• May 19, 2017


    ‘Ryoan-ji’ or the ‘Temple of the Dragon at Peace’ is one of the seventeen sites making-up the Word Heritage-listed ‘Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto’. Once an aristocrat’s residence, Ryoan-ji ...
  • May 8, 2019

    Discover the Spirit of the 1998 Olympics

    Long known for its huge snowfall and world-class skiing, Nagano was the proud host of the 1988 Winter Olympics – a legacy which lives on today! As the first Games to include snowboarding as a medaled...
  • May 5, 2019

    Winter in Shiga Kogen

    Located a short distance from the Jigokdani Monkey Park, Shiga Kogen can lay claim to being Japan’s largest and highest ski resort. Spread between five mountain peaks, Shiga offers visitors an unparal...
  • May 2, 2019

    Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki (Mountain Station)

    Located in the Hasuike area of Shiga Kogen, the Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki - pronounced ‘yama-no-eh-ki' and translating as 'mountain station' - is one the primary transport hubs for the ski resort....
  • May 2, 2019

    Shiga Kogen: Central Area

    Comprising approximately 50 ski runs serviced by 30 chairlifts and 1 gondola, Shiga Kogen’s Central Area is by itself larger than most Japanese resorts and your gateway to the entire resort. With the...
  • March 11, 2017

    Shiga Kogen: Okushiga & Yakebitai Area

    This area when looking at the map is at the far left corner. The area consists out of two different ski resorts, the Okushiga Ski Area and the Yakebitaiyama - or just 'Yakebtitai' - Ski Area. Of ...
  • March 11, 2017

    Shiga Kogen: Yokoteyama & Kumanoyu Area

    Yokoteyama area is on the top right of the map and it exists out of the Yokoteyama Ski Area, Kumanoyu Ski Area and Kidoike Ski Area among a few others. This area has just like the other two main ...
  • May 2, 2019

    Snowmobiling in Shiga Kogen

    Snow mobiles are often used in Shiga Kogen's heavy-snow area for patrolling up in the mountains or for rescue purposes. The snow mobile is also used in a different, more entertaining way: for out...
  • May 2, 2019

    Shiga Kogen Maruike Snow Activity Park

    Located in the Maruike ski fields – some of the earliest ski areas you come to when arriving in Shiga Kogen Ski Resort – the Maruike Snow Activity Park is one of two dedicated play areas popular ...