first slide of the season as the sun rises (weather permitting!)

Lift Name Type of Lift Length
Champion Number 1 Quad Lift (Hooded) Quad 1,365m
Champion Number 3 Quad Lift (Hooded) Quad 1,194m
Hotel Number 1 High Speed Quad Lift Quad 593m
Hotel Number 2 High Speed Quad Lift Quad 1,100m
Hotel Number 3 High Speed Quad Lift Quad 1,144m
Hotel Number 5 High Speed Quad Lift Quad 765m
Myoko Kogen Sky Cable Gondola 2,607m
Course Name Level Length
Hotel A Course Advanced 800m
Champion B Course Advanced 1,200m
Beginner Gelande Beginners 700m
Hotel Main Slope Intermediate 700m
Champion Beginners A Course Beginners 500m
Hotel B Course Intermediate 1,100m
Champion Beginners B Course Beginners 500m
Hotel C Course Intermediate 800m
Joshi Kokutai Course Intermediate 1,500m
Champion A Course Advanced 160m

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Lift Tickets 2020-2021 Season

(6-11 years)
(12-15 years)
SENIORS (60 years)
Half Day Ticket
8:30am-1pm or 12pm-close
3,300 yen 2,300 yen 2.600 yen
1 Day Ticket
Valid for 1 day
4,800 yen 3,500 yen 4,000 yen
2 Day Ticket
Valid for 2 days
8,500 yen 5,900 yen 6,600 yen
3 Day Ticket
Valid for 3 days
12,000 yen 8,000 yen 9,200 yen
Spring Ski
From 22nd March until season end
3,000 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen
Family Pack
1 adult and 1 child
6,200 yen
Family Pack
2 adults and 1 child
9,900 yen
Family Pack
Additional child
2.500 yen
Season Ticket
All season
55,000 yen
Sky Cable (Gondola)
1 Ride
1,400 yen (800 yen child)
Myoko Akakura Area 1 Day
Akakura Kanko and Akakura Onsen
6,000 yen 4,500 yen 6,000 yen (Junior High School)
4,500 yen (Seniors)
Myoko Akakura Area 2 Days
Akakura Kanko and Akakura Onsen
11,300 yen 8,000 yen 11,300 yen (Junior High School)
8,000 yen (Seniors)


Dining on the slopes

Aqua Grill Dining
Located inside Akakura Kanko Hotel

Restaurant Ibis
Located by the base of Champion Course Number 1

Restaurant Hetre
Located below Myoko Kogen Sky Cable on the Hotel Slope

Restaurant Maple
Located to the left of the exit of the Champion Number 7 lift

Cafe Primos
Located in the Resort Center by Sky Cable

Crepe and Coffee Shop Burnet
Located below the exit of Hotel Number 1 lift


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How to get to Akakura Kanko Resort

By Car

Akakura Kanko Resort is located in Myoko city in the south-western region of Niigata Prefecture.
The resort base is about 4km from the Myoko IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway.

4km from Myoko IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway

From the Tokyo region: about 3 hours from Nerima IC
From the Osaka region: about 5 hours from Suita IC using Chuo Expressway
From the Nagoya region: About 3.5 hours from Komaki JCT
From the Niigata region: About 2 hours from Niigata Nishi IC

Parking at the base of the resort is free

By Train

Akakura Kanko Resort is about 10 minutes from Myoko Kogen Station using bus or taxi.
A free bus service is available from the nearby Akakura Onsen village area.

From the Tokyo region: about 2 hours 20 minutes using Hokuriku Shinkansen
From the Osaka region: about 4 hours 40 minutes via Chuo line
From the Nagoya region: about 3 hours 40 minutes via Chuo line

** Akakura Kanko Hotel information on SnowJapan **



An introduction to Myoko