is located in the southern region of Tokamachi city in Niigata Prefecture. It is normally only open on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays - but even on those days, Nakasato Kiyotsu is often rather quiet. Visitors to Nakasato Kiyotsu often notice how similar the Village House base building looks like the buildings at the Joetsu Kokusai
resort in nearby Minamiuonuma, as well as the curious mention of Joetsu Kokusai on some of the signs and even on the quad lift. It appears the reason for this is that the original plan was for Nakasato Kiyotsu to actually be part of the Joetsu Kokusai resort - but those original plans didn't work out. It is interesting to see how the visual Joetsu Kokusai connections still remain even now.
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.