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. On this page you will find the following information:
Offering an unmatched expanse of interconnected terrain, Shiga Kogen is Japan’s largest ski resort and an ideal destination for skiers and snowboarders looking for a multi-day resort with Nagano’s most reliable snow conditions.
SHIGA KOGEN YAMANOEKI OVERVIEW
Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki is the most convenient access point and gateway to Shiga Kogen Ski Resort and surrounding Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. 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. Located next to the building, the ‘Pulse Gondola’ is one of five gondolas in the overall resort, connecting the Yamanoeki/Hasuike ski fileds to the bottom of the Giant ski field/course. When approaching Shiga Kogen from Nagano City, this is the first gondola you will come to making it a convenient gateway into the overall resort. Prices for lift-passes are as follows:
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 Get to Shiga Kogen’ page. Known for 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
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
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*. Information about using local bus services can also be found on our ‘Nagaden Local Bus’ page including timetables and fares.
*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.
SHIGA KOGEN SKI RESORT: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
Located around 45km to the east of Nagano City, Shiga Kogen is Japan’s largest and highest ski resort, boasting an unmatched expanse of interconnected terrain and Nagano’s longest ski season. All the ski fields of Shiga Kogen are covered by an all-mountain pass and best enjoyed on a multi-day visit. Shiga’s ski fields lie between 1340 and 2307 metres and as such, are notably higher than any other resort in the region and ideally-suited to beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. For a complete run-down of what’s on offer in Shiga, see our ‘Shiga Kogen Ski Resort’ page.
ACCOMMODATION & SKI PACKAGES IN SHIGA KOGEN
Based in Nagano and operating all year round, we are a registered travel agent, tour and charter operator offering a full-suite of winter services including ski/snowboard packages, accommodation, lift passes, private charters and a range of tours including both group and private options covering Shiga Kogen. Accommodation is dotted across the resort’s expansive 600ha of terrain with the nearby hot spring villages of Kanbayashi Onsen, Shibu Onsen and Yudanaka Onsen offering a great alternative for visitors wanting to enjoy Japan’s ‘onsen’ culture – PLAN & BOOK IN SHIGA NOW!
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For guests wanting to access the resorts in the comfort of their own transport, we can arrange a private tour or charter customised to fit your needs, starting and ending at any destination including from/to Nagano Station and any resort in the region. 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 schedule.
All vehicles are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety. 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!
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