Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama
志賀高原 横手山 (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Late November 2017 until sometime in May 2018
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Latest report posted at 8:43am on Monday 19th February 2018
Official snow depth 270cm (20cm) [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 Yokoteyama is one part of Shiga Kogen. It is located in the southern area of Shiga Kogen and only lift and course connected with the Shibutoge area. Note that the data on this page is shared data for Yokoteyama and Shibutoge (one of the pair lifts is the Shibutoge lift). The top of Yokoteyama - at 2,305m - is the highest point of Shiga Kogen as well as being the highest ski lift in Japan, and spectacular views in every direction can be enjoyed on a fine day. There's a bakery up there as well which is worth checking out. 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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There are some snowboarding restrictions at Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama
Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama is lift-connected with:
Shiga Kogen Shibutoge

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 25cm - 1st 100cm 60cm 1st 250cm 280cm 1st - 310cm
2nd 25cm - 2nd 110cm 50cm 2nd 250cm 290cm 2nd - 310cm
3rd 25cm - 3rd 150cm 50cm 3rd 250cm 290cm 3rd - 310cm
4th 25cm - 4th 170cm 50cm 4th 250cm 290cm 4th - 310cm
5th 25cm - 5th 170cm 60cm 5th 250cm 290cm 5th - 310cm
6th 45cm - 6th 170cm 60cm 6th 250cm 290cm 6th - 310cm
7th 45cm - 7th 170cm 60cm 7th 250cm 290cm 7th - 310cm
8th 45cm - 8th 170cm 60cm 8th 250cm 290cm 8th - 310cm
9th 45cm - 9th 170cm 70cm 9th 250cm 290cm 9th - 310cm
10th 45cm - 10th 170cm 70cm 10th 250cm 300cm 10th - 310cm
11th 45cm - 11th 170cm 70cm 11th 250cm 300cm 11th - 310cm
12th 45cm - 12th 170cm 70cm 12th 250cm 330cm 12th - 290cm
13th 45cm - 13th 170cm 80cm 13th 250cm 320cm 13th - 310cm
14th 60cm - 14th 180cm 110cm 14th 250cm 320cm 14th - 310cm
15th 60cm 30cm 15th 180cm 180cm 15th 250cm 320cm 15th - 310cm
16th 60cm 40cm 16th 180cm 200cm 16th 250cm 320cm 16th - 310cm
17th 75cm 40cm 17th 180cm 250cm 17th 250cm 320cm 17th - 310cm
18th 75cm 40cm 18th 180cm 250cm 18th 270cm 320cm 18th - 300cm
19th 75cm 35cm 19th 180cm 250cm 19th 270cm 320cm 19th - 300cm
20th 70cm 35cm 20th 180cm 250cm 20th - 320cm 20th - 300cm
21st 70cm 30cm 21st 180cm 260cm 21st - 320cm 21st - 300cm
22nd 70cm 30cm 22nd 180cm 260cm 22nd - 320cm 22nd - 320cm
23rd 70cm 30cm 23rd 190cm 260cm 23rd - 320cm 23rd - 320cm
24th 70cm 50cm 24th 200cm 260cm 24th - 320cm 24th - 330cm
25th 70cm 40cm 25th 200cm 280cm 25th - 320cm 25th - 330cm
26th 70cm 40cm 26th 250cm 280cm 26th - 320cm 26th - 330cm
27th 70cm 30cm 27th 250cm 280cm 27th - 320cm 27th - 330cm
28th 80cm 80cm 28th 250cm 280cm 28th - 310cm 28th - 330cm
29th 80cm 50cm 29th 250cm 280cm 29th - - 29th - 330cm
30th 100cm 95cm 30th 250cm 280cm 30th 30th - 310cm
31st 100cm 60cm 31st 250cm 280cm 31st 31st - 310cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama 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. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November 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
Yokoteyama is scheduled to be open from 8:30am until 4:30pm for daytime operations.

There is no nighta in the Yokoteyama 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 Yokoteyama 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
Yokoteyama Half Day 3,000 yen 1,500 yen 2,700 yen 2,700 yen
Yokoteyama 1 Day 3,600 yen 1,800 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
Yokoteyama 2 Days 7,000 yen 3,500 yen 6,200 yen 6,200 yen
Yokoteyama 3 Days 10,500 yen 5,300 yen 9,200 yen 9,200 yen
Lift Ticket Information The tickets shown above (apart from those noted at Yokoteyama) 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 Yokoteyama

By public transport
47.3km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.4km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
35.8km 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 19.5km away from Yokoteyama.

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 36km and 47.5km respectively away from Yokoteyama.

>> 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 10-15 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Yokoteyama area of Shiga Kogen.
By Car
29.5km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
35km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
36.4km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.1km away)

Yokoteyama is 29.5km 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!

After arriving in the Shiga Kogen area continue on Route 292 towards Kumanoyu. Yokoteyama is on the left hand side of the road just over 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 Yokoteyama, holding about 300 vehicles in total. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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