Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen
志賀高原 奥志賀高原 (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Saturday 8th December 2018 until mid May 2019
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Official snow depth 20cm (5cm) [updated on 14th December 2018]

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Shiga Kogen is a highland area in Yamanouchi town in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture and part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. The ski and snowboard resort that is known as ‘Shiga Kogen’ is actually made up of 18 mostly inter-connected areas that share a lift ticket. (The small Kidoike area has been closed since the 2017-2018 season).

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. Shiga Kogen is also well known as being close to the famous Jigokudani snow monkey park where you can see monkeys soaking in an onsen hot spring.

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen is one part of Shiga Kogen. Okushiga Kogen is located in the northern area of Shiga Kogen. The upper part of the resort area is connected with the neighbouring Yakebitaiyama slopes. There are effectively two bases - the Gondola station and the main base further on where there are a number of hotels. Since the 2015-2016 season, both skiers and snowboarders are welcome to ride the slopes of Okushiga Kogen. This map shows all of the Shiga Kogen ski and snowboard resorts.

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 Okushiga Kogen Course Map

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Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 170cm 1st - 250cm 1st - 250cm
2nd - 20cm 2nd - 180cm 2nd - 250cm 2nd - 250cm
3rd - 20cm 3rd - 200cm 3rd - 250cm 3rd - 240cm
4th - 20cm 4th - 200cm 4th - 250cm 4th - 240cm
5th - 25cm 5th - 200cm 5th - 250cm 5th - 240cm
6th - 40cm 6th - 200cm 6th - 250cm 6th - 220cm
7th 2cm 45cm 7th - 210cm 7th - 250cm 7th - 220cm
8th 3cm 45cm 8th - 210cm 8th - 250cm 8th - 220cm
9th 7cm 60cm 9th - 190cm 9th - 250cm 9th - 210cm
10th 15cm 60cm 10th - 190cm 10th - 240cm 10th - 210cm
11th 15cm 60cm 11th - 190cm 11th - 240cm 11th - 210cm
12th 15cm 60cm 12th - 200cm 12th - 240cm 12th - 200cm
13th 15cm 60cm 13th - 200cm 13th - 240cm 13th - 200cm
14th 20cm 75cm 14th - 200cm 14th - 240cm 14th - 200cm
15th - 100cm 15th - 200cm 15th - 240cm 15th - 200cm
16th - 100cm 16th - 200cm 16th - 240cm 16th - 200cm
17th - 110cm 17th - 170cm 17th - 230cm 17th - 200cm
18th - 110cm 18th - 150cm 18th - 280cm 18th - 200cm
19th - 110cm 19th - 150cm 19th - 280cm 19th - 200cm
20th - 120cm 20th - 150cm 20th - 280cm 20th - 200cm
21st - 120cm 21st - 150cm 21st - 270cm 21st - 200cm
22nd - 120cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 270cm 22nd - 200cm
23rd - 120cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 270cm 23rd - 200cm
24th - 120cm 24th - 180cm 24th - 250cm 24th - 200cm
25th - 120cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 250cm 25th - 200cm
26th - 120cm 26th - 210cm 26th - 250cm 26th - 200cm
27th - 130cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 250cm 27th - 200cm
28th - 140cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 250cm 28th - 200cm
29th - 150cm 29th - 250cm 29th - - 29th - 195cm
30th - 150cm 30th - 250cm 30th 30th - 195cm
31st - 170cm 31st - 250cm 31st 31st - 190cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen 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 the Shiga Kogen resort areas. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Okushiga Kids Park' is located by the Number 1 pair lift and entrance is free to enter. There is also a special school for young children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Mid May
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
The Shiga Kogen resort areas are generally scheduled to be open from 8:30am until 4:30pm for daytime operations.

Nighta operations for the 2018-2019 season in Shiga Kogen are planned as follows:

* Only limited parts of the below resorts are floodlit and open for nighta.
* Areas not mentioned are not open for night time operations.
* Seperate lift tickets are required for nighta.

