Kitashinshu Kijimadaira (Kijimadaira Village, Nagano)

Kitashinshu Kijimadaira
北信州 木島平
(長野県 木島平村)
Planned season: Saturday 19th December 2020 until late March 2021
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Kitashinshu 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. In recent years the Pioneer course was only open on certain days but unfortunately it will not be open at all for the 2020-2021 season.

In recent seasons, Kijimadaira was one of five connected ski hills on the slopes of Mt Kosha that were branded as 'Mt Kosha' and joint lift tickets were available. At one time there were big plans for a ‘Mt Kosha’ brand, but unfortunately over the last few years that idea seems to have fallen apart. For the 2020-2021 season there is no longer a joint ticket that covers Kijimadaira, X-JAM Takaifuji and Yomase Onsen. Kijimadaira and Makinoiri both now operate independently, and the small Yamabiko-no-oka area has been closed since the 2017-2018 season.

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.

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The Mountain

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Kitashinshu Kijimadaira Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 110cm 10cm 1st 85cm 60cm 1st 75cm 65cm
2nd - - 2nd 100cm 10cm 2nd 70cm 60cm 2nd 70cm 60cm
3rd - - 3rd 100cm 10cm 3rd 70cm 50cm 3rd 70cm 55cm
4th - - 4th 95cm 15cm 4th 70cm 50cm 4th 70cm 55cm
5th - - 5th 90cm 25cm 5th 85cm 50cm 5th 70cm 50cm
6th - - 6th 85cm 35cm 6th 75cm 70cm 6th 65cm 60cm
7th - - 7th 85cm 30cm 7th 70cm 70cm 7th 65cm 60cm
8th - - 8th 105cm 20cm 8th 95cm 70cm 8th 65cm 55cm
9th - - 9th 100cm 15cm 9th 125cm 100cm 9th 60cm 55cm
10th - - 10th 110cm 15cm 10th 105cm 100cm 10th 60cm 55cm
11th - - 11th 115cm 15cm 11th 115cm 120cm 11th 60cm 40cm
12th - - 12th 105cm 15cm 12th 105cm 120cm 12th 60cm 40cm
13th - - 13th 100cm 20cm 13th 95cm 100cm 13th 50cm 40cm
14th - - 14th 100cm 30cm 14th 95cm 90cm 14th 50cm 30cm
15th 5cm - 15th 90cm 30cm 15th 90cm 80cm 15th 50cm 30cm
16th 20cm - 16th 85cm 30cm 16th 75cm 70cm 16th 50cm 30cm
17th 20cm - 17th 90cm 30cm 17th 90cm 65cm 17th 45cm 40cm
18th 20cm - 18th 80cm 30cm 18th 95cm 70cm 18th 45cm 40cm
19th 80cm - 19th 100cm 30cm 19th 95cm 70cm 19th 45cm 35cm
20th 110cm - 20th 115cm 30cm 20th 90cm 70cm 20th 45cm 25cm
21st 110cm - 21st 105cm 50cm 21st 80cm 70cm 21st 40cm 25cm
22nd 90cm - 22nd 100cm 50cm 22nd 80cm 65cm 22nd 35cm 25cm
23rd 85cm - 23rd 90cm 50cm 23rd 75cm 60cm 23rd 35cm -
24th 80cm - 24th 85cm 45cm 24th 85cm 60cm 24th 35cm -
25th 75cm 5cm 25th 80cm 40cm 25th 80cm 60cm 25th 35cm -
26th 90cm 3cm 26th 80cm 40cm 26th 80cm 60cm 26th 35cm -
27th 80cm 0cm 27th 70cm 40cm 27th 85cm 65cm 27th 35cm -
28th 70cm 15cm 28th 70cm 40cm 28th 80cm 90cm 28th 30cm -
29th 65cm 13cm 29th 66cm 40cm 29th - 70cm 29th - -
30th 60cm 13cm 30th 70cm 40cm 30th 30th - -
31st 110cm 8cm 31st 85cm 40cm 31st 31st - -

Previous Statistics

Kitashinshu Kijimadaira Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kitashinshu Kijimadaira. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Kodomo Hiroba' childrens area is located at the base of the resort. For 2019-2020 it features an 800m long sledding course - one of the longest in Japan. The park is free to enter and use.

A child care facility ('Kids Room') is located in the Ski Centre, previous reservations required - 3,000 yen for half day and 5,000 yen for full day. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' features beginner, middle and expert free run courses. 

Kitashinshu Kijimadaira Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:45pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:45pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Kitashinshu Kijimadaira is open from 8:30am until 4:45pm in the daytime.

Nighta operation details unconfirmed but they are selling a nighta ticket!

Kitashinshu Kijimadaira Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4-12 years
50 years & over
1 Day 2,000 yen 7,000 yen 1,600 yen
2 Days 3,300 yen 1,200 yen 2,700 yen
3 Days 4,400 yen 1,700 yen 3,600 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 1,500 yen 500 yen 1,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:45pm) 1,500 yen 500 yen 1,000 yen
Happy Time (10am-3pm) 1,500 yen 500 yen 1,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 200 yen 100 yen 150 yen
10 Lift Coupons 1,500 yen 600 yen 1,000 yen
Nighta 700 yen 500 yen 700 yen
Season 3 Days 4,600 yen 1,800 yen 3,700 yen
Season Ticket 20,000 yen 7,500 yen 18,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

All tickets are half price (or thereabouts) for the 2020-2021 season.

The Pioneer Course will NOT be open during the 2020-2021 season.

A 1 day lift ticket + 1,000 yen meal voucher is 2,500 yen for adults and 2,100 yen for seniors.
A 2 day lift ticket + 2,000 yen meal voucher is 4,300 yen for adults and 3,700 yen for seniors.
Take off an additional 500 yen for a weekday (and 900 yen for two weekdays).

A ticket for just the Number 10 lift is available for 1,000 yen (adults), 150 yen (children).

There are now no shared 'Mt Kosha' lift tickets with neighbouring ski resorts.

Getting to Kitashinshu Kijimadaira

By public transport
8km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
8km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
16.2km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
Transport Information
Kitashinshu Kijimadaira is 8km from Iiyama Station.

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A shuttle bus is available from Iiyama Station.

A taxi from the same station takes about 15 minutes.
By Car
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)
Kitashinshu 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.

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About 15 minutes from Iiyama Station.
About 20 minutes from Toyota Iiyama IC.
There is parking for 1500 vehicles around the base of the ski hill on four car parks. Parking is free every day of the season.

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