Shiga Kogen Higashidateyama (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Higashidateyama
志賀高原 東館山スキー場
(長野県 山ノ内町)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Thursday 31st March 2022
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Shiga Kogen Higashidateyama is one of the ski areas that makes up the area known as Shiga Kogen. It is located in the central area and is serviced by a Gondola. There is a choice of the Higashiyama Olympic Course, which was used for the giant slalom events in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, or a gentle and scenic winding course through trees. The upper part of the Higashidateyama slope is connected with the Terakoya area and from the lower area you can connect with Bunadaira.

Shiga Kogen is a highland area in Yamanouchi town, in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture and part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. 'Shiga Kogen’ is actually made up of 18 (mostly) inter-connected ski areas that share a lift ticket.

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 due to the high altitude. Shiga Kogen is also well known as being close to the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey park where you can see monkeys soaking in onsen hot springs. A new 'pulse' gondola lift opened in Shiga Kogen for the 2020-2021 winter season. The short 400m journey from near the Yama-no-Eki building in the Hasuike area down to the Giant area takes just 90 seconds. For the 2021-2022 season, the quad lift at Hoppo Bunadaira has been replaced by a gondola lift.

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


Shiga Kogen Higashidateyama Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 80cm 120cm 1st - 150cm 1st - 180cm
2nd - - 2nd 150cm 120cm 2nd - 150cm 2nd - 180cm
3rd - - 3rd 150cm 120cm 3rd - 150cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th 150cm 120cm 4th - 150cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th 150cm 120cm 5th - 150cm 5th - 180cm
6th - - 6th 150cm 120cm 6th - 150cm 6th - 180cm
7th - - 7th 150cm 120cm 7th - 150cm 7th - 180cm
8th - - 8th 150cm 120cm 8th - 150cm 8th - 180cm
9th - - 9th 150cm 120cm 9th - 150cm 9th - 180cm
10th - - 10th 150cm 120cm 10th - 150cm 10th - 180cm
11th - - 11th 150cm 140cm 11th - 150cm 11th - 180cm
12th - - 12th 150cm 150cm 12th - 170cm 12th - 175cm
13th - - 13th 150cm 150cm 13th - 170cm 13th - 175cm
14th - - 14th 200cm 150cm 14th - 170cm 14th - 175cm
15th - - 15th 200cm 150cm 15th - 165cm 15th - 175cm
16th - - 16th 200cm 150cm 16th - 175cm 16th - 175cm
17th - - 17th 200cm 150cm 17th - 175cm 17th - 175cm
18th - - 18th 200cm 150cm 18th - 180cm 18th - 175cm
19th - - 19th - 150cm 19th - 180cm 19th - 175cm
20th - - 20th - 160cm 20th - 180cm 20th - 175cm
21st 60cm - 21st - 160cm 21st - 180cm 21st - 170cm
22nd 60cm - 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 180cm 22nd - 170cm
23rd 60cm - 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 180cm 23rd - 170cm
24th 60cm - 24th - 160cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 170cm
25th 60cm 40cm 25th - 160cm 25th - 180cm 25th - 165cm
26th 60cm 50cm 26th - 160cm 26th - 180cm 26th - 165cm
27th 60cm 50cm 27th - 160cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 165cm
28th 80cm 50cm 28th - 140cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 165cm
29th 80cm 50cm 29th - 140cm 29th - - 29th - 160cm
30th 80cm 50cm 30th - 140cm 30th 30th - 160cm
31st 80cm 120cm 31st - 150cm 31st 31st - 160cm

Shiga Kogen Higashidateyama 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 Shiga Kogen. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children at Higashidateyama. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities at Higashidateyama.

Shiga Kogen Higashidateyama Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid April
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
There are some variations on opening times at Shiga Kogen.

Night skiing operations for the 2021-2022 season in Shiga Kogen are planned at the following areas:

* Only limited parts of the below ski areas are floodlit and open for night skiing.
* Areas not mentioned in the below list do not have any night skiing operations.
* Separate lift tickets are required for night skiing.

