is located in the far south eastern area of Yonezawa city in Yamagata Prefecture, right by the border with Fukushima Prefecture. Access from Fukushima city is easy using Route 13. This ski hill first opened in 1967.
After a difficult 2015-2016 season, in November 2016 it was announced that Kuriko Kokusai would not be opening for the 2016-2017 season. The official reasons being 'circumstance and lack of preparations'. There was the intention of re-opening for 2017-2018 season, it did not happen and as of October 2018 there does not seem to be any encouraging news regarding a possible re-opening.
Yamagata Prefecture is located in the south-west part of Tohoku with the west coast facing the Sea of Japan. The boundaries of Yamagata Prefecture are all mountainous with Niigata Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture to the south, Akita Prefecture to the north and Miyagi Prefecture to the east. The ski and snowboard ski hills in Yamagata range from very small one-lift local hills to the biggest individual ski resort in Japan (Zao Onsen
) and are spread across the Prefecture.