Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen
志賀高原 奥志賀高原 (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Saturday 9th December 2017 until Sunday 20th May 2018

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Official snow depth 270cm (-10cm) [updated on 21st 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 Okushiga Kogen is one part of Shiga Kogen. Okushiga Kogen is located in the northern area of Shiga Kogen. The upper part of the resort area is connected with the neighbouring Yakebitaiyama slopes. There are effectively two bases - the Gondola station and the main base further on where there are a number of hotels. Since the 2015-2016 season, both skiers and snowboarders are welcome to ride the slopes of Okushiga Kogen. 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.

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Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen Course Map

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Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 170cm 100cm 1st 250cm 280cm 1st - 290cm
2nd 20cm - 2nd 180cm 100cm 2nd 250cm 290cm 2nd - 280cm
3rd 20cm - 3rd 200cm 100cm 3rd 250cm 290cm 3rd - 290cm
4th 20cm - 4th 200cm 90cm 4th 250cm 290cm 4th - 290cm
5th 25cm - 5th 200cm 90cm 5th 250cm 290cm 5th - 290cm
6th 40cm - 6th 200cm 100cm 6th 250cm 290cm 6th - 280cm
7th 45cm - 7th 210cm 100cm 7th 250cm 290cm 7th - 280cm
8th 45cm - 8th 210cm 100cm 8th 250cm 290cm 8th - 290cm
9th 60cm - 9th 190cm 105cm 9th 250cm 290cm 9th - 290cm
10th 60cm - 10th 190cm 105cm 10th 240cm 300cm 10th - 290cm
11th 60cm - 11th 190cm 105cm 11th 240cm 300cm 11th - 300cm
12th 60cm - 12th 200cm 105cm 12th 240cm 300cm 12th - 300cm
13th 60cm - 13th 200cm 110cm 13th 240cm 300cm 13th - 290cm
14th 75cm - 14th 200cm 150cm 14th 240cm 300cm 14th - 290cm
15th 100cm 60cm 15th 200cm 180cm 15th 240cm 300cm 15th - 290cm
16th 100cm 60cm 16th 200cm 200cm 16th 240cm 300cm 16th - 290cm
17th 110cm 70cm 17th 170cm 200cm 17th 230cm 290cm 17th - 290cm
18th 110cm 70cm 18th 150cm 250cm 18th 280cm 290cm 18th - 290cm
19th 110cm 70cm 19th 150cm 250cm 19th 280cm 300cm 19th - 290cm
20th 120cm 70cm 20th 150cm 250cm 20th 280cm 300cm 20th - 290cm
21st 120cm 70cm 21st 150cm 260cm 21st 270cm 300cm 21st - 290cm
22nd 120cm 55cm 22nd 160cm 260cm 22nd - 300cm 22nd - 300cm
23rd 120cm 40cm 23rd 160cm 260cm 23rd - 290cm 23rd - 300cm
24th 120cm 60cm 24th 180cm 280cm 24th - 300cm 24th - 300cm
25th 120cm 70cm 25th 200cm 290cm 25th - 300cm 25th - 310cm
26th 120cm 70cm 26th 210cm 290cm 26th - 300cm 26th - 310cm
27th 130cm 60cm 27th 250cm 290cm 27th - 300cm 27th - 310cm
28th 140cm 70cm 28th 250cm 290cm 28th - 300cm 28th - 320cm
29th 150cm 80cm 29th 250cm 290cm 29th - - 29th - 320cm
30th 150cm 95cm 30th 250cm 270cm 30th 30th - 320cm
31st 170cm 100cm 31st 250cm 280cm 31st 31st - 310cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen 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
The 'Okushiga Kids Park' is located by the Number 1 pair lift and entrance is free. There is also a special school for young children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Mid May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
The Shiga Kogen resort areas are generally scheduled to be open from 8:30am until 4:30pm for daytime operations.

There is no nighta at the Okushiga Kogen area of Shiga Kogen.

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 Okushiga Kogen 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
Okushiga Kogen 1 Day 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 yen
Okushiga Kogen Half Day 3,500 yen 1,700 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Lift Ticket Information The tickets shown above (apart from the ones noted Okushiga Kogen) 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 Okushiga Kogen

By public transport
52.3km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
24.4km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
40.8km 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 about 24.5km away from Okushiga Kogen.

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 41km and 52km respectively away from Okushiga Kogen.

>> 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. The shuttle bus takes about 20-30 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Okushiga Kogen base areas.
By Car
34.5km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
40km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
41.4km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (10.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Okushiga Kogen is about 34.5km 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!

Soon after arriving in Shiga Kogen at the Hasuike junction, turn left onto Prefecture Road 471. (The road sign at the junction mentions Sakaemura and Nozawa Onsen - though note that in the winter months the section of road going to those places is closed). Continue on Prefecture Road 471 for about 10km to get to the Okushiga Kogen Gondola which is on the left hand side of the road. The main Okushiga Kogen base is a further 2.5km along the same road.

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 two car parks at Okushiga Kogen holding 600 and 300 vehicles respectively. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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