Akakura Onsen (Myoko City, Niigata)

Akakura Onsen
(新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 12th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
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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 - 45cm 1st - 145cm 1st - 250cm
2nd - - 2nd - 50cm 2nd - 145cm 2nd - 245cm
3rd 2cm - 3rd - 50cm 3rd - 145cm 3rd - 245cm
4th 5cm - 4th - 70cm 4th - 145cm 4th - 237cm
5th - - 5th - 90cm 5th - 145cm 5th - 227cm
6th - - 6th - 95cm 6th - 215cm 6th - 230cm
7th - - 7th - 95cm 7th - 245cm 7th - 225cm
8th - - 8th - 80cm 8th - 245cm 8th - 215cm
9th - - 9th - 70cm 9th - 295cm 9th - 210cm
10th - - 10th - 80cm 10th - 295cm 10th - 200cm
11th - - 11th - 80cm 11th - 330cm 11th - 175cm
12th - - 12th - 80cm 12th - 330cm 12th - 165cm
13th - 10cm 13th - 80cm 13th - 325cm 13th - 160cm
14th - 10cm 14th - 85cm 14th - 315cm 14th - 155cm
15th - 10cm 15th - 85cm 15th - 305cm 15th - 155cm
16th - 10cm 16th - 95cm 16th - 290cm 16th - 155cm
17th - 5cm 17th - 95cm 17th - 265cm 17th - 165cm
18th - 5cm 18th - 92cm 18th - 260cm 18th - 165cm
19th - 3cm 19th - 93cm 19th - 265cm 19th - 160cm
20th - 3cm 20th - 95cm 20th - 265cm 20th - 155cm
21st - 4cm 21st - 115cm 21st - 265cm 21st - 150cm
22nd - 4cm 22nd - 135cm 22nd - 260cm 22nd - 145cm
23rd - 4cm 23rd - 135cm 23rd - 230cm 23rd - 135cm
24th - 8cm 24th - 135cm 24th - 230cm 24th - 145cm
25th - 45cm 25th - 136cm 25th - 220cm 25th - 155cm
26th - 25cm 26th - 136cm 26th - 215cm 26th - 155cm
27th - 13cm 27th - 136cm 27th - 230cm 27th - 150cm
28th - 35cm 28th - 135cm 28th - 255cm 28th - 140cm
29th - 35cm 29th - 115cm 29th - 255cm 29th - 155cm
30th - 30cm 30th - 100cm 30th 30th - 155cm
31st - 25cm 31st - 120cm 31st 31st - 150cm

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 19th December 2020 until 13th March 2021.

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.

>> 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 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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