Shiga Kogen Sun Valley (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Sun Valley
志賀高原 サンバレー (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Early December 2018 until late March 2019
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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. (The small Kidoike area has been closed since the 2017-2018 season).

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.

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 50cm 50cm 1st 150cm 100cm 1st 140cm 110cm
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21st - 30cm 21st 110cm 80cm 21st 140cm 110cm 21st 110cm 80cm
22nd 20cm 30cm 22nd 120cm 80cm 22nd 140cm 110cm 22nd 110cm 80cm
23rd 20cm 30cm 23rd 120cm 80cm 23rd 140cm 110cm 23rd 110cm 80cm
24th 20cm 30cm 24th 120cm 90cm 24th 140cm 110cm 24th 110cm 80cm
25th 20cm 30cm 25th 120cm 90cm 25th 140cm 110cm 25th 110cm 80cm
26th 20cm 30cm 26th 130cm 90cm 26th 140cm 110cm 26th 110cm 80cm
27th 20cm 40cm 27th 140cm 100cm 27th 140cm 110cm 27th 110cm 80cm
28th 20cm 40cm 28th 140cm 100cm 28th 140cm 110cm 28th 110cm 60cm
29th 30cm 40cm 29th 140cm 100cm 29th - - 29th 110cm 60cm
30th 50cm 50cm 30th 140cm 100cm 30th 30th 110cm 60cm
31st 50cm 50cm 31st 140cm 100cm 31st 31st 110cm 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.

Nighta operations for the 2018-2019 season in Shiga Kogen are planned as follows:

* 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:
Every Saturday between 29th December 2018 and 23rd March 2019
Daily from 29th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019
13th January 2019

Ichinose Family:
Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 26th December 2018 and 23rd March 2019
Daily from 22nd December 2018 until 6th January 2019

Every Saturday from 22nd December 2018 until 30th March 2019
Daily 23rd December 2018 until 2nd January 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019
20th March 2019

Takamagahara Mammoth:
Every day from 29th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019

Every day from 29th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019

Sun Valley:
[7:00pm until 9:00pm]
Every day from 29th December 2018 until 3rd January 2019
Every Saturday between 5th January and 2nd March 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019

Every Saturday from 22nd December 2018 until 2nd March 2019
23rd December 2018
Daily 30th December 2018 until 2nd January 2019
13th January 2019
10th February 2019

Dates and times are confirmed in mid-November 2018 --- subject to change.
We advise checking with the resorts.

Shiga Kogen Sun Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Elementary School age & under
Older Child
High School age
60 years & over
4 Hours 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,800 yen 3,800 yen
1 Day 5,000 yen 2,500 yen 4,200 yen 4,200 yen
1.5 Days 9,100 yen 4,600 yen 7,700 yen 7,700 yen
2 Days 9,300 yen 4,700 yen 7,800 yen 7,800 yen
3 Days 13,500 yen 6,700 yen 10,800 yen 10,800 yen
Super Pass 4 18,000 yen 9,000 yen 16,200 yen 16,200 yen
Super Pass 5 22,500 yen 11,250 yen 20,250 yen 20,250 yen
Super Pass 6 27,000 yen 13,500 yen 24,300 yen 24,300 yen
Super Pass 7 31,500 yen 15,750 yen 28,350 yen 28,350 yen
Super Pass 10 45,000 yen 22,500 yen 40,500 yen 40,500 yen
Sun Valley Nighta 1,600 yen 800 yen
Lift Ticket Information The tickets shown 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 'Super Pass' tickets can be used for the respective number of 1 Day tickets during the season - the days do not need to be consecutive.

The 1.5 Day ticket is valid either for one full day and the following morning or an afternoon and the following full day.

A 500 yen returnable deposit is required for all lift tickets.

'Point Tickets' are also available, sold in blocks of 20-50 at 100 yen per point for adult and 50 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 up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free at the Yakebitaiyama area (but not at the other connecting areas).


Children’s Day is the third Sunday of the month from December to April and on those days children can get a one day ticket for free.

Early Ski tickets are available until Thursday 20th December 2018.

Spring Ski tickets are available from Monday 1st April until Monday 6th May 2019.

The shuttle bus operates from Saturday 1st December 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019.

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.

'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 1st December 2018 until Sunday 7th April 2019

Park & Ride Charges:
800 yen adults, 400 yen children (return 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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