Biwako Valley (Otsu City, Shiga)

Biwako Valley
びわ湖バレイ (滋賀県 大津市)
Planned season: Thursday 28th December 2017 until Sunday 18th March 2018
Official snow depth Daily updates during snow season

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Biwako Valley is located in Otsu city in Shiga Prefecture, by the western shores (and affording fine views of) Lake Biwa. At just 40km or so from central Kyoto, it is the nearest ski hill from the city. The fast Ropeway takes people from the base car parks to the slopes. Biwako Valley has been operating since 1965.

Shiga Prefecture is part of the Kansai region in the western region of the main island of Honshu. Lake Biwa is the largest freshwater in Japan located at the centre of Shiga Prefecture. Most of the ski hills in Shiga Prefecture are found in the region to the north west of Lake Biwa. Be sure not to confuse Shiga Prefecture with the popular ‘Shiga Kogen’ resort region of Nagano Prefecture – they are un-related.

The Mountain

1174m
224m
950m
30"
8
1400m
8
10%
60%
30%
Skiers
40%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
60%
1 0 2 0 5 0 0

Biwako Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
17/18
season
16/17
season
17/18
season
16/17
season
17/18
season
16/17
season
17/18
season
16/17
season
1st - - 1st - 40cm 1st - 110cm 1st - 140cm
2nd - - 2nd - 40cm 2nd - 120cm 2nd - 140cm
3rd - - 3rd - 35cm 3rd - 120cm 3rd - 140cm
4th - - 4th - 35cm 4th - 120cm 4th - 140cm
5th - - 5th - 35cm 5th - 120cm 5th - 130cm
6th - - 6th - 35cm 6th - 120cm 6th - 120cm
7th - - 7th - 45cm 7th - 120cm 7th - 120cm
8th - - 8th - 45cm 8th - 120cm 8th - 120cm
9th - - 9th - 35cm 9th - 130cm 9th - 120cm
10th - - 10th - 35cm 10th - 150cm 10th - 120cm
11th - - 11th - 35cm 11th - 150cm 11th - 100cm
12th - - 12th - 45cm 12th - 150cm 12th - 95cm
13th - - 13th - 45cm 13th - 150cm 13th - 90cm
14th - - 14th - 50cm 14th - 150cm 14th - 90cm
15th - - 15th - 60cm 15th - 150cm 15th - 90cm
16th - - 16th - 80cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 95cm
17th - - 17th - 80cm 17th - 150cm 17th - 95cm
18th - - 18th - 80cm 18th - 140cm 18th - 95cm
19th - 40cm 19th - 90cm 19th - 140cm 19th - 90cm
20th - 40cm 20th - 90cm 20th - 140cm 20th - 90cm
21st - 30cm 21st - 90cm 21st - 140cm 21st - 85cm
22nd - 20cm 22nd - 100cm 22nd - 140cm 22nd - 85cm
23rd - 10cm 23rd - 100cm 23rd - 130cm 23rd - 85cm
24th - 10cm 24th - 120cm 24th - 140cm 24th - 85cm
25th - 15cm 25th - 120cm 25th - 140cm 25th - 85cm
26th - - 26th - 120cm 26th - 140cm 26th - 80cm
27th - 10cm 27th - 120cm 27th - 140cm 27th - 80cm
28th - 10cm 28th - 120cm 28th - 140cm 28th - 80cm
29th - 40cm 29th - 120cm 29th - - 29th - 80cm
30th - 30cm 30th - 120cm 30th 30th - 75cm
31st - 40cm 31st - 100cm 31st 31st - 70cm

Previous Statistics

Biwako Valley Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Asahi Prime. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Snow Land' for children is by the exit at the top of the Ropeway - free for those with valid tickets, otherwise 500 yen on weekdays and 1,000 yen on holidays. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is near the top of the resort, as well as a half pipe and a 'Rookies Park'. 

Biwako Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Biwako Valley is usually open from 8:30am until 5pm on weekdays and from 8am until 5pm on weekends and holidays. From 13th March until the end of the season, it is open from 8am until 4pm.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Biwako Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Senior
50 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 5,500 yen 4,000 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 4,500 yen 3,500 yen
Half Day (Holidays) 5,000 yen 3,500 yen
Half Day (Weekdays) 4,000 yen 3,000 yen
1 lift coupon 400 yen
11 lift coupons 4,000 yen
Ropeway Return (1 time) 2,500 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 48,000 yen 30,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Ropeway operates every 15 minutes (00, 15, 30, 45).

Entry to Snow Land is 500 yen for half day and 1,000 yen for full day.

Getting to Biwako Valley

By public transport
Train
Train
40.1km from Kyoto Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen line
3.5km from Shiga Station on the Kosei line
51.9km from Kaminaka Station on the Obama line
Transport Information
Information
The base station of the Ropeway at the resort is just 3km from the nearest station - Shiga Station on the Kosei line.

>> More information on the Tokaido Shinkansen train line
bus
Bus
Various bus services from Osaka and Kyoto to Biwako Valley are available.
By Car
Car
31.3km from the Kyoto Higashi IC on the Meishin Expressway
57km from the Wakasa Kaminaka IC on the Maizuru Wakasa Expressway
60.5km from the Kinomoto IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 161 (3.1km away)
Direction
Direction
Biwako Valley is about 31km north of the Kyoto Higashi IC on the Meishin Expressway.

From Kyoto, head north on Route 161. The resort is well signposted.

>> More information on Hokuriku Expressway
Parking
Parking
Parking is available at the base of the resort. Parking charges are 1,000 yen.

More Information

Visit official website
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Address
Address
Kido 1546-1
Otsu-shi
Shiga-ken
520-0514
Telephone
Telephone
077-592-1155
2018-2019 SKI RESORT INFORMATION UPDATES
As the 2018-2019 winter season approaches, we will gradually be updating the information for every ski resort in Japan.

Many ski resorts in Japan do not update their own information until the autumn months and so our process of updating information will be ongoing until November.

Resorts usually open and close around the same time each season - if the 2017-2018 planned season dates are still displayed on this page, they can be used as a good indication of the season length.

(Late May 2018)
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