Saku Ski Garden Parada is located right next to - and connected with - the Sakudaira Smart IC exit and Parking Area of the Joshinetsu Expressway in Saku city, Nagano Prefecture. That is only from the north though... approaching from the south you need to get off the expressway at the next exit, Saku IC. It has two areas - the South (Minami) Area (by the Smart IC exit), and the North (Kita) area. Both have car parks and are connected by a free shuttle bus. The North Area is larger and considered the 'main area' by most.
Saku Ski Garden Parada has been operating since 1994.
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.
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Saku Ski Garden Parada.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Kids Land' offers a variety of courses and items for children and is normally open from 9:30am until 4:30pm on weekdays and from 9:00am on weekends and holidays. Entry is 1,500 yen including sled rental. A ticket that costs 1,800 yen includes entry, use of the trampoline and sled rental. There are 'Kids Land' areas in both the North and South Area of this resort - tickets valid at both areas.
Saku Ski Garden Parada Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Mid December until Mid March
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Normally open from 9:00am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Saku Ski Garden Parada is normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm on weekends and holidays and from 9:00am on weekdays.
Saku Ski Garden Parada Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age
55 years & over
2020-2021 Season lift tickets
Children's Day is the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month - on those days elementary school age children receive a 50% off coupon for their next one day ticket.
Getting to Saku Ski Garden Parada
By public transport
5.4km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
4.6km from Iwamurada Station on the Koumi Line
5.4km from Sakudaira Station on the Koumi Line
Saku Ski Garden Parada is just over 5km from Sakudaira Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen and Koumi lines.
A free shuttle bus is available from the station for most of the main season
0.4km from the Sakudaira Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
4.1km from the Saku IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 141 (4.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 156
Saku Ski Garden Parada is just a few hundred metres from the Sakudaira Smart IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway and about 4km from the Saku IC exit.
Access from the Sakudaira Smart IC is from the north only - from the south use the Saku IC exit.
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