Akakura Kanko Resort (often known as 'Akakan') is located on the slopes of Mt Myoko in Myoko city, Niigata Prefecture. The resort is course-connected with neighbouring Akakura Onsen and a lift ticket that is valid at both is available. Akakura Kanko features a Gondola lift and six quads. It has been operating since 1937.
Myoko is the name of a city in Niigata Prefecture, but it is also the name that many people associate with a number of ski and snowboard resorts located on and around the beautiful Mt Myoko in the south west region of the city. The region famously often receives some of the heaviest snowfalls in Japan. Myoko is located fairly close to a number of other popular ski and snowboard resort areas in neighbouring Nagano Prefecture including Madarao Kogen, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen (regional map). It is also a popular onsen hot springs and nature resort all year round and in recent years there has been a large increase in the number of visitors from overseas.
Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. Most of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture are concentrated in the southern regions around Yuzawa town, Minamiuonuma city and Myoko city.
There is a free regular shuttle bus service that goes from the Akakura Onsen town area to Akakura Kanko.
The Myoko Kogen Liner bus service operates between Joetsu Myoko Station (on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line) and various stops in Myoko. The service operates from 26th December 2020 through 14th March 2021. The charge is costs 1,100-1,300 yen for adults and children are charged at half price. There are two services from the station each day, as follows:
A bus or taxi journey from the Myoko Kogen Station to Akakura Kanko Resort takes about 10 minutes.
Note: The Mt Myoko Shuttle service will not be operating for the 2020-2021 season.
4.4km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
10.8km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
12.5km from the Nakajo IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (2.6km away)
The most convenient exits of the Joshinetsu Expressway for getting to Akakura Kanko Resort are the Myoko Kogen IC when approaching from the south and the Nakago IC when approaching from the north.
From the Myoko Kogen IC exit turn left at the traffic lights onto Route 18 and head north for about 1.3km. Turn left onto Prefecture Road 39 which is signposted as Akakura Spa and follow the signs to Akakura Kanko Resort which is on the left side of the road.
From the Nakago IC exit turn right onto Route 18 and head south for just over 9km until reaching the Tagiri traffic lights with a turn off to the right signposted as Akakura and Shin Akakura. At these traffic lights turn right and follow the road up to another junction. Turn left at that junction and the entrance to Akakura Kanko Resort is about 150m on the right hand side.
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