is located on the western side of Mt Azumaya in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. The Yellow Line lift operates on weekends and holidays. Sugadaira Kogen
is close by.
In April 2018, it looked like Minenohara Kogen was not going to open for the 2018-2019 season. There was encouraging news in August 2018 about a company taking it over with a chance of opening for 2018-2019... and it is happening, with a planned opening date of 22nd December 2018. More details coming soon.
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.