Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki Bus Station
Located in the Hasuike area of Shiga Kogen, the Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki (pronounced ‘yama-no-e-ki’), is one the primary transport hubs for the ski resort and a stop on all express bus services from Nagano Station – see below for details.
Shiga Kogen is Japan’s largest resort. Offering an unmatched expanse of interconnected terrain, Shiga is an ideal destination for skiers and snowboarders looking for a multi-day resort with reliable snow – including some of Nagano’s best powder.
At this time, the Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki is primarily used as a bus stop. Inside the building you will find a café, shop selling souvenirs, snacks and drinks, a waiting room and public toilets.
In winter, ski and snowboard rental is also available inside and lift passes can be purchased here.
The building is currently undergoing renovation including the installation of a new gondola that will connect Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki/Hasuike to the bottom of the Giant ski field/course. This development represents a major change to the building and available facilities.
As that development nears completion and we can confirm all new facilities, we will update this page. It is important to note that there is no train station in or directly servicing Shiga Kogen. The nearest station to the resort is Yudanaka Station – the terminus of the Nagano Dentetsu (Nagaden) Railway Line running from Nagano Station. Yudanaka is also the nearest train station to the Jigokudani Monkey Park.
Visitors choosing to come to Yudanaka by train, can then switch to the local Nagaden bus line, stopping at Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki (as explained below). Further information can also be found on our ‘How to: Getting to Shiga Kogen using public transport’ page.
Known f0r its reliable snow and long season – in fact, the longest in Nagano – and its Olympic pedigree, Shiga Kogen is very much established as a winter destination. In recent years however, visitors have also been discovering all it has to offer in outside of winter including excellent hiking trails and nature photography.
Bus services to and from Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki operate all year round with some variation in timetables.
Bus services to & from Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki
The Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki is serviced by two bus services:
1 / Nagaden Express Bus from/to Nagano Station
2 / Shiga Kogen Local Bus from/to Yudanaka Station
We hope the following information helps with planning your visit.
Nagaden Express Bus from/to Nagano Station
Operating from Bus Stop No.23 outside the East Exit of Nagano Station, the Nagaden Snow Monkey/Shiga Kogen Express Bus connects Nagano to Shiga Kogen – via the monkey park – with various stops in the resort including Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki Bus Station.
The journey typically takes around 70 minutes – slightly longer in winter due to weather and road conditions – and costs JPY1800-JPY2100 one-way (depending on which area of Shiga you want to go to). For the daily schedule to and from Shiga Kogen, please see our ‘Nagaden Shiga Kogen Express Bus Timetable’ page.
Shiga Kogen Local Bus from/to Yudanaka Station
Visitors heading to Shiga Kogen via Yudanaka Station, will need to switch to the local Nagaden Shiga Kogen Bus line upon arrival at the station. Regular services connect Yudanaka Station to Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki in approximately 30 minutes – slightly longer in winter due to weather and road conditions – and costs JPY850 one-way*.
*local buses can be used free of charge within Shiga Kogen between the Sun Valley and Okushiga stops, including to/from Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki. In winter, this service allows skiers and snowboarders to move quickly between distant areas of the resort.
Snow Monkey Resorts pickup point
In winter, both our 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour and 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snowmobiling in Shiga Kogen Tour can be joined at Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki. Including morning activities in Shiga Kogen followed by lunch and early afternoon visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park, our tours an enjoyable and convenient way to enjoy the best of Nagano winter.
If required, return transport can also be arranged to Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki or other drop-off points in the resort.
Please check the specific tour including its start time and exact pickup point as described on the tour page. We ask that guests wait inside the bus terminal and look-out for the Snow Monkey Resorts sign.
Private Tours & Charters from/to Shiga Kogen
Based in Nagano City and operating all year round, we are Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, offering a range of services including group tours, private tours and charters.
Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule including transport to and from any ski resort in the region.
We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!
Why choose us?
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