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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 – 15 THINGS TO DO IN WINTER AT JAPAN’S LARGEST SKI RESORT

    Known as the ski resort with the highest alti...
  • SHIGA KOGEN CENTRAL AREA GENERAL INFORMATION

    Comprising approximately 50 ski runs serv...
  • 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

    Highlights: Visit the world-famous Snow M…
  • 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS & SNOWMOBILING IN SHIGA KOGEN

    Highlights: Visit the world-famous Snow M…
  • SHIGA KOGEN SKI / SNOWBOARD & SNOW MONKEY PACKAGE TOUR

    Inclusions   ・All-mountain lift ticke…
  • [START FROM NAGANO CITY] PRIVATE SNOW MONKEY TOUR

    Home to the world-famous Snow Monkeys of J…
  • [START FROM SHIGA KOGEN] PRIVATE SNOW MONKEY TOUR

    Located nearby the Snow Monkey Park and ar…

HOTELS

  • Hotel Mount Shiga

    Hotel Mount Shiga is a hotel based in S…
  • Hotel Grand Phenix Okushiga

    If you’re a snow sports lover, st…
  • Hotel Sunny Shiga

    Located directly across from the Takama…
  • Shiga Kogen Area

    The Shiga Kogen Highlands was the stage…

RESTAURANTS

  • ETHNIC BEER RESTAURANT KAMOSHIKA

    Come to Hotel Japan Shiga in Shiga …
  • WAGYU YAKINIKU IKARIYA

    If you are a fan of high-quality, d…
  • 200° CAFE

    This cafe is found in Higashidate, …
  • YOKOTE DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT

    The restaurant Yokote Drive-in has …
  • YAMA NO EKI RESTAURANT

    Yama no Eki is a restaurant/resting…
  • RESTAURANT DAKE KANBA

    Restaurant Dake Kanba is located ri…
  • REST HOUSE TERAKOYA

    Rest House Terakoya is located in T…
  • CAFE & RESTAURANT ROCKY

    Just 30 steps (a stone throw) away …
  • SHIGA KOGEN: CRUMPET CAFE

    The Crumpet Cafe in Shiga Kogen is …
  • ESPOA

    Right next to the Ichinose Family s…
  • SPORTS BAR SNOW BIRD

    At Shiga Kogen’s Ichinose you…
  • MONT MOI

    The restaurant Mont Moi is attached…
  • BELL D'OR

    At the foot of the slope of Kumanoy…
  • MT. BAKERY

    At the peak of Mount Yokote you can…
  • CHAMOIS

    Chamois is found just before the en…
  • GREEN PEPPER

    Green Pepper is part of Hotel Sunny…

ACTIVITY

  • SNOW FUN PARK

    We have an amazing amount of snowfall in t…
  • [SKI/SNOWBOARD] SHIGA KOGEN - CENTRAL AREA

    The central area (also on the map in the c…
  • SHIGA KOGEN: SNOWDRIVE & SNOWSCOOT

    If you are looking for a fun and easy acti…
  • SHIGA KOGEN: PADDLE-BOARDING

    Nagano is blessed with beauty and a wealth…
  • SHIGA KOGEN: INTERNATIONAL SKI SCHOOL

    If you want to learn more about sliding ov…
  • SHIGA KOGEN: GET A MASSAGE

    Especially in winter, when people are in S…
  • SHIGA KOGEN: YOKOTEYAMA SUMMER SKI-LIFT

    One of the popular things to do in Shiga K…
  • [SKI/SNOWBOARD] SHIGA KOGEN - YOKOTEYAMA AREA

    Yokoteyama area is on the top right of the…
  • [SKI/SNOWBOARD] SHIGA KOGEN - OKUSHIGA & YAKEBITAI AREA

    This area when looking at the map is at th…
  • SNOWSHOE WALKING

    Would you like to leisurely stroll through…
  • SKI / SNOWBOARD RENTAL

    Skiing and snowboarding is incredibly fun …
  • WALL OF SNOW

    The route between Shiga Kogen and Kusatsu …
  • SHIGA KOGEN: HIKING THE LAKE COURSE

