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Shiga Kogen
  • Shiga Kogen: Japan's largest ski resort

    Shiga Kogen is the largest resort in Japan with 19 interconnected ski areas serviced by 52 chair lifts and gondolas

  • Venue for the 1998 Winter Olympics

    Shiga Kogen hosted several events at the 1998 Winter Olympics including alpine skiing and snowboarding.

  • Some of the best powder in Japan

    Known as "crystal powder" by the locals, Shiga Kogen is renowned for the reliability and quality of its snow

  • Japan's highest chairlift ski runs

    With more than 960 meters of vertical - between 2307 and 1340 meters - Shiga Kogen affords an abundance of terrain and stunning panoramic views

  • Joshinestu Kogen National Park

    Declared a 'Biosphere Conservation Area (Eco Park)' by UNESCO in 1981, the mountains are a mecca for nature enthusiasts and photographers

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Shiga Kogen

Part of the expansive Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, Shiga Kogen is a mountainous region of stunning beauty and ecological importance. In winter, the mountains are inundated by heavy snowfall – more than 12 meters per year – turning the landscape powder white and beckoning visitors to Japan (and Asia’s) largest area of interconnected snow fields – 19 ski areas serviced by 52 chairlifts and gondolas. Known for some of the best powder snow in Japan, Shiga Kogen is a true winter paradise – the proud host venue of several events during the 1998 Winter Olympics.Outside of winter Shiga Kogen is a mecca for nature lovers, photographers, hikers, and other summer sports ethusiasts. Declared a UNESCO ‘Biosphere Conservation Area’ in recognition of its ecological importance and diversity of flora and fauna, Shiga Kogen tempts visitors with as many reasons to visit outside of winter as it does in the months of powder white for which it is best known.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Shiga Kogen Ski Resort

    Located around 45km from central Nagano ...
  • Shiga Kogen: 15 Things To Do In Winter & Where To Stay

    Boasting Japan's highest chairlifts at 2...
  • Joshinetsu Kogen National Park

    Stretching across Nagano, Niigata and Gu...
  • Shiga Kogen Ski Resort Central Area

    Comprising approximately 35 ski runs ser...
  • Where To Stay In & Around Shiga Kogen?

    As Japan's largest ski resort, Shiga...
  • Dinner at Japanese Dining GOEN with Free shuttle service from Shiga Kogen & Kanbayashi Onsen

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ACCESS

  • How To Get To Shiga Kogen – Nagano Ski Resorts Info

    Located approximately 45KM (1 hour drive...

TOURS

  • 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun In Shiga Kogen

    This exciting one-day tour combines a visit t…
  • [START FROM SHIGA KOGEN] Private Snow Monkey Tour

    Located nearby the Snow Monkey Park and aro…
  • 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snowmobiling in Shiga Kogen

    This enjoyable one-day tour combines a mornin…

ACTIVITIES

HOTELS

RESTAURANTS

EVENT

  • Snow Monkey Beer Live

    Mid-March (check website for detail…

  • Shiga Kogen Extreme Trail Run

    Mid-October (check website for exac…

  • Shiga Kogen Mountain Trail Run

    Mid-July (check website for exact d…

  • Daija Festival inc. Miss Shiga Kogen Competition

    Third weekend of August

BLOG

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  • #TRAVELTOMORROW: Introducing Hotel Sunny Shiga – Perfectly Positioned when Exploring Japan’s Largest Ski Resort

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  • Snow Monkey Resorts Winter Tours & Charters

    From all of us at Snow Monkey Resorts, we w...
  • #SNOWMONKEYRESORTSLOCAL: Accommodation & Ski Packages in Nagano for Winter 2020/21

    As Nagano’s No.1-rated tour operator, we...
  • Snow Report January 2020: Where’s the Best Snow in Nagano this Winter?

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  • SNOW MONKEY RESORTS WINTER TOURS & CHARTERS! START PLANNING YOUR NAGANO SKI & SNOWBOARD ADVENTURE FOR WINTER 2019/20!

    Winter is never far away – or at least ne...
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    With the snow now falling in Nagano we a...
  • HOTARU-TEI: JAPANESE DINING & LUNCH IN A 160-YEAR-OLD MANSION

    Newly opened Japanese restaurant Hotaru-tei i...
  • Shiga Kogen’s Central Area: a Resort Within a Resort!

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  • Shiga Kogen: Explore Japan’s Largest Mountain Resort on ‘Ski Safari’

    Maruike & Sunvalley [Yellow Zone]The...
  • COMBINE THE SNOW MONKEYS WITH AUTUMN LEAVES IN SHIGA KOGEN AND LUXURY RYOKAN VISIT

    Viewing autumn leaves, called koyo in Japanes...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: BIGGER, HIGHER, BETTER!

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  • Shiga Kogen Travel Tips: Hotel Mount Shiga

    Nestled within an expansive mountain range kn...
  • RECOMMENDED WINTER ITINERARIES AROUND THE SNOW MONKEY PARK: LUXURY RYOKAN, WINTER SPORTS & ONSEN

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    The snow monkey region is famous for its nume...
  • Shiga Kogen: 79 Courses, 51 Chairlifts/Gondolas & 18 Ski Areas Covered by 1 Common Ticket

    There are many reasons to choose Japan f...
  • SHIGA KOGEN POWDER REPORT: ICHINOSE FAMILY TREE RUN

    Another favorite area in Shiga Kogen for love...
  • SHIGA KOGEN POWDER REPORT – TERAKOYA TREE RUN

    This winter season (2017/2018) in Shiga Kogen...
  • 1998 Nagano Olympics Pt.2: Ski Resorts 1998

    With the recent completion of the XXIII Oly...
  • SHIGA KOGEN SNOW UPDATE: DECEMBER 15TH 2017

    It's been snowing steadily in the Snow Monkey...
  • SHIGA KOGEN SNOW UPDATE: December 3rd 2017

    The season has turned, it`s now December, and...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: BEST VIEWS YOU CAN WITNESS IN SKI SAFARI

    Shiga Kogen, with its high altitude, has a fe...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: FIRST SNOW FESTIVAL

    When the first snow starts falling from the s...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: WHAT TO DO IN SUMMER

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  • SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE SNOW MONKEY AREA

    Even though this region is called the Snow Mo...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: SKIING IN SPRING

    Skiing season in Japan usually ends around th...
  • WHAT TO DO WHEN TAKING A BREAK FROM SKIING/SNOW BOARDING

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  • AUTUMN IN JAPAN

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