Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki: The Resort’s Mountain Station
As Japan’s largest ski resort, Shiga Kogen offers an expansive area to explore and conquer – around 80 courses, spread over a huge variety of terrain connected by more than 50 chairlifts and gondolas. In total, Shiga Kogen offers around 600 hectares of terrain and 80+ km of trails covered by one all-mountain pass.
Located in the Hasuike ski fields, the Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki is the gateway to the resort with express and local bus services running to and from the building.
For international visitors using Nagaden Snow Monkey/Shiga Kogen Express Bus from Nagano Station and other locations, Yamanoeki is a convenient hub with all services stopping there.
Inside the building visitors can purchase lift passes, arrange ski and snowboard rental or make use of the café/restaurants, waiting areas and in-house shop.
Shiga Kogen is comprised of 18 ski areas – some large, some small – spread between five mountain peaks. The topography and layout of Shiga is reminiscent of European resorts, with ski runs leading into the valleys between the mountains where a seemingly endless expanse of terrain is waiting to be discovered.
As of winter 2020/21, Shiga’s newest ropeway, the ‘Pulse Gondola’ will open and operate from the Yamanoeki building down to the Giant and Hoppo Bundaira ski fields. As such, Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki will become the most convenient launching point from which to enter the resort – Japan and Asia’s largest.
Not only is Shiga Kogen the largest resort in Japan, it is also the highest. Notably higher than nearby resorts, the altitude and topography of the mountain means that Shiga is blessed with Nagano’s best and most reliable powder snow and longest season including spring-skiing through April and (on a good year), into May.
No matter when you visit, Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki is your gateway to Japan’s largest resort. For hotel listings nearby Yamanoeki, please see our ‘Stay in Shiga Kogen: Recommended Accommodation’ page.