    This trekking course shows off the vast be…
  • SEE LAKE ONUMA-IKE

    Lake Onuma (大沼池) in the Shiga-kogen Highla…
  • EXCHANGING FOREIGN CURRENCY AT SHIGA KOGEN

    It has been made possible to exchange fore…

EVENT

  • SNOW MONKEY BEER LIVE

    Middle of March

    If you love beer and dancing then …
  • SHIGA KOGEN EXTREME TRAIL RUN

    Every year Shiga Kogen is the scen…
  • SHIGA KOGEN TRAIL RUN

    Do you like to run or engage in tr…
  • DAIJA FESTIVAL + MISS SHIGA KOGEN

    Third weekend of August

    The Daija Festival is a three-day …

BLOG

  • WHERE TO STAY IN SHIGA KOGEN: ICHINOSE, OKUSHIGA OR SUN VALLEY?

    Shiga Kogen, the largest and highest ski r...
  • COMBINING SNOW MONKEY RESORTS SKI PACKAGES & PRIVATE CHARTERS: RECOMMENDED MULTI-RESORT SKI TOURS IN NAGANO!

    As recently featured, Shiga Kogen is n...
  • GET MORE OUT OF YOUR WINTER ADVENTURE IN JAPAN: PRIVATE CHARTERS TO, FROM & BETWEEN ANY NAGANO SKI RESORT!

    Host of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Naga...
  • MULTIDAY SKI PACKAGES AT SHIGA KOGEN: NAGANO’S BIGGEST, BEST & NEXT MUST-DO SKI RESORT!

    Nestled high above the Snow Monkey Par...
  • 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...
  • RECOMMENDED TRAILS IN NAGANO PART 1: MOUNTAIN TRAILS

    Here in Nagano during the the month of May...
  • NAGANO SKI RESORTS INFO – WHICH ARE THE HIGHEST SKI RESORTS IN JAPAN?

    Japan's winters are legendary. A combinati...
  • NAGANO SKI RESORTS INFO – WHICH ARE THE LONGEST SKI RUNS IN NAGANO?

    As host of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagan...
  • FUN IN THE NAGANO SNOW? JOIN OUR 1-DAY SNOW MONKEYS & SNOW FUN IN SHIGA KOGEN!

    With the snow now falling in Nagano we...
  • 9 THINGS TO DO IN NAGANO THIS WINTER

      We are now officially into w...
  • HOTARU-TEI: JAPANESE DINING & LUNCH IN A 160-YEAR-OLD MANSION

    Newly opened Japanese restaurant Hotaru-te...
  • SHIGA KOGEN’S CENTRAL AREA: A RESORT WITHIN A RESORT!

    As Japan’s largest ski resort, Shiga K...
  • 3-DAY ITINERARY: NAGANO PREFECTURE HIGHLIGHTS

    Nagano Prefecture is one of the biggest pr...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: EXPLORE JAPAN’S LARGEST MOUNTAIN RESORT ON “SKI SAFARI”

    Consisting of 18 ski areas - some larg...
  • COMBINE THE SNOW MONKEYS WITH AUTUMN LEAVES IN SHIGA KOGEN AND LUXURY RYOKAN VISIT

    Viewing autumn leaves, called koyo in Japa...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: NAGANO’S BIGGEST & BEST SKI RESORT!

    With more than 30 independent ski resorts,...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: BIGGER, HIGHER, BETTER!

    With winter fast approaching it's time to ...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: SKIING IN NAGANO VS HOKKAIDO

    Unless you're flush with cash and time and...
  • SHIGA KOGEN TRAVEL TIPS: HOTEL MOUNT SHIGA

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

    The prime time to visit Nagano Prefecture ...
  • THE 3 BEST ‘ONSENS’ (HOT SPRINGS) NEAR THE SNOW MONKEY PARK

    The snow monkey region is famous for its n...
  • STAYING OVERNIGHT AT THE SNOW MONKEY AREA: 9 THINGS TO DO

    Many visitors headed to this region see th...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: 79 COURSES, 51 CHAIRLIFTS/GONDOLAS & 18 SKI AREAS COVERED BY 1 COMMON TICKET

    There are many reasons to choose Japan for...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: THE BEST POWDER IN NAGANO!