Ichinose Diamond
6:30pm until 9:00pm (Ichinose Diamond quad lift)
29th December 2021 until 2nd January 2022

Ichinose Family
6:30pm until 9:00pm (Ichinose Number 2 pair lift B line)
25th December 2021 until 9th January 2022
Wednesdays through Saturdays between 12th January and 19th March 2022
20th March 2022

6:30pm until 9:00pm (Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift)
Every Saturday from 25th December 2021 until 26th March 2022
26th-31st December 2021
9th January 2022
11th February 2022
20th March 2022

7:00pm until 8:30pm (Maruike Number 1 triple lift)
31st December 2021 until 2nd January 2022

Sun Valley
7:00pm until 8:30pm (Maruike Number 1 triple lift)
31st December 2021 until 2nd January 2022
8th-9th January 2022

Takamagahara Mammoth
6:30pm until 9:00pm (Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift)
29th December 2021 until 2nd January 2022)

6:00pm until 8:00pm (Yakebitaiyama Number 3 lift)
30th December 2021 until 2nd January 2022
Saturdays from 25th December until 26th February 2022
2nd and 9th January 2022
11th February 2022

Shiga Kogen Higashidateyama Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
0-12 years
Older Child
13-18 years
60 years & over
4 Hours 5,200 yen 2,600 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
1 Day 6,000 yen 3,000 yen 5,100 yen 5,100 yen
2 Days 11,500 yen 5,700 yen 9,800 yen 9,800 yen
3 Days 17,000 yen 8,500 yen 14,500 yen 14,500 yen
4 Days 22,400 yen 11,200 yen 19,100 yen 19,100 yen
5 Days 27,800 yen 13,900 yen 23,700 yen 23,700 yen
6 Days 33,200 yen 16,600 yen 28,300 yen 28,300 yen
7 Days 38,600 yen 19,300 yen 32,900 yen 32,900 yen
8 Days 44,000 yen 22,000 yen 37,500 yen 37,500 yen
9 Days 49,400 yen 24,700 yen 42,100 yen 42,100 yen
10 Days 54,800 yen 27,400 yen 46,700 yen 46,700 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

The tickets shown above are valid at all of the 18 ski areas in Shiga Kogen. Lift tickets include the use of the shuttle bus service within the Shiga Kogen area.

The multiple day tickets can be used for the respective number of one day tickets during the season - the days do not need to be consecutive.

A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for all lift tickets.

'Point Tickets' are also available, sold in blocks of 20-50 at 120 yen per point for adult and 60 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).

Children's Day is the third Sunday of the month from December until April.


Cheaper Early Ski tickets are available until Friday 17th December 2021.

Cheaper Spring Ski tickets are available from Friday 1st April 2022 until closing.

A one day Early or Spring ticket for adults is 5,000 yen.

Getting to Shiga Kogen Higashidateyama

By public transport
44km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
16.1km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
32.5km 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 just over 16km away from Higashidateyama.

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 32.5km and 44km respectively away from Higashidateyama.
The Shiga Kogen Powder Express bus service operates between Saturday 4th December 2021 and Sunday 3rd April 2022. This bus stops at every Nagaden Bus Stop between Yudanaka Station and the Snow Monkey Park, near which there is a free car park. The return ticket to use this service costs 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children. Advance tickets can be bought online.

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.

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.
By Car
26.2km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
31.7km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
33.1km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (4.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Higashidateyama is just over 26km 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!

Soon after arriving in Shiga Kogen at the Hasuike junction, turn left onto Prefecture Road 471. (The road sign at the junction mentions Sakaemura and Nozawa Onsen - though note that in the winter months the section of road going to those places is closed). Continue on Prefecture Road 471 for just over 3km and then turn left to head towards the Higashidateyama Gondola car park.

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.
There is a car park at the Higashidateyama Gondola for about 40 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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