Shirakabako Royal Hill (Chino City, Nagano)

Shirakabako Royal Hill
白樺湖ロイヤルヒル (長野県 茅野市)
Planned season: Mid December 2016 until late March 2017
Official snow depth --- [updated on 29th April 2017]

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Shirakaba Royal Hill is located on the south side of Shirakaba Lake in Chino city, in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. This ski hill has and upper area and lower area and the main car park and ski centre is actually located between the two areas. The upper area has the gentler slopes. This ski hill has been operating since 1961.

There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountainous area that stretches from Kirigamine highland and Kurumayama to the north, over to Lake Shirakaba and Mt Tateshina a little further to the east and then Mt Yokodake and the Yatsugatake mountain range further south. This region usually gets a relatively large amount of clearer weather conditions and does not usually receive as much snow as other highland areas. The region is part of the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park and is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The famous Venus Line sightseeing road runs through the area.

Nagano Prefecture is located in the Chubu region of the main island of Honshu. Most of the Northern Alps, Central Alps and Southern Alps are located within Nagano (along with neighbouring prefectures). Nagano has the second highest number of ski and snowboard resorts in all of Japan and they are spread around the whole prefecture. Nagano city and many of the major ski resorts are located in the northern region.

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The Mountain

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Shirakabako Royal Hill Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 40cm 30cm 1st 95cm 50cm 1st 110cm 50cm
2nd - - 2nd 40cm 30cm 2nd 95cm 50cm 2nd 115cm 50cm
3rd - - 3rd 40cm 30cm 3rd 95cm 50cm 3rd 120cm 50cm
4th - - 4th 40cm 30cm 4th 100cm 50cm 4th 120cm 50cm
5th - - 5th 40cm 30cm 5th 100cm 50cm 5th 120cm 50cm
6th - - 6th 40cm 30cm 6th 105cm 50cm 6th 120cm 50cm
7th - - 7th 40cm 30cm 7th 105cm 50cm 7th 120cm 50cm
8th - - 8th 40cm 30cm 8th 105cm 50cm 8th 120cm 50cm
9th - - 9th 50cm 30cm 9th 105cm 50cm 9th 120cm 50cm
10th - - 10th 50cm 30cm 10th 110cm 60cm 10th 120cm 50cm
11th - - 11th 50cm 30cm 11th 110cm 60cm 11th 120cm 45cm
12th - - 12th 50cm 30cm 12th 110cm 60cm 12th 120cm 45cm
13th - - 13th 50cm 30cm 13th 110cm 60cm 13th 130cm 45cm
14th - - 14th 50cm 30cm 14th 110cm 60cm 14th 130cm 50cm
15th 30cm - 15th 70cm 30cm 15th 110cm 60cm 15th 130cm 50cm
16th 30cm 0cm 16th 70cm 30cm 16th 110cm 50cm 16th 130cm 50cm
17th 35cm 0cm 17th 70cm 30cm 17th 110cm 50cm 17th 130cm 50cm
18th 35cm 20cm 18th 70cm 40cm 18th 110cm 50cm 18th 130cm 50cm
19th 35cm 20cm 19th 70cm 50cm 19th 110cm 50cm 19th 130cm 50cm
20th 35cm 20cm 20th 70cm 50cm 20th 110cm 50cm 20th 130cm 45cm
21st 35cm 20cm 21st 85cm 70cm 21st 110cm 50cm 21st 130cm 45cm
22nd 35cm 20cm 22nd 90cm 70cm 22nd 110cm 50cm 22nd 135cm 45cm
23rd 35cm 20cm 23rd 90cm 50cm 23rd 110cm 50cm 23rd 135cm 45cm
24th 30cm 20cm 24th 90cm 50cm 24th 110cm 50cm 24th 135cm 45cm
25th 30cm 20cm 25th 90cm 50cm 25th 110cm 50cm 25th 135cm 45cm
26th 30cm 20cm 26th 90cm 50cm 26th 110cm 50cm 26th 140cm 45cm
27th 30cm 20cm 27th 90cm 50cm 27th 110cm 50cm 27th 150cm 45cm
28th 30cm 20cm 28th 95cm 50cm 28th 110cm 50cm 28th 150cm -
29th 30cm 20cm 29th 95cm 50cm 29th - 50cm 29th 150cm -
30th 30cm 30cm 30th 95cm 50cm 30th 30th 150cm -
31st 40cm 30cm 31st 95cm 50cm 31st 31st 150cm -

