Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira (Kijimadaira Village, Nagano)

Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira
北信州 木島平 (長野県 木島平村)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until Sunday 31st March 2019
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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 (not open every day - see pricing below for details).

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. The big ‘Mt Kosha’ concept seems to have fractured: Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira and the adjoining Makinoiri Kogen Snow Park now both operating independently; X-JAM Takaifuji and Yomase Onsen offer a joint ticket; and Yamabiko-no-oka has been closed since 2017-2018.

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 95cm 130cm 1st 165cm 145cm 1st 140cm 135cm
2nd - - 2nd 95cm 130cm 2nd 165cm 145cm 2nd 140cm 135cm
3rd - - 3rd 100cm 130cm 3rd 165cm 145cm 3rd 140cm 130cm
4th - - 4th 100cm 140cm 4th 150cm 140cm 4th 130cm 130cm
5th - - 5th 95cm 150cm 5th 140cm 150cm 5th 120cm 130cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 150cm 6th 130cm 150cm 6th 120cm 125cm
7th - - 7th 95cm 150cm 7th 130cm 140cm 7th 120cm 125cm
8th - - 8th 90cm 150cm 8th 130cm 140cm 8th 135cm 120cm
9th - - 9th 115cm 140cm 9th 135cm 140cm 9th 135cm 120cm
10th - - 10th 110cm 140cm 10th 160cm 140cm 10th 130cm 120cm
11th - - 11th 105cm 140cm 11th 160cm 140cm 11th 120cm 105cm
12th - - 12th 100cm 140cm 12th 170cm 135cm 12th 115cm 105cm
13th - - 13th 100cm 140cm 13th 170cm 135cm 13th 105cm 105cm
14th - - 14th 100cm 140cm 14th 170cm 135cm 14th 120cm 100cm
15th - - 15th 100cm 140cm 15th 175cm 135cm 15th 115cm 100cm
16th - - 16th 100cm 140cm 16th 170cm 135cm 16th 110cm 95cm
17th - - 17th 100cm 140cm 17th 170cm 135cm 17th 105cm 95cm
18th - - 18th 110cm 125cm 18th 170cm 155cm 18th 105cm 95cm
19th - - 19th 110cm 115cm 19th 165cm 155cm 19th 95cm 90cm
20th - - 20th 110cm 110cm 20th 160cm 155cm 20th 90cm 90cm
21st - - 21st 120cm 105cm 21st 160cm 155cm 21st 90cm 90cm
22nd 10cm - 22nd 125cm 105cm 22nd 160cm 150cm 22nd 80cm 80cm
23rd 10cm 60cm 23rd 125cm 110cm 23rd 160cm 150cm 23rd 70cm 80cm
24th 13cm 60cm 24th 135cm 120cm 24th 160cm 150cm 24th 70cm 80cm
25th 15cm 50cm 25th 135cm 135cm 25th 150cm 150cm 25th 70cm 75cm
26th 15cm 55cm 26th 135cm 140cm 26th 150cm 150cm 26th 60cm 75cm
27th 15cm 80cm 27th 155cm 140cm 27th 145cm 140cm 27th 60cm 70cm
28th 15cm 120cm 28th 150cm 140cm 28th 140cm 140cm 28th 50cm 70cm
29th 60cm 120cm 29th 165cm 140cm 29th - - 29th 50cm 70cm
30th 90cm 130cm 30th 165cm 145cm 30th 30th 40cm 65cm
31st 95cm 130cm 31st 165cm 145cm 31st 31st 30cm 65cm

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. It is free to enter.

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
There is a 'Free Ride Park' area featuring a 125m pipe. 

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.

For the 2018-2019 season there will be nighta operations on the following dates from 4:45pm until 8:45pm.

December 2018: 28th-31st
January 2019: 1st, 2nd, 5th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 26th
February 2019: 2nd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 23rd

Kita Shinshu Kijimadaira Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
50 years & over
1 Day 3,600 yen 2,900 yen
2 Days 6,200 yen 4,900 yen
3 Days 8,200 yen 6,500 yen
Morning (8:30am-1pm) 2,600 yen 2,000 yen
Afternoon (12pm-4:45pm) 2,600 yen 2,000 yen
Happy Time (10am-3pm) 2,600 yen 2,000 yen
1 Lift Coupon 350 yen 250 yen
10 Lift Coupons 2,800 yen 2,000 yen
Nighta (4:45pm-8:45pm) 1,300 yen 1,300 yen
Season 3 Days 8,500 yen 6,500 yen
Season Ticket 36,000 yen 33,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children of elementary school age and under can ride the lifts for free every day of the season.

A 'Premier Ticket' for the top steep Pioneer course is available for up to 30 people on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from January until 6th March 2019. It costs 1,000 yen in addition to the normal one-day (and above) lift ticket.

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 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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There is parking for 1,500 vehicles around the base of the ski hill on four car parks. Parking is free every day of the season.

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