Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira
志賀高原 発哺ブナ平スキー場
(長野県 山ノ内町)
Planned season: Saturday 18th December 2021 until Thursday 31st March 2022
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Latest report posted at 8:42am on Sunday 23rd January 2022
Official snow depth 180cm (0cm) [updated on 23rd January 2022]

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Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira is one of the ski areas that makes up the area known as Shiga Kogen. It is located in the central area and is basically one 1500m long slope. The upper part of Hoppo Bunadaira is connected with Higashitateyama and the lower area is connected with the Nishidateyama and Giant areas of Shiga Kogen. For the 2021-2022 season, the quad lift at Hoppo Bunadaira has been replaced by a gondola lift.

Shiga Kogen is a highland area in Yamanouchi town, in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture and part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. ‘Shiga Kogen’ comprises 18 (mostly) inter-connected ski areas that share a lift ticket. The area 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, and the alpine skiing giant slalom was held at Higashidateyama. Shiga Kogen may not receive as much snowfall as some nearby regions but often makes up for it in snow quality due to the high altitude.

Shiga Kogen is also well known for being close to the famous Jigokudani Yaen Koen Snow Monkey Park where you can see monkeys soaking in onsen hot springs.

The Mountain

1570m
240m
1330m
25"
1
1500m
1
10%
20%
70%

Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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21/22
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21/22
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1st - - 1st 80cm 100cm 1st - 120cm 1st - 155cm
2nd - - 2nd 130cm 100cm 2nd - 120cm 2nd - 155cm
3rd - - 3rd 130cm 100cm 3rd - 120cm 3rd - 155cm
4th - - 4th 130cm 100cm 4th - 120cm 4th - 155cm
5th - - 5th 130cm 100cm 5th - 120cm 5th - 150cm
6th - - 6th 130cm 100cm 6th - 120cm 6th - 150cm
7th - - 7th 130cm 100cm 7th - 120cm 7th - 150cm
8th - - 8th 130cm 100cm 8th - 120cm 8th - 150cm
9th - - 9th 130cm 100cm 9th - 140cm 9th - 150cm
10th - - 10th 130cm 110cm 10th - 140cm 10th - 150cm
11th - - 11th 130cm 110cm 11th - 140cm 11th - 150cm
12th - - 12th 130cm 120cm 12th - 150cm 12th - 140cm
13th - - 13th 130cm 120cm 13th - 150cm 13th - 140cm
14th - - 14th 180cm 120cm 14th - 150cm 14th - 140cm
15th - - 15th 180cm 120cm 15th - 145cm 15th - 140cm
16th - - 16th 180cm 120cm 16th - 155cm 16th - 140cm
17th - - 17th 180cm 120cm 17th - 155cm 17th - 140cm
18th - - 18th 180cm 120cm 18th - 165cm 18th - 140cm
19th - 40cm 19th 180cm 120cm 19th - 155cm 19th - 140cm
20th - 40cm 20th 180cm 130cm 20th - 155cm 20th - 140cm
21st 60cm 40cm 21st 180cm 130cm 21st - 155cm 21st - 130cm
22nd 60cm 40cm 22nd 180cm 130cm 22nd - 155cm 22nd - 130cm
23rd 60cm 40cm 23rd 180cm 130cm 23rd - 155cm 23rd - 130cm
24th 60cm 40cm 24th - 130cm 24th - 155cm 24th - 120cm
25th 60cm 40cm 25th - 130cm 25th - 155cm 25th - 120cm
26th 60cm 40cm 26th - 130cm 26th - 155cm 26th - 120cm
27th 60cm 40cm 27th - 130cm 27th - 155cm 27th - 120cm
28th 80cm 40cm 28th - 120cm 28th - 155cm 28th - 120cm
29th 80cm 40cm 29th - 120cm 29th - - 29th - 100cm
30th 80cm 40cm 30th - 120cm 30th 30th - 90cm
31st 80cm 100cm 31st - 120cm 31st 31st - 80cm

Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira Facilities

School
School
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. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
A number of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around Shiga Kogen. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
There are no special facilities for children at Bunadaira. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities at Bunadaira. 

Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Late March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
There are some variations on opening times at Shiga Kogen.

Night skiing operations for the 2021-2022 season in Shiga Kogen are planned at the following areas:

* Only limited parts of the below ski areas are floodlit and open for night skiing.
* Areas not mentioned in the below list do not have any night skiing operations.
* Separate lift tickets are required for night skiing.

Ichinose Diamond
6:30pm until 9:00pm (Ichinose Diamond quad lift)
29th December 2021 until 2nd January 2022

Ichinose Family
6:30pm until 9:00pm (Ichinose Number 2 pair lift B line)
25th December 2021 until 9th January 2022
Wednesdays through Saturdays between 12th January and 19th March 2022
20th March 2022

Kumanoyu
6:30pm until 9:00pm (Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift)
Every Saturday from 25th December 2021 until 26th March 2022
26th-31st December 2021
9th January 2022
11th February 2022
20th March 2022

Maruike
7:00pm until 8:30pm (Maruike Number 1 triple lift)
31st December 2021 until 2nd January 2022

Sun Valley
7:00pm until 8:30pm (Maruike Number 1 triple lift)
31st December 2021 until 2nd January 2022
8th-9th January 2022

Takamagahara Mammoth
6:30pm until 9:00pm (Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift)
29th December 2021 until 2nd January 2022)

Yakebitaiyama
6:00pm until 8:00pm (Yakebitaiyama Number 3 lift)
30th December 2021 until 2nd January 2022
Saturdays from 25th December until 26th February 2022
2nd and 9th January 2022
11th February 2022

Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
0-12 years
Older Child
13-18 years
Senior
60 years & over
4 Hours 5,200 yen 2,600 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
1 Day 6,000 yen 3,000 yen 5,100 yen 5,100 yen
2 Days 17,000 yen 8,500 yen 14,500 yen 14,500 yen
3 Days 17,000 yen 8,500 yen 14,500 yen 14,500 yen
4 Days 22,400 yen 11,200 yen 19,100 yen 19,100 yen
5 Days 27,800 yen 13,900 yen 23,700 yen 23,700 yen
6 Days 33,200 yen 16,600 yen 28,300 yen 28,300 yen
7 Days 38,600 yen 19,300 yen 32,900 yen 32,900 yen
8 Days 44,000 yen 22,000 yen 37,500 yen 37,500 yen
9 Days 49,400 yen 24,700 yen 42,100 yen 42,100 yen
10 Days 54,800 yen 27,400 yen 46,700 yen 46,700 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

The tickets shown above are valid at all of the 18 ski 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.

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Cheaper Early Ski tickets are available until Friday 17th December 2021.

Cheaper Spring Ski tickets are available from Friday 1st April 2022 until closing.

A one day Early or Spring ticket for adults is 5,000 yen.

Getting to Shiga Kogen Hoppo Bunadaira

By public transport
Train
Train
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
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 Hoppo Bunadaira.

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 Bunadaira.
bus
Bus
The Shiga Kogen Powder Express bus service operates between Saturday 4th December 2021 and Sunday 3rd April 2022. This bus stops at every Nagaden Bus Stop between Yudanaka Station and the Snow Monkey Park, near which there is a free car park. The return ticket to use this service costs 1,000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children. Advance tickets can be bought online.

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.

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.
By Car
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)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Direction
Direction
Hoppo Bunadaira 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 - and about 22km from the IC exit - turn left to head towards the car park for Giant and Bunadaira.

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.
Parking
Parking
There is a car park at the base of Giant for about 350 vehicles. This car park can also be used for Hoppo Bunadaira. Parking is free on every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Shiga Kogen
Yamanouchi-machi
Shimotakai-gun
Nagano-ken
381-0401
Telephone
Telephone
0269-34-2524
Current resort snow depth
180cm
(0cm)
(change since last update)
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