Shiga Kogen Travel Guide - By public transport

Shiga Kogen by public transport

Shiga Kogen is a highland area to the east north east of Nagano City in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. 'Shiga Kogen' is actually 19 (mostly) interconnected ski hills which share a common 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 alping skiing giant slalom was held at Higashitateyama. (The snowboarding half pipe was held at the now closed Kanbayashi Snowboard Park)

Shiga Kogen is also well known as being the nearest ski resort area to the snow monkey park at Jigokudani.

Shiga Kogen area by public transport
Getting around Shiga Kogen
Shiga Kogen region map
Getting from Shiga Kogen to nearby snow regions
Joshinetsu region map
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Additional Shiga Kogen resources
Shiga Kogen by car
Go to our guide for getting to the Shiga Kogen area by car

What is Shiga Kogen?

  Shiga Kogen is a highland area in the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park Shiga Kogen 志賀高原
  Shiga Kogen is part of Yamanouchi Town Yamanouchi Town 山ノ内町
  The ski and snowboard resorts in the Shiga Kogen area are collectively known as 'Shiga Kogen' and they share a common lift ticket, but they each have their own name. See a full list of the resorts below.    
  Most of the resorts in Shiga Kogen are interconnected. The resort areas in the south area - Kumanoyu, Yokoteyama, Shibutoge and Kidoike - are seperate from the rest.
A free shuttle bus connects all of the areas.
   

 

Getting to the Shiga Kogen area by train

  Shinkansen bullet train:  

  Hokuriku Shinkansen 北陸新幹線
  Nagano Station 長野駅
  Local trains:  
  Nagano-sen 長野線
  Yudanaka Station 湯田中駅

There is no station in the highland Shiga Kogen area. The nearest train station is Yudanaka Station on the Nagano-sen local train line. However many people take a bus direct from Nagano Station after using the Hokuriku Shinkansen.

From Tokyo Station to Nagano Station

Take the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station.

From Shin Osaka Station to Nagano Station

Take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Nagoya Station. From Nagoya Station take the Chuo Honsen which goes to Nagano Station.

From Nagano Station to the Shiga Kogen area

There are two main ways to get to Shiga Kogen from Nagano Station - by train or bus:

By train and bus

From Nagano Station Zenkoji Exit change to the private Nagano-sen train line which to Yudanaka Station. Buses are available from Yudanaka Station to the Shiga Kogen resort areas.

From   To Train line
Tokyo Station > Nagano Station Hokuriku Shinkansen
Nagano Station > Yudanaka Station Nagano-sen

This journey is around 255km and usually takes around 150 minutes.

From   To Train line
Nagoya Station > Nagano Station Chuo Honsen
Nagano Station > Yudanaka Station Nagano-sen

This journey is around 285km and usually takes around 260 minutes.

Local bus services are available from Yudanaka Station. The journey to the Hasuike area of Shiga Kogen from Yudanaka Station takes about 35 minutes.

By bus

There is also a direct bus to Shiga Kogen from the East Exit of Nagano Station. The journey from Nagano Station to Shiga Kogen typically takes at least 70 minutes.
 

Getting around Shiga Kogen by bus

A winter season shuttle bus operates within the Shiga Kogen area during the daytime and is free to use for people with valid ski lift tickets.

Hokuriku Shinkansen
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station
>> Full Hokuriku Shinkansen details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Tokyo Distance from Nagano
Tokyo 東京駅 Tokyo >>> 222.4km
Nagano 長野駅 Nagano 222.4km >>>
 
Nagano-sen
Nagano-sen from Nagano Station to Yudanaka Station
>> Full Nagano-sen details
>> Diagram showing regional train line connections
Station name   Prefecture Distance from Nagano Station
Nagano 東京駅 Nagano >>>
Yudanaka 湯田中 Nagano 33.2km

Note that not all trains stop at all of the stations on the Nagano-sen train line. The limited express trains stop at as little as 6 stations. However all trains do stop at the Yudanaka terminal.

