Sun Alpina Aokiko
has been closed since the 2009 snow season. This ski hill is directly lift-connected with Kashimayari
to the south and Hakuba Sanosaka
to the north and there used to be a joint lift ticket that covered all three. There has been continued talk of it re-opening but no news at the moment.
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.