Shiga Kogen Sun Valley (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Sun Valley
志賀高原 サンバレー
(長野県 山ノ内町)
Planned season: Early December 2021 until late March 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 Sun Valley is one part of Shiga Kogen. Sun Valley is the first part of Shiga Kogen that is reached on arriving at Shiga Kogen on Route 292. The upper part of Sun Valley is connected with the Maruike and Hasuike areas. 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 Sun Valley Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 80cm 1st - 110cm 1st - 140cm
2nd - - 2nd - 100cm 2nd - 110cm 2nd - 140cm
3rd - - 3rd - 100cm 3rd - 110cm 3rd - 140cm
4th - - 4th - 100cm 4th - 100cm 4th - 140cm
5th - - 5th - 100cm 5th - 110cm 5th - 140cm
6th - - 6th - 100cm 6th - 110cm 6th - 140cm
7th - - 7th - 100cm 7th - 110cm 7th - 140cm
8th - - 8th - 100cm 8th - 110cm 8th - 140cm
9th - - 9th - 100cm 9th - 110cm 9th - 140cm
10th - - 10th - 100cm 10th - 110cm 10th - 140cm
11th - - 11th - 100cm 11th - 130cm 11th - 130cm
12th - - 12th - 115cm 12th - 130cm 12th - 130cm
13th - - 13th - 115cm 13th - 130cm 13th - 130cm
14th - - 14th - 115cm 14th - 130cm 14th - 120cm
15th - - 15th - 110cm 15th - 110cm 15th - 120cm
16th - - 16th - 110cm 16th - 110cm 16th - 120cm
17th - - 17th - 110cm 17th - 110cm 17th - 120cm
18th - - 18th - 110cm 18th - 140cm 18th - 120cm
19th - 30cm 19th - 110cm 19th - 140cm 19th - 120cm
20th - 30cm 20th - 110cm 20th - 140cm 20th - 120cm
21st - 30cm 21st - 110cm 21st - 140cm 21st - 110cm
22nd - 30cm 22nd - 110cm 22nd - 140cm 22nd - 100cm
23rd - 30cm 23rd - 110cm 23rd - 140cm 23rd - 100cm
24th - 30cm 24th - 110cm 24th - 140cm 24th - 100cm
25th - 30cm 25th - 110cm 25th - 140cm 25th - 100cm
26th - 30cm 26th - 110cm 26th - 140cm 26th - 100cm
27th - 30cm 27th - 110cm 27th - 140cm 27th - 100cm
28th - 30cm 28th - 110cm 28th - 140cm 28th - 80cm
29th - 30cm 29th - 110cm 29th - - 29th - 60cm
30th - 30cm 30th - 110cm 30th 30th - 60cm
31st - 40cm 31st - 110cm 31st 31st - 60cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Sun Valley 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 Sun Valley. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities at Sun Valley. 

Shiga Kogen Sun Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early 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 Sometimes
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.

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 Sun Valley 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 Sun Valley

By public transport
41km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
13.1km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
29.5km 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 about 13km away from Sun Valley.

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 29km and 41km respectively away from Sun Valley.

>> 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.
By Car
23.2km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
28.7km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
30.1km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.1km away)
Sun Valley is just over 23km 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!

On reaching Shiga Kogen, Sun Valley is the first ski area just off the main road to the right. The main car park for Sun Valley is on the left hand side of the main 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 is a car park at the base of Sun Valley for about 400 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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