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SHIGA KOGEN: INFO ABOUT SKIING/SNOWBOARDING
  • 2017.10.31

    SHIGA KOGEN: INFO ABOUT SKIING/SNOWBOARDING

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    As the largest ski resort in Japan, Shiga Kogen lies in the north of Nagano, a region known for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics. Comprised of 18 ski areas, the resort has varying terrain and slopes suitable for all levels, from beginners to advanced, and all connected by more than 50 chairlifts and 4 gondolas.

     

    Particularly popular with locals due to the reliability and quality of its powder snow, Shiga also boasts Japan’s highest chair-lifted ski run at 2307 meters!

     

     

    Ski Season Duration

     

    Shiga’s higher elevation blesses it with the longest season of any Nagano resort. The official opening date for all ski areas is early December – celebrated by the resort’s opening ceremony – but the the highest ski areas including Kumanoya and Yokoteyama typically open in mid to late-November.

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    The final day of the season is the last day of Golden Week (a run of Japanese national holidays) at the beginning of May with plenty of fun and great powderinbetween!

    Shiga Kogen winter skiing landscape

    More detailed information about Shiga Kogen’s season can be found at the following blog article: SHIGA KOGEN: START & END OF SKI/SNOWBOARD SEASON.

     

    Opening Hours of Slopes

     

    Operating hours through winter are typically 8:30 to 16:30 but can change depending on the particular piste or weather conditions on the day.

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    Shiga-kogen ski area

     

    Ski Ticket Price

     

    All 18 ski areas are skiable with one all-mountain/common ticket with varying prices depending on the length of validity. Passes can be purchased at ticket windows in all areas of the resort and accept credit card other than at Shibutoge and Kidoike:

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    *Prices are subject to change, so please consider the table as an indication.
    Multiday Ski Tickets
    For visitors staying longer and wanting to get the most out of their time in Shiga Kogen on ‘Ski Safari’, there are mutliple ‘Super Pass’ options offering good savings:
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    *Prices are subject to change, so please consider the table an indication.
    Point system
    If you think you’re not going to ride that many lifts and gondolas, Shiga Kogen offers visitors a Point Card allowing you to access the resorts 52 ski lifts and gondolas on a per use basis. You can choose between 20 and 50 points, with chairlifts charging 2 to 6 points and gondolas between 6 to 9 points depending on the length of the ride.

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    Points only remain valid for one season and cannot be reimbursed if unused. So break at the pencil and paper and work-out if this option makes sense for you… it just might!

     

    Off-piste/backcountry Skiing

     

    For those seeking off-piste skiing/boarding, head to the Okushiga Kogen ski area. As one of the highest and most beautiful areas of Shiga, backcountry is permitted but only when accompanied by a guide. This restriction is for your safety with the beauty and temptation of backcountry in Shiga belying the risk and danger associated with straying off-piste. Don’t take any risks and follow the rules – they are there for your safety.

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    Looking for a guide? Contact Okushiga directly and they’ll sort you out with an experienced guide to help you get the most out of your backcountry adventure in Shiga!

     

    Night Skiing/Snowboarding

     

    One of the best features of Japan’s ski resorts are the ‘Nighters’ – night ski runs. Less expensive than daytime skiing – ranging from JPY1600 JPY2000 JPY for adults with children are free at many areas or (at most) charged JPY1000 – nighters typically operate from 18:00 to 20:00 or 21:00 depending on the specific ski run and of course, weather conditions.

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    For visitors using a Point Card, please note that it does not cover nighters and you would be required to buy an additional pass.

     

    Rental Service

     

    There are multiple locations in Shiga Kogen where you can rent ski gear with most in-hous within hotels. Snowcan is one of the few independent stores in Shiga Kogen, renting ski and snowboard gear and all necessary clothing.

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    Multi-day Ski Packages

     

    Snow Monkey Resorts is Nagano’s No.1 Tour operator, offering both 3 night/4 day and 5 night/6 day ski and snowboard packages in Shiga Kogen – the most convenient way to get the most out of your winter adventure in Japan!

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    Including all-mountain lift passes for the duration of your stay, accommodation at Hotel Mount Shiga, a fine dining experience at ‘Hotaru-tei’ (one of the region’s most renowned restaurants), guided visit to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, and transport from/to JR Nagano Station, our convenient packages take the hassle out of planning your trip and combine the best of Shiga Kogen with all that this beautiful region has to offer!

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    Bus Service

     

    A free shuttle bus service connects all areas of the resort throught the day. Opearting from early December until the last day of Golden Week in early May, these buses are the most convenient way to get from one end of the resort to everywhere inbetween!

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    Further information about the shuttle service and access of Shiga Kogen can be found at our article: HOW TO GET TO SHIGA KOGEN BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.

     

    Snow Monkey Resorts Charters

     

    Locally-based and fully accredited, Snow Monkey Resorts is Nagano’s most reliable charter operator operating a range of vehicles suitable for individuals, couples, and families, and groups of up to 44 individuals.

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    Charters can be arranged from any point of origin including central Tokyo and its airports, JR Nagano Station, between other ski resorts, or any other location of your choosing.

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    For further information regarding your options please refer to our Charter Services page. Let us worry about the roads and your luggage, so you can focus on what you came here for – mountains, powder, and the endless runs of Shiga Kogen!