Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama
志賀高原 横手山 (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Early December 2016 until Mid May 2017
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Official snow depth 330cm (0cm) [updated on 28th March 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 Yokoteyama is one part of Shiga Kogen. It is located in the southern area of Shiga Kogen and only lift and course connected with the Shibutoge area. Note that the data on this page is shared data for Yokoteyama and Shibutoge (one of the pair lifts is the Shibutoge lift). The top of Yokoteyama - at 2,305m - is the highest point of Shiga Kogen as well as being the highest ski lift in Japan, and spectacular views in every direction can be enjoyed on a fine day. There's a bakery up there as well which is worth checking out. 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

2307m
602m
1705m
28"
15
2000m
8
30%
20%
50%
Skiers
80%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
20%
0 0 0 1 5 2 0
There are some snowboarding restrictions at Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama
Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama is lift-connected with:
Shiga Kogen Shibutoge

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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1st - - 1st 60cm 35cm 1st 280cm 90cm 1st 310cm 110cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 40cm 2nd 290cm 90cm 2nd 310cm 110cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 40cm 3rd 290cm 90cm 3rd 310cm 110cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 40cm 4th 290cm 90cm 4th 310cm 110cm
5th - - 5th 60cm 40cm 5th 290cm 90cm 5th 310cm 110cm
6th - - 6th 60cm 30cm 6th 290cm 90cm 6th 310cm 95cm
7th - - 7th 60cm 35cm 7th 290cm 90cm 7th 310cm 95cm
8th - - 8th 60cm 40cm 8th 290cm 90cm 8th 310cm 95cm
9th - - 9th 70cm 45cm 9th 290cm 90cm 9th 310cm 95cm
10th - - 10th 70cm 45cm 10th 300cm 110cm 10th 310cm 95cm
11th - - 11th 70cm 45cm 11th 300cm 110cm 11th 310cm 95cm
12th - - 12th 70cm 45cm 12th 330cm 110cm 12th 290cm 105cm
13th - - 13th 80cm 45cm 13th 320cm 110cm 13th 310cm 105cm
14th - - 14th 110cm 45cm 14th 320cm 110cm 14th 310cm 105cm
15th 30cm - 15th 180cm 45cm 15th 320cm 90cm 15th 310cm 120cm
16th 40cm 5cm 16th 200cm 45cm 16th 320cm 90cm 16th 310cm 120cm
17th 40cm 20cm 17th 250cm 45cm 17th 320cm 95cm 17th 310cm 120cm
18th 40cm 20cm 18th 250cm 45cm 18th 320cm 95cm 18th 300cm 120cm
19th 35cm 20cm 19th 250cm 45cm 19th 320cm 95cm 19th 300cm 110cm
20th 35cm 20cm 20th 250cm 55cm 20th 320cm 95cm 20th 300cm 100cm
21st 30cm 20cm 21st 260cm 55cm 21st 320cm 95cm 21st 300cm 100cm
22nd 30cm 35cm 22nd 260cm 80cm 22nd 320cm 95cm 22nd 320cm 105cm
23rd 30cm 25cm 23rd 260cm 80cm 23rd 320cm 95cm 23rd 320cm 105cm
24th 50cm 25cm 24th 260cm 80cm 24th 320cm 95cm 24th 330cm 105cm
25th 40cm 25cm 25th 280cm 80cm 25th 320cm 100cm 25th 330cm 110cm
26th 40cm 25cm 26th 280cm 90cm 26th 320cm 100cm 26th 330cm 110cm
27th 30cm 30cm 27th 280cm 90cm 27th 320cm 100cm 27th 330cm 110cm
28th 80cm 30cm 28th 280cm 90cm 28th 310cm 100cm 28th 330cm 110cm
29th 50cm 30cm 29th 280cm 90cm 29th - 100cm 29th - 110cm
30th 95cm 30cm 30th 280cm 90cm 30th 30th - 110cm
31st 60cm 30cm 31st 280cm 90cm 31st 31st - 100cm

Previous Statistics

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

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Mid 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 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 in the Yokoteyama 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 Yokoteyama 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
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 Yokoteyama

By public transport
Train
Train
47.3km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.4km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
35.8km 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 about 19.5km away from Yokoteyama.

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 36km and 47.5km respectively away from Yokoteyama.

>> 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 10-15 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Yokoteyama area of Shiga Kogen.
By Car
Car
29.5km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
35km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
36.4km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.1km away)
Direction
Direction

Yokoteyama is 29.5km 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!

After arriving in the Shiga Kogen area continue on Route 292 towards Kumanoyu. Yokoteyama is on the left hand side of the road just over 5km further on than the Hasuike junction.

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 few car parks near the base of Yokoteyama, holding about 300 vehicles in total. 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
0269-34-2600
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Current resort snow depth
330cm
(0cm)
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