◆Operating period: December 23, 2023 – April 7, 2024 (tentative)
Akakura Onsen Ski Resort is located 8 minutes by car from the Myokokogen Interchange on the Joshinetsu Expressway, adjacent to the Akakura hot spring resort in Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture!
Spread out at the foot of the Myoko Plateau are big slopes with an abundance of high-quality snow that attracts attention from overseas.Known for its 100% natural snow and one of the heaviest snowfalls in Japan, the powder snow on the non-pressured courses attracts skiers.
From the official website of Akakura Onsen Ski Resort
There are a total of 17 courses on the spacious slopes, and everyone from beginners to advanced skiers can enjoy skiing on courses suited to their level.There are many wide, gentle slopes that can be enjoyed by first-timers and families (50% beginner, 40% intermediate, 10% advanced).
This ski resort also offers a wide range of family-friendly services.Lift tickets for elementary school students can be purchased for 1,200 yen, and there is also a children’s park with a slope made of hardened snow for sledding and plastic slides and seesaws.
Akakura Onsen Ski Resort is the only ski resort in the Myoko area that is open for night skiing every day.Hours are from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.In addition, every Saturday and the day before a national holiday, the nighttime pre-pressurized snow is made available, so you can enjoy the same clean snow as you did first thing in the morning.
The Akakura Onsen area is also known as a stay-and-go winter resort.It is very popular among foreign tourists as a place where they can enjoy both skiing and hot springs in the great outdoors.There are many inns, restaurants, and hot springs in the vicinity of the ski resort, allowing you to fully enjoy your après-ski experience.
It is also introduced in the Myoko and Onsen section of “Ella and Jimi’s Joetsu-Myoko Machiaruki,” a popular corner in Snow Country Journey.Please take a look.
Three distinctive restaurants are open on the ski slopes.
Yodel Lodge, located at the off-ramp of Yodel Quad 2, will feature popular curry rice and ramen as well as omelette rice and jidori chicken oyakodon (chicken and egg bowl).
Miso ramen noodles with plenty of crunchy bean sprouts: 1,300 yen (tax included)
We also recommend the “Miso Ramen with plenty of shakshaki bean sprouts,” which is full of ingredients and warms you up.
Other dining options include Restaurant Montagne at the foot of the Panorama Course and Piste at the bottom of the Sekimi slope.
■Address: Akakura Onsen, Myoko City, Niigata Prefecture
■Operating period: December 16, 2023 (Sat) – April 7, 2024 (Sun) / Night operation: December 23 (Sat) – March 17 (Sun)
■Opening hours: 8:30-17:00 / night hours 17:00-21:00 (until 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
■Fees: 1-day pass: Adults 5,500 yen, seniors and junior high school students 4,400 yen, elementary school students 1,200 yen
Night skiing tickets / Adults 3000 yen, Seniors and Junior high school students 3000 yen, Elementary school students 1000 yen
■Rental fee: ski or snowboard set (board and boots) 4,000 yen