Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu
志賀高原 熊の湯
(長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Mid November 2019 until early May 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.

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 Kumanoyu is one part of Shiga Kogen. Kumanoyu is in the southern area of Shiga Kogen. It is not actually lift or course connected with the rest of Shiga Kogen and so a shuttle bus or car journey is required. Across the road is the Yokoteyama resort, which in turn is connected with Shibutoge. Kumanoyu used to be a skiers-only area, but since the 2015-2016 season snowboarders are also welcome. 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

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Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 20cm 20cm 1st 60cm 95cm 1st 100cm 185cm 1st 180cm 190cm
2nd 20cm 20cm 2nd 60cm 95cm 2nd 100cm 185cm 2nd 180cm 190cm
3rd 20cm 20cm 3rd 60cm 95cm 3rd 100cm 185cm 3rd 180cm 190cm
4th 20cm 20cm 4th 70cm 95cm 4th 100cm 185cm 4th 180cm 190cm
5th 20cm 10cm 5th 80cm 95cm 5th 100cm 185cm 5th 180cm 190cm
6th 20cm 10cm 6th 85cm 100cm 6th 100cm 185cm 6th 190cm 190cm
7th 20cm 10cm 7th 85cm 100cm 7th 115cm 185cm 7th 190cm 190cm
8th 20cm 20cm 8th 85cm 100cm 8th 115cm 185cm 8th 190cm 190cm
9th 20cm 20cm 9th 85cm 110cm 9th 140cm 185cm 9th 190cm 190cm
10th 20cm 20cm 10th 85cm 130cm 10th 160cm 190cm 10th 190cm 190cm
11th 20cm 20cm 11th 85cm 130cm 11th 180cm 190cm 11th 190cm 190cm
12th 20cm 20cm 12th 85cm 130cm 12th 180cm 190cm 12th 170cm 190cm
13th 20cm 20cm 13th 85cm 130cm 13th 180cm 190cm 13th 170cm 190cm
14th 20cm 25cm 14th 85cm 130cm 14th 180cm 190cm 14th 170cm 190cm
15th 20cm 30cm 15th 85cm 130cm 15th 180cm 190cm 15th 175cm 190cm
16th 20cm 30cm 16th 90cm 130cm 16th 180cm 190cm 16th 175cm 190cm
17th 20cm 35cm 17th 90cm 130cm 17th 180cm 190cm 17th 190cm 190cm
18th 20cm 35cm 18th 90cm 130cm 18th 170cm 190cm 18th 195cm 190cm
19th 20cm 35cm 19th 90cm 130cm 19th 170cm 190cm 19th 190cm 190cm
20th 20cm 40cm 20th 90cm 130cm 20th 170cm 190cm 20th 190cm 190cm
21st 20cm 40cm 21st 90cm 140cm 21st 170cm 190cm 21st 190cm 190cm
22nd 20cm 40cm 22nd 90cm 150cm 22nd 170cm 190cm 22nd 190cm 190cm
23rd 35cm 40cm 23rd 90cm 150cm 23rd 170cm 190cm 23rd 190cm 190cm
24th 40cm 40cm 24th 90cm 155cm 24th 170cm 190cm 24th 195cm 190cm
25th 40cm 40cm 25th 90cm 155cm 25th 170cm 190cm 25th 200cm 190cm
26th 40cm 40cm 26th 90cm 160cm 26th 170cm 190cm 26th 200cm 190cm
27th 40cm 40cm 27th 90cm 180cm 27th 170cm 190cm 27th 195cm 190cm
28th 60cm 45cm 28th 90cm 180cm 28th 180cm 190cm 28th 190cm 190cm
29th 60cm 75cm 29th 90cm 185cm 29th 180cm - 29th 200cm 190cm
30th 60cm 85cm 30th 90cm 185cm 30th 30th 200cm 190cm
31st 60cm 95cm 31st 95cm 185cm 31st 31st 200cm 190cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu 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 'Chibbiko' childrens area near base. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Shiga Kogen Kumanoyu Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Sometimes
Weekdays Sometimes
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 Kumanoyu 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)


Some lift tickets that are only valid at Kumanoyu are also available:

1 day: Adults - 4,600 yen; Children - 2,300 yen; Seniors - 4,100 yen
2 day: Adults - 8,900 yen; Children - 4,500 yen; Seniors - 8,100 yen
3 day: Adults - 13,200 yen; Children - 6,600 yen; Seniors - 12,200 yen
4 hours: Adults - 4,000 yen; Children - 2,000 yen; Seniors - 3,800 yen


Night skiing at Kumanoyu on the following dates:

December 2019: 21st-31st
January 2020: 1st-4th, 11th-12th, 18th, 25th
February 2020: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd-23rd, 29th
March 2020: 7th, 14th, 20th-21st, 28th

Adults and seniors: 2,000 yen
Children: 1,000 yen

The Kumanoyu Number 1 pair lift operates for nighta between 6:30pm and 9:00pm.


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 Kumanoyu

By public transport
47.1km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.2km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
35.6km 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 19km away from Kumanoyu.

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 35.5km and 47km respectively away from Kumanoyu.

>> 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
29.3km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
34.8km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
36.2km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.3km away)
Kumanoyu is just over 29km 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!

After arriving in the Shiga Kogen area continue on Route 292 towards Kumanoyu. Kumanoyu is off the right hand side of the road about 5km further on than the Hasuike junction.

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 few car parks near the base of Kumanoyu, holding about 300 vehicles in total. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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