Akakura Onsen (Myoko City, Niigata)

Akakura Onsen
赤倉温泉 (新潟県 妙高市)
Planned season: Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 8th April 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.

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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 255cm 160cm 1st 370cm 350cm 1st 390cm 310cm
2nd - - 2nd 260cm 160cm 2nd 370cm 350cm 2nd 365cm 300cm
3rd - - 3rd 270cm 160cm 3rd 370cm 350cm 3rd 360cm 310cm
4th - - 4th 290cm 150cm 4th 360cm 340cm 4th 355cm 310cm
5th - - 5th 300cm 150cm 5th 370cm 330cm 5th 345cm 310cm
6th - - 6th 300cm 160cm 6th 370cm 320cm 6th 330cm 310cm
7th - - 7th 300cm 160cm 7th 370cm 340cm 7th 330cm 325cm
8th - - 8th 300cm 160cm 8th 380cm 340cm 8th 320cm 355cm
9th 50cm - 9th 300cm 160cm 9th 380cm 330cm 9th 305cm 365cm
10th 50cm - 10th 280cm 170cm 10th 370cm 330cm 10th 280cm 375cm
11th 45cm - 11th 280cm 185cm 11th 365cm 340cm 11th 270cm 390cm
12th 55cm - 12th 270cm 190cm 12th 365cm 350cm 12th 265cm 390cm
13th 60cm - 13th 275cm 205cm 13th 360cm 360cm 13th 265cm 390cm
14th 75cm - 14th 300cm 220cm 14th 360cm 360cm 14th 260cm 380cm
15th 75cm 60cm 15th 300cm 250cm 15th 370cm 360cm 15th 250cm 370cm
16th 75cm 60cm 16th 290cm 270cm 16th 370cm 360cm 16th 240cm 370cm
17th 90cm 70cm 17th 280cm 300cm 17th 370cm 350cm 17th 240cm 370cm
18th 160cm 75cm 18th 280cm 300cm 18th 400cm 330cm 18th 240cm 365cm
19th 160cm 70cm 19th 265cm 310cm 19th 400cm 330cm 19th 235cm 365cm
20th 180cm 65cm 20th 265cm 310cm 20th 400cm 330cm 20th 235cm 360cm
21st 180cm 60cm 21st 260cm 310cm 21st 415cm 330cm 21st 235cm 355cm
22nd 180cm 60cm 22nd 270cm 315cm 22nd 420cm 330cm 22nd 230cm 350cm
23rd 165cm 50cm 23rd 280cm 330cm 23rd 410cm 320cm 23rd 230cm 350cm
24th 155cm 65cm 24th 300cm 340cm 24th 410cm 330cm 24th 225cm 350cm
25th 145cm 75cm 25th 340cm 350cm 25th 410cm 330cm 25th 220cm 370cm
26th 155cm 75cm 26th 350cm 350cm 26th 410cm 320cm 26th 210cm 370cm
27th 195cm 75cm 27th 355cm 350cm 27th 405cm 320cm 27th 200cm 370cm
28th 235cm 110cm 28th 360cm 350cm 28th 395cm 320cm 28th 195cm 370cm
29th 245cm 120cm 29th 360cm 340cm 29th - - 29th 190cm 360cm
30th 255cm 160cm 30th 370cm 320cm 30th 30th 180cm 360cm
31st 255cm 160cm 31st 370cm 350cm 31st 31st 175cm 355cm

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
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 every day from 22nd December 2017 until 4th March 2018. 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 2,700 yen
Sunset (3pm-10pm) 3,700 yen 1,000 yen 2,800 yen
Nighta A (5pm-10pm) 2,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,700 yen
Nighta B (7pm-10pm) 2,000 yen 1,000 yen 1,700 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 5 hours from the time of purchase.

The 'Myoko Onsen-Akakura' tickets are valid at both Akakura Onsen and the connecting Akakura Kanko Resort areas.

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 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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