Akakura Onsen (Myoko City, Niigata)

Akakura Onsen
赤倉温泉 (新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 8th December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
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Latest report posted at 10:38am on Monday 10th December 2018
Official snow depth 40cm (20cm) [updated on 10th December 2018]

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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. Nighta is available daily for most of the main 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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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 - 255cm 1st - 370cm 1st - 390cm
2nd - - 2nd - 260cm 2nd - 370cm 2nd - 365cm
3rd - - 3rd - 270cm 3rd - 370cm 3rd - 360cm
4th - - 4th - 290cm 4th - 360cm 4th - 355cm
5th - - 5th - 300cm 5th - 370cm 5th - 345cm
6th - - 6th - 300cm 6th - 370cm 6th - 330cm
7th - - 7th - 300cm 7th - 370cm 7th - 330cm
8th 2cm - 8th - 300cm 8th - 380cm 8th - 320cm
9th 20cm 50cm 9th - 300cm 9th - 380cm 9th - 305cm
10th 40cm 50cm 10th - 280cm 10th - 370cm 10th - 280cm
11th - 45cm 11th - 280cm 11th - 365cm 11th - 270cm
12th - 55cm 12th - 270cm 12th - 365cm 12th - 265cm
13th - 60cm 13th - 275cm 13th - 360cm 13th - 265cm
14th - 75cm 14th - 300cm 14th - 360cm 14th - 260cm
15th - 75cm 15th - 300cm 15th - 370cm 15th - 250cm
16th - 75cm 16th - 290cm 16th - 370cm 16th - 240cm
17th - 90cm 17th - 280cm 17th - 370cm 17th - 240cm
18th - 160cm 18th - 280cm 18th - 400cm 18th - 240cm
19th - 160cm 19th - 265cm 19th - 400cm 19th - 235cm
20th - 180cm 20th - 265cm 20th - 400cm 20th - 235cm
21st - 180cm 21st - 260cm 21st - 415cm 21st - 235cm
22nd - 180cm 22nd - 270cm 22nd - 420cm 22nd - 230cm
23rd - 165cm 23rd - 280cm 23rd - 410cm 23rd - 230cm
24th - 155cm 24th - 300cm 24th - 410cm 24th - 225cm
25th - 145cm 25th - 340cm 25th - 410cm 25th - 220cm
26th - 155cm 26th - 350cm 26th - 410cm 26th - 210cm
27th - 195cm 27th - 355cm 27th - 405cm 27th - 200cm
28th - 235cm 28th - 360cm 28th - 395cm 28th - 195cm
29th - 245cm 29th - 360cm 29th - - 29th - 190cm
30th - 255cm 30th - 370cm 30th 30th - 180cm
31st - 255cm 31st - 370cm 31st 31st - 175cm

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
There are a few 'Kids Snow Park' areas. Items include a slide, seesaw and items to enjoy playing in the snow. Sledge rental is available. 
Park Information
Park information

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 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'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 10:00pm every day from 22nd December 2018 until 23rd March 2019. A few different time tickets are available.

Akakura Onsen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day (8:30am-5pm) 4,800 yen 1,000 yen 3,500 yen
Super 1 Day (8:30am-10pm) 6,000 yen 1,500 yen 5,000 yen
4 Hours 3,500 yen 1,000 yen 3,000 yen
Sunset (3pm-10pm) 3,700 yen 1,000 yen 3,000 yen
Nighta A (5pm-10pm) 2,500 yen 1,000 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta B (7pm-10pm) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 400 yen 400 yen
Season (all) 48,000 yen 15,000 yen 38,000 yen
Season (nighta) 27,000 yen 10,000 yen 23,000 yen
Akakura Onsen-Kanko 6,000 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

The 'Myoko Onsen-Akakura' tickets shown above is valid at both Akakura Onsen and the connecting Akakura Kanko Resort areas. It is available from 15th December 2018 until 24th March 2019.

Major credit cards are accepted.

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 free shuttle bus service is available from Myoko Kogen Station. The journey takes about 10 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
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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