Akakura Onsen (Myoko City, Niigata)

Akakura Onsen
赤倉温泉 (新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 10th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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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.

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 160cm 100cm 1st 350cm 150cm 1st 310cm 200cm
2nd - - 2nd 160cm 90cm 2nd 350cm 150cm 2nd 300cm 210cm
3rd - - 3rd 160cm 80cm 3rd 350cm 155cm 3rd 310cm 200cm
4th - - 4th 150cm 70cm 4th 340cm 155cm 4th 310cm 190cm
5th - - 5th 150cm 70cm 5th 330cm 155cm 5th 310cm 180cm
6th - - 6th 160cm 60cm 6th 320cm 150cm 6th 310cm 170cm
7th - - 7th 160cm 70cm 7th 340cm 170cm 7th 325cm 170cm
8th - - 8th 160cm 100cm 8th 340cm 170cm 8th 355cm 170cm
9th - - 9th 160cm 120cm 9th 330cm 160cm 9th 365cm 160cm
10th - - 10th 170cm 110cm 10th 330cm 200cm 10th 375cm 160cm
11th - - 11th 185cm 120cm 11th 340cm 200cm 11th 390cm 160cm
12th - - 12th 190cm 120cm 12th 350cm 190cm 12th 390cm 160cm
13th - - 13th 205cm 120cm 13th 360cm 185cm 13th 390cm 160cm
14th - - 14th 220cm 130cm 14th 360cm 180cm 14th 380cm 150cm
15th 60cm - 15th 250cm 130cm 15th 360cm 170cm 15th 370cm 160cm
16th 60cm - 16th 270cm 130cm 16th 360cm 190cm 16th 370cm 160cm
17th 70cm - 17th 300cm 130cm 17th 350cm 190cm 17th 370cm 150cm
18th 75cm 20cm 18th 300cm 130cm 18th 330cm 230cm 18th 365cm 150cm
19th 70cm 20cm 19th 310cm 130cm 19th 330cm 210cm 19th 365cm 140cm
20th 65cm 20cm 20th 310cm 120cm 20th 330cm 190cm 20th 360cm 135cm
21st 60cm 20cm 21st 310cm 130cm 21st 330cm 170cm 21st 355cm 140cm
22nd 60cm 15cm 22nd 315cm 130cm 22nd 330cm 170cm 22nd 350cm 140cm
23rd 50cm 18cm 23rd 330cm 130cm 23rd 320cm 165cm 23rd 350cm 130cm
24th 65cm 10cm 24th 340cm 140cm 24th 330cm 190cm 24th 350cm 140cm
25th 75cm 10cm 25th 350cm 160cm 25th 330cm 200cm 25th 370cm 175cm
26th 75cm 20cm 26th 350cm 150cm 26th 320cm 200cm 26th 370cm 175cm
27th 75cm 30cm 27th 350cm 150cm 27th 320cm 185cm 27th 370cm 175cm
28th 110cm 45cm 28th 350cm 135cm 28th 320cm 180cm 28th 370cm 175cm
29th 120cm 85cm 29th 340cm 130cm 29th - 170cm 29th 360cm 140cm
30th 160cm 90cm 30th 320cm 140cm 30th 30th 360cm 130cm
31st 160cm 85cm 31st 350cm 140cm 31st 31st 355cm 130cm

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
A 'Yodel Chibbiko Snow Park' is a special area for young children located near the Yodel Lodge in the upper area of the resort - free entry. Items include a slide, seesaw and items to enjoy playing in the snow. Sledge rental is available. There is also a free to use 'Kids Room' inside Yodel Lodge. It is open from 9am until 3:30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Kumado Park' is located in the Kumado area of Akakura Onsen by the Paradise Course and between the Kumado Number 1 quad lift and the Kumado Number 2 pair lift. There are three main sections and depending on weather conditions Sections 1 and 2 are open for nighta. A fourth Jib Section is usually open in February and March. 

Akakura Onsen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early 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 10:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Akakura Onsen is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day in the daytime.

Nighta is open at Akakura Onsen until 10pm.

Akakura Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,300 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
5 Hours 3,300 yen 2,400 yen 2,400 yen
Sunset (3pm-10pm) 3,500 yen 2,500 yen 2,500 yen
Kumado Nighta A 2,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Kumado Nighta B 2,000 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 450 yen 350 yen 350 yen
Myoko Akakura 1 Day 5,000 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 yen
Myoko Akakura 2 Days 9,400 yen 6,700 yen 6,700 yen
Season Ticket (all) 45,000 yen 36,000 yen 36,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 35,000 yen 25,000 yen 25,000 yen
Season Ticket (nighta) 25,000 yen 20,000 yen 20,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.
The Nighta A ticket is valid from 5pm until 10pm.
The Nighta B ticket is valid from 7pm until 10pm.
The 'Myoko Akakura' tickets are valid at both Akakura Onsen and the connecting Akakura Kanko Resort areas.

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 local bus service is available from Myoko Kogen Station. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

A free shuttle bus is also available from Joetsu Myoko Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line. This service only operates on weekends and holidays and takes about one hour.
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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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

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