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Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 19th November 2018, 9:24am
The news is that, as expected, Kumanoyu has delayed opening as we still wait for snowfall. The snow making machines have been going on and off, battling with the varying (and often not cold enough) temperatures.
Keep your eyes on the forecast (that seems to show a decent chance of snow towards the end of the week).
The section of the Route 292 road that connects Shiga Kogen with Gunma Prefecture is now closed. It will then be closed until 19th April 2019. Access to Shiga Kogen is now only via Route 292 from the north-west. Read more ...
Monday 19th November 2018, 10:06am
Cloudy, threatening rain (again)
One month to go to the official opening, a touch of snow on the peak, so time, I think, for a pre-report on the 2018-2019 season.
Actually, it's a little less than a month for most of the resorts: Akakan on 12/15, Akakura Onsen on 12/12, Ikenotaira on 12/16, Suginohara and Seki Onsen on 12/22. I would not plan a vacation based on those dates, though; there have been a lot of years where we really wonder if we're going to have a white Christmas or not. While it almost always turns out that we get a merry dusting of white, the conditions on the hill can be a little thin. Still more fun than scraping along on artificial snow, but something to keep in mind. I actually heard about some guests who wanted to do some backcountry touring around Christmas; that's not going to happen (remember that this is almost a rain forest area in summer; takes a good dump of snow to push down the saplings and cover the grape vines).
Since we're talking rainforest, it was a wet last part of the summer here. Hot and dry to start the summer, then lots of rain. Akakan has been running the gondola in summer, which is a nice thing to do here - get up higher, enjoy a lunch on the mountain, take a hike through the buna (beech) forests. But the numbers were down because it was pretty wet for the main part of the tourism season. The gondola also serves as one of the best ways for climbing Mt. Myoko, as the route is shorter than from Tsubame Onsen to the north.
No major changes at the resorts, as all the owners have remained the same with no big changes to infrastructure. We'd like to hear more from the newest member of the community, Lotte Arai, as there just isn't a lot of communication to the community. The people who did go during the season said they had the place to themselves, and a lot of the local schools extended their season by heading over to Arai.
For the moment it's very un-wintery. We often get one big dump of wet, heavy snow about this time of year which brings down trees and incites panic in all those who haven't changed to snow tires, but it could be a while for that. A little bit might be falling higher up over the next week, but it doesn't look like it will come down to base level.
So that's where we are. Quiet, fall colors gone, not as grim as some Novembers can be and really ready for the snow to fall (my snow tires are on). Read more ...
Monday 19th November 2018, 13:25pm
Good afternoon. Just a quick report for you this afternoon to reward those wearing out the F5 key!
It is raining at base at the moment, but it looks like snow is falling higher up as can be seen on one of the images below.
The forecast is looking promising for a drop in the temperature and snowfall during this week, particularly in the second half. Fingers crossed.