Koshi Kogen (Nagaoka City, Niigata)

Koshi Kogen
(新潟県 長岡市)
Planned season: Mid-late December 2021 until mid March 2022
Normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

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Koshi Kogen is a small ski hill located in the beautiful surroundings of the former Yamakoshi village in the central region of Niigata Prefecture. On a clear day there are some fine views of Mt Sumon and other surrounding mountains to be enjoyed from the top course. Yamakoshi village suddenly became famous in late October 2004 when it bore the worst damage of the Chuetsu Earthquake that hit the region. The village has since recovered and is a beautiful place to visit all year round with lots of traditional Japanese countryside scenery. Yamakoshi is now part of Nagaoka city, the second largest city in Niigata Prefecture.

Niigata Prefecture is located in the central region of Honshu to the north of Tokyo and has a 250km long coastline facing the Sea of Japan. Convenient transportation links make Niigata very easy to get to from Tokyo and other surrounding regions. There are over 50 ski and snowboard resorts in Niigata Prefecture, ranging from small one-lift hills to some of the most well-known and popular ski resorts in Japan. While they are dotted around the mountains of the prefecture, most are concentrated in the southern regions - in particular the Yuzawa town and Minamiuonuma city area in the Chuetsu region and Myoko city in the Joetsu region.

The Mountain

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Koshi Kogen Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Limited ski and snowboard lessons are available at Koshi Kogen. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a small family area at the base of the ski hill. 
Park Information
Park information

Koshi 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 9:00am until 9:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Koshi Kogen is normally open from 9:00am until 5:00pm in the daytime.

On days when there is night skiing, it is open until 9:00pm.

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (unless national holidays).

Night skiing is on most Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Koshi Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
1 Day 2,000 yen 1,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 200 yen 150 yen
12 Lift Coupons 2,000 yen 1,500 yen
Nighta 1,500 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 18,000 yen 13,000 yen
Season Ticket (nighta) 13,000 yen 10,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season lift tickets

Every Wednesday is Ladies Day - half price 1 day lift ticket for ladies

Every Thursday is Senior Day - half price 1 day lift ticket for seniors

The third Sunday of the moment is Children's Day - free lift ticket for children

Getting to Koshi Kogen

By public transport
20.7km from Nagaoka Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line
10.8km from Ojiya Station on the Joetsu Line
10.9km from Echigo Kawaguchi Station on the Joetsu Line
Transport Information
Koshi Kogen is about 11km from Ojiya Station on the Joetsu line and about 21km from Nagaoka Station on the Joetsu Shinkansen line.

>> More information on the Joetsu Shinkansen train line
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No shuttle bus service is available.
By Car
13.7km from the Ojiya IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
17km from the Nagaoka Minami Koshiji Smart IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
20.2km from the Echigo Kawaguchi IC on the Kanetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 291 (0.5km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 474
Koshi Kogen can be found about 1km off Route 291, just by the side of Prefecture Road 474.

It is geographically to the east of central Ojiya city and to the south of Nagaoka city.

Ojiya IC is the closest IC exit on the Kanetsu Expressway but Koshi Kogen can also be approached from a number of other exits on the same expressway.

>> More information on Kanetsu Expressway
There is a car park for 250 vehicles by the base of Koshi Kogen. Parking is free every day of the season.

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