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Shiga Kogen Now!
Wednesday 15th September 2010, 10:17am
Summer in Shiga Kogen is known as being cooler than lots of places in Japan, but even up here it was hot this year. There were lots of fine and sunny days with temperatures right up there. It's hard for people up here to imagine just how hot city life must be when it gets that hot up here!
Happily things seem to be starting to cool down now, especially in the evenings and mornings when there is even a bit of a chill in the air. Not much, but we are now moving over into autumn mode.
We'll make occasional updates to Shiga Kogen Now in the coming months as the resort starts preparing for the winter season. For the moment, it's a great time to be up in Shiga Kogen enjoying autumn.
SUMMER LIFTS AT SHIGA KOGEN (Subject to change)
Shiga Kogen Ropeway: 1st June until 31st October
Takamagahara (2 lifts): 1st June until 31st October
Higashitateyama Gondola: 1st June until 31st October
Maeyama pair lift: 1st June until 31st October
Yokoeyama skylator, Yokoteyama & Shibutoge lift: All year
Yakebitaiyama No1 Gondola: 31st July until 29th August
Okushiga Kogen Gondola: 2nd October until 24th October (Sat, Sun, holidays)
The Yamabiko Course (Shiga Kogen Ropeway > Higashitateyama Gondola > Takamagahara pair lift > Shiga Kogen Ropeway) and Panorama Course (Yokoteyama Skylator > Sky Pair lift > Shibutoge lift) offer discount on the individual lift ticket prices. Read more ...
Wednesday 15th September 2010, 15:22pm
Summer is just about over....
Although our friends in Tokyo and Osaka will tell me there's just no comparison, it has been a pretty hot summer for Myoko. Even Lake Nojiri, just across the valley, suffered in the summer months, its levels dropping as the water got sent to dry rice paddies in Joetsu.
Suddenly, though, it's gotten a little cooler, and thoughts turn (still a little vaguely) toward the winter season (reality doesn't really hit until the monster snowblower returns from summer storage).
The ski slopes are brown, mostly from the pre-season cutting to get them ready for the snow. There's not much new this year, apart from ongoing upgrades at the Akakura Kanko Ski Area and the hotel; the new owners have put a lot in over the past few years, and not only in pulling out old lifts. There are a few more English signs and menus around town, but Myoko has pretty much kept its laid-back, friendly style. Which we like.
If snow falls high up on the mountain—and it has happened even in the third week of September—I'll let you know. Now it's just time to wait for the autumn colors, the kind of gloomy days of November (cold rain, gray, no guests in town) and then life comes back to normal. Meaning we ski.