Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama is one of the ski areas that makes up the area known as 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.
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.
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.
A number of ski and snowboard equipment and wear rental facilities are available around Shiga Kogen.
The Family Snow Park at Yakebitaiyama is located near the base (West) hotel and features a 70m long snow escalator and other attractions. Open between Friday 24th December 2021 and 21st January 2022. Entrance is 1,500 yen for visitors; 1,000 yen pre-school and guests of the Prince Hotel. Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm.
The 'Yakebi Terrain Park' features a number of items.
Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama Season & Opening Times
Typical season is from Early December until Early April
Weekends and holidays
Normally open from 8:00am until 4:00pm
Normally open from 8:30am until 4:00pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays
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 Yakebitaiyama Lift Ticket Charges
60 years & over
2021-2022 Season Lift Ticket
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 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
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.
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 15-20 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Yakebitaiyama area of Shiga Kogen.
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.
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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