Shirakabako Royal Hill (Chino City, Nagano)

Shirakabako Royal Hill
白樺湖ロイヤルヒル (長野県 茅野市)
Planned season: Saturday 8th December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019
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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 45cm 65cm 1st 80cm 75cm 1st 90cm 95cm
2nd - - 2nd 50cm 65cm 2nd 90cm 80cm 2nd 90cm 95cm
3rd - - 3rd 50cm 65cm 3rd 90cm 80cm 3rd 90cm 95cm
4th - - 4th 50cm 65cm 4th 90cm 80cm 4th 90cm 95cm
5th - - 5th 50cm 65cm 5th 90cm 80cm 5th 90cm 95cm
6th - - 6th 50cm 65cm 6th 90cm 80cm 6th 90cm 95cm
7th - - 7th 50cm 65cm 7th 90cm 80cm 7th 90cm 95cm
8th - - 8th 50cm 65cm 8th 90cm 80cm 8th 90cm 80cm
9th - 40cm 9th 50cm 65cm 9th 90cm 80cm 9th 90cm 70cm
10th 0cm 40cm 10th 60cm 65cm 10th 90cm 80cm 10th 90cm 70cm
11th - 40cm 11th 60cm 65cm 11th 90cm 90cm 11th 90cm 70cm
12th 20cm 40cm 12th 60cm 65cm 12th 90cm 90cm 12th 90cm 70cm
13th 20cm 40cm 13th 60cm 65cm 13th 90cm 90cm 13th 90cm 70cm
14th 20cm 50cm 14th 60cm 65cm 14th 90cm 90cm 14th 90cm 70cm
15th 25cm 50cm 15th 60cm 65cm 15th 90cm 95cm 15th 90cm 70cm
16th 25cm 50cm 16th 60cm 65cm 16th 90cm 95cm 16th 90cm 70cm
17th 30cm 50cm 17th 60cm 65cm 17th 90cm 95cm 17th 90cm 70cm
18th 30cm 55cm 18th 60cm 65cm 18th 90cm 95cm 18th 90cm 70cm
19th 30cm 55cm 19th 60cm 65cm 19th 90cm 95cm 19th 90cm 70cm
20th 35cm 55cm 20th 60cm 65cm 20th 90cm 95cm 20th 90cm 70cm
21st 35cm 55cm 21st 65cm 65cm 21st 90cm 95cm 21st 90cm 70cm
22nd 35cm 55cm 22nd 65cm 65cm 22nd 90cm 95cm 22nd 90cm 70cm
23rd 35cm 55cm 23rd 70cm 70cm 23rd 90cm 95cm 23rd 90cm 70cm
24th 35cm 55cm 24th 70cm 70cm 24th 90cm 95cm 24th 90cm 70cm
25th 35cm 55cm 25th 70cm 75cm 25th 90cm 95cm 25th 90cm 70cm
26th 40cm 60cm 26th 70cm 75cm 26th 90cm 95cm 26th 90cm 70cm
27th 40cm 60cm 27th 75cm 75cm 27th 90cm 95cm 27th 80cm 60cm
28th 40cm 60cm 28th 75cm 75cm 28th 90cm 95cm 28th 80cm 60cm
29th 40cm 65cm 29th 80cm 75cm 29th - - 29th 80cm 60cm
30th 45cm 65cm 30th 80cm 75cm 30th 30th 80cm 60cm
31st 45cm 65cm 31st 80cm 75cm 31st 31st 80cm 60cm

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.

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 8:00am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Shirakabako Royal Hill is open from 8:30am until 9:30pm every day.

Between 15th December 2018 and 24th March 2019, it will be open until 10:00pm on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays.

Shirakabako Royal Hill Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age
Older Child
High School age
60 years and over
1 Day (weekends & holidays) 4,800 yen 2,200 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 3,800 yen 2,200 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
Super 1 Day (weekends) 6,000 yen 2,700 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Super 1 Day (weekdays) 5,000 yen 2,700 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
5 Hours (weekends & holidays) 3,800 yen 2,000 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
5 Hours (weekdays) 3,500 yen 2,000 yen 3,000 yen 3,000 yen
PM & Night (weekends) 4,800 yen 2,200 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
PM & Nighta (weekdays) 3,800 yen 2,200 yen 3,500 yen 3,500 yen
Nighta A (5:30pm-9:30pm) 2,800 yen 1,500 yen 2,800 yen 2,800 yen
Nighta B (7:30pm-9:30pm) 2,200 yen 1,200 yen 2,200 yen 2,200 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 250 yen 500 yen 500 yen
11 Lift Coupons 5,000 yen 1,800 yen 5,000 yen 5,000 yen
Season Ticket (all) 48,000 yen 12,000 yen 38,000 yen 38,000 yen
Season Ticket (weekdays) 38,000 yen 28,000 yen 28,000 yen
Season TIcket (nighta) 28,000 yen 28,000 yen 28,000 yen
Snow Escalator (all day) 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen 1,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Super 1 Day ticket is valid from opening until the end of nighta (8:30am-9:30pm).

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

The PM & Nighta ticket is valid from 12:00pm until 9:30pm.

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.

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Kitayama Shirakabako 3419-1
2019-2020 SEASON INFO
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