Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira (Kijimadaira Village, Nagano)

Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira
北信州 木島平
(長野県 木島平村)
Planned season: Mid December 2019 until late March 2020
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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. Note that the Pioneer course is only opens on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays (subject to checking and conditions).

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 2019-2020 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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Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 10cm 95cm 1st 60cm 165cm 1st 65cm 140cm
2nd - - 2nd 10cm 95cm 2nd 60cm 165cm 2nd 60cm 140cm
3rd - - 3rd 10cm 100cm 3rd 50cm 165cm 3rd 55cm 140cm
4th - - 4th 15cm 100cm 4th 50cm 150cm 4th 55cm 130cm
5th - - 5th 25cm 95cm 5th 50cm 140cm 5th 50cm 120cm
6th - - 6th 35cm 100cm 6th 70cm 130cm 6th 60cm 120cm
7th - - 7th 30cm 95cm 7th 70cm 130cm 7th 60cm 120cm
8th - - 8th 20cm 90cm 8th 70cm 130cm 8th 55cm 135cm
9th - - 9th 15cm 115cm 9th 100cm 135cm 9th 55cm 135cm
10th - - 10th 15cm 110cm 10th 100cm 160cm 10th 55cm 130cm
11th - - 11th 15cm 105cm 11th 120cm 160cm 11th 40cm 120cm
12th - - 12th 15cm 100cm 12th 120cm 170cm 12th 40cm 115cm
13th - - 13th 20cm 100cm 13th 100cm 170cm 13th 40cm 105cm
14th - - 14th 30cm 100cm 14th 90cm 170cm 14th 30cm 120cm
15th - - 15th 30cm 100cm 15th 80cm 175cm 15th 30cm 115cm
16th - - 16th 30cm 100cm 16th 70cm 170cm 16th 30cm 110cm
17th - - 17th 30cm 100cm 17th 65cm 170cm 17th 40cm 105cm
18th - - 18th 30cm 110cm 18th 70cm 170cm 18th 40cm 105cm
19th - - 19th 30cm 110cm 19th 70cm 165cm 19th 35cm 95cm
20th - - 20th 30cm 110cm 20th 70cm 160cm 20th 25cm 90cm
21st - - 21st 50cm 120cm 21st 70cm 160cm 21st 25cm 90cm
22nd - 10cm 22nd 50cm 125cm 22nd 65cm 160cm 22nd 25cm 80cm
23rd - 10cm 23rd 50cm 125cm 23rd 60cm 160cm 23rd - 70cm
24th - 13cm 24th 45cm 135cm 24th 60cm 160cm 24th - 70cm
25th 5cm 15cm 25th 40cm 135cm 25th 60cm 150cm 25th - 70cm
26th 3cm 15cm 26th 40cm 135cm 26th 60cm 150cm 26th - 60cm
27th 0cm 15cm 27th 40cm 155cm 27th 65cm 145cm 27th - 60cm
28th 15cm 15cm 28th 40cm 150cm 28th 90cm 140cm 28th - 50cm
29th 13cm 60cm 29th 40cm 165cm 29th 70cm - 29th - 50cm
30th 13cm 90cm 30th 40cm 165cm 30th 30th - 40cm
31st 8cm 95cm 31st 40cm 165cm 31st 31st - 30cm

Previous Statistics

Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Kita Shinshu 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. 

Kita Shinshu 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
Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira is open from 8:30am until 4:45pm in the daytime.

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

Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4-12 years
50 years & over
1 Day 3,900 yen 1,500 yen 3,200 yen
2 Days 6,700 yen 2,500 yen 6,400 yen
3 Days 8,900 yen 3,500 yen 7,200 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 2,900 yen 1,000 yen 2,200 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:45pm) 2,900 yen 1,000 yen 2,200 yen
Happy Time (10am-3pm) 2,900 yen 1,000 yen 2,200 yen
1 Lift Coupon 400 yen 150 yen 300 yen
10 Lift Coupons 3,100 yen 1,100 yen 2,200 yen
Nighta 1,500 yen 1,000 yen 1,500 yen
Season 3 Days 9,200 yen 3,600 yen 7,400 yen
Season Ticket 39,000 yen 15,000 yen 36,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Children of elementary school age are going to have to buy a ticket from the 2019-2020 season.

An extra 500 yen is required to access the top 45 degree 'Pioneer' course - and you can't use it with rented equipment! Pioneer Course is open on Wednesday, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays only (and subject to checks and conditions).

A 1 day lift ticket + 1,000 yen meal voucher is 4,100 yen for adults and 3,600 yen for seniors.
A 2 day lift ticket + 2,000 yen meal voucher is 7,900 yen for adults and 6,700 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 2,000 yen (adults), 300 yen (children).

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

Getting to Kita Shinshu 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
Kita Shinshu 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)
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.

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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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2020-2021 UPDATES
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(Updated 24th September)

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