Shiga Kogen Giant (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Giant
志賀高原 ジャイアント
(長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Mid December 2019 until late March 2020
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Shiga Kogen is a highland area in Yamanouchi town in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture and part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. The ski and snowboard resort that is known as ‘Shiga Kogen’ is actually made up of 18 mostly inter-connected areas that share a lift ticket.

The 'Giant' area is basically one long 1,000m stretch of course with a maximum gradient of 34 degrees which is serviced by a pair lift. Access to the Hasuike area is available at the top; with access to Bundadaira and Nishitateyama at the bottom.

Shiga Kogen was host to some of the events of the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998 - the alpine skiing slalom and snowboarding giant slalom were held at the Yakebitaiyama area, while the alpine skiing giant slalom was held at Higashitateyama. Shiga Kogen may not receive as much snowfall as some nearby regions, but often makes up for it in snow quality. Shiga Kogen is also well known as being close to the famous Jigokudani snow monkey park where you can see monkeys soaking in an onsen hot spring.

Shiga Kogen Giant is one part of Shiga Kogen. It is located in the central area and consists of one 1000m slope. The base of the run is connected with Bundaira and Nishitateyama. At the top you can connect to the Hasuike and Maruike resort areas using the connecting ropetow. This map shows all of the Shiga Kogen ski and snowboard resorts.

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.

The Mountain


Shiga Kogen Giant Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
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29th - 30cm 29th 50cm 200cm 29th 120cm - 29th 100cm 160cm
30th - 50cm 30th 50cm 200cm 30th 30th 100cm 160cm
31st - 60cm 31st 60cm 200cm 31st 31st 100cm 160cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Giant Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
A number of ski and snowboard schools operate around the Shiga Kogen resort areas. Check our Lessons in English page for any ski school listings on SnowJapan. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
A number of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around the Shiga Kogen resort areas. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children at Giant. 
Park Information
Park information

Shiga Kogen Giant Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
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 No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
The Shiga Kogen resort areas are generally scheduled to be open from 8:30am until 4:30pm for daytime operations but there are some variations.

Nighta operations for the 2019-2020 season in Shiga Kogen are planned at the following areas:

* Only limited parts of the below resorts are floodlit and open for nighta.
* Areas not mentioned are not open for night time operations.
* Seperate lift tickets are required for nighta.

Ichinose Diamond:

Ichinose Family:



Sun Valley:

Takamagahara Mammoth:


Check the above pages for details.

Shiga Kogen Giant Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
0-12 years
Older Child
13-18 years
60 years & over
4 Hours 4,800 yen 2,400 yen 4,100 yen 4,100 yen
1 Day 5,500 yen 2,700 yen 4,700 yen 4,700 yen
2 Days 10,500 yen 5,200 yen 8,900 yen 8,900 yen
3 Days 15,500 yen 7,700 yen 13,100 yen 13,100 yen
4 Days 20,500 yen 10,200 yen 17,300 yen 17,300 yen
5 Days 25,500 yen 12,700 yen 21,500 yen 21,500 yen
6 Days 30,500 yen 15,200 yen 25,700 yen 25,700 yen
7 Days 35,500 yen 17,700 yen 29,900 yen 29,900 yen
8 Days 40,500 yen 20,200 yen 34,100 yen 34,100 yen
9 Days 45,500 yen 22,700 yen 38,300 yen 38,300 yen
10 Days 50,500 yen 25,200 yen 42,500 yen 42,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season lift ticket prices

The tickets shown above are valid at all of the 18 ski resort areas in Shiga Kogen. Lift tickets include the use of the shuttle bus service within the Shiga Kogen area.

The multiple day tickets can be used for the respective number of one day tickets during the season - the days do not need to be consecutive.

A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for all lift tickets.

'Point Tickets' are also available, sold in blocks of 20-50 at 120 yen per point for adult and 60 yen per point for children. (Different ski lifts within the area require a different number of points to ride - for example, lifts need 2-6 points and Gondolas require 6-9 points).

Children's Day is the third Sunday of the month from December until April (exceptions: 15th December 2019, 19th January, 16th February, 15th March and 19th April 2020)


Early Ski tickets are available until Friday 20th December 2019.

Spring Ski tickets are available from Wednesday 1st April until closing.

Getting to Shiga Kogen Giant

By public transport
44.6km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
16.7km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
33.1km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Transport Information
Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano line is the closest station to the Shiga Kogen ski and snowboard resorts and is just under 17km away from Giant.

The Nagano line operates between Nagano Station and Yudanaka Station and the main Nagano line can be found just by the Zenkoji Exit of the main JR Nagano Station.

Iiyama Station and Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) line are about 33km and 45km respectively away from Giant.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by public transport

Buses are available from Yudanaka Station to Shiga Kogen. This bus service bus takes about 30 minutes to get to the central Hasuike bus terminal of Shiga Kogen.

There is also direct bus to Shiga Kogen from the East Exit of Nagano Station. The journey from Nagano Station to Shiga Kogen typically takes around 80 minutes and costs 1700 yen.

Once at Shiga Kogen, a free shuttle bus service that travels around the ski areas operates during the daytime. This service is free to use for everyone with a valid Shiga Kogen lift ticket.

'Park & Ride' information
A Park and Ride bus service is available operating from Yudanaka Station to Shiga Kogen. The bus stops at the 'Snow Monkey Park' bus stop (in front of the Shiga Kogen Roman Museum, where there is a free car park), before going up to Shiga Kogen on Route 292. Pick ups at other specified bus stops between the station and Snow Monkey Park bus stop are possible.

Park & Ride Dates:
Saturday 7th December 2019 until Sunday 5th April 2020

Park & Ride Charges:
800 yen adults, 400 yen children (return ticket)
By Car
26.8km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
32.3km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
33.7km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (2.4km away)
Giant is just under 27km from the Shinshu Nakano IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway.

At the Shinshu Nakano IC exit traffic lights, go straight ahead on the Shiga Nakano Toll Road. This road is normally 310 yen per vehicle though there are alternative routes through a town area that do not involve a toll if you check maps. Continue straight on this road as it changes to Route 292. About 7km from the IC the road splits - be sure to keep in the right side lane to remain on Route 292. Shiga Kogen is clearly signposted in English. Route 292 heads all the way up to Shiga Kogen, passing close-by the popular Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park on the way.

Route 292 on the way up to Shiga Kogen is a wide and winding road which doubles back on itself a number of times. On a clear day with dry roads it is an easy journey but in mid-winter in snowy and icy conditions it can be much slower, especially if you find yourself behind a struggling large vehicle!

Before arriving at the Sun Valley area of Shiga Kogen - about 22km from the IC exit - turn left to head towards the Giant car park.

Important! During the winter season - usually from late November until late April - the section of Route 292 between the Yokoteyama area of Shiga Kogen through to Kusatsu town in Gunma Prefecture is blocked off and closed due to large amounts of snowfall. This means that Route 292 from central Yamanouchi on the Nagano side is the only way to approach Shiga Kogen in the peak winter months.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by car
There is a car park at the base of Giant for about 350 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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