Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama
志賀高原 焼額山 (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Saturday 3rd December 2016 until Sunday 2nd 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 Yakebitaiyama is one part of Shiga Kogen. Yakebitaiyama is located in the northern area of Shiga Kogen. Affectionately known as 'Yakebi', the slopes of Yakebitaiyama were host to alpine skiing (slalom) and snowboarding (giant slalom) events at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Yakebitaiyama has an 8 person gondola and a 6 person gondola. Yakebitaiyama is connected with Okushiga Kogen at the top and the Ichinose areas on the other side. 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 Yakebitaiyama Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 90cm 45cm 1st 280cm 100cm 1st 290cm 150cm
2nd - - 2nd 90cm 45cm 2nd 300cm 100cm 2nd 290cm 150cm
3rd - - 3rd 100cm 45cm 3rd 300cm 100cm 3rd 290cm 150cm
4th - - 4th 100cm 45cm 4th 300cm 100cm 4th 290cm 150cm
5th - - 5th 100cm 40cm 5th 300cm 100cm 5th 290cm 150cm
6th - - 6th 110cm 40cm 6th 300cm 100cm 6th 290cm 150cm
7th - - 7th 110cm 45cm 7th 300cm 100cm 7th 290cm 150cm
8th - - 8th 110cm 45cm 8th 300cm 100cm 8th 290cm 120cm
9th - - 9th 110cm 45cm 9th 300cm 100cm 9th 290cm 120cm
10th - - 10th 110cm 45cm 10th 300cm 150cm 10th 290cm 120cm
11th - - 11th 120cm 45cm 11th 300cm 150cm 11th 290cm 120cm
12th - - 12th 120cm 45cm 12th 330cm 150cm 12th 290cm 120cm
13th - - 13th 130cm 45cm 13th 330cm 150cm 13th 290cm 120cm
14th - - 14th 150cm 45cm 14th 330cm 150cm 14th 280cm 120cm
15th 50cm 30cm 15th 180cm 45cm 15th 330cm 150cm 15th 280cm 120cm
16th 50cm 30cm 16th 220cm 45cm 16th 330cm 150cm 16th 280cm 120cm
17th 50cm 30cm 17th 250cm 45cm 17th 310cm 150cm 17th 280cm 120cm
18th 70cm 30cm 18th 260cm 45cm 18th 300cm 150cm 18th 280cm 120cm
19th 70cm 30cm 19th 260cm 50cm 19th 300cm 150cm 19th 280cm 120cm
20th 70cm 35cm 20th 260cm 50cm 20th 300cm 150cm 20th 280cm 120cm
21st 70cm 35cm 21st 260cm 75cm 21st 320cm 150cm 21st 280cm 120cm
22nd 70cm 35cm 22nd 270cm 75cm 22nd 320cm 150cm 22nd 280cm 110cm
23rd 70cm 35cm 23rd 280cm 75cm 23rd 320cm 150cm 23rd 280cm 110cm
24th 60cm 35cm 24th 280cm 75cm 24th 320cm 150cm 24th 280cm 100cm
25th 60cm 35cm 25th 280cm 80cm 25th 320cm 150cm 25th 280cm 100cm
26th 60cm 35cm 26th 300cm 80cm 26th 320cm 150cm 26th 280cm 100cm
27th 60cm 35cm 27th 300cm 80cm 27th 320cm 150cm 27th 280cm 100cm
28th 80cm 40cm 28th 300cm 80cm 28th 320cm 130cm 28th 280cm 100cm
29th 80cm 40cm 29th 300cm 80cm 29th - 130cm 29th 280cm 100cm
30th 90cm 40cm 30th 280cm 90cm 30th 30th 280cm 100cm
31st 90cm 40cm 31st 280cm 100cm 31st 31st 280cm 90cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama 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 'Yakebitaiyama Family Snow Park' near the base hotel features a 70m long snow escalator and other attractions. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Yakebi Terrain Park' features a number of items. 

Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Yakebitaiyama is normally open from 8:30am until 4pm for daytime operations.

Nighta operations at the Yakebitaiyama area of Shiga Kogen are from 6pm until 8pm on the following dates:

- 23rd and 24th December 2016
- 30th December 2016 until 2nd January 2017
- 7th and 8th January 2017
- Every Saturday from 7th January until 4th March 2017

The areas of Shiga Kogen that open for nighta are Sun Valley, Maruike, Takamagahara Mammoth, Ichinose Family, Ichinose Diamond, Yakebitaiyama and Kumanoyu.

Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama 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
Yakebitaiyama Nighta 1,600 yen 1,600 yen 1,600 yen
Yakebitaiyama 1 Day 4,500 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
Yakebitaiyama 2 Days 8,400 yen 7,300 yen 7,300 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).

Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free at Yakebitaiyama (but not at the other connecting areas).

Getting to Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama

By public transport
49.4km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
21.5km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
37.9km 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 21.5km away from Yakebitaiyama.

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 38km and 49.5km respectively away from Yakebitaiyama.

>> 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 15-20 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Yakebitaiyama area of Shiga Kogen.
By Car
31.6km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
37.1km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
38.5km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Yakebitaiyama is just over 31.5km 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 6.5km. The base areas of Yakebitaiyama are 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
There are a number of car parks around the base of Yakebitaiyama with a total capacity of 1700 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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