Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen
志賀高原 奥志賀高原スキー場
(長野県 山ノ内町)
Planned season: Early December 2021 until early May 2022
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Official snow depth 270cm (0cm) [updated on 28th January 2022]

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Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen is one of the ski areas that makes up the area known as Shiga Kogen. Okushiga Kogen is located in the northern area of Shiga Kogen. The upper part of the resort area is connected with the neighbouring Yakebitaiyama slopes. There are effectively two bases - the Gondola station and the main base further on where there are a number of hotels. Since the 2015-2016 season, both skiers and snowboarders are welcome to ride the slopes of Okushiga Kogen.

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

2000m
530m
1470m
30"
10
2200m
6
20%
60%
20%

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
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1st - - 1st 160cm 170cm 1st - 190cm 1st - 220cm
2nd - - 2nd 200cm 170cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 210cm
3rd - - 3rd 200cm 170cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 230cm
4th - - 4th 200cm 170cm 4th - 180cm 4th - 210cm
5th - - 5th 200cm 170cm 5th - 180cm 5th - 210cm
6th - - 6th 200cm 170cm 6th - 180cm 6th - 200cm
7th - - 7th 200cm 160cm 7th - 180cm 7th - 200cm
8th 50cm - 8th 200cm 170cm 8th - 190cm 8th - 200cm
9th 50cm 0cm 9th 200cm 170cm 9th - 230cm 9th - 200cm
10th 50cm 0cm 10th 200cm 180cm 10th - 230cm 10th - 200cm
11th 50cm 0cm 11th 200cm 180cm 11th - 250cm 11th - 190cm
12th 50cm 0cm 12th 200cm 180cm 12th - 240cm 12th - 190cm
13th 50cm - 13th 200cm 180cm 13th - 230cm 13th - 190cm
14th 50cm 0cm 14th 200cm 180cm 14th - 230cm 14th - 190cm
15th 50cm 0cm 15th 250cm 170cm 15th - 210cm 15th - 190cm
16th 50cm 0cm 16th 250cm 170cm 16th - 210cm 16th - 190cm
17th 50cm 0cm 17th 250cm 180cm 17th - 210cm 17th - 190cm
18th 50cm 0cm 18th 240cm 180cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 190cm
19th 80cm 40cm 19th 250cm 185cm 19th - 230cm 19th - 190cm
20th 80cm 90cm 20th 250cm 185cm 20th - 230cm 20th - 190cm
21st 80cm 100cm 21st 250cm 185cm 21st - 230cm 21st - 190cm
22nd 80cm 100cm 22nd 250cm 185cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 190cm
23rd 90cm 100cm 23rd 250cm 185cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 185cm
24th 90cm 100cm 24th 270cm 185cm 24th - 220cm 24th - 185cm
25th 90cm 100cm 25th 270cm 185cm 25th - 220cm 25th - 180cm
26th 90cm 100cm 26th 270cm 180cm 26th - 220cm 26th - 180cm
27th 90cm 100cm 27th 270cm 180cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 180cm
28th 120cm 100cm 28th 270cm 180cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 180cm
29th 160cm 100cm 29th - 180cm 29th - - 29th - 170cm
30th 160cm 100cm 30th - 185cm 30th 30th - 170cm
31st 160cm 160cm 31st - 190cm 31st 31st - 170cm

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen 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
The Okushiga Kids Park is located by the Number 1 pair lift and entrance is free to enter.

There is also a special ski school for young children at Okushiga Kogen. 
Park Information
Park information
 

Shiga Kogen Okushiga Kogen Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Mid May
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 Okushiga Kogen 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 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 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 Okushiga Kogen

By public transport
Train
Train
52.3km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
24.4km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
40.8km 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 about 24.5km away from Okushiga Kogen.

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 41km and 52km respectively away from Okushiga Kogen.
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. The shuttle bus takes about 20-30 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Okushiga Kogen base areas.
By Car
Car
34.5km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
40km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
41.4km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (10.2km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Direction
Direction
Okushiga Kogen is about 34.5km 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 10km to get to the Okushiga Kogen Gondola which is on the left hand side of the road. The main Okushiga Kogen base is a further 2.5km along the same 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.
Parking
Parking
There are two car parks at Okushiga Kogen holding 600 and 300 vehicles respectively. 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
0269-34-2225
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