Shiga Kogen Sun Valley (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Sun Valley
志賀高原 サンバレー (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Early December 2017 until late March 2018
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Official snow depth 110cm (0cm) [updated on 19th 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 Sun Valley is one part of Shiga Kogen. Sun Valley is the first part of Shiga Kogen that is reached on arriving at Shiga Kogen on Route 292. The upper part of Sun Valley is connected with the Maruike and Hasuike areas. 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


Shiga Kogen Sun Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 50cm 40cm 1st 100cm 220cm 1st - 220cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 40cm 2nd 100cm 220cm 2nd - 220cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 40cm 3rd 100cm 220cm 3rd - 220cm
4th - - 4th 70cm 40cm 4th 100cm 220cm 4th - 220cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 40cm 5th 110cm 220cm 5th - 220cm
6th - - 6th 70cm 60cm 6th 110cm 220cm 6th - 220cm
7th - - 7th 70cm 60cm 7th 110cm 220cm 7th - 220cm
8th - - 8th 70cm 60cm 8th 110cm 220cm 8th - 220cm
9th - - 9th 70cm 60cm 9th 110cm 220cm 9th - 220cm
10th - - 10th 70cm 60cm 10th 110cm 220cm 10th - 220cm
11th - - 11th 70cm 60cm 11th 110cm 220cm 11th - 220cm
12th - - 12th 70cm 60cm 12th 110cm 220cm 12th - 220cm
13th - - 13th 70cm 60cm 13th 110cm 220cm 13th - 220cm
14th - - 14th 80cm 80cm 14th 110cm 220cm 14th - 220cm
15th - - 15th 80cm 80cm 15th 110cm 220cm 15th - 220cm
16th 30cm - 16th 80cm 150cm 16th 110cm 220cm 16th - 220cm
17th 30cm 30cm 17th 80cm 150cm 17th 110cm 220cm 17th - 220cm
18th 30cm 30cm 18th 80cm 170cm 18th 110cm 220cm 18th - 220cm
19th 30cm 30cm 19th 80cm 170cm 19th 110cm 220cm 19th - 220cm
20th 30cm 30cm 20th 80cm 170cm 20th - 220cm 20th - 220cm
21st 30cm 30cm 21st 80cm 170cm 21st - 220cm 21st - 220cm
22nd 30cm 30cm 22nd 80cm 220cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 220cm
23rd 30cm 15cm 23rd 80cm 220cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 220cm
24th 30cm 40cm 24th 90cm 220cm 24th - 220cm 24th - 200cm
25th 30cm 40cm 25th 90cm 220cm 25th - 220cm 25th - 200cm
26th 30cm 40cm 26th 90cm 220cm 26th - 220cm 26th - 200cm
27th 40cm 20cm 27th 100cm 220cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 200cm
28th 40cm 40cm 28th 100cm 220cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 200cm
29th 40cm 40cm 29th 100cm 220cm 29th - - 29th - 200cm
30th 50cm 40cm 30th 100cm 220cm 30th 30th - 200cm
31st 50cm 40cm 31st 100cm 220cm 31st 31st - 200cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Sun Valley 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 are no special facilities for children at Sun Valley. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities at Sun Valley. 

Shiga Kogen Sun Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Late March
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 Sometimes
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.

Nighta operations at the Sun Valley area of Shiga Kogen are from 7:00pm until 9:00pm on the following dates:

December 2017: 29th-31st
January 2018: 1st-3rd, 6th-7th, 13th, 20th, 27th
February 2018: 3rd, 10th-11th, 17th, 24th
March 2018: 3rd, 10th, 17th

The areas of Shiga Kogen that open for nighta are Sun Valley, Maruike, Takamagahara Mammoth, Ichinose Family, Ichinose Diamond, Yakebitaiyama and Kumanoyu.

Shiga Kogen Sun Valley 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
Sun Valley Nighta 1,600 yen 800 yen
Lift Ticket Information The tickets shown above (unless noted as Sun Valley) 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 Sun Valley

By public transport
41km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
13.1km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
29.5km 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 13km away from Sun Valley.

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 29km and 41km respectively away from Sun Valley.

>> 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
23.2km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
28.7km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
30.1km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.1km away)
Sun Valley is just over 23km 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!

On reaching Shiga Kogen, Sun Valley is the first ski area just off the main road to the right. The main car park for Sun Valley is on the left hand side of the main 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 is a car park at the base of Sun Valley for about 400 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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