Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort (Ueda City, Nagano)

Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort
(長野県 上田市)
Planned season: Saturday 5th December 2020 until late March 2021
Official snow depth --- [updated on 22nd April 2021]

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Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort is located in the north-eastern area of central Ueda city in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture. The area is part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. The resort is made up of three main areas called Davos, Taro and Pine Beak. While these three areas are not actually lift or course connected, a joint lift ticket is available and a bus service runs between them. It gets particularly cold up at Sugadaira in mid-winter and while this highland area may not receive as much snow as some other nearby regions (and is not known for steeps), snow quality is usually very good.

Sugadaira is well known as being a popular highland base for various sports in the summer months - particularly rugby - as well as for skiing and snowboarding in winter. Sugadaira has been operating since 1927. Minenohara Kogen is close by.

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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Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort Course Map

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Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st 75cm 75cm 1st 100cm 85cm 1st 90cm 85cm
2nd - - 2nd 75cm 75cm 2nd 95cm 85cm 2nd 90cm 85cm
3rd - - 3rd 75cm 75cm 3rd 95cm 85cm 3rd 95cm 80cm
4th - - 4th 75cm 80cm 4th 95cm 85cm 4th 95cm 80cm
5th - - 5th 75cm 85cm 5th 95cm 85cm 5th 90cm 80cm
6th - - 6th 70cm 85cm 6th 95cm 90cm 6th 90cm 80cm
7th - 30cm 7th 70cm 85cm 7th 95cm 90cm 7th 90cm 80cm
8th - 30cm 8th 75cm 85cm 8th 100cm 95cm 8th 90cm 80cm
9th - 30cm 9th 75cm 75cm 9th 105cm 115cm 9th 90cm 75cm
10th - 30cm 10th 75cm 75cm 10th 105cm 95cm 10th 85cm 75cm
11th 30cm 30cm 11th 75cm 75cm 11th 105cm 115cm 11th 85cm 70cm
12th 30cm 30cm 12th 75cm 75cm 12th 105cm 115cm 12th 85cm 70cm
13th 30cm 35cm 13th 80cm 75cm 13th 105cm 95cm 13th 85cm 70cm
14th 30cm 35cm 14th 80cm 75cm 14th 100cm 115cm 14th 80cm 70cm
15th 40cm 35cm 15th 80cm 80cm 15th 95cm 90cm 15th 80cm 70cm
16th 45cm 35cm 16th 75cm 75cm 16th 95cm 90cm 16th 80cm 70cm
17th 45cm 35cm 17th 85cm 85cm 17th 95cm 95cm 17th 80cm 80cm
18th 45cm 35cm 18th 85cm 85cm 18th 105cm 90cm 18th 80cm 80cm
19th 50cm 35cm 19th 90cm 85cm 19th 105cm 90cm 19th 75cm 70cm
20th 55cm 35cm 20th 90cm 85cm 20th 105cm 90cm 20th 75cm 70cm
21st 55cm 35cm 21st 90cm 85cm 21st 100cm 85cm 21st 75cm 70cm
22nd 55cm 35cm 22nd 90cm 85cm 22nd 95cm 85cm 22nd 70cm 70cm
23rd 55cm 45cm 23rd 85cm 85cm 23rd 95cm 85cm 23rd 70cm 60cm
24th 55cm 50cm 24th 90cm 80cm 24th 95cm 85cm 24th 70cm 60cm
25th 55cm 50cm 25th 90cm 80cm 25th 95cm 80cm 25th 65cm 70cm
26th 60cm 50cm 26th 90cm 80cm 26th 95cm 85cm 26th 65cm 70cm
27th 60cm 50cm 27th 90cm 80cm 27th 95cm 80cm 27th 65cm 55cm
28th 60cm 70cm 28th 90cm 80cm 28th 95cm 85cm 28th 65cm 55cm
29th 60cm 75cm 29th 90cm 80cm 29th - 85cm 29th 60cm 70cm
30th 55cm 75cm 30th 100cm 85cm 30th 30th 55cm 70cm
31st 75cm 75cm 31st 100cm 85cm 31st 31st 55cm 60cm

Previous Statistics

Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Sugadaira Kogen. 
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 a few 'Kids Park' areas, in each of the main areas of Sugadaira.

A child care service is available in the Pine Beak area - charges apply. 
Park Information
Park information
Various snow park areas are available across Sugadaira. 

Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort 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 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
Opening information
Opening information
Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort is open from 8:30am until 4:30pm during the daytime.

Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
4-5 year olds
Older Child
Elementary School age
60 years & over
1 Day 4,800 yen 1,000 yen 2,800 yen 3,800 yen
2 Days 8,600 yen 2,000 yen 5,200 yen 7,000 yen
3 Hours 3,800 yen 2,100 yen 3,400 yen
1 Lift Coupon 500 yen 400 yen 400 yen 500 yen
5 Lift Coupons 2,500 yen 2,000 yen 2,000 yen 2,500 yen
Season Ticket 61,000 yen 36,000 yen 51,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 Season Lift Tickets

Tickets shown are valid at all three areas of Sugadaira (Pine Peak, Taro and Davos).

A 'Grand Senior' ticket is available for those over the age of 70 years - 3,300 yen for 1 day; 6,000 yen for 2 days.

Every Monday is Children's Day - lift tickets for children up to elementary school age are free on those days.

Getting to Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort

By public transport
23.5km from Ueda Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.4km from Suzaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
23.5km from Ueda Station on the Shinano Tetsudo Line
Transport Information
Ueda Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line and local Shinano Tetsudo line is 23.5km to the south of central Sugadaira.

>> More information on getting to Sugadaira Kogen by public transport
A private bus company service operates between Ueda Station and Sugadaira during the winter season.

There are no shuttle bus services to Sugadaira from Nagano and the north.
By Car
19.7km from the Ueda Sugadaira IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
20km from the Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 406 (0.1km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 34
There are two ways main ways to approach Sugadaira in the winter season.

From the north, the Suzaka Nagano Higashi IC on the Joshinetsu Expresway is the closest expressway exit and is around 20km from central Sugadaira. From the IC exit, turn right onto Route 403 and after just under 1km turn right onto Prefecture Road 58. Sugadaira is mentioned on the main road signs from this point. Continue on this road for around 6km until you reach Route 406 where you should turn right and head up to Sugadaira.

From the south west and central Ueda City, head north east on Route 144 towards the Ueda Sugadaira IC of the Joshinetsu Expressway. Continue straight on past the IC exit and follow the road for a further 13km. Turn left onto Route 406 and follow the signposts up to Sugadaira. The central Sugadaira highland area is about another 7km along Route 406.

Note that the Prefecture Road 34 connecting Nagano City with Sugadaira is closed during the winter season.

>> More information on getting to Sugadaira Kogen by car
Various car parks are available at each of the bases of Sugadaira Kogen. Parking is free every day of the season.

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2020-2021 UPDATES
We feel for everyone who wanted to be able to visit Japan this winter but are unable to. Please read this message about this season and coronavirus. Stay safe everyone, wherever you are.

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