Niyama Kogen is located in the western region of Nanae town and to the north of Hakodate city in southern Hokkaido. It is the closest ski hill to Hakodate city and also the most southern on Hokkaido. There are two other ski hills in this region - Greenpia Onuma and Hakodate Nanae Snow Park.
Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.
12.2km from the Onuma Koen IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 5 (1.5km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 96
Niyama Kogen is about 1.5km off Route 5 to the north of Hakodate city and about 30 minutes drive from the central city area.
Onuma Koen IC on the Hokkaido Expressway is about 14km to the north of the ski hill.
At the Onuma Koen IC exit, turn left and then right onto Route 5. Continue on Route 5 for just under 10km and then turn right onto Prefecture Road 96 following the signpost for Hokuto. After 400m turn right to head towards Niyama Station. Follow the road past the station to approach the base of the ski hill.
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