Shiga Kogen Kidoike (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Kidoike
志賀高原 木戸池 (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Closed for the 2017-2018 season
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Shiga Kogen is a highland area in Yamanouchi town in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture and part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. The ski and snowboard resort that is known as ‘Shiga Kogen’ is actually made up of 18 (mostly) inter-connected areas that share a lift ticket. Shiga Kogen was host to some of the events of the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998 - the alpine skiing slalom and snowboarding giant slalom were held at the Yakebitaiyama area, while the alpine skiing giant slalom was held at Higashitateyama. Shiga Kogen may not receive as much snowfall as some nearby regions, but often makes up for it in snow quality. Shiga Kogen is also well known as being close to the famous Jigokudani snow monkey park where you can see monkeys soaking in an onsen hot spring.

Shiga Kogen Kidoike is one part of Shiga Kogen. It is a very small hill and hotel located between the central Maruike area and with Kumanoyu, but was not actually connected to either. This map shows all of the Shiga Kogen ski and snowboard resorts. It seems Kidoike will not be operating for the 2017-2018 season, with Shiga Kogen now officially made up of 18 ski hills.

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.

The Mountain

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40m
1610m
27"
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400m
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30%
70%
Skiers
80%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
20%
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Shiga Kogen Kidoike Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
Park Information
Park information

Shiga Kogen Kidoike Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays
Weekdays
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Closed for the 2017-2018 season

Getting to Shiga Kogen Kidoike

By public transport
Train
Train
45.5km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
17.6km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
34km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Transport Information
Information
Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano line is the closest station to the Shiga Kogen ski and snowboard resorts and is just over 17.5km away from Kidoike.

The Nagano line operates between Nagano Station and Yudanaka Station and the main Nagano line can be found just by the Zenkoji Exit of the main JR Nagano Station.

Iiyama Station and Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) line are about 34km and 44.5km respectively away from Ichinose Kidoike.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by public transport
bus
Bus
Buses are available from Yudanaka Station to Shiga Kogen. This bus service bus takes about 30 minutes to get to the central Hasuike bus terminal of Shiga Kogen.

There is also direct bus to Shiga Kogen from the East Exit of Nagano Station. The journey from Nagano Station to Shiga Kogen typically takes around 80 minutes and costs 1700 yen.

Once at Shiga Kogen, a free shuttle bus service that travels around the ski areas operates during the daytime. This service is free to use for everyone with a valid Shiga Kogen lift ticket.
By Car
Car
27.7km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
33.2km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
34.6km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.2km away)
Direction
Direction
Kidoike is just under 28km from the Shinshu Nakano IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway.

At the Shinshu Nakano IC exit traffic lights, go straight ahead on the Shiga Nakano Toll Road. This road is normally 310 yen per vehicle though there are alternative routes through a town area that do not involve a toll if you check maps. Continue straight on this road as it changes to Route 292. About 7km from the IC the road splits - be sure to keep in the right side lane to remain on Route 292. Shiga Kogen is clearly signposted in English. Route 292 heads all the way up to Shiga Kogen, passing close-by the popular Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park on the way.

Route 292 on the way up to Shiga Kogen is a wide and winding road which doubles back on itself a number of times. On a clear day with dry roads it is an easy journey but in mid-winter in snowy and icy conditions it can be much slower, especially if you find yourself behind a struggling large vehicle!

After arriving in the Shiga Kogen area continue on Route 292 towards Kumanoyu. Kidoike is on the right hand side of the road about 3km further on than the Hasuike junction.

Important! During the winter season - usually from late November until late April - the section of Route 292 between the Yokoteyama area of Shiga Kogen through to Kusatsu town in Gunma Prefecture is blocked off and closed due to large amounts of snowfall. This means that Route 292 from central Yamanouchi on the Nagano side is the only way to approach Shiga Kogen in the peak winter months.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by car
Parking
Parking
There is a car park at Kidoike for about 50 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

More Information

Address
Address
Shiga Kogen
Yamanouchi-machi
Shimotakai-gun
Nagano-ken
381-0401
Telephone
Telephone
0269-34-2821
RESORT INFORMATION
Information for about 80% of the ski hills around Japan - and most of the larger ones - has now been checked and updated. We hope to have all the updating completed by the end of November. Gambarimasu!

Message updated on 22nd Nov 2017
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