Akakura Onsen (Myoko City, Niigata)

Akakura Onsen
(新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 5th April 2020
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Latest report posted at 9:17am on Monday 27th January 2020
Official snow depth 136cm (0cm) [updated on 27th January 2020]

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Akakura Onsen is located around the main onsen village of the same name in Myoko city, Niigata Prefecture. There are three main areas to the Akakura Onsen resort - Yodel, Kumado and Ginrei. Akakura Onsen is course-connected with the neighbouring Akakura Kanko Resort and a lift ticket that is valid at both is available. Nighta is available daily for most of the main season until 10:00pm.

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.

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The Mountain

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Akakura Onsen is lift-connected with:
Akakura Kanko Resort

Akakura Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 45cm 210cm 1st - 440cm 1st - 345cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 240cm 2nd - 440cm 2nd - 335cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 240cm 3rd - 440cm 3rd - 330cm
4th - - 4th 70cm 250cm 4th - 430cm 4th - 325cm
5th - - 5th 90cm 250cm 5th - 420cm 5th - 315cm
6th - - 6th 95cm 265cm 6th - 415cm 6th - 315cm
7th - - 7th 95cm 265cm 7th - 415cm 7th - 300cm
8th - 2cm 8th 80cm 265cm 8th - 410cm 8th - 300cm
9th - 20cm 9th 70cm 290cm 9th - 420cm 9th - 300cm
10th - 40cm 10th 80cm 290cm 10th - 420cm 10th - 290cm
11th - 40cm 11th 80cm 290cm 11th - 435cm 11th - 280cm
12th - 35cm 12th 80cm 290cm 12th - 440cm 12th - 270cm
13th 10cm 40cm 13th 80cm 290cm 13th - 440cm 13th - 255cm
14th 10cm 55cm 14th 85cm 290cm 14th - 445cm 14th - 265cm
15th 10cm 75cm 15th 85cm 285cm 15th - 450cm 15th - 265cm
16th 10cm 90cm 16th 95cm 290cm 16th - 450cm 16th - 260cm
17th 5cm 90cm 17th 95cm 300cm 17th - 450cm 17th - 260cm
18th 5cm 100cm 18th 92cm 310cm 18th - 445cm 18th - 260cm
19th 3cm 100cm 19th 93cm 315cm 19th - 440cm 19th - 255cm
20th 3cm 100cm 20th 95cm 315cm 20th - 410cm 20th - 250cm
21st 4cm 100cm 21st 115cm 350cm 21st - 390cm 21st - 235cm
22nd 4cm 90cm 22nd 135cm 365cm 22nd - 375cm 22nd - 220cm
23rd 4cm 85cm 23rd 135cm 370cm 23rd - 370cm 23rd - 215cm
24th 8cm 100cm 24th 135cm 400cm 24th - 365cm 24th - 215cm
25th 45cm 105cm 25th 136cm 400cm 25th - 365cm 25th - 210cm
26th 25cm 105cm 26th 136cm 410cm 26th - 360cm 26th - 205cm
27th 13cm 105cm 27th 136cm 425cm 27th - 350cm 27th - 195cm
28th 35cm 130cm 28th - 425cm 28th - 350cm 28th - 185cm
29th 35cm 145cm 29th - 435cm 29th - - 29th - 180cm
30th 30cm 190cm 30th - 435cm 30th 30th - 180cm
31st 25cm 210cm 31st - 435cm 31st 31st - 170cm

Previous Statistics

Akakura Onsen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Akakura Onsen. Backcountry and telemark ski lessons are also available. For more information on companies offering lessons in English in Myoko, please check our current 'Lessons in English' page
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are a few 'Kids Snow Park' areas. Items include a slide, seesaw and items to enjoy playing in the snow. Sledge rental is available. 
Park Information
Park information

Akakura Onsen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Akakura Onsen is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta is open at the Kumado area of Akakura Onsen from 5:00pm until 10:00pm every day from 21st December 2019 until 14th March 2020.

Akakura Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
Junior High School age
60 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 4,900 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
1 Day Passport (8:30am-10pm) 6,000 yen 1,000 yen 4,800 yen 4,800 yen
5 Hours 4,000 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Nighta (5pm-10pm) 2,600 yen 1,000 yen 2,600 yen 2,600 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen 600 yen
Season (all) 48,000 yen 15,000 yen 38,000 yen
Season (nighta) 27,000 yen 10,000 yen 23,000 yen
Akakura Joint 1 Day 6,000 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
Akakura Joint 2 Day 11,300 yen 8,000 yen 8,000 yen 8,000 yen
Akakura Joint 3 Day 16,000 yen 11,000 yen 11,000 yen 11,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

A 'Grand Senior' season ticket is available for people 70 years old and over. That costs 28,000 yen for the full season ticket and 17,000 yen for a night skiing season ticket.

The 'Akakura Joint' tickets shown above are valid at both Akakura Onsen and the connecting Akakura Kanko Resort ski resorts. It is available from 21st December 2019 until 22nd March 2020.

Major credit cards are accepted.

Getting to Akakura Onsen

By public transport
26.4km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
4.7km from Myoko Kogen Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Akakura Onsen is less than 5km from Myoko Kogen Station which is on the Kita Shinano Line and Myoko Haneuma Line local train lines. Both of these train lines begin/end at Myoko Kogen Station.

>> More information on getting to the Myoko region by public transport
A free shuttle bus service is available from Myoko Kogen Station to Kumado. The journey takes about 10 minutes. The bus leaves the station at 8:45am and 9:45pm, reservations required.

The Mt Myoko Shuttle bus operates from Akakura Onsen and stops at the Akakura Kanko (3 minutes), Ikenotaira Onsen (13 minutes) and Myoko Suginohara (24 minutes) ski resorts.

The bus leaves Akakura Onsen at the following times: 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:12pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm. (At 2:00pm, the bus leaves Myoko Bus Terminal on the way to Akakura Onsen).

This service costs 500 yen for a one-way ticket.
By Car
5.2km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
11.4km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
12km from the Nakago IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (2.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 39
The most convenient exits of the Joshinetsu Expressway for getting to Akakura Onsen are the Myoko Kogen IC exit when approaching from the south and the Nakago IC exit 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 past Akakura Kanko Resort into Akakura Onsen. The first ski lifts of Akakura Onsen are on the left side of this road before you enter the main village area.

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 right to head into Akakura Onsen.

>> More information on getting to the Myoko region by car
There are a number of car parking areas around the base areas of Akakura Onsen. Some are free to use but some require a charge.

A free shuttle bus connects the Akakura parking areas with the parking at the Kumado area of the resort.

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