Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira - often just known as Kijimadaira - is located on the northern slopes of Mt Kosha in Kijimadaira village in the north-eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. It has been operating since 1963 and known for the 45 degree Pioneer course, one of the steepest in Japan. Kijimadaira is one of the connected ski hills on the north, east and southern slopes of Mt Kosha that make up 'Mt Kosha'. A joint lift ticket is available. The others are Yamabiko-no-oka and X-JAM Takaifuji. Until the 2016-2017 season Yomase Onsen was also part of the group and shared a lift ticket, but that appears to now not be the case. (A fifth ski hill called Makinoiri Snow Park is located to the west of - and directly connected with - Kijimadaira, but it is currently not operating). In the regions surrounding Mt Kosha, Myoko and Madarao Kogen are to the west, Nozawa Onsen is to the north and Shiga Kogen is to south west.
Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.
A taxi from the same station takes about 15 minutes.
13.8km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
22.6km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
34.4km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 403 (1.3km away)
Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira is about 14km from the Toyota Iiyama IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway.
From the Toyota Iiyama IC exit, turn right onto Route 117 until reaching the turn off for Route 403 (about 8km). Turn right onto Route 403 and follow the signs to the ski hill.
At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.
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