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The Shiga Kogen Ski Area (Žu‰ê‚Œ´, Shiga Kōgen) is a group of 18 ski resorts that have joined together to create the largest combined ski area in Japan. Shiga Kogen is so large that it would take at least two days to cover it all, yet a single lift ticket gives you access to all 47 lifts, gondolas and ropeways in the area.

Located in the highlands of Nagano Prefecture, Shiga Kogen is divided into two areas that are joined at a central intersection near the Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki bus stop. The southern area leads to the top of the 2305 meter tall Mount Yokote and has ski runs and hot springs along the way to the summit.

The northern area leads to Oku Shiga Kogen and is flanked by a number of 2000 meter high peaks providing an immense area for skiers and snowboarders to explore. The northern area's Higashidateyama Resort hosted the slalom and giant slalom events of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

Lift tickets cost 5600 yen and give you access to all of the resorts in Shiga Kogen. Most of the ski areas are connected such that you can easily travel between them on ski or snowboard; however, there is also a free shuttle bus that connects the various resorts during the ski season.

Accommodation is provided by the many hotels located throughout the area, especially around the central intersection. Shiga Kogen does not have much of a town, so after ski activities usually take place at the hotel. Entertainment can also be found at the nearby hot spring resort towns of Shibu Onsen and Yudanaka Onsen or the Jigokudani Monkey Park, whose wild monkeys bathe in natural hot springs.

Shiga Kogen Snow Resorts
Made up of 18 ski resorts, Shiga Kogen is the largest combined ski area in Japan. Enough long runs and varied terrain to keep you busy for at least two days.
Season*
Mid November to early May
(December 5, 2020 to May 5, 2021)
(Partial opening from November 14, 2020)
Lifts
47 lifts
Tickets
Full day 5600 yen
Half day 4800 yen
Nighter Varies between resorts
Access
Bus/Train 30 minutes by bus from Yudanaka Station.
Car 25 kilometers from Shinshu Nakano Interchange.
* Season dates may be adjusted due to lack of snow. Check before going.

Getting there and around

By local bus from Yudanaka Station

There is approximately one bus per hour from Yudanaka Station to Shiga Kogen, stopping at Shibu Onsen shortly after leaving Yudanaka. In Shiga Kogen, all buses stop at the Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki bus stop (30 minutes, 850 yen) to make a connection with a bus bound for southern Shiga Kogen and before continuing on to Oku Shiga Kogen.

From late April to early November, some buses continue as far as Mount Shirane, where travelers can transfer to a different bus down to Kusatsu Onsen.

By express bus from Nagano Station

The Nagaden Shiga Kogen Express serves various stops in Shiga Kogen. During the ski season, buses depart Nagano Station about once an hour. All buses stop at the Shiga Kogen Yamanoeki bus stop (70 minutes, 1800 yen) from where the majority continue on to Oku Shiga Kogen while a few continue south. In addition, there are free shuttle buses that connect the various ski resorts with each other.

Outside of winter, express buses from Nagano to Shiga Kogen operate less frequently. From late April to early November, some continue as far as Mount Shirane (currently out of service), where traveler can transfer to a different bus down to Kusatsu Onsen.

