Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama
志賀高原 横手山
(長野県 山ノ内町)
Planned season: Saturday 14th November 2020 until the late May 2021
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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 Yokoteyama is one part of Shiga Kogen. It is located in the southern area of Shiga Kogen and only lift and course connected with the Shibutoge area. Note that the data on this page is shared data for Yokoteyama and Shibutoge (one of the pair lifts is the Shibutoge lift). The top of Yokoteyama - at 2,305m - is the highest point of Shiga Kogen as well as being the highest ski lift in Japan, and spectacular views in every direction can be enjoyed on a fine day. There's a bakery up there as well which is worth checking out. 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

2307m
602m
1705m
28"
15
2000m
8
30%
20%
50%
Skiers
80%
ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
Boarders
20%
0 0 0 1 5 2 0
Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama is lift-connected with:
Shiga Kogen Shibutoge

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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19/20
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20/21
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1st 20cm - 1st 115cm 60cm 1st 160cm 160cm 1st 200cm 200cm
2nd 20cm - 2nd 115cm 60cm 2nd 160cm 160cm 2nd 200cm 200cm
3rd 20cm - 3rd 115cm 60cm 3rd 160cm 160cm 3rd 200cm 190cm
4th 20cm - 4th 115cm 60cm 4th 160cm 160cm 4th 200cm 190cm
5th 20cm - 5th 115cm 90cm 5th 160cm 160cm 5th 200cm 190cm
6th 20cm - 6th 115cm 90cm 6th 160cm 195cm 6th 200cm 210cm
7th 30cm 20cm 7th 115cm 90cm 7th 160cm 200cm 7th 200cm 200cm
8th 30cm 20cm 8th 120cm 90cm 8th 160cm 200cm 8th 200cm 200cm
9th 30cm 20cm 9th 125cm 80cm 9th 170cm 220cm 9th 200cm 200cm
10th 40cm 20cm 10th 140cm 90cm 10th 170cm 230cm 10th 200cm 200cm
11th 40cm 20cm 11th 140cm 90cm 11th 170cm 260cm 11th 200cm 190cm
12th 40cm 20cm 12th 140cm 90cm 12th 170cm 280cm 12th 200cm 180cm
13th 40cm 20cm 13th 140cm 90cm 13th 170cm 270cm 13th 200cm 180cm
14th 50cm 20cm 14th 140cm 90cm 14th 170cm 260cm 14th 200cm 180cm
15th 70cm 20cm 15th 140cm 90cm 15th 170cm 260cm 15th 200cm 190cm
16th 70cm 20cm 16th 140cm 95cm 16th 170cm 260cm 16th 200cm 190cm
17th 80cm 20cm 17th 150cm 95cm 17th 170cm 240cm 17th 200cm 195cm
18th 80cm 15cm 18th 150cm 95cm 18th 195cm 240cm 18th 200cm 200cm
19th 80cm 10cm 19th 155cm 95cm 19th 200cm 240cm 19th 200cm 195cm
20th 90cm 10cm 20th 155cm 95cm 20th 200cm 240cm 20th 200cm 195cm
21st 90cm 15cm 21st 155cm 100cm 21st 200cm 230cm 21st 200cm 195cm
22nd 90cm 15cm 22nd 155cm 100cm 22nd 200cm 220cm 22nd 200cm 190cm
23rd 90cm 25cm 23rd 155cm 100cm 23rd 200cm 220cm 23rd 200cm 190cm
24th 90cm 30cm 24th 155cm 100cm 24th 200cm 220cm 24th 200cm 200cm
25th 90cm 30cm 25th 155cm 95cm 25th 200cm 200cm 25th 200cm 220cm
26th 95cm 30cm 26th 155cm 95cm 26th 200cm 200cm 26th 190cm 215cm
27th 95cm 30cm 27th 155cm 95cm 27th 200cm 200cm 27th 190cm 205cm
28th 95cm 45cm 28th 155cm 95cm 28th 200cm 200cm 28th 190cm 195cm
29th 95cm 60cm 29th 155cm 95cm 29th - 200cm 29th 190cm 210cm
30th 95cm 60cm 30th 160cm 120cm 30th 30th 190cm 210cm
31st 110cm 60cm 31st 160cm 150cm 31st 31st 190cm 200cm

Previous Statistics

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama Facilities

School
School
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. 
Rental
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 is a 'Chibbiko Area' for young children. 
Park Information
Park information
There are no special snow park facilities. 

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Late May
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 4:30pm
Nighta
'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.

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

Kumanoyu

Maruike

Sun Valley

Takamagahara Mammoth

Yakebitaiyama

Check the above pages for details.

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
0-12 years
Older Child
13-18 years
Senior
60 years & over
4 Hours 4,800 yen 2,400 yen 4,100 yen 4,100 yen
1 Day 5,600 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
Yokoteyama 1 Day 3,600 yen 1,800 yen 3,100 yen 3,100 yen
Yokoteyama 2 Days 7,000 yen 3,500 yen 6,200 yen 6,200 yen
Yokoteyama 3 Days 10,500 yen 5,300 yen 9,200 yen 9,200 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2020-2021 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.

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Early Ski tickets are available until Sunday 20th December 2020.

Spring Ski tickets are available from Thursday 1st April 2021 until closing.

Getting to Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama

By public transport
Train
Train
47.3km from Nagano Station on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line
19.4km from Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line
35.8km from Iiyama Station on the Iiyama Line
Transport Information
Information
Yudanaka Station on the Nagano Dentetsu Nagano line is the closest station to the Shiga Kogen ski and snowboard resorts and is about 19.5km away from Yokoteyama.

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 47.5km respectively away from Yokoteyama.

>> More information on getting to the Shiga Kogen region by public transport
bus
Bus
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 10-15 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Yokoteyama area of Shiga Kogen.
By Car
Car
29.5km from the Shinshu Nakano IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
35km from the Obuse PA Smart IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
36.4km from the Toyota Iiyama IC on the Joshinetsu Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 292 (0.1km away)
Direction
Direction

Yokoteyama is 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!

After arriving in the Shiga Kogen area continue on Route 292 towards Kumanoyu. Yokoteyama is on the left hand side of the road just over 5km further on than the Hasuike junction.

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
Parking
Parking
There are a few car parks near the base of Yokoteyama, holding about 300 vehicles in total. Parking is free on every day of the season.

More Information

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Address
Address
Shiga Kogen
Yamanouchi-machi
Shimotakai-gun
Nagano-ken
381-0401
Telephone
Telephone
0269-34-2600
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