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 7th December 2019 until Sunday 5th April 2020
Official snow depth 50cm (0cm) [updated on 20th January 2020]

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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

1750m
300m
1450m
26"
10
1800m
3
25%
40%
35%
Skiers
40%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
60%
0 0 2 0 1 0 0

Shirakabako Royal Hill Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
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1st - - 1st 40cm 45cm 1st - 80cm 1st - 90cm
2nd - - 2nd 40cm 50cm 2nd - 90cm 2nd - 90cm
3rd - - 3rd 40cm 50cm 3rd - 90cm 3rd - 90cm
4th - - 4th 40cm 50cm 4th - 90cm 4th - 90cm
5th - - 5th 45cm 50cm 5th - 90cm 5th - 90cm
6th - - 6th 45cm 50cm 6th - 90cm 6th - 90cm
7th 30cm - 7th 45cm 50cm 7th - 90cm 7th - 90cm
8th 30cm - 8th 45cm 50cm 8th - 90cm 8th - 90cm
9th 30cm - 9th 45cm 50cm 9th - 90cm 9th - 90cm
10th 30cm 0cm 10th 45cm 60cm 10th - 90cm 10th - 90cm
11th 30cm - 11th 45cm 60cm 11th - 90cm 11th - 90cm
12th 30cm 20cm 12th 45cm 60cm 12th - 90cm 12th - 90cm
13th 30cm 20cm 13th 45cm 60cm 13th - 90cm 13th - 90cm
14th 30cm 20cm 14th 45cm 60cm 14th - 90cm 14th - 90cm
15th 30cm 25cm 15th 50cm 60cm 15th - 90cm 15th - 90cm
16th 30cm 25cm 16th 50cm 60cm 16th - 90cm 16th - 90cm
17th 30cm 30cm 17th 50cm 60cm 17th - 90cm 17th - 90cm
18th 30cm 30cm 18th 50cm 60cm 18th - 90cm 18th - 90cm
19th 30cm 30cm 19th 50cm 60cm 19th - 90cm 19th - 90cm
20th 30cm 35cm 20th 50cm 60cm 20th - 90cm 20th - 90cm
21st 30cm 35cm 21st - 65cm 21st - 90cm 21st - 90cm
22nd 30cm 35cm 22nd - 65cm 22nd - 90cm 22nd - 90cm
23rd 35cm 35cm 23rd - 70cm 23rd - 90cm 23rd - 90cm
24th 35cm 35cm 24th - 70cm 24th - 90cm 24th - 90cm
25th 35cm 35cm 25th - 70cm 25th - 90cm 25th - 90cm
26th 35cm 40cm 26th - 70cm 26th - 90cm 26th - 90cm
27th 35cm 40cm 27th - 75cm 27th - 90cm 27th - 80cm
28th 35cm 40cm 28th - 75cm 28th - 90cm 28th - 80cm
29th 35cm 40cm 29th - 80cm 29th - - 29th - 80cm
30th 35cm 45cm 30th - 80cm 30th 30th - 80cm
31st 40cm 45cm 31st - 80cm 31st 31st - 80cm

Previous Statistics

Shirakabako Royal Hill Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Shirakabako Royal Hill. 
Rental
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
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:45pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:45pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Shirakabako Royal Hill is open from 8:30am until 4:45pm; opening from 8:00am on weekends and holidays.

Between 14th December 2019 and 22nd March 2020 the resort is open for nighta from 5:30pm until 9:30pm. On Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays it is open until 10:00pm. 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
Senior
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
50 Pack 5,000 yen 1,000 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 2019-2020 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.

The 50 Pack ticket includes a lunch coupon and is valid from 8:30am until 4:45pm.

Getting to Shirakabako Royal Hill

By public transport
Train
Train
37.8km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.2km from Chino Station on the Chuo Honsen line
Transport Information
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

bus
Bus
A bus service from Chino Station stops nearby and takes about 50 minutes.
By Car
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
Direction
Direction
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
Parking
Parking
Free parking is available at the base of the resort for 900 vehicles. Open 24 hours a day.

More Information

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Address
Address
Kitayama Shirakabako 3419-1
Chino-shi
Nagano-ken
391-0301
Telephone
Telephone
0266-68-2120
1st January 2020
Happy New Year. The 'planned season' dates shown on the ski resort pages are planned opening dates - many ski hills around Japan have been experiencing delays.
Current resort snow depth
50cm
(0cm)
(change since last update)
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