Akakura Onsen (Myoko City, Niigata)

Akakura Onsen
(新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 11th December 2021 until Sunday 3rd April 2022
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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. Night skiing 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 - 255cm 1st - 305cm 1st - 330cm
2nd - - 2nd - 270cm 2nd - 290cm 2nd - 315cm
3rd - 2cm 3rd - 280cm 3rd - 300cm 3rd - 310cm
4th - 5cm 4th - 280cm 4th - 300cm 4th - 310cm
5th - 4cm 5th - 270cm 5th - 315cm 5th - 300cm
6th - 4cm 6th - 270cm 6th - 310cm 6th - 285cm
7th - 4cm 7th - 270cm 7th - 300cm 7th - 280cm
8th - 3cm 8th - 285cm 8th - 320cm 8th - 280cm
9th - 2cm 9th - 290cm 9th - 350cm 9th - 275cm
10th - 2cm 10th - 295cm 10th - 350cm 10th - 265cm
11th - 1cm 11th - 310cm 11th - 345cm 11th - 260cm
12th - 1cm 12th - 305cm 12th - 345cm 12th - 255cm
13th - 1cm 13th - 300cm 13th - 340cm 13th - 245cm
14th - 10cm 14th - 295cm 14th - 330cm 14th - 245cm
15th - 35cm 15th - 290cm 15th - 320cm 15th - 235cm
16th - 65cm 16th - 285cm 16th - 300cm 16th - 230cm
17th - 90cm 17th - 290cm 17th - 310cm 17th - 225cm
18th - 90cm 18th - 290cm 18th - 325cm 18th - 225cm
19th - 155cm 19th - 300cm 19th - 335cm 19th - 220cm
20th - 210cm 20th - 325cm 20th - 335cm 20th - 210cm
21st - 230cm 21st - 320cm 21st - 325cm 21st - 200cm
22nd - 230cm 22nd - 305cm 22nd - 315cm 22nd - 185cm
23rd - 220cm 23rd - 295cm 23rd - 305cm 23rd - 180cm
24th - 210cm 24th - 285cm 24th - 320cm 24th - 175cm
25th - 210cm 25th - 275cm 25th - 335cm 25th - 165cm
26th - 240cm 26th - 265cm 26th - 335cm 26th - 165cm
27th - 230cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 335cm 27th - 155cm
28th - 225cm 28th - 240cm 28th - 335cm 28th - 150cm
29th - 210cm 29th - 235cm 29th - - 29th - 140cm
30th - 195cm 30th - 260cm 30th 30th - 135cm
31st - 240cm 31st - 275cm 31st 31st - 135cm

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 10:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Akakura Onsen is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm every day in the daytime.

Night skiing is open at the Kumado area of Akakura Onsen from 5:00pm until 10:00pm every day from 25th December 2021 until 21st March 2022.

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 1,000 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 1,000 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 2020-2021 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.

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.

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A free shuttle bus service is available from Myoko Kogen Station to Kumado. The journey takes about 20 minutes. The bus leaves the station at 8:40am and 9:30pm and advanced reservations required.

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:

Joetsu Myoko Station - 8:45am
Akakura Onsen - 9:33am
Akakura Kanko - 9:35am
Ikenotaira - 9:41am
Suginohara - 9:52am

Joetsu Myoko Station - 1:35pm
Akakura Onsen - 2:23pm
Akakura Kanko - 2:25pm
Ikenotaira - 2:31pm
Suginohara - 2:42pm

Note: The Mt Myoko Shuttle service will not be operating for the 2020-2021 season.
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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