Resort Spotlight: Okushiga Kogen (Shiga Kogen, Nagano)
Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture
2016-2017 season - skiers and snowboarders welcome!
Introducing Okushiga Kogen...part of the world-famous 'Shiga Kogen' interconnected resort area
Shiga Kogen is the the collective name of the largest interlinked ski and snowboard resort area in Japan, and is one of the most popular and loved ski resorts in the country.
Located in the north eastern part of Nagano Prefecture, and about 45km to the east of central Nagano City, Shiga Kogen is comprised of numerous ski and snowboard resorts that share the same lift ticket and are - for the most part - lift connected up making for a truly huge skiable area that needs a number of days to cover. There's no need to take various shuttle buses or bother with different lift tickets to use the lifts at Shiga Kogen.... just strap on the skis and snowboard and slide on the snow - you can ski for literally hours without repeating a run.
The extensive Shiga interconnected resort area that is Shiga Kogen. (Okushiga Kogen seen at the top left area of this image).
Okushiga Kogen is one of the ski areas, in the northern area of Shiga Kogen. Shiga Kogen as a whole is renowned for excellent light powder snow conditions, and especially so in the Okushiga Kogen area. If you are looking for quality light powder snow conditions...look no further! Okushiga Kogen often boasts some of the best snow available. If you plan to stay a number of days, you can enjoy the varied courses at Okushiga before checking out the connecting Yakebitaiyama area and beyond, and ski or snowboard right through to the Sun Valley area of Shiga Kogen.
The hotels at base - including the Okushiga Kogen Hotel - are ski-in, ski-out and located close to the base lift of Okushiga Kogen giving you immediate access. Surrounded by the silent and stunning beauty of the snowy mountains, Okushiga Kogen is the perfect place to base your Shiga Kogen stay. Daytrippers can alternatively choose to park at and start their day using the Okushiga Kogen Gondola.
You might get to see some wild monkeys and other animals playing around in the snow, but if you don't you can always go down to the famous Jigokudani Monkey Park which is just 30 minutes away from Okushiga Kogen. Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the valley is another way that people enjoy their time at Okushiga Kogen.
There are many reasons why skiers have been coming back to Okushiga Kogen year after year. Come and find out for yourself why this coming season...
Okushiga Kogen has always been about pure skiing! Since the 2015-2016 season, Okushiga Kogen has also been welcoming snowboarders to the slopes. Everyone is welcome.
|| Slope Gradient
|Course No 1
||6 - 8 degrees
||This course is ideal for beginners and children taking their first steps
|Course No 2 Expert
||23 - 30 degrees
||This one of the steeper slopes with fine snow conditions lasting late into the spring season
|Course No 3
||13 - 16 degrees
||A good area for practicing located at the top of Mt Yakebitaiyama. Take a moment to take in the views on a clear day
|Course No 4
||12 - 16 degrees
||Practice cruising and technique on Course No 4
|Course No 6 (weekends only)
||8 - 9 degrees
||Course No 6 is good course for beginners and children - lots of trees surrounding the run
||19 - 28 degrees
||The longest course with three seperate areas suitable for different skill levels. Be sure to enjoy the stunning panoramic views!
| Hillside Course
|| 10 - 17 degrees
||Hillside can be found off to the side of the Downhill Course
||20 - 30 degrees
||'Kuma-otoshi' name literally means 'Drop the bear' and this is the steepest slope with ungroomed snow
||10 - 17 degrees
||A detour course to the side of Course 2
Kid's Course Forest
This course is for kids only and found between the lift and slope at the base of the resort. Look out for the wild animal footprints!
The Kids Park is conveniently located at the base of the resort with various items available for children to play with including snowsleds and scoops. Entrance costs 500 yen.
This free facility can be found on the 2nd Floor of the Okushiga Bus Terminal and is free to use.
* Any specific opening dates for the 2015-2016 season will be added when available.
...and remember, Okushiga Kogen is just one part of the massive Shiga Kogen area!
Perfectly located by the base of the resort in a ski-in ski-out location close to the base lift, Okushiga Kogen Hotel is one of the well-known hotels of the whole region and offers comfortable stays and a wide variety of fine cuisine. For more information on the Okushiga Kogen Hotel please view the information on SnowJapan or the hotel website.
How to get to Shiga Kogen and Okushiga Kogen
Okushiga Kogen is located in the northern area of the famous Shiga Kogen resort area of northern Nagano Prefecture.
Take the Nagano Dentetsu line from JR Nagano Station to the terminal Yudanaka Station (45 minutes). From there take the bus up to Shiga Kogen and Okushiga Kogen (55 minutes).
A Shiga Kogen Express bus is also available directly from the East Exit of Nagano Station (1 hour 45 minutes).
From the Shinshu Nakano IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway, take Route 292 up to the Shiga Kogen area. Turn towards Ichinose and Okushiga at the Hasuike junction in Shiga Kogen and follow the road round to Okushiga Kogen. Okushiga Kogen is about 38km from the Shinshu Nakano IC expressway exit.
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Okushiga Kogen Lift Tickets 2016-2017 Season
These tickets are valid only on the Okushiga Kogen area lifts
|Okushiga Pair No 1
|Okushiga High-speed Pair No 2
|Okushiga High-speed Pair No 3
|Okushiga Pair No 4
|Okushiga Gondola 1way
||Adult: 9 points
Child: 6 points
|Okushiga Gondola Return
Shiga Kogen Lift Tickets 2016-2017 Season
These tickets are valid at all of the Shiga Kogen resorts in peak season, including Okushiga Kogen
For full details please visit the Okushiga Kogen website
Elementary school and younger
|Junior/Senior High Students
Seniors (over 60)
|4 hour ticket
|One day ticket
|One and a half day ticket
|Two days ticket
|Three days ticket
|Super Pass 4
|Super Pass 5
|Super Pass 6
|Super Pass 7
|Super Pass 10
Please note that a returnable 500 yen deposit is required for the key card lift ticket on purchase.
Super Pass tickets can be used on non-consecutive days within the season.
Handicapped, early season and spring season tickets are also available.
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