Ikenotaira Onsen (Myoko City, Niigata)

Ikenotaira Onsen
(新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until Sunday 28th March 2021
Alpen No 1 pair lift open 2nd-4th April 2021
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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 240cm 40cm 1st 250cm 150cm 1st 180cm 130cm
2nd - - 2nd 240cm 45cm 2nd 230cm 145cm 2nd 180cm 120cm
3rd - - 3rd 250cm 45cm 3rd 240cm 140cm 3rd 195cm 110cm
4th - - 4th 250cm 55cm 4th 240cm 145cm 4th 190cm 105cm
5th - - 5th 250cm 90cm 5th 260cm 145cm 5th 175cm 100cm
6th - - 6th 250cm 90cm 6th 250cm 195cm 6th 170cm 100cm
7th - - 7th 230cm 90cm 7th 220cm 195cm 7th 170cm 95cm
8th - - 8th 250cm 80cm 8th 260cm 190cm 8th 165cm 95cm
9th - - 9th 250cm 75cm 9th 300cm 240cm 9th 165cm 95cm
10th - - 10th 260cm 85cm 10th 300cm 240cm 10th 160cm 90cm
11th - - 11th 280cm 85cm 11th 280cm 250cm 11th 155cm 85cm
12th - - 12th 280cm 80cm 12th 270cm 250cm 12th 155cm 85cm
13th - - 13th 270cm 80cm 13th 260cm 230cm 13th 150cm 80cm
14th - - 14th 260cm 90cm 14th 250cm 210cm 14th 150cm 80cm
15th - - 15th 250cm 90cm 15th 220cm 190cm 15th 145cm 80cm
16th - - 16th 230cm 90cm 16th 220cm 180cm 16th 145cm 75cm
17th - - 17th 210cm 100cm 17th 230cm 160cm 17th 135cm 90cm
18th - - 18th 210cm 95cm 18th 250cm 140cm 18th 135cm 90cm
19th 100cm - 19th 240cm 95cm 19th 260cm 140cm 19th 130cm 80cm
20th 100cm - 20th 250cm 90cm 20th 240cm 140cm 20th 125cm 75cm
21st 160cm - 21st 250cm 110cm 21st 220cm 140cm 21st 120cm 75cm
22nd 160cm - 22nd 240cm 130cm 22nd 180cm 130cm 22nd 100cm 70cm
23rd 160cm - 23rd 230cm 125cm 23rd 175cm 130cm 23rd 100cm 65cm
24th 160cm - 24th 220cm 115cm 24th 200cm 120cm 24th 100cm 75cm
25th 160cm - 25th 210cm 100cm 25th 200cm 110cm 25th 90cm 75cm
26th 180cm - 26th 210cm 95cm 26th 200cm 100cm 26th 80cm 70cm
27th 180cm 15cm 27th 200cm 95cm 27th 205cm 120cm 27th 80cm 60cm
28th 170cm 30cm 28th 200cm 95cm 28th 205cm 140cm 28th 70cm 50cm
29th 170cm 30cm 29th 200cm 58cm 29th - 140cm 29th 70cm 60cm
30th 170cm 30cm 30th 230cm 75cm 30th 30th 70cm -
31st 220cm 25cm 31st 240cm 100cm 31st 31st 70cm -

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 a small area over on the Dream course) and features a variety of items.

There are three ungroomed tree run courses on the mountain for the 2020-2021 season. 

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 normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm.

There is no night skiing at Ikenotaira.

The main season is from 19th December 2020 through 28th March 2021, but the Alpen Number 1 lift should also be open on 2nd-4th April 2021.

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
Half Season (from 1st Feb) 20,000 yen 8,000 yen 16,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 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 one 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 20th December 2020, 17th January, 21st February and 21st March 2021.

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 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
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 1,200 vehicles is available close to the base of the ski area. Parking is free every day of the season.

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