Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama
志賀高原 焼額山
(長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Saturday 7th December 2019 until Wednesday 6th 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 Yakebitaiyama is one part of Shiga Kogen. Yakebitaiyama is located in the northern area of Shiga Kogen. Affectionately known as 'Yakebi', the slopes of Yakebitaiyama were host to alpine skiing (slalom) and snowboarding (giant slalom) events at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. Yakebitaiyama has an 8 person gondola and a 6 person gondola. Yakebitaiyama is connected with Okushiga Kogen at the top and the Ichinose areas on the other 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 Yakebitaiyama Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - - 1st - 50cm 1st - 110cm 1st - 170cm
2nd - - 2nd - 50cm 2nd - 110cm 2nd - 170cm
3rd - - 3rd - 50cm 3rd - 110cm 3rd - 170cm
4th - - 4th - 50cm 4th - 110cm 4th - 170cm
5th - - 5th - 70cm 5th - 110cm 5th - 170cm
6th - - 6th - 100cm 6th - 130cm 6th - 190cm
7th - 30cm 7th - 100cm 7th - 130cm 7th - 190cm
8th - 30cm 8th - 100cm 8th - 130cm 8th - 190cm
9th - 30cm 9th - 80cm 9th - 150cm 9th - 190cm
10th - 30cm 10th - 80cm 10th - 150cm 10th - 190cm
11th - 30cm 11th - 80cm 11th - 180cm 11th - 180cm
12th - 30cm 12th - 80cm 12th - 180cm 12th - 170cm
13th - 30cm 13th - 80cm 13th - 180cm 13th - 170cm
14th - 30cm 14th - 80cm 14th - 170cm 14th - 170cm
15th - 35cm 15th - 80cm 15th - 170cm 15th - 170cm
16th - 35cm 16th - 90cm 16th - 165cm 16th - 170cm
17th - 30cm 17th - 90cm 17th - 160cm 17th - 180cm
18th - 30cm 18th - 90cm 18th - 160cm 18th - 180cm
19th - 30cm 19th - 90cm 19th - 160cm 19th - 180cm
20th - 30cm 20th - 90cm 20th - 160cm 20th - 180cm
21st - 30cm 21st - 100cm 21st - 160cm 21st - 180cm
22nd - 30cm 22nd - 100cm 22nd - 160cm 22nd - 180cm
23rd - 30cm 23rd - 100cm 23rd - 160cm 23rd - 170cm
24th - 30cm 24th - 100cm 24th - 160cm 24th - 170cm
25th - 30cm 25th - 100cm 25th - 160cm 25th - 170cm
26th - 30cm 26th - 100cm 26th - 160cm 26th - 170cm
27th - 30cm 27th - 100cm 27th - 160cm 27th - 170cm
28th - 50cm 28th - 100cm 28th - 170cm 28th - 170cm
29th - 50cm 29th - 100cm 29th - 170cm 29th - 170cm
30th - 50cm 30th - 100cm 30th 30th - 170cm
31st - 50cm 31st - 100cm 31st 31st - 160cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama 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
The 'Family Snow Park' at Yakebitaiyama is located near the base (West) hotel and features a 70m long snow escalator and other attractions. Entrance is 1,000 yen for visitors (500 yen pre-school). Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm. 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Yakebi Terrain Park' features a number of items. 

Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Early December until Early April
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'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 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 Yakebitaiyama 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 tickets that are valid at just Yakebitaiyama are available:

1 day: 5,000 yen for adults; 4,300 yen for children and seniors
2 day: 9,200 yen for adults; 8,000 yen for children and seniors
3 day: 13,400 yen for adults; 11,500 yen for children and seniors
4 hours: 4,300 yen for adults; 3,900 yen for children and seniors


Night skiing at Yakebitaiyama on the following dates:

December 2019: 21st, 28th-31st
January 2020: 1st-2nd, 4th, 11th-12th, 18th, 25th, 31st
February 2020: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd-23rd, 29th
March 2020: 7th, 14th, 20th-21st, 28th

The Yakebitaiyama Number 3 lift operates for nighta between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.


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 Yakebitaiyama

By public transport
49.4km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
21.5km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
37.9km 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 21.5km away from Yakebitaiyama.

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 38km and 49.5km respectively away from Yakebitaiyama.

>> 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. The shuttle bus takes about 15-20 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Yakebitaiyama area of Shiga Kogen.

'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
31.6km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
37.1km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
38.5km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (8km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 471
Yakebitaiyama is just over 31.5km 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 6.5km. The base areas of Yakebitaiyama are on the left 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 Yakebitaiyama with a total capacity of 1,700 vehicles. Parking is free on every day of the season.

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