Shiga Kogen Ichinose Family (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Ichinose Family
志賀高原 一の瀬ファミリー
(長野県 山ノ内町)
Planned season: Early December 2021 until early May 2022
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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.

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 Ichinose Family is one part of Shiga Kogen - it is perhaps thought of by many as the central part of Shiga Kogen. It is connected with Ichinose Diamond by crossing the road bridge (from which Yakebitaiyama is easily reached), and also to the Tannenomori Okojo area and provides easy access to Takamagahara Mammoth, Higashitateyama and Terakoya. This map shows all of the Shiga Kogen ski and snowboard resorts.

A new 'pulse' gondola lift is opening in Shiga Kogen for the 2020-2021 winter season. The new lift features two ‘pulses’ of 3 cabins, each holding 8 people. The short 400m journey from near the Yama-no-Eki building in the Hasuike area down to the Giant area takes just 90 seconds. A new name 'Shiga Kogen Mountain Resort' and logo has also been introduced.

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 Ichinose Family Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 130cm 1st - 160cm 1st - 200cm
2nd - - 2nd - 130cm 2nd - 160cm 2nd - 200cm
3rd - - 3rd - 130cm 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 200cm
4th - 20cm 4th - 130cm 4th - 160cm 4th - 200cm
5th - 20cm 5th - 130cm 5th - 160cm 5th - 200cm
6th - 20cm 6th - 130cm 6th - 160cm 6th - 200cm
7th - 20cm 7th - 130cm 7th - 160cm 7th - 190cm
8th - 20cm 8th - 130cm 8th - 160cm 8th - 190cm
9th - 20cm 9th - 130cm 9th - 170cm 9th - 190cm
10th - 20cm 10th - 150cm 10th - 170cm 10th - 180cm
11th - 20cm 11th - 150cm 11th - 170cm 11th - 180cm
12th - 20cm 12th - 150cm 12th - 180cm 12th - 180cm
13th - 20cm 13th - 150cm 13th - 180cm 13th - 180cm
14th - 30cm 14th - 150cm 14th - 180cm 14th - 180cm
15th - 30cm 15th - 150cm 15th - 180cm 15th - 180cm
16th - 30cm 16th - 150cm 16th - 180cm 16th - 180cm
17th - 40cm 17th - 150cm 17th - 180cm 17th - 180cm
18th - 40cm 18th - 150cm 18th - 180cm 18th - 180cm
19th - 40cm 19th - 150cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 180cm
20th - 70cm 20th - 150cm 20th - 200cm 20th - 180cm
21st - 70cm 21st - 150cm 21st - 200cm 21st - 170cm
22nd - 70cm 22nd - 150cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 160cm
23rd - 70cm 23rd - 150cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 160cm
24th - 70cm 24th - 150cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 160cm
25th - 70cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 160cm
26th - 70cm 26th - 150cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 160cm
27th - 70cm 27th - 150cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 160cm
28th - 70cm 28th - 150cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 160cm
29th - 70cm 29th - 150cm 29th - - 29th - 160cm
30th - 70cm 30th - 150cm 30th 30th - 160cm
31st - 130cm 31st - 160cm 31st 31st - 160cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Ichinose Family 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 is a 'Chibikko area' for young children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Shiga Kogen Ichinose Family Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early May
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 Yes
Weekdays Yes
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.

Night skiing operations for the 2020-2021 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 night skiing.

Ichinose Diamond

Ichinose Family



Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth


Check the above pages for details.

Shiga Kogen Ichinose Family Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
0-12 years
Older Child
13-18 years
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 11,500 yen 5,700 yen 9,800 yen 9,800 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 ticket prices

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.


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 Ichinose Family

By public transport
47.9km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
20km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
36.4km 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 over 20km away from Ichinose Family.

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 36.5km and 48km respectively away from Ichinose Family.

>> 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. The shuttle bus takes about 15 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Ichinose areas of Shiga Kogen.
By Car
30.1km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
35.6km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
37km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (5.8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Ichinose Family is just over 30km 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!

Soon after arriving in Shiga Kogen at the Hasuike junction, turn left onto Prefecture Road 471. (The road sign at the junction mentions Sakaemura and Nozawa Onsen - though note that in the winter months the section of road going to those places is closed). Continue on Prefecture Road 471 for about 6km. Ichinose Family is on the right hand side of the road.

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 are a number of car parks around the base of Ichinose resort areas and Tannenomori Okojo including parking for hotels. In total there is enough room for 1,300 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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