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