How to get to and around Yamanouchi

Hotels around Yamanouchi

    • Yudanaka Seifu-so
      A traditional ryokan with wooden building by Yudanaka Station. Unique onsen - private, open-air, apple, leaf baths etc.
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    • Senjukaku
      Luxury
      Boasting open-air hot spring baths, a heated indoor pool and beautiful Japanese gardens, Senjukaku offers traditional Japanese-style accommodation that has a historic charm. Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is a 15-minute drive away. Offering mountain views, all rooms are fitted with traditional tatami (woven-straw) flooring and a low table with seating cushions. In-room amenities include a flat-screen TV and a fridge. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. While staying at Senjukaku Ryokan, guests can unwind at the spacious public bathing area or reserve one of the cosy family baths for private use. There is an art gallery space at the lobby, showcasing Japanese drawings. A gift shop is also available on site. The ryokan serves various seasonal Japanese dishes, prepared with organic vegetables and local beef. The property offers free pick-up shuttles from Yudanaka Station, an 8-minute drive away.
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    • Yudanaka Onsen Yamazakiya
      Mid-range
      Only a 10-minute drive from Snow Monkey Park, Yudanaka Onsen Yamazakiya offers simple Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can refresh in the public hot-spring baths or relax by the traditional garden. A free shuttle is available from Yudanaka Train Station, which is a 5-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each room comes with a TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Japanese Yukata robes are provided and guests can enjoy views of the river or of the traditional stone-paved streets. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Local products can be purchased at the souvenir shop and relaxing massages can be requested for extra costs. A karaoke room and ski storage is available. Traditional multi-course meals are served for dinner and a Japanese set-menu for breakfast. All meals are served at the dining room. Yamazakiya Yudanaka Onsen is a 30-minute drive from Shiga Kogen Sun Valley Ski Resort and a 60-minute drive from JR Nagano Train Station. If requested 1 day in advance, a free shuttle is offered to Snow Monkey Park.
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    • Yudanaka Yasuragi
      Mid-range
      A small 6-room inn with Ryokan meals and cosy interiors, Yasuragi is just a few minutes drive to Jigokudani Monkey Park and an 8-minute walk from Yudanaka Train Station. Hot-spring baths are featured. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free pick-up service from Yudanaka Station is provided. Yasuragi Innfs Japanese-style rooms have tatami (woven-straw) floors, futon beds and a flat-screen TV. Each room is air-conditioned in summer while heating and a kotatsu leg-warming table are available in winter. A fridge, an electric kettle and yukata robes are provided. All guests have access to the on-site hot spring public baths, and they can be reserved for private use. (please inquire at the front desk for more information.) Shiga-Kogen Ski Park and North Shiga Ski Park are both a 15-minute drive away. The property offers a free shuttle to nearby locations upon request, including Yudanaka Train Station. Parking is free. There is a convenience store right behind the inn.
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    • Daymaruya Ryokan
      Budget-friendly
      At Daymaruya Ryokan, guests can enjoy hot-spring baths and traditional Japanese-style accommodations with free wired internet access. A free shuttle is available from Yudanaka Train Station, which is a 5-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Each includes a TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. Comes with a private toilet and Yukata robes. Bathrooms are shared. The property offers free luggage and shuttle services upon request. Free WiFi is available near the reception and common area located on the second floor. Japanese meals featuring local ingredients are served at the guestsf rooms with a personal Nakai-san attendant service. Ski and luggage storages are available at the front desk. Ryokan Daymaruya is a 15-minute drive from Snow Monkey Park and a 25-minute drive from Shiga Kogen Ski Resort. Heiwa Kannon is a 10-minute walk away.
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    • AIBIYA
      Budget-friendly
      Offering a barbecue and ski storage space, AIBIYA is located in Yamanouchi in the Nagano Region, 4.1 km from Jigokudani Monkey Park. Each room at this property features air-conditioning and heating, and low beds with individual lights. All rooms have a tatami (woven-straw) floor where guests can unwind and relax. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. Ryuoo Ski Park is 6 km from AIBIYA, while Hasuike Pond is 7 km away. A complimentary breakfast is served, consisting of bread, yogurt, seasonal fruits and coffee. Guests will also find a shop featuring local artworks on site.
