PREVIEW The ski slopes open December to March.
The ski slopes are 25 minutes away from Iiyama Station by bus. You can arrive there in about 15 minutes from the center of town.
Of course there is a fine powder snow worth boasting of. This wide ski slope boasts 7 lifts and 13 different courses where you can enjoy some serious skiing.
In the middle of the slope, there is an 870 meter “pioneer course” aimed at advanced skiers whose maximum grade of 45 degrees will test your courage and nerves. It is only open on the weekends and Thursdays. You wanna try?
I took the city tour bus to the popular Maguse hot springs. How about this wonderful view? The men’s and women’s baths are separated so you can enjoy the hot springs with ease.
In the hot springs located inside this building, you can enjoy the baths together, too! You can even enter if you have a tattoo!
After getting out of the hot springs, you are encouraged to try the specialty buckwheat noodles, oden “fish stew”, or ice cream. If you decide to spend the night at the inn, hotel staff can pick you up from the hot springs.
Here you can experience making buckwheat noodles, called “soba” in Japanese. They are a traditional Japanese meal that is a specialty of both Kijimadaira and Nagano Prefecture.
You can boil the noodles you make right at the site and have a taste! They smell delicious and taste even better!
uchiyama washi, the traditional handmade paper of Kijimadaira
These are shoji ?traditional paper doors-- that you often see in Japanese homes and ryokan. You can experience making this traditional Japanese paper, too.
Would you like to make a postcard and write about your travels?