See also:

>> This map alongside googlemaps
>> Joshinetsu Expressway
>> Hokuriku Shinkansen
>> Nagano-sen train line
>> On the above map click on the resort names for more details

 

Getting from Shiga Kogen to nearby snow resort regions

Important:
The times shown below are simple guidelines to indicate the train journey times between the stations mentioned and may vary depending on the trains and connections used. The lower number indicates travel time, the higher number indicates a sample journey including connecting times. Times from stations to ski resort areas are not included. Please check for specifics.

Region Approximate journey time The journey
Shiga Kogen to Madarao
(Nagano)
60-80 mins By train:
Nagano-sen from Yudanaka Station to Nagano Station.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano Station to Iiyama Station.
Madarao Kogen is about 11km from Iiyama Station by bus or taxi.
>> SnowJapan Madarao Travel Guide - By train : By car
Shiga Kogen to Nagano City
(Nagano)
50-70 minutes By train:
Nagano-sen from Yudanaka Station to Nagano Station.
Shiga Kogen to Nozawa Onsen
(Nagano)
60-85 minutes By train:
Nagano-sen from Yudanaka Station to Nagano Station.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano Station to Iiyama Station.
Nozawa Onsen is about 13.5km from Iiyama Station (and about 7km from the local Togari Nozawa Onsen Station on the Iiyama line)
>> SnowJapan Nozawa Onsen Travel Guide - By train : By car
Shiga Kogen to Myoko
(Niigata)
85-110 minutes By train:
Nagano-sen from Yudanaka Station to Shinano Yoshida Station.
Walk over to Kita Nagano Station (10 minutes).
Kita Shinano-sen from Kita Nagano Station to Myoko Kogen Station.
Bus or taxi from Myoko Kogen Station to the resorts.
>> SnowJapan Myoko Travel Guide - By train : By car
Shiga Kogen to Sugadaira
(Nagano)
65-100 minutes By train:
Nagano-sen from Yudanaka Station to Nagano Station.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano Station to Ueda Station.
Sugadaira is around 40 minutes from Ueda Station by bus or taxi.
>>
SnowJapan Sugadaira Travel Guide - By train : By car
Shiga Kogen to Hakuba
(Nagano)
160-220 minutes By train:
Nagano-sen from Yudanaka Station to Nagano Station.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano Station to Itoigawa Station.
Oito-sen from Itoigawa Station to Hakuba Station.
Bus or taxi from Hakuba Station to the resorts.
>>
SnowJapan Hakuba Travel Guide - By train : By car
Shiga Kogen to Yuzawa
(Niigata)
115-180 minutes By train:
Nagano-sen line from Yudanaka Station to Nagano Station.
Hokuriku Shinkansen from Nagano Station to Takasaki Station.
Joetsu Shinkansen from Takasaki Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station.
Bus or taxi from Echigo Yuzawa Station to the resorts.
>> SnowJapan Yuzawa Travel Guide - By train : By car

See also:

>> Regional expressways connection map
>> Regional train lines connection map
>> On the above map click on the resort names, train lines and expressway names for more details

 

Jigokudani Monkey Park

The Jigokudani Yaenkoen 'Snow Monkey Park' opened in 1964 and since then people from around the world have visited the park to observe the lifestyle of the Japanese Macaque....mainly the way they enjoy soaking in the onsen hot springs. The Japanese Macaque is a monkey species native to northern Japan, and is the most northern-living non-human primate, surviving winter temperatures of below -15 °C.  They have brown-gray fur, a red face, hands and bottom, and a short tail - and often seem remarkably human like.

Jigokudani (which actually means 'Hell's Valley') Yaenkoen is located a short distance off Route 292 in Yamanouchi town and about 10km from the nearest ski area in Shiga Kogen (Sun Valley).

>> For more information on how to get to Jigokudani Monkey Park, please read this


Additional Shiga Kogen resources on SnowJapan

For detailed information on how to get to Shiga Kogen by car, please go to this section.

Daily reports Exclusive daily snow and weather reports from Shiga Kogen (Shiga Kogen Now)
Ski and snowboard resorts List of ski and snowboard resorts in Shiga Kogen
Resort Spotlights Okushiga Kogen
Yakebitaiyama
Accommodation Accommodation Spotlights - Shiga Kogen
Online booking for accommodation in Yamanouchi
Ski lessons Lessons in English

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