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, two hundred macaques or "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. You'll never forget their expressions as they enjoy the warmth of the water. Take a camera!
Yokoteyama is Japan's highest ski field with stunning 360° panoramic views at the summit of the Shibu-toge pass.
When the weather is clear, you can see all the way to Mount Fuji.
"Snow monsters," trees covered with wind-driven snow, create a dramatic winter landscape. You can enjoy view while snacking on freshly-baked bread from Japan's highest bakery!
Vessel, one of the largest Ropeways in the world, can carry up to 166 passengers. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the Northern Japanese Alps.
YUDANAKA & SHIBU SPAS
Yudanaka & Shibu Spas are the most widely known hot springs that lie at the base of the vast Shiga Kogen ski area.
Shibu retains the feel of an old onsen town with its narrow streets and traditional architecture.
Visitors are free to wander between the nine soto-yu public baths said to ease worries and bring good health. When night falls, you can feast on delicious Japanese fare accompanied by the lilting sound of the shamisen, or Japanese lute.
Relax with the complete onsen experience!
NEW SPORTS SNOWDRIVE
Try a new way of skiing with the "Snow Drive" ski system, invented here in Japan! It is easy and safe, so kids and adults alike can enjoy carving down the mountain. Now available for rental at the Ichinose Diamond Snow Field in Shigakogen.