Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama
志賀高原 横手山
(長野県 山之内町)
Planned season: Late November 2019 until the second half of 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 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.

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
19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
season
19/20
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18/19
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19/20
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18/19
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1st - - 1st - 90cm 1st - 185cm 1st - 180cm
2nd - - 2nd - 90cm 2nd - 185cm 2nd - 180cm
3rd - - 3rd - 95cm 3rd - 185cm 3rd - 180cm
4th - - 4th - 95cm 4th - 185cm 4th - 180cm
5th - - 5th - 95cm 5th - 185cm 5th - 180cm
6th - - 6th - 95cm 6th - 185cm 6th - 180cm
7th 20cm - 7th - 95cm 7th - 185cm 7th - 180cm
8th 20cm - 8th - 95cm 8th - 185cm 8th - 185cm
9th 20cm - 9th - 130cm 9th - 185cm 9th - 190cm
10th 20cm - 10th - 110cm 10th - 185cm 10th - 185cm
11th 20cm - 11th - 110cm 11th - 185cm 11th - 195cm
12th 20cm - 12th - 110cm 12th - 185cm 12th - 195cm
13th 20cm - 13th - 110cm 13th - 185cm 13th - 195cm
14th 20cm 15cm 14th - 110cm 14th - 185cm 14th - 200cm
15th - 15cm 15th - 110cm 15th - 185cm 15th - 200cm
16th - 15cm 16th - 110cm 16th - 185cm 16th - 195cm
17th - 15cm 17th - 110cm 17th - 185cm 17th - 200cm
18th - 15cm 18th - 110cm 18th - 185cm 18th - 200cm
19th - 15cm 19th - 110cm 19th - 185cm 19th - 200cm
20th - 20cm 20th - 110cm 20th - 185cm 20th - 200cm
21st - 20cm 21st - 110cm 21st - 185cm 21st - 200cm
22nd - 20cm 22nd - 120cm 22nd - 185cm 22nd - 200cm
23rd - 15cm 23rd - 120cm 23rd - 185cm 23rd - 190cm
24th - 30cm 24th - 150cm 24th - 185cm 24th - 200cm
25th - 30cm 25th - 150cm 25th - 185cm 25th - 190cm
26th - 30cm 26th - 150cm 26th - 185cm 26th - 190cm
27th - 40cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 180cm 27th - 195cm
28th - 55cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 200cm
29th - 70cm 29th - 185cm 29th - - 29th - 190cm
30th - 75cm 30th - 185cm 30th 30th - 200cm
31st - 85cm 31st - 185cm 31st 31st - 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.

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:

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 5,500 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
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 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)

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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 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.

'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
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
2019-2020 UPDATES
14th December 2019: Most ski resort information for the 19-20 has been updated - last ones should be updated within the week... More about updates here
Current resort snow depth
20cm
(0cm)
(change since last update)
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