Previous Statistics

Shirakabako Royal Hill Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Shirakabako Royal Hill. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are two areas for kids - a sledging area near base and the 'Yuki-asobi-hiroba' area by the Panorama C course in the upper area.
There is a Kids Room on the 1st Floor of the hotel. It is open from 8am until 9:30pm. 
Park Information
Park information
There are three park areas - Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3 - as well as a new beginners Skill Up Zone area for the 16-17 season. 

Shirakabako Royal Hill Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 9:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 9:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Shirakabako Royal Hill is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 8am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays in the daytime.
Nighta is until 9:30pm.

Shirakabako Royal Hill Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
60 years and over
1 Day (weekends & holidays) 4,300 yen 2,000 yen 3,600 yen 3,600 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,600 yen 2,000 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
Super 1 Day (weekends) 5,500 yen 2,500 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
Super 1 Day (weekdays) 4,500 yen 2,500 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
AM / PM (weekends & holidays) 3,600 yen 1,600 yen 2,900 yen 2,900 yen
AM / PM (weekdays) 2,900 yen 1,600 yen 2,600 yen 2,600 yen
5 Hours (weekends & holidays) 3,800 yen 1,800 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
5 Hours (weekdays) 3,200 yen 1,800 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
PM & Night (weekends) 4,300 yen 2,000 yen 3,600 yen 3,600 yen
PM & Nighta (weekdays) 3,600 yen 2,000 yen 3,300 yen 3,300 yen
Nighta A (5:30pm-9:30pm) 2,800 yen 1,200 yen 2,800 yen 2,800 yen
Nighta B (7:30pm-9:30pm) 2,200 yen 1,200 yen 2,200 yen 2,200 yen
Nighta C (8:30am-9:30am) 1,600 yen 1,000 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
1 Lift Coupon 430 yen 210 yen 430 yen 430 yen
11 Lift Coupons 4,300 yen 1,800 yen 1,800 yen 1,800 yen
Season Ticket (all) 43,000 yen 12,000 yen 33,000 yen 33,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 33,000 yen 23,000 yen 23,000 yen
Season TIcket (nighta) 23,000 yen 17,000 yen 17,000 yen
Snow Escalator (all day) 1,100 yen 1,100 yen 1,100 yen 1,100 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Super 1 Day ticket is valid from opening until the end of nighta.
The Morning ticket is valid from 8:30am until 1pm.
The Afternoon ticket is valid from 12pm until 4:45pm.
The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.
The PM & Nighta ticket is valid from 12pm until 9:30pm.

Getting to Shirakabako Royal Hill

By public transport
37.8km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.2km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Transport Information
Shirakaba Royal Hill is about 19km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line.

To the north the Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is about 38km away.

>> More information on the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line

A bus service from Chino Station stops nearby and takes about 50 minutes.
By Car
22.2km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
24.3km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
35.9km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (0.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
Shirakaba Royal Hill is about 22km from the Suwa IC exit of the Chuo Expressway.

From the Suwa IC exit turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1.3km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to Shirakaba Royal Hill which is located on the southern side of the lake.

>> More information on Chuo Expressway
Free parking is available at the base of the resort for 900 vehicles. Open 24 hours a day.

More Information

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Kitayama Shirakabako 3419-1
Season dates and information
At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Information will be reviewed and updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
Current resort snow depth
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