Ryuoo Ski Park is located in Yamanouchi town in the north-eastern region of Nagano Prefecture. The area has traditionally been known as Kita Shiga. The resort features a 166 capacity Ropeway which connects the lower Valley area with the top Skyland area. The Skyland area features some gentle slopes that are suitable for beginners. The steep Kiotoshi runs coming down from the top Ropeway station are popular for a good challenge. Ryuoo seems to be particular popular with snowboarders and often busy on weekdays with university student trips. This resort has been operating since 1961. The smaller Kita Shiga Komaruyama is close by. The ski and snowboard resorts of Mt Kosha are to the west and the Shiga Kogen region is to the south east of Ryuoo Ski Park.
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 Ryuoo Ski Park.
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available. Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available.
The 'Adventure Park' near the base is 1,000 yen for adults or children. Open from 9:00am until 4:00pm.
There are a few Snow Park areas at Ryuoo with a wide range of items to play on.
Ryuoo Ski Park Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early December until Early May
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm
Normally open from 8:15am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
Ryuoo Ski Park is normally open from 8:00am until 5:00pm in the daytime on weekends and from 8:15am on weekdays.
The upper Skyland Area opens from 9:00am.
Nighta is from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays). There is no nighta on Sundays or the last day of extended holidays.
Open from 9:00am until 4:00pm from 25th April 2020.
Ryuoo Ski Park Lift Ticket Charges
Elementary School age & under
High School age
60 years & over
1 Day (open-5pm)
2 Days (8am-close)
PM & Nighta (12pm-close)
Nighta (from 5pm)
1 Lift Coupon
2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets
A 1 Day Family ticket for 1 adult and 1 child is 6,900 yen.
The morning ticket is valid from opening until 1:00pm. The afternoon ticket is valid from 11:00am until 5:00pm.
A SORA terrace ticket is available that is suitable for people who just wanting to go up to the SORA terrace viewing platform at the top of the Ropeway. It includes a cat ride from the Bus Station to the Ropeway and then the Ropeway ride up top. That ticket is 3,000 yen for adults and 1,500 yen for children.
Getting to Ryuoo Ski Park
By public transport
15.8km from Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
7.4km from Yomase Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
9.4km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
The nearest train station is Yomase Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano line.
Yudanaka Station is less than 10km from the resort base.
Iiyama Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line is about 16km from Ryuoo Ski Park.
Shuttle bus services are available from Yudanaka Station (25 minutes) and Iiyama Station (45 minutes, reservations required).
The free bus from Yudanaka Station runs from 14th December until 22nd March 2020 and leaves the station at 8:30am, 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm.
The bus from Iiyama Station ruins from 29th December until 22nd March 2020 and leaves the station at 9:00am, 11:30am, 1:45pm* and 3:45pm* (* usually weekends and holidays).
There is also a free bus that travels between the 4 resorts collectively known as 'Kita Shiga' (Ryuoo, Komaruyama, X-JAM Takaifuji and Yomase Onsen).
16.4km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
21.6km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
41.3km from the Myoko Kogen IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 403 (2.3km away)
Ryuoo Ski Park is under 17km from the Shinshu Nakano IC exit and less than 22km from the Toyota Iiyama IC exit on the Joshinetsu Expressway.
The resort is located to the east of Mt Kosha, just over 2km off Route 403.
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