Ikenotaira Onsen (Myoko City, Niigata)

Ikenotaira Onsen
(新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 14th December 2019 until Sunday 29th March 2020
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Latest report posted at 8:03am on Saturday 18th January 2020
Official snow depth 95cm (-5cm) [updated on 18th January 2020]

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Ikenotaira Onsen is located on the eastern slopes of Mt Myoko in Myoko city, Niigata Prefecture, between the Akakura Kanko and Myoko Suginohara resort areas. It is not, however, lift or course connected with either. The resort features a wide main slope area as well as a few ungroomed tree run courses.

Ikenotaira Onsen has been operating since 1950.

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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Ikenotaira Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 40cm 190cm 1st - 280cm 1st - 195cm
2nd - - 2nd 45cm 200cm 2nd - 280cm 2nd - 190cm
3rd - - 3rd 45cm 200cm 3rd - 270cm 3rd - 190cm
4th - - 4th 55cm 200cm 4th - 250cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th 90cm 190cm 5th - 250cm 5th - 175cm
6th - - 6th 90cm 200cm 6th - 240cm 6th - 175cm
7th - - 7th 90cm 200cm 7th - 230cm 7th - 170cm
8th - - 8th 80cm 200cm 8th - 230cm 8th - 180cm
9th - - 9th 75cm 260cm 9th - 240cm 9th - 180cm
10th - - 10th 85cm 260cm 10th - 270cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th 85cm 210cm 11th - 270cm 11th - 170cm
12th - - 12th 80cm 200cm 12th - 280cm 12th - 165cm
13th - - 13th 80cm 190cm 13th - 280cm 13th - 165cm
14th - - 14th 90cm 180cm 14th - 290cm 14th - 185cm
15th - 70cm 15th 90cm 180cm 15th - 290cm 15th - 185cm
16th - 80cm 16th 90cm 190cm 16th - 290cm 16th - 185cm
17th - 70cm 17th 100cm 190cm 17th - 290cm 17th - 185cm
18th - 80cm 18th 95cm 195cm 18th - 280cm 18th - 185cm
19th - 80cm 19th - 195cm 19th - 270cm 19th - 185cm
20th - 80cm 20th - 190cm 20th - 250cm 20th - 180cm
21st - 70cm 21st - 205cm 21st - 240cm 21st - 175cm
22nd - 65cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 230cm 22nd - 170cm
23rd - 60cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 225cm 23rd - 170cm
24th - 75cm 24th - 230cm 24th - 225cm 24th - 170cm
25th - 75cm 25th - 230cm 25th - 220cm 25th - 170cm
26th - 70cm 26th - 240cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 170cm
27th 15cm 70cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 205cm 27th - 170cm
28th 30cm 110cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 160cm
29th 30cm 150cm 29th - 260cm 29th - - 29th - 160cm
30th 30cm 170cm 30th - 260cm 30th 30th - 160cm
31st 25cm 190cm 31st - 260cm 31st 31st - 150cm

Previous Statistics

Ikenotaira Onsen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Ikenotaira Onsen. 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
The 'Kids Garden' is located at the base of the resort - it is open on weekends and holidays and entry is free. 
Park Information
Park information
'Ikenotaira Park' is found on the lower part of the Kayaba course and features a variety of items. There are a few ungroomed tree run courses on the mountain. 

Ikenotaira Onsen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
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 No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Ikenotaira Onsen is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Ikenotaira Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,000 yen 2,400 yen 3,200 yen
2 Days 7,000 yen 4,200 yen 5,600 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 3,000 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:30pm) 3,000 yen 1,800 yen 2,400 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 300 yen 400 yen
Season Ticket (all) 30,000 yen 12,000 yen 24,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 22,000 yen
Half Season (from 1st Feb) 20,000 yen 8,000 yen 16,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

A 'second day' price is available if you buy a 1 day ticket and decide to add another - 3,000 yen for the second 1 day ticket or 2,500 yen for the second half day ticket.

Family Tickets are available:

A (1 adult + 1 child) = 4,900 yen
B (1 adult + 2 children) = 6,400 yen
C (2 adults + 1 child) = 7,700 yen
D (1 adults + 2 children) = 9,200 yen

Children's Day is 15th December 2019, 19th January, 16th February and 15th March 2020.

This year people age 60 and over are eligible for the Senior tickets.

Getting to Ikenotaira Onsen

By public transport
29.1km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
4.4km from Myoko Kogen Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Ikenotaira Onsen is just over 4km 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 ride from Myoko Kogen Station to Ikenotaira Onsen takes about 15 minutes.

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, 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
2.7km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
9km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
14.6km from the Nakajo IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (2.4km away)
Ikenotaira Onsen is less than 3km from the Myoko Kogen IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway.

At the Myoko Kogen IC exit traffic lights, go straight ahead at the and then turn left onto Prefecture Road 187 at the Ikenotaira Igiguchi traffic lights less than 200m further on.
Go under the expressway bridge and continue on this road for about 2.5km until reaching the base of the resort. Turn right for the main resort car park.

>> More information on getting to the Myoko region by car
Car parking for 1200 vehicles is available close to the base of the resort. Parking is free every day of the season.

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1st January 2020
Happy New Year. The 'planned season' dates shown on the ski resort pages are planned opening dates - many ski hills around Japan have been experiencing delays.
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