Biwako Valley (Otsu City, Shiga)

Biwako Valley
びわ湖バレイ (滋賀県 大津市)
Planned season: Saturday 17th December 2016 until Sunday 2nd April 2017
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

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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Biwako Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 40cm 30cm 1st 110cm 65cm 1st 140cm 55cm
2nd - - 2nd 40cm 30cm 2nd 120cm 65cm 2nd 140cm 55cm
3rd - - 3rd 35cm 30cm 3rd 120cm 65cm 3rd 140cm 75cm
4th - - 4th 35cm 30cm 4th 120cm 65cm 4th 140cm 75cm
5th - - 5th 35cm 30cm 5th 120cm 65cm 5th 130cm 75cm
6th - - 6th 35cm 30cm 6th 120cm 65cm 6th 120cm 65cm
7th - - 7th 45cm 30cm 7th 120cm 50cm 7th 120cm 65cm
8th - - 8th 45cm 30cm 8th 120cm 50cm 8th 120cm 55cm
9th - - 9th 35cm 30cm 9th 130cm 50cm 9th 120cm 55cm
10th - - 10th 35cm 30cm 10th 150cm 60cm 10th 120cm 55cm
11th - - 11th 35cm 30cm 11th 150cm 70cm 11th 100cm 55cm
12th - - 12th 45cm 30cm 12th 150cm 70cm 12th 95cm 50cm
13th - - 13th 45cm 30cm 13th 150cm 60cm 13th 90cm 50cm
14th - - 14th 50cm 30cm 14th 150cm 35cm 14th 90cm 50cm
15th - - 15th 60cm 30cm 15th 150cm 35cm 15th 90cm 50cm
16th - - 16th 80cm 30cm 16th 150cm 45cm 16th 95cm 50cm
17th - - 17th 80cm 30cm 17th 150cm 45cm 17th 95cm 50cm
18th - - 18th 80cm 30cm 18th 140cm 45cm 18th 95cm 50cm
19th 40cm - 19th 90cm 30cm 19th 140cm 45cm 19th 90cm 50cm
20th 40cm - 20th 90cm 45cm 20th 140cm 45cm 20th 90cm 45cm
21st 30cm - 21st 90cm 45cm 21st 140cm 45cm 21st 85cm 45cm
22nd 20cm - 22nd 100cm 45cm 22nd 140cm 45cm 22nd 85cm 40cm
23rd 10cm - 23rd 100cm 45cm 23rd 130cm 45cm 23rd 85cm 40cm
24th 10cm - 24th 120cm 45cm 24th 140cm 50cm 24th 85cm 40cm
25th 15cm - 25th 120cm 45cm 25th 140cm 55cm 25th 85cm 40cm
26th - - 26th 120cm 65cm 26th 140cm 55cm 26th 80cm 40cm
27th 10cm - 27th 120cm 65cm 27th 140cm 55cm 27th 80cm 40cm
28th 10cm - 28th 120cm 65cm 28th 140cm 55cm 28th 80cm -
29th 40cm - 29th 120cm 65cm 29th - 55cm 29th 80cm -
30th 30cm 30cm 30th 120cm 65cm 30th 30th 75cm -
31st 40cm 30cm 31st 100cm 65cm 31st 31st 70cm -

Previous Statistics

Biwako Valley Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Asahi Prime. 
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 Mid December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'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
50 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 4,100 yen 3,300 yen
Morning (8:30am-1:30pm) 3,600 yen 2,900 yen
Afternoon (12pm-5pm) 3,600 yen 2,900 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,900 yen 3,100 yen
Half day (weekdays) 3,100 yen 2,500 yen
1 Lift Coupon 300 yen 300 yen
12 Lift Coupons 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
Season Ticket (all) 50,800 yen 48,600 yen 32,400 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 37,800 yen 23,800 yen 35,600 yen

Getting to Biwako Valley

By public transport
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
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
A bus service is available from Shiga Station.
By 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)
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 is available at the base of the resort. Parking charges are 1,000 yen.

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Season dates and information
At the time of writing (mid May), almost all ski resorts in Japan have closed for the 2016-2017 season.

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 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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