Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira is one of the ski areas that makes up the area known as Shiga Kogen. It is located in the central area and is basically one 1500m long slope. The upper part of Hoppo Bunadaira is connected with Higashitateyama and the lower area is connected with the Nishitateyama and Giant areas of Shiga Kogen. For the 2021-2022 season, the quad lift at Hoppo Bunadaira has been replaced by a gondola lift.
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.
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.
Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira is lift-connected with:
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.
A number of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around Shiga Kogen.
There are no special facilities for children at Bunadaira.
There are no special snow park facilities at Bunadaira.
Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
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
Kumanoyu 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
Maruike 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)
Yakebitaiyama 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 Hoppo Bunadaira Lift Ticket Charges
60 years & over
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 Hoppo Bunadaira
By public transport
44.6km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
16.7km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
33.1km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano line is the closest station to the Shiga Kogen ski and snowboard resorts and is just under 17km away from Hoppo Bunadaira.
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 33km and 45km respectively away from Bunadaira.
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.
26.8km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
32.3km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
33.7km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (2.4km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Hoppo Bunadaira is just under 27km 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!
Before arriving at the Sun Valley area of Shiga Kogen - and about 22km from the IC exit - turn left to head towards the car park for Giant and Bunadaira.
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 base of Giant for about 350 vehicles. This car park can also be used for Hoppo Bunadaira. Parking is free on every day of the season.
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