Ichinose Diamond:
Every Saturday between 29th December 2018 and 23rd March 2019
Daily from 29th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019
13th January 2019

Ichinose Family:
Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 26th December 2018 and 23rd March 2019
Daily from 22nd December 2018 until 6th January 2019

Every Saturday from 22nd December 2018 until 30th March 2019
Daily 23rd December 2018 until 2nd January 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019
20th March 2019

Takamagahara Mammoth:
Every day from 29th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019

Every day from 29th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019

Sun Valley:
[7:00pm until 9:00pm]
Every day from 29th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019
Every Saturday between 5th January and 2nd March 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019

Every Saturday from 22nd December 2018 until 2nd March 2019
23rd December 2018
Daily 30th December 2018 until 2nd January 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019

Dates and times are confirmed in mid-November 2018 --- subject to change.
We advise checking with the resorts.

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
High School age
60 years & over
4 Hours 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
1 Day 5,000 yen 2,500 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
1.5 Days 9,100 yen 4,600 yen 7,700 yen 7,700 yen
2 Days 9,300 yen 4,700 yen 7,800 yen 7,800 yen
3 Days 13,500 yen 6,700 yen 10,800 yen 10,800 yen
Super Pass 4 18,000 yen 9,000 yen 16,200 yen 16,200 yen
Super Pass 5 22,500 yen 11,250 yen 20,250 yen 20,250 yen
Super Pass 6 27,000 yen 13,500 yen 24,300 yen 24,300 yen
Super Pass 7 31,500 yen 15,750 yen 28,350 yen 28,350 yen
Super Pass 10 45,000 yen 22,500 yen 40,500 yen 40,500 yen
Okushiga Kogen 1 Day 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,700 yen 3,700 yen
Okushiga Kogen Half Day 3,500 yen 1,700 yen 3,200 yen 3,200 yen
Lift Ticket Information The tickets shown are valid at all of the 18 ski resort areas in Shiga Kogen. Lift tickets include the use of the shuttle bus service within the Shiga Kogen area.

The 'Super Pass' tickets can be used for the respective number of 1 Day tickets during the season - the days do not need to be consecutive.

The 1.5 Day ticket is valid either for one full day and the following morning or an afternoon and the following full day.

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

'Point Tickets' are also available, sold in blocks of 20-50 at 100 yen per point for adult and 50 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 up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free at the Yakebitaiyama area (but not at the other connecting areas).


Children’s Day is the third Sunday of the month from December to April and on those days children can get a one day ticket for free.

Early Ski tickets are available until Thursday 20th December 2018.

Spring Ski tickets are available from Monday 1st April until Monday 6th May 2019.

The shuttle bus operates from Saturday 1st December 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019.

Getting to Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen

By public transport
52.3km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
24.4km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
40.8km 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 about 24.5km away from Okushiga Kogen.

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 41km and 52km respectively away from Okushiga Kogen.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by public transport
Buses are available from Yudanaka Station to Shiga Kogen. This bus service bus takes about 30 minutes to get to the central Hasuike bus terminal of Shiga Kogen.

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 and costs 1700 yen.

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. The shuttle bus takes about 20-30 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Okushiga Kogen base areas.

'Park & Ride' information
A Park and Ride bus service is available operating from Yudanaka Station to Shiga Kogen. The bus stops at the 'Snow Monkey Park' bus stop (in front of the Shiga Kogen Roman Museum, where there is a free car park), before going up to Shiga Kogen on Route 292. Pick ups at other specified bus stops between the station and Snow Monkey Park bus stop are possible.

Park & Ride Dates:
Saturday 1st December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019

Park & Ride Charges:
800 yen adults, 400 yen children (return ticket)
By Car
34.5km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
40km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
41.4km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (10.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Okushiga Kogen is about 34.5km 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 about 10km to get to the Okushiga Kogen Gondola which is on the left hand side of the road. The main Okushiga Kogen base is a further 2.5km along the same road.

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.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by car
There are two car parks at Okushiga Kogen holding 600 and 300 vehicles respectively. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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