Introduction to Shiga Kogen Ski Resort and Joshin'etsu Kogen National ParkIntroduction to Shiga Kogen Ski Resort and Joshin'etsu Kogen National Park

Japan’s Premier Ski Resort Destination

Sprawling throughout the stunningly beautiful Joshin’etsu Kogen National Park is Shiga Kogen, the largest ski resort in Japan. How large? With 19 interlinked ski areas and more than 50 lifts and gondolas, it would take days to experience them all. Easily accessed from Nagano City by direct express bus, Shiga Kogen is one of the premier resorts in Japan. The season lasts from late November to early May. With altitudes ranging between 1300m and 2300m, it offers some of the best snow conditions and scenic terrain to be found anywhere.


An area-wide lift pass allows you to ride on all of the lifts and gondolas at each ski area and you can take free shuttle buses running between the interconnected slopes as well.


The Snow Monkeys and Hot Springs

The world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park is found at the foot of Shiga Kogen, where people from all over the world visit to see the wild monkeys bathing in a natural hot spring. You’ll never get tired of watching them bathing happily and grooming each other. And when you feel the cold and want to bathe in a hot spring of your own, there are plenty in nearby Yamanouchi Town to warm you up.


There truly is an adventure waiting for everyone.


See below for Shiga Kogen resort lift information, snow reports, and more.

SUNVALLEY

Vertical
170m
Lifts
3
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MARUIKE

Vertical
100m
Lifts
2
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MARUIKE
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HASUIKE

Vertical
85m
Lifts
1
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HASUIKE
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GIANT

Vertical
260m
Lifts
1
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GIANT
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HIGASHIDATEYAMA

Vertical
430m
Lifts
1
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HIGASHIDATEYAMA
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HOPPO BUNADAIRA

Vertical
240m
Lifts
2
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HOPPO BUNADAIRA
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TAKAMAGAHARA MAMMOTH

Vertical
230m
Lifts
3
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TAKAMAGAHARA MAMMOTH
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NISHIDATEYAMA

Vertical
400m
Lifts
3
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NISHIDATEYAMA
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TANNE NO MORI OKOJO

Vertical
155m
Lifts
1
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TANNE NO MORI OKOJO
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ICHINOSE FAMILY

Vertical
320m
Lifts
4
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ICHINOSE FAMILY
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TERAKOYA

Vertical
170m
Lifts
2
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TERAKOYA
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ICHINOSE DIAMOND

Vertical
85m
Lifts
2
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ICHINOSE DIAMOND
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ICHINOSE YAMANOKAMI

Vertical
105m
Lifts
1
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ICHINOSE YAMANOKAMI
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YAKEBITAIYAMA

Vertical
450m
Lifts
5
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YAKEBITAIYAMA
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OKUSHIGAKOGEN

Vertical
530m
Lifts
6
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OKUSHIGAKOGEN
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KIDOIKE

Vertical
40m
Lifts
1
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KIDOIKE
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KUMANOYU

Vertical
260m
Lifts
6
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KUMANOYU
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YOKOTEYAMA-SHIBUTOGE

Vertical
600m
Lifts
8
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YOKOTEYAMA-SHIBUTOGE
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KOMARUYAMA

Vertical
400m
Lifts
5
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KOMARUYAMA
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X-JAM TAKAIFUJI

Vertical
350m
Lifts
5
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X-JAM TAKAIFUJI
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YOMASE ONSEN

Vertical
465m
Lifts
4
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YOMASE ONSEN
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RYUO SKI PARK

Vertical
1080m
Lifts
13
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RYUO SKI PARK
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Discover Shiga Kogen ©Grant Gunderson

©Grant Gunderson

DISCOVER SHIGA KOGEN

ENJOY THE PANORAMIC AND
FANTASTIC VIEW OF THE NORTHERN JAPANESE ALPS

Enjoy the Panoramic and Fantastic View of the Northern Japanese Alps

Yudanaka & Shibu Onsen Resort

Shiga Kogen is one of three distinct resort destinations in Yamanouchi Town.


The Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen spas lie at the base of Shiga Kogen, approximately a 30-minute bus ride away. The narrow streets and traditional wooden buildings of Shibu harken back to an earlier Japan. Overnight guests in yukata and wooden sandals walk down cobbled lanes, stopping at Shibu’s nine public bathhouses along the way. These soto-yu baths are free to hotel guests and promote health and relaxation.


Yudanaka Onsen’s history dates back almost 1300 years. Hang around its quiet streets lined with local houses, traditional ryokan inns, bath houses, restaurants, cafés and bars.

Yudanaka & Shibu Onsen Resort

Kita-Shiga Kogen

Kita-Shiga Kogen is adjacent to Yamanouchi Town and home to Ryuo Ski Park, Komaruyama, Yomase, and X-Jam Takai Fuji ski resorts. Enjoy exciting park features at X-Jam and Komaruyama, or ride one of Japan’s largest ropeway cars to the top of Ryuo. Experts love the steep, powdery Kiotoshi courses below the ropeway, and there are several gentle runs at the top surrounded by frosted fir trees. Ryuo also has the Sora Terrace, where you can gaze upon beautiful views including the rare “sea of clouds.”

Kita-Shiga Kogen

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Snow Monkey Park)

The onsen area of Jigokudani, or ‘Hell’s Valley’, attracts visitors from all over the world to see its photogenic residents, the two hundred macaques who are affectionately called ‘snow monkeys’.


Whole families of wild monkeys can be observed up close, playing in the snow or better still fending off the winter cold in their own onsen bath. Their faces as they enjoy the warmth of the water are simply unforgettable. Bring your camera!


>>Jigokudani Yaen-koen (Snow Monkey Park)

Jigokudani Yaen-koen Snow Monkeys ©Grant Gunderson ©Grant Gunderson©Grant Gunderson

Snow Monsters

The summit of Mt. Yokoteyama stands at 2307m, the highest point in Japan with a fixed chair-lift, and offers splendid 360° panoramic views of Shiga Kogen and the Japanese Northern Alps. If the weather permits, you can even see the Sea of Japan and Mt. Fuji. This winter wonderland is also covered in Snow Monsters—trees iced over with wind-driven snow. You can enjoy these beautiful views with coffee and freshly baked crumpets at a café on the mountaintop.

Snow Monsters

At Ease

Most of the hotels in Shiga Kogen are located extremely close to skiing slopes. Enjoy ski-in/ski-out convenience in a quiet, winter paradise. After a few runs in Shiga’s trees and deep powder, make a pit stop at one of its many restaurants to savor local cuisine and craft beer.

At Ease ©Grant Gunderson©Grant Gunderson

Skiline

Shiga Kogen has implemented the ‘Skiline’ gate access system which enables you to access data on your covered vertical and horizontal distances as well as lift use in a simple diagram.


Get your personal Skiline on www.skiline.cc or in the Skiline app.

Skiline