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.
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.
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.
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