Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Prefecture
New pulse gondola lift for 2020-2021
A new ‘pulse gondola’ lift at Shiga Kogen should be ready for the 2020-2021 season. Pulse gondolas feature cabins that are grouped together in “pulses” rather than being spaced evenly along the cable. The new lift will feature two ‘pulses’ of 3 cabins, each holding 8 people, and the short 400m journey will take just 90 seconds.
The location of the new gondola is by the side of the Shiga Kogen Yama-no-Eki building (opposite the Sougo Kaikan 98 Building that houses the Tourist Information Centre). That is close to the Hasuike area of Shiga Kogen. The new gondola goes down from there to the base of the pair lift at the Giant ski area.
Until 2012 the 1,500m Shiga Kogen Ropeway used go from the same area over to Hoppo Onsen. That lift operated from 1960 and was removed after closing.
There will be parking for 500 vehicles close by the new gondola and with the main bus stop within walking distance, Shiga Kogen is proclaiming it as a new convenient way to get over to the Takamagahara, Terakoya, Ichinose, Yakebitaiyama and Okushiga areas of the resort.