Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu
志賀高原 熊の湯 (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Saturday 18th November 2017 until Sunday 6th May 2018
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Latest report posted at 8:32am on Friday 23rd February 2018
Official snow depth 285cm (0cm) [updated on 23rd February 2018]

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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. (The small Kidoike area will not be operating during the 2017-2018 season).

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 Kumanoyu is one part of Shiga Kogen. Kumanoyu is in the southern area of Shiga Kogen. It is not actually lift or course connected with the rest of Shiga Kogen and so a shuttle bus or car journey is required. Across the road is the Yokoteyama resort, which in turn is connected with Shibutoge. Kumanoyu used to be a skiers-only area, but since the 15-16 season snowboarders are also welcome. This map shows all of the Shiga Kogen ski and snowboard resorts.

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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Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 30cm - 1st 110cm 70cm 1st 250cm 310cm 1st - 340cm
2nd 30cm - 2nd 110cm 70cm 2nd 250cm 320cm 2nd - 340cm
3rd 30cm - 3rd 130cm 70cm 3rd 250cm 320cm 3rd - 340cm
4th 30cm - 4th 170cm 70cm 4th 250cm 320cm 4th - 340cm
5th 30cm - 5th 170cm 70cm 5th 270cm 320cm 5th - 340cm
6th 40cm - 6th 170cm 90cm 6th 270cm 320cm 6th - 340cm
7th 40cm - 7th 170cm 90cm 7th 270cm 320cm 7th - 340cm
8th 40cm - 8th 170cm 90cm 8th 270cm 320cm 8th - 340cm
9th 40cm - 9th 170cm 90cm 9th 270cm 320cm 9th - 340cm
10th 40cm - 10th 170cm 100cm 10th 270cm 330cm 10th - 340cm
11th 40cm - 11th 170cm 105cm 11th 270cm 330cm 11th - 340cm
12th 40cm - 12th 170cm 105cm 12th 270cm 330cm 12th - 340cm
13th 50cm - 13th 170cm 105cm 13th 270cm 330cm 13th - 340cm
14th 50cm - 14th 180cm 135cm 14th 285cm 330cm 14th - 340cm
15th 50cm 35cm 15th 180cm 185cm 15th 285cm 330cm 15th - 340cm
16th 50cm 35cm 16th 180cm 230cm 16th 285cm 330cm 16th - 340cm
17th 50cm 35cm 17th 180cm 260cm 17th 285cm 330cm 17th - 340cm
18th 50cm 40cm 18th 180cm 260cm 18th 285cm 330cm 18th - 340cm
19th 50cm 40cm 19th 180cm 260cm 19th 285cm 330cm 19th - 340cm
20th 65cm 40cm 20th 180cm 260cm 20th 285cm 330cm 20th - 340cm
21st 65cm 40cm 21st 180cm 270cm 21st 285cm 330cm 21st - 340cm
22nd 65cm 40cm 22nd 180cm 270cm 22nd 285cm 340cm 22nd - 340cm
23rd 65cm 40cm 23rd 190cm 290cm 23rd 285cm 340cm 23rd - 340cm
24th 65cm 50cm 24th 210cm 300cm 24th - 340cm 24th - 340cm
25th 65cm 50cm 25th 250cm 300cm 25th - 340cm 25th - 340cm
26th 65cm 50cm 26th 250cm 300cm 26th - 340cm 26th - 340cm
27th 75cm 50cm 27th 250cm 300cm 27th - 340cm 27th - 340cm
28th 100cm 60cm 28th 250cm 300cm 28th - 340cm 28th - 340cm
29th 100cm 60cm 29th 250cm 300cm 29th - - 29th - 340cm
30th 100cm 70cm 30th 250cm 300cm 30th 30th - 340cm
31st 110cm 70cm 31st 250cm 310cm 31st 31st - 340cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
A number of ski and snowboard schools operate around the Shiga Kogen resort areas. Check our Lessons in English page for any ski school listings on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
A number of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around the Shiga Kogen resort areas. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There is a 'Chibbiko' childrens area near base. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Kumanoyu is normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm for daytime operations.

Nighta operations at the Kumanoyu area of Shiga Kogen are from 6:30pm until 9:00pm on the following dates:

December 2017: 23rd-31st
January 2018: 1st-2nd, 6th-7th, 13th, 20th, 27th
February 2018: 3rd, 10th-11th, 17th, 24th
March 2018: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 20th, 24th, 31st

The areas of Shiga Kogen that open for nighta are Sun Valley, Maruike, Takamagahara Mammoth, Ichinose Family, Ichinose Diamond, Yakebitaiyama and Kumanoyu. Opening dates and times vary - please refer to the individual resort pages for more details.

Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
High School age
60 years & over
4 Hours 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
1 Day 5,000 yen 2,500 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
1.5 Days 9,100 yen 4,600 yen 7,700 yen 7,700 yen
2 Days 9,300 yen 4,700 yen 7,800 yen 7,800 yen
3 Days 13,400 yen 6,700 yen 10,800 yen 10,800 yen
Super Pass 4 18,000 yen 9,000 yen 16,200 yen 16,200 yen
Super Pass 5 22,500 yen 11,250 yen 20,250 yen 20,250 yen
Super Pass 6 27,000 yen 13,500 yen 24,300 yen 24,300 yen
Super Pass 7 31,500 yen 15,750 yen 28,350 yen 28,350 yen
Super Pass 10 45,000 yen 22,500 yen 40,500 yen 40,500 yen
Kumanoyu 1 Day 3,800 yen 1,900 yen 6,500 yen 6,500 yen
Kumanoyu Half Day 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,700 yen 2,700 yen
Kumanoyu 1.5 Days 6,800 yen 3,400 yen 6,500 yen 6,500 yen
Kumanoyu 2 Days 7,200 yen 3,700 yen 7,000 yen 7,000 yen
Kumanoyu Nighta 1,600 yen 800 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
Kumanoyu Season 52,000 yen 25,000 yen 50,000 yen 50,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The tickets shown above (apart from the ones noted Kumanoyu) are valid at all of the 18 ski resort areas in Shiga Kogen. Lift tickets include the use of the shuttle bus service within the Shiga Kogen area.

The 'Super Pass' tickets can be used for the respective number of 1 Day tickets during the season - the days do not need to be consecutive.

The 1.5 Day ticket is valid either for one full day and the following morning or an afternoon and the following full day.

A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for all lift tickets.

'Point Tickets' are also available, sold in blocks of 20-50 at 100 yen per point for adult and 50 yen per point for children. (Different ski lifts within the area require a different number of points to ride - for example, lifts need 2-6 points and Gondolas require 6-9 points).

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of the month between December and April. On those days, a 1 day ticket for children of elementary school age and below is free. Please note that the 500 yen returnable deposit is still required.

Getting to Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu

By public transport
47.1km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.2km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
35.6km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Transport 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 19km away from Kumanoyu.

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 35.5km and 47km respectively away from Kumanoyu.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by public transport
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
29.3km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
34.8km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
36.2km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.3km away)
Kumanoyu is just over 29km 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. Kumanoyu is off the right hand side of the road about 5km 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
There are a few car parks near the base of Kumanoyu, holding about 300 vehicles in total. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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