Shiga Kogen Giant (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Giant
志賀高原 ジャイアント (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Mid December 2016 until late March 2017

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Latest report posted at 9:04am on Monday 24th April 2017
Official snow depth --- [updated on 26th April 2017]

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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 19 (mostly) inter-connected 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. 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 Giant is one part of Shiga Kogen. It is located in the central area and consists of one 1000m slope. The base of the run is connected with Bundaira and Nishitateyama. At the top you can connect to the Hasuike and Maruike resort areas using the connecting ropetow. 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 Giant Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 70cm 40cm 1st 230cm 80cm 1st 250cm 110cm
2nd - - 2nd 70cm 40cm 2nd 230cm 80cm 2nd 250cm 110cm
3rd - - 3rd 70cm 40cm 3rd 230cm 80cm 3rd 250cm 110cm
4th - - 4th 70cm 40cm 4th 230cm 80cm 4th 250cm 110cm
5th - - 5th 70cm 40cm 5th 230cm 80cm 5th 250cm 110cm
6th - - 6th 85cm 40cm 6th 230cm 80cm 6th 250cm 110cm
7th - - 7th 85cm 40cm 7th 230cm 80cm 7th 250cm 110cm
8th - - 8th 85cm 40cm 8th 230cm 80cm 8th 250cm 110cm
9th - - 9th 85cm 40cm 9th 230cm 80cm 9th 250cm 110cm
10th - - 10th 90cm 40cm 10th 230cm 100cm 10th 250cm 100cm
11th - - 11th 90cm 40cm 11th 230cm 100cm 11th 250cm 100cm
12th - - 12th 90cm 40cm 12th 230cm 100cm 12th 250cm 90cm
13th - - 13th 100cm 40cm 13th 230cm 100cm 13th 250cm 90cm
14th - - 14th 100cm 40cm 14th 250cm 100cm 14th 250cm 90cm
15th - - 15th 150cm 40cm 15th 250cm 100cm 15th 250cm 90cm
16th - - 16th 150cm 40cm 16th 250cm 100cm 16th 250cm 90cm
17th - - 17th 180cm 40cm 17th 250cm 100cm 17th 250cm 90cm
18th - - 18th 230cm 40cm 18th 250cm 100cm 18th 250cm 90cm
19th - - 19th 230cm 50cm 19th 250cm 100cm 19th 250cm 90cm
20th - - 20th 230cm 50cm 20th 250cm 100cm 20th 220cm 90cm
21st - - 21st 250cm 75cm 21st 280cm 100cm 21st 220cm 90cm
22nd - - 22nd 250cm 75cm 22nd 250cm 90cm 22nd 220cm 90cm
23rd 20cm 20cm 23rd 250cm 75cm 23rd 250cm 90cm 23rd 220cm 80cm
24th 50cm - 24th 250cm 75cm 24th 250cm 90cm 24th 220cm 80cm
25th 50cm - 25th 250cm 80cm 25th 250cm 90cm 25th 220cm 80cm
26th 50cm 30cm 26th 250cm 80cm 26th 250cm 90cm 26th 220cm 80cm
27th 40cm 30cm 27th 250cm 80cm 27th 250cm 90cm 27th 220cm 80cm
28th 60cm 30cm 28th 250cm 80cm 28th 250cm 90cm 28th 220cm 80cm
29th 70cm 40cm 29th 250cm 80cm 29th - 90cm 29th 220cm 80cm
30th 70cm 40cm 30th 230cm 80cm 30th 30th 220cm 80cm
31st 70cm 40cm 31st 230cm 80cm 31st 31st 220cm 80cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Giant 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
There are no special facilities for children at Giant. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities at Giant. 

Shiga Kogen Giant Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
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.

There is no nighta at the Giant area of Shiga Kogen.

The areas of Shiga Kogen that open for nighta are Sun Valley, Maruike, Takamagahara Mammoth, Ichinose Family, Ichinose Diamond, Yakebitaiyama and Kumanoyu. Opening dates and times vary - please refer to the individual resort pages for more details.

Shiga Kogen Giant 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 13,400 yen 6,700 yen 10,800 yen 10,800 yen
Super Pass 4 17,500 yen 8,800 yen 15,000 yen 15,000 yen
Super Pass 5 21,600 yen 10,800 yen 18,600 yen 18,600 yen
Super Pass 6 25,800 yen 12,900 yen 22,000 yen 22,000 yen
Super Pass 7 29,900 yen 15,000 yen 25,200 yen 25,200 yen
Super Pass 10 41,200 yen 20,600 yen 35,000 yen 35,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information All of the tickets shown are valid at all of the 19 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).

Ski-kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day) is on the third Sunday of the month between December and April. On those days, a 1 day ticket for children of elementary school age and below is free. Please note that the 500 yen returnable deposit is still required.

Getting to Shiga Kogen Giant

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
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 under 17km away from Giant.

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 Giant.

>> 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.
By Car
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)
Giant 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 - about 22km from the IC exit - turn left to head towards the Giant 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.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by car
There is a car park at the base of Giant for about 350 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (3rd April 2017), many ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season - though some remain open. Season dates shown on these pages are the original planned dates and subject to change.

The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Information will be reviewed and updated over the coming months. Data for every ski resort should be updated in time for the start of the 2017-2018 winter season.
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