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    • Yudanaka Tawaraya Ryokan
      Luxury
      A 5-minute walk from Yudanaka Train Station, Tawaraya offers Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Guests can relax in the indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths and wear colorful Japanese Yukata robes. Massages can be requested for an extra cost. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A safety deposit box, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags are included in each. Rooms come with a private toilet but bathrooms are shared with all other guests. An outdoor hot-spring bath can be reserved for private-use and guests can enjoy looking out into the traditional garden. Dry cleaning and daily newspaper services are available at the front desk. Local products can be purchased at the souvenir shop. Traditional multi-course meals featuring local ingredients are served for dinner and a Japanese set-menu for breakfast. All meals are served at the dining room. Tawaraya Ryokan is a 10-minute drive from Snow Monkey Park and a 15-minute walk from Heiwa Kannon. Shiga Kogen Ski Resort is a 30-minute drive away.
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    • Suminoyu
      Mid-range
      Located in the Shibu hot-spring district, guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor hot-spring baths at Suminoyu. Massages can be requested and a footbath is also available for extra relaxation. A free shuttle is offered from Yudanaka Train Station, which is a 10-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms have tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A TV, fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags are provided in each. Rooms come with a private toilet but bathrooms are shared. Free Wi-Fi is accessible at the lobby and local products can be purchased at the gift shop. Luggage storage is available. Japanese dishes featuring local ingredients are available at the ryokan. Dinner is served in a private dining room. Suminoyu Inn is a 10-minute drive from Snow Monkey Park and a 25-minute drive from Shiga Kogen Ski Resort. Heiwa Kannon is a 15-minute walk away.
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    • Minshuku Miyama
      Budget-friendly
      Minshuku Miyama offers Japanese-style accommodations with free Wi-Fi. Guests can relax in the public outdoor hot-spring baths and wear Japanese Yukata robes. A free shuttle is available from Yudanaka Train Station, which is a 10-minute drive away and must be reserved at time of booking. The rooms feature heating facilities, tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. A fan, a TV and an electric kettle with green tea bags are included in each. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. A Japanese set menu is available at the dining room. Breakfast and dinner are served. Miyama Minshuku Inn is a 15-minute drive from Snow Monkey Park and a 10-minute drive from Heiwa Kannon. Shiga Kogen Ski Resort is a 20-minute drive away.
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    • Wafu no Yado Masuya
      Mid-range
      On just a 5-minute drive from Yudanaka Station, Wafu no Yado Masuya features beautiful Japanese-style rooms, hot spring baths and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms boast a private outdoor hot spring bath. Masuya Wafu no Yado is a 15-minute drive from the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, as well as from the Heiwa Kannon (Peace Statue). Zenko-ji Temple is an hourfs drive away. The spacious, bright rooms at Masuya are comfortably furnished with tatami-mat flooring and traditional futon bedding. They come with a seating area, satellite TV and a fridge. Guests at the Wafu no Yado can soak in spacious indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, or take a flower pressing class. Ladies can choose from 50 colourful gowns to use. The Japanese hot spring experience is complete with award-winning multi-course dinners, served in private dining rooms. Delicious local specialities can also be ordered separately.
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    • a‰·ò¬Î‰®—·ŠÙ
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      Located in the historical Shibu Onsen district, a‰·ò¬Î‰®—·ŠÙ offers both private and dormitory-style guest rooms as well as an on-site restaurant where local dishes, wines and craft beers are available. All rooms at a‰·ò¬Î‰®—·ŠÙ have air conditioning. There is no OnsenEBath in a‰·ò¬Î‰®—·ŠÙ, however, staying guests at a‰·ò¬Î‰®—·ŠÙ can enjoy 9 public baths in Shibu onsen(free). There are 2 shower rooms in a‰·ò¬Î‰®—·ŠÙ. At an additional fee, staying guests at a‰·ò¬Î‰®—·ŠÙ can enjoy exclusive evening entrance to Yoroduya's natural hot spring bath Momoyama Buro, which is registered as a tangible cultural property. The property provides shuttle services to and from Momoyama Buro and Jigokudani Monkey Park, which are under a 5-minute bus ride away. Pick up service from Yudanaka station is available between 15:00-17:30 for check in guest(free), booking in advance is essential.
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