Family Gerende Kirigamine is a small ski hill located in Suwa city in the Kirigamine highland area of central eastern Nagano Prefecture. As the name suggests it is suited to young children and families. There is a cross-country course at this ski hill. Note that this ski hill closes on certain days - we advise you check before going. On weekdays (and from mid February) only the Number 2 lift operates.
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. The famous Venus Line sightseeing road runs through the area.
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.
A bus from Kamisuwa Station takes about 30 minutes.
A taxi takes about 20 minutes.
16.6km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
26.8km from the Okaya IC on the Chuo Expressway
47.1km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (11.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
Family Gerende Kirigamine is just under 17km from the Suwa IC exit of the Chuo Expressway.
From the 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 and then keep on this road to head up to the ski hill. Family Gerende Kirigamine is on the right hand side of the road.
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