Seki Onsen (Myoko City, Niigata)

Seki Onsen
(新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until early May 2020
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Seki Onsen is a small ski hill on the north eastern slopes of Mt Myoko in Myoko city, Niigata Prefecture. Seki Onsen is well-known for often receiving some of the largest amounts of snowfall in Japan. It has been operating since 1917... so 18-19 is the 102nd season!

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.

Regional information Learn more about the Myoko region

The Mountain

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Seki Onsen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 110cm 220cm 1st 180cm 430cm 1st 350cm 490cm
2nd - - 2nd 110cm 230cm 2nd 180cm 430cm 2nd 350cm 490cm
3rd - - 3rd 110cm 240cm 3rd 180cm 430cm 3rd 350cm 490cm
4th - - 4th 150cm 240cm 4th 190cm 430cm 4th 350cm 490cm
5th - - 5th 150cm 240cm 5th 190cm 420cm 5th 350cm 490cm
6th - - 6th 150cm 250cm 6th 250cm 420cm 6th 350cm 490cm
7th - - 7th 150cm 250cm 7th 250cm 410cm 7th 350cm 490cm
8th - - 8th 120cm 250cm 8th 270cm 430cm 8th 350cm 480cm
9th - - 9th 120cm 300cm 9th 290cm 430cm 9th 350cm 490cm
10th - - 10th 170cm 300cm 10th 290cm 450cm 10th 350cm 470cm
11th - - 11th 170cm 300cm 11th 320cm 450cm 11th 350cm 470cm
12th - - 12th 170cm 300cm 12th 320cm 470cm 12th 320cm 470cm
13th - - 13th 180cm 300cm 13th 350cm 470cm 13th 320cm 470cm
14th - - 14th 180cm 300cm 14th 350cm 490cm 14th 300cm 460cm
15th - 120cm 15th 180cm 300cm 15th 350cm 490cm 15th 300cm 450cm
16th - 120cm 16th 180cm 300cm 16th 350cm 490cm 16th 300cm 450cm
17th - - 17th 180cm 300cm 17th 350cm 490cm 17th 300cm 450cm
18th - - 18th 180cm 300cm 18th 350cm 490cm 18th 300cm 450cm
19th - - 19th 180cm 300cm 19th 350cm 490cm 19th 300cm 450cm
20th - 120cm 20th 180cm 320cm 20th 350cm 490cm 20th 300cm 450cm
21st - 120cm 21st 180cm 350cm 21st 350cm 490cm 21st 300cm 450cm
22nd - 120cm 22nd 180cm 350cm 22nd 350cm 490cm 22nd 280cm 450cm
23rd - 120cm 23rd 180cm 350cm 23rd 350cm 490cm 23rd 280cm 450cm
24th - 120cm 24th 180cm 370cm 24th 350cm 490cm 24th 280cm 450cm
25th 50cm 120cm 25th 180cm 370cm 25th 310cm 490cm 25th 280cm 450cm
26th 50cm 120cm 26th 180cm 370cm 26th 310cm 490cm 26th 280cm 450cm
27th 50cm 120cm 27th 180cm 400cm 27th 350cm 490cm 27th 280cm 450cm
28th 80cm 150cm 28th 180cm 400cm 28th 350cm 490cm 28th 280cm 430cm
29th 100cm 150cm 29th 180cm 400cm 29th 350cm - 29th 280cm 430cm
30th 80cm 180cm 30th 170cm 420cm 30th 30th 280cm 420cm
31st 100cm 220cm 31st 180cm 420cm 31st 31st 280cm 400cm

Previous Statistics

Seki Onsen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and telemark lessons are available at Seki Onsen.
Backcountry tours are also available. 
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
Park Information
Park information
The main park area is by the main course and amongst other things features a half pipe (usually from spring). 

Seki Onsen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Seki Onsen is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm every day.

There is nighta at Seki Onsen but on irregular dates.

Seki Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
1 Day 3,500 yen 2,800 yen
Morning (12pm-closing) 2,800 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Voucher 500 yen 200 yen
Season Ticket 50,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information There are no special 'Senior' rates at Seki Onsen.

Children aged up to 12 years are eligible for the 'Child' tickets.

Up to 100 season passes are available.

Getting to Seki Onsen

By public transport
25km from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
6.9km from Sekiyama Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
11.4km from Myoko Kogen Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
Transport Information
Seki Onsen is just under 7km from Sekiyama Station on the Myoko Haneuma Line train line. Myoko Kogen Station is 11.4km from Seki Onsen.

>> More information on getting to the Myoko region by public transport
A bus service is available from Sekiyama Station to Seki Onsen. The journey takes about 15 minutes and costs 480 yen. A taxi journey from the station usually costs around 2300 yen.
By Car
10.6km from the Nakago IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
11.5km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
17.9km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 18 (6.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 39
Seki Onsen can be found just off Prefecture Road 39 in the central southern region of Myoko city, to the north of the Myoko Kogen and Akakura Onsen areas.

The nearest exits of the Joshinetsu Expressway are Nakago IC (approaching from the north) and Myoko Kogen IC (approaching from the south).

From the Myoko Kogen IC exit turn left at the traffic lights onto Route 18 and head north for about 5.6km. At the Sakaguchi Kita traffic lights turn left and follow the road up to Seki Onsen which is on the right hand side of the road.

From the Nakago IC exit turn right onto Route 18 and head south for 4.6km. At the Seki-Tsubame Iriguchi traffic lights turn right onto Prefecture Road 39 and follow the road up to Seki Onsen which is on the right hand side of the road.

>> More information on getting to the Myoko region by car
There are two car parks available near the base of Seki Onsen. Parking is free on weekdays and 500 yen on Saturdays and Sundays on Number 1 car park. Parking is free on all days on the Number 2 car park.

More Information

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(Updated 24th September)

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