Kurumayama Kogen SKYPARK is located by the side the Venus Line road in Chino city in the Kirigamine highland region of central eastern Nagano Prefecture. The ski courses of this resort are located on the eastern slopes of Kurumayama and it is one of the larger resorts in the immediate area. Beautiful mountain scenery - including views of Mt Fuji and the North, Central and South Alps - can enjoyed on a clear day. This ski resort has been operating since 1965. The resort was previously known as just Kurumayama Kogen. For the 2017-2018 season, the new official name changed to Kurumayama Kogen SKYPARK and from this season it is part of the 'Smile' group of ski resorts.
There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountainous area that stretches from Kirigamine highland and Kurumayama to the north, over to Lake Shirakaba and Mt Tateshina a little further to the east and then Mt Yokodake and the Yatsugatake mountain range further south. This region usually gets a relatively large amount of clearer weather conditions and does not usually receive as much snow as other highland areas. The region is part of the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park and is a popular tourist destination throughout the year.
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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kurumayama Kogen SKYPARK
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Smile Kids Park' is located near the base area of the resort snow tubing, snow striders and areas to play in the snow. Entry is free with a valid lift ticket, 1000 yen (weekends only) otherwise.
There is a Nursery in the facility at the base for children ages 2-6 years. Charges are 1 hour at 1,000 yen. Open from 22nd December 2018 until 31st March 2019; 9:00am until 12:00pm and 1:00pm until 4:00pm.
There are two Park areas at Kurumayama Kogen - Park A, Park B - as well as a Cross Course.
Kurumayama Kogen SKYPARK Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 7:45pm
Normally open from 8:45am until 4:45pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Kurumayama Kogen is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8:00am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays in the daytime.
About nighta operations
Every Saturday from 29th December 2018 until 16th March 2019, 30th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019, 13th January 2019 and 10th February 2019.
'Hanabi-de-nighta' is from 5:15pm until 8:45pm on the following dates and features fireworks (special ticket required):
- 31st December 2018; 13th January 2019; 10th February 2019
'Tsudsuki-de-nighta' is from 4:30pm until 7:45pm on the following dates (and a special nighta ticket is not necessary):
- 29th, 30th December 2018; 1st-3rd, 12th January 2019; 9th February 2019
On other days when there are nighta operations, they are from 4:30pm until 6:00pm (and a special nighta ticket is not necessary).
Kurumayama Kogen SKYPARK Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
High School age
50 years & over
The 4 Hour ticket is valid for four hours from the time of purchase.
A family pack for 2 adults and one child is 8,500 yen. A family pack for 2 adults and two children is 10,600 yen.
Getting to Kurumayama Kogen SKYPARK
By public transport
40.6km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
21.8km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line is about 22km to the south west of the resort.
Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is just over from Kurumayama Kogen.
A bus service to Kurumayama Kogen from Chino Station takes about 60 minutes.
A taxi from Chino Station costs around 8,000 yen.
25.1km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
27.3km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
38.7km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (3.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
Kurumayama Kogen is located by the side of Prefecture Road 40, otherwise known as the Venus Line.
The nearest exit on the Chuo Expressway is Suwa IC.
From the Suwa IC exit, go straight ahead and then at the junction after less than 1km turn left onto Route 20. After about 3.5km turn right onto Prefecture Road 40 (Venus Line) and then keep on this road to head up to the ski hill. Kurumayama Kogen is on the left hand side of the road.
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