Iizuna Kogen (Nagano City, Nagano)

Iizuna Kogen
(長野県 長野市)
Planned season: Saturday 21st December 2019 until Sunday 15th March 2020
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Iizuna Kogen is located on the southern slopes of Mt Iizuna, to the north of Nagano city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. The freestyle ski events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics were held at Iizuna Kogen. The bobsleigh and luge events of the Olympics were held at the 'Spiral' facility, about 3km to the south-east of Iizuna Kogen. The Iizuna Resort ski hill is about 4km away and the resorts in Myoko (Niigata Prefecture) are to the north.

Unfortunately, it was announced in early January 2020 that the 2019-2020 winter season will be the last winter season for Iizuna Kogen. This ski hill originally opened in 1965. At its peak in 1984, around 230,000 people visited in one winter season. In recent years fewer people have been visiting and the region hasn't got as much snowfall meaning a shorter season. The result being that last year less than 30,000 people visited the resort. Nagano City had been looking for new owners, but nobody rained their hands. Apparently after the 2019-2020 season finishes, the city will plant trees and the area will be returned to nature.

Unrelated to Iizuna Kogen ski resort but in other new... sadly since 2018 the above mentioned Spiral facility is no longer used due to very high maintenance costs along with it not being used much at all. It is still standing though.

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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Iizuna Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

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

Previous Statistics

Iizuna Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Iizuna Kogen. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Snowshoes and telemark skis are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a sledging course near the Number 1 car park (free entry) and a 'Kids Park' at the bottom of E Course (entry 500 yen, weekends and holidays only). 
Park Information
Park information

Iizuna Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Iizuna Kogen is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm in the daytime.

The resort can be used for private nighta for 55,000 yen. Valid for groups of more than 30 people, and prior reservations are required.

Iizuna Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Junior High School age & under
50 years & over
1 Day 3,100 yen 2,100 yen 2,300 yen
2 Days 5,200 yen 3,600 yen 3,900 yen
3 Days 6,700 yen 4,700 yen 5,200 yen
4 Hours 2,200 yen 1,700 yen 1,900 yen
1 Lift Coupon 260 yen 190 yen 210 yen
11 Lift Coupons 2,600 yen 1,900 yen 2,100 yen
Free 15 Hours 7,400 yen 5,900 yen 6,800 yen
Free 30 Hours 14,700 yen 11,700 yen 13,500 yen
Season Ticket 31,500 yen 21,000 yen 23,100 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

The 15 and 30 hour tickets can be used in units of 1 hour at any time during the season.

Children's Day is the 3rd Saturday in January, February and March when children can ride the lifts for free.

Getting to Iizuna Kogen

By public transport
12.3km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
12.3km from Nagano Station on the Shinetsu Honsen Line
13.7km from Mure Station on the Kita Shinano line
Transport Information
Iizuna Kogen is just over 12km from Nagano Station.

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A bus (that is labelled as going to Togakushi ski-jo) is available from Nagano Station and costs 790 yen for adults and 400 yen for children (one-way). Special rates are available that include a one day pass and the bus.
By Car
16.2km from the Shinano-machi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
20.3km from the Nagano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
21.6km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 406 (10.7km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 404
Iizuna Kogen is about 16km from the Shinano-machi IC exit and just over 20km from the Nagano IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway.

The resort is located just off Prefecture Road 404 to the north of central Nagano city.

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There is parking for 900 vehicles at the base of Iizuna Kogen.

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