Shiga Kogen Ichinose Diamond (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Ichinose Diamond
志賀高原 一の瀬ダイヤモンド (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Mid December 2016 until early May 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 Ichinose Diamond is one part of Shiga Kogen. It is located in the central area and it connects with the northern area of Yakebitaiyama and Okushiga Kogen via Ichinose Yamanokami. It is on the other side of the road from Ichinose Family, but you can cross the road and connect with Ichinose Family using the 'magic carpet' and bridge. 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

1700m
85m
1615m
21"
2
600m
2
20%
50%
30%

Shiga Kogen Ichinose Diamond Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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1st - - 1st 80cm 30cm 1st 250cm 95cm 1st 280cm 130cm
2nd - - 2nd 80cm 40cm 2nd 250cm 95cm 2nd 280cm 130cm
3rd - - 3rd 80cm 40cm 3rd 250cm 95cm 3rd 280cm 130cm
4th - - 4th 100cm 40cm 4th 250cm 95cm 4th 280cm 130cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 40cm 5th 250cm 95cm 5th 280cm 130cm
6th - - 6th 100cm 40cm 6th 250cm 95cm 6th 280cm 130cm
7th - - 7th 100cm 40cm 7th 250cm 95cm 7th 280cm 130cm
8th - - 8th 100cm 40cm 8th 250cm 95cm 8th 280cm 120cm
9th - - 9th 100cm 40cm 9th 250cm 95cm 9th 280cm 120cm
10th - - 10th 100cm 45cm 10th 250cm 100cm 10th 280cm 120cm
11th - - 11th 100cm 45cm 11th 250cm 120cm 11th 280cm 120cm
12th - - 12th 100cm 45cm 12th 280cm 120cm 12th 280cm 120cm
13th - - 13th 110cm 45cm 13th 280cm 120cm 13th 280cm 120cm
14th - - 14th 110cm 45cm 14th 280cm 120cm 14th 260cm 120cm
15th - - 15th 180cm 45cm 15th 280cm 120cm 15th 260cm 120cm
16th - - 16th 200cm 45cm 16th 280cm 120cm 16th 260cm 120cm
17th - - 17th 200cm 45cm 17th 280cm 120cm 17th 260cm 120cm
18th - - 18th 220cm 45cm 18th 280cm 120cm 18th 260cm 120cm
19th - - 19th 220cm 45cm 19th 280cm 120cm 19th 260cm 100cm
20th - - 20th 220cm 50cm 20th 280cm 120cm 20th 260cm 100cm
21st 40cm - 21st 230cm 75cm 21st 280cm 120cm 21st 260cm 100cm
22nd 40cm - 22nd 230cm 75cm 22nd 280cm 120cm 22nd 260cm 100cm
23rd 40cm - 23rd 230cm 75cm 23rd 280cm 120cm 23rd 260cm 100cm
24th 40cm - 24th 230cm 75cm 24th 280cm 120cm 24th 260cm 100cm
25th 40cm - 25th 250cm 75cm 25th 280cm 120cm 25th 260cm 100cm
26th 40cm - 26th 250cm 85cm 26th 280cm 120cm 26th 260cm 100cm
27th 40cm 20cm 27th 250cm 85cm 27th 280cm 120cm 27th 260cm 100cm
28th 70cm 20cm 28th 250cm 85cm 28th 280cm 120cm 28th 260cm 90cm
29th 70cm 30cm 29th 250cm 85cm 29th - 120cm 29th 260cm 90cm
30th 80cm 30cm 30th 250cm 85cm 30th 30th 260cm 90cm
31st 80cm 30cm 31st 250cm 95cm 31st 31st 260cm 90cm

Shiga Kogen Ichinose Diamond Facilities

School
School
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. 
Rental
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
'Ichinose Diamond Rabbit Activity Kids Park' is located near base and is generally open from 10am until 3:30pm, and features a 50m tubing course. Entry is 500 yen. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Shiga Kogen Ichinose Diamond Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
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 at the Ichinose Diamond area of Shiga Kogen are from 6:30pm until 9pm on the following dates:

- 28th December 2016 until 3rd January 2017
- 7th and 8th January 2017
- Every Saturday from 7th January until 25th March 2017
- 19th March 2017

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 Ichinose Diamond Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
High School age
Senior
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
Ichinose Nighta 2,100 yen 1,000 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 Ichinose Diamond

By public transport
Train
Train
48.1km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
20.2km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
36.6km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Transport Information
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 20km away from Ichinose Diamond.

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 37km and 48km respectively away from Ichinose Diamond.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by public transport
bus
Bus
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 15 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Ichinose areas of Shiga Kogen.
By Car
Car
30.3km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
35.8km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
37.2km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (6km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Direction
Direction
Ichinose Diamond is just over 30km 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 6km. Ichinose Diamond is on the left hand side of the 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
Parking
Parking
There are a number of car parks around the base of Ichinose resort areas and Tannenomori Okojo including parking for hotels. In total there is enough room for 1,300 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Shiga Kogen
Yamanouchi-machi
Shimotakai-gun
Nagano-ken
381-0401
Telephone
Telephone
0269-34-2556
Season dates and information
The information shown on this page is for the 2016-2017 season. Planned season dates and information for the 2017-2018 season will be updated over the next few months in time for the upcoming ski season. (Updated: late August 2017)
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