Shiga Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 30th May 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Sunday 30th May 2021
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Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Sunday 30th May 2021
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

It's Sunday 30th May, and it turns out that today is going to be the last day of the season for the Shibutoge lift... and therefore officially the end of the season for Shiga Kogen ski areas as a whole. Apparently today is the 198th day after their 'pre-open' back on 13th November 2020. That is some good going. Take a well deserved rest folks.

From tomorrow, it is going to be full-on ‘green season’ mode - for those who hadn’t already switched over.

'Spring' has seemed to go on for such a long time this season that I’m actually finding it quite hard to remember what the peak ski season was like. Rather than go back and re-interpret it all, I’ll let the day-to-day archive reports tell the story. You can catch up on the drama of the season as it happened in those reports.

20-21 has definitely been another ‘unique’ kind of season.

I remember some very fine snow conditions. Very good. :)

I also remember some extremely quiet ski slopes. I am always keen on avoiding crowds, but even I was feeling kind of lonely at times this season. While the lucky people who were able to be here could get to enjoy some great conditions, less people around is of course not happy news for the ski areas, the ski schools, the hotels, the restaurants... and everyone both directly and indirectly involved. (Which is pretty much everyone).

As the general message mentions below, it does feel like some of the questions that we have now are the same ones that we were asking a year ago. Will we be getting back to some kind of normal in time for next winter? Will at least some overseas visitors be allowed into the country?

We can only hope and try to remain genki!

We may well be in the middle of an imposed pause on international travel, but the snow still comes and Shiga Kogen is still here, being beautiful. Those are things to be thankful for. And it does look like we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let's go faster!

On that note, that's it from me. I’d like to thank you for reading the reports this season.

I hope to able to see some of you in person next winter. However all that shapes up, I'll be back later in the year to report on the 21-22 winter season.


End of season general message from SnowJapan
This message is being posted on all of the Now daily reports

First of all, we hope that you and yours are keeping well.

What another strange season 2020-2021 has been.

In terms of snow and conditions, the story of the season can be found in the respective reports. Each region had its own story, of course, but it was certainly great to be able to get back to reporting some heavy snowfall this time round. Spring did once again seem to arrive earlier than we would like, but those fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the snow were able to experience some very fine conditions.


Ski areas around Japan made various efforts to deal with the covid-19 situation and while there were some changes to operations here and there, most were able to open for the season. Some ski areas and regions have been affected more than others, but it’s probably safe to say that is has been a challenging period for pretty much everyone involved. In particular, destinations that have enjoyed a lot of foreign visitors in recent years have probably felt a big shock.

Perhaps inevitably, there has been a generally more subdued atmosphere and feel to the season.


We made a few decisions before the winter started.

Unfortunately, it was getting obvious that international travel restrictions would be preventing people from entering Japan over the 2020-2021 season. And it was clearly going to be a great disappointment to many.

Even so, we wanted to keep SnowJapan updated as close to normal as possible. We asked our reporters to mention ‘the news’ when it seemed appropriate, but not to dwell on it too much. After all, people are not coming to SnowJapan to read about covid every day. We hope we got that difficult balance right.

Daily reports and updates are an important part of the site. They are popular with people while they are visiting Japan, but people also read our archive reports to see how previous seasons turned out and to make comparisons. Indeed, this last season we have noticed that a lot of you have been following from overseas – even if you weren’t able to come and enjoy the snow in person.

We would like to say a big public thank you to the reporters who did another fine job covering the 2020-2021 winter season on SnowJapan, in some challenging circumstances. Thanks to those efforts, we have another full season of data to add to our records.

Hopefully that information will continue to be of value to people making plans for a future visit to Japan.


The world knows much more about covid-19 in May 2021 than it did in April 2020, but in some ways we end this season with some of the same questions we were asking last year…

Everyone wants to know what the situation will be in six months’ time. There’s definitely brighter wider news and reasons to be positive, but big questions remain on how ‘open’ Japan might be for overseas visitors by the time the snow starts falling again.

No-one knows, of course.

Like last year, all we can do is try to keep a positive mindset and hope that progress will be made, and that overseas friends will be able to visit once again.

Looking Ahead

Whatever happens regarding the international travel situation, SnowJapan plans to be here reporting the 2021-2022 winter season.

2020-2021 might now be over, but as usual we are busy working on various stuff for the future. We’ll let you know what we’re up to later in the year.

In the meantime, if you are interested in old ski areas from the past around Japan, the SnowJapanHistory ( website will continue to be updated regularly. Over there you can find details on over 160 ski areas, including at least one that closed back in the 1960s (!)

Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and your support. If you want to get in touch, as always you can contact us using this form.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe… and we’ll see you later in the year.

(Hopefully with good news!)

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Sunday 30th May 2021
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Shiga Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

Sunday 30th May is the last day of the 20-21 snow season in Shiga Kogen

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Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Shiga Kogen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 30th May 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Shiga Kogen Now reports up until Sunday 30th May 2021
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Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 30th May 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Shiga Kogen Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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*as of Sunday 30th May 2021
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28th May 0cm - -
24th May 0cm - 0cm
21st May 0cm - -
17th May 0cm - 0cm
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Previous 7 days total 0cm 2cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 8cm 12cm 2cm
November observed snowfall total 12cm 20cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 216cm 59cm 169cm
January observed snowfall total 233cm 101cm 312cm
February observed snowfall total 216cm 245cm 97cm
March observed snowfall total 17cm 130cm 106cm
April observed snowfall total 5cm 12cm 60cm
May observed snowfall total 3cm 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 702cm 567cm 747cm
Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 30th May 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Shiga Kogen Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - 12cm
2019/2020 season - 20cm
2018/2019 season 0cm
2017/2018 season - 47cm
2016/2017 season - 27cm
2015/2016 season - 7cm
2014/2015 season 0cm
2013/2014 season - 1cm
2012/2013 season 1cm
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