Iiyama Kita Hokuryu Onsen Family
was a small ski hill located close to Nozawa Onsen
, but actually part of Iiyama city in the north-eastern region of Nagano Prefecture.
Unfortunately, the 2017-2018 season was the last for this struggling ski-jo. After 55 years of operation, it has now closed.
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.