Shirakabako Royal Hill (Chino City, Nagano)

Shirakabako Royal Hill
(長野県 茅野市)
Planned season: Saturday 12th December 2020 until Sunday 4th April 2021
Official snow depth 90cm (0cm) [updated on 7th March 2021]

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Shirakabako Royal Hill is located on the south side of Shirakaba Lake in Chino city, in the central eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. This ski hill has and upper area and lower area and the main car park and ski centre is actually located between the two areas. The upper area has the gentler slopes. The resort uses snow making machines in times of need! This ski hill has been operating since 1961.

There are a number of ski and snowboard resorts scattered around the mountainous area that stretches from Kirigamine highland and Kurumayama to the north, over to Lake Shirakaba and Mt Tateshina a little further to the east and then Mt Yokodake and the Yatsugatake mountain range further south. This region usually gets a relatively large amount of clearer weather conditions and does not usually receive as much snow as other highland areas. The region is part of the Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park and is a popular tourist destination throughout the year. The famous Venus Line sightseeing road runs through the area.

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.

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The Mountain

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Shirakabako Royal Hill Snow Depth Statistics

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

Previous Statistics

Shirakabako Royal Hill Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Shirakabako Royal Hill. 
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
There are two areas for kids - a sledging area near base and the 'Yuki-asobi-hiroba' (playing in the snow) area by the Panorama C course in the upper area.

A 1 day ticket to use the snow escalator costs 1,500 yen (800 yen for a half day).

There is a 'Kids Room' on the 1st Floor of the hotel. People not staying at the hotel can also use that facility. 
Park Information
Park information
There are three park areas - Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3 - as well as a beginners 'Skill Up Zone' area. 

Shirakabako Royal Hill Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:45pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:45pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Shirakabako Royal Hill is open from 8:30am until 4:45pm.

Between 19th December 2020 and 21st March 2021 the ski area is open for night skiing until 9:30pm. The lifts close between 4:45pm until 5:30pm for course maintenance.

Shirakabako Royal Hill Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
60 years and over
1 Day 4,900 yen 1,000 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
1 Day Passport 6,100 yen 1,000 yen 4,300 yen 4,300 yen
5 Hours 4,000 yen 1,000 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
Nighta (5:30pm-9:30pm) 2,800 yen 1,000 yen 2,800 yen 2,800 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 300 yen 600 yen 600 yen
Season Ticket (all) 50,000 yen 12,000 yen 40,000 yen 40,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekday) 40,000 yen 30,000 yen 30,000 yen
Season (nighta) 30,000 yen 30,000 yen 30,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

The 1 Day Passport ticket is valid from opening until the end of nighta.

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.

Getting to Shirakabako Royal Hill

By public transport
37.8km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.2km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Transport Information
Shirakabako Royal Hill is about 19km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line.

To the north the Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is about 38km away.

>> More information on the Hokuriku Shinkansen train line

A bus service from Chino Station stops nearby and takes about 50 minutes.
By Car
22.2km from the Suwa IC on the Chuo Expressway
24.3km from the Suwa Minami IC on the Chuo Expressway
35.9km from the Saku Minami IC on the Chubu Odan Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 152 (0.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 40
Shirakaba Royal Hill is about 22km from the Suwa IC exit of the Chuo Expressway.

From the Suwa IC exit turn right onto Route 20 and just over 1.3km later turn left onto Route 152. Follow this road up to Lake Shirakaba and follow the signs to Shirakaba Royal Hill which is located on the southern side of the lake.

>> More information on Chuo Expressway
Free parking is available at the base of the resort for 900 vehicles. Open 24 hours a day.

More Information

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Kitayama Shirakabako 3419-1
2020-2021 UPDATES
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