Shiga Kogen Tannenomori Okojo (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Tannenomori Okojo
志賀高原 タンネの森 オコジョ (長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Mid December 2018 until mid April 2019
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Latest report posted at 9:21am on Saturday 15th December 2018
Official snow depth --- [updated on 15th December 2018]

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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 19 (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 Tannenomori Okojo is one part of Shiga Kogen. Tannenomori Okojo is a small area in itself, located in the central area of Shiga Kogen. It connects with the Ichinose Family and Takamagahara Mammoth slopes on either side. 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 Tannenomori Okojo Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 120cm 1st - 190cm 1st - 220cm
2nd - - 2nd - 120cm 2nd - 190cm 2nd - 220cm
3rd - - 3rd - 120cm 3rd - 190cm 3rd - 220cm
4th - - 4th - 130cm 4th - 190cm 4th - 220cm
5th - - 5th - 130cm 5th - 210cm 5th - 220cm
6th - - 6th - 150cm 6th - 210cm 6th - 210cm
7th - - 7th - 150cm 7th - 210cm 7th - 210cm
8th - - 8th - 150cm 8th - 210cm 8th - 210cm
9th - - 9th - 150cm 9th - 210cm 9th - 210cm
10th - - 10th - 150cm 10th - 210cm 10th - 210cm
11th - - 11th - 150cm 11th - 210cm 11th - 210cm
12th - - 12th - 150cm 12th - 210cm 12th - 210cm
13th - - 13th - 150cm 13th - 210cm 13th - 210cm
14th - - 14th - 160cm 14th - 210cm 14th - 210cm
15th - - 15th - 160cm 15th - 210cm 15th - 210cm
16th - 70cm 16th - 160cm 16th - 210cm 16th - 200cm
17th - 90cm 17th - 160cm 17th - 210cm 17th - 200cm
18th - 90cm 18th - 160cm 18th - 220cm 18th - 200cm
19th - 90cm 19th - 160cm 19th - 220cm 19th - 200cm
20th - 90cm 20th - 160cm 20th - 220cm 20th - 200cm
21st - 90cm 21st - 160cm 21st - 220cm 21st - 200cm
22nd - 90cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 220cm 22nd - 200cm
23rd - 90cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 220cm 23rd - 200cm
24th - 90cm 24th - 170cm 24th - 220cm 24th - 200cm
25th - 90cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 220cm 25th - 200cm
26th - 90cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 220cm 26th - 200cm
27th - 110cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 220cm 27th - 200cm
28th - 110cm 28th - 190cm 28th - 220cm 28th - 190cm
29th - 110cm 29th - 190cm 29th - - 29th - 190cm
30th - 120cm 30th - 190cm 30th 30th - 190cm
31st - 120cm 31st - 190cm 31st 31st - 190cm

Shiga Kogen Tannenomori Okojo 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 Tannenomori Okojo. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities at Tannenomori Okojo. 

Shiga Kogen Tannenomori Okojo Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Mid December until Mid April
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 No
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 Tannenomori Okojo 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
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 Tannenomori Okojo

By public transport
47.2km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.3km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
35.7km 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 19km away from Tannenomori Okojo.

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 36km and 47km respectively away from Tannenomori Okojo.

>> 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
29.4km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
34.9km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
36.3km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (5.3km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Tannenomori Okojo is about 29.5km 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 over 5km. Tannenomori Okojo 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 1300 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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