    When planning your ski or snowboard trip t...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: A PERFECT DESTINATION FOR NATURE LOVERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS

    Shiga Kogen is situated in a broader mount...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: INTRODUCING THE HIGASHITATEYAMA SKI AREA & GONDOLA

    Conveniently located in the central area o...
  • BACKCOUNTRY SKIING RULES IN SHIGA KOGEN

    Backcountry skiing is one of the great att...
  • SKI SEASON JAPAN 2018/19: JAPAN’S LARGEST SKI RESORT – SHIGA KOGEN

    While the sun is shining here in Yamanouch...
  • SHIGA KOGEN POWDER REPORT: ICHINOSE FAMILY TREE RUN

    Another favorite area in Shiga Kogen for l...
  • RECOMMENDED NAGANO SKI RESORTS

    Nagano Prefecture is home to the major...
  • SHIGA KOGEN POWDER REPORT – TERAKOYA TREE RUN

    This winter season (2017/2018) in Shiga Ko...
  • 1998 NAGANO OLYMPICS: SKI RESORTS

    With the recent completion of the XXIII Ol...
  • INTRODUCING SHIGA KOGEN’S ICHINOSE VILLAGE

    If you're thinking of heading to Shiga Kog...
  • SHIGA KOGEN SNOW UPDATE: DECEMBER 15TH 2017

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

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

    Shiga Kogen, with its high altitude, has a...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: INFO ABOUT SKIING/SNOWBOARDING

    As the largest ski resort in Japan, Sh...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: SKI AND SNOWBOARD RENTALS

    If you didn't bring any snow gear with y...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: FIRST SNOW FESTIVAL

    When the first snow starts falling from th...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: START & END OF SKI/SNOWBOARD SEASON

    The temperature is quickly dropping day by...
  • HOW TO GET TO SHIGA KOGEN BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

    If you intend to visit Shiga Kogen - Japan...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: LAKE HIKING COURSE

    Shiga Kogen has a great number of hiking c...
  • SHIGA KOGEN: WHAT TO DO IN SUMMER

    The Shiga Kogen Highlands are most know kn...
  • SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE SNOW MONKEY AREA

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

    Skiing season in Japan usually ends around...
  • SKI AREAS OF SHIGA KOGEN: YOKOTEYAMA AREA (3/3)

    Shiga Kogen is the biggest ski resort in J...
  • SKI AREAS OF SHIGA KOGEN: OKUSHIGA & YAKEBITAI AREA (2/3)

    Shiga Kogen is the biggest ski resort in J...
  • SKI AREAS OF SHIGA KOGEN: CENTRAL AREA (1/3)

    Shiga Kogen is the biggest ski resort in J...
  • COMPARING SKI RESORTS IN JAPAN

    Skiing or snowboarding in Japan is a lot o...
  • WHAT TO DO WHEN TAKING A BREAK FROM SKIING/SNOW BOARDING

    When coming to the Shiga Kogen, participat...
  • THE REASON WHY SHIGA KOGEN’S SNOW QUALITY IS SO GOOD

    When it comes to skiing and snowboarding, ...
  • SHIGA KOGEN SKI RESORTS – INTRODUCTION

    Do you love to ski or snowboard? Then Shig...
  • WINTER IS COMING: SNOW MONKEY VERSION

    Autumn is only just starting, but here in ...
  • AUTUMN IN JAPAN

      Watching the reds, oranges a...
  • SHIGA KOGEN – INTRODUCTION

    On the basis of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosp...
  • THINGS TO DO AROUND JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK

    Welcome to Snow Monkey Resorts in Nagano, ...
  • WHAT IS SNOW MONKEY RESORTS ?

    “Snow Monkey Resorts” refers to numerous r...