Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama (Yamanouchi Town, Nagano)

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama
志賀高原 横手山スキー場
(長野県 山ノ内町)
Planned season: November 2021 until the late May or early June 2022
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Official snow depth 260cm (20cm) [updated on 21st January 2022]

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Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama is one of the ski areas that makes up the area known as Shiga Kogen. It is located in the southern area of Shiga Kogen and only lift and course connected with the Shibutoge area. Note that some of the data on this page is shared data for Yokoteyama and Shibutoge as they operate together. 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.

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.

Shiga Kogen is also well known for being close to the famous Jigokudani Yaen Koen Snow Monkey Park where you can see monkeys soaking in onsen hot springs.

The Mountain

ropeways Ropeways gondolas Gondolas quad lifts Quad lifts triple lifts Triple lifts pair lifts Pair lifts single lifts Single lifts other lifts Other
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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
1st 40cm 20cm 1st 200cm 115cm 1st - 160cm 1st - 200cm
2nd 40cm 20cm 2nd 200cm 115cm 2nd - 160cm 2nd - 200cm
3rd 40cm 20cm 3rd 200cm 115cm 3rd - 160cm 3rd - 200cm
4th 40cm 20cm 4th 200cm 115cm 4th - 160cm 4th - 200cm
5th 50cm 20cm 5th 200cm 115cm 5th - 160cm 5th - 200cm
6th 50cm 20cm 6th 200cm 115cm 6th - 160cm 6th - 200cm
7th 40cm 30cm 7th 200cm 115cm 7th - 160cm 7th - 200cm
8th 60cm 30cm 8th 200cm 120cm 8th - 160cm 8th - 200cm
9th 60cm 30cm 9th 200cm 125cm 9th - 170cm 9th - 200cm
10th 60cm 40cm 10th 200cm 140cm 10th - 170cm 10th - 200cm
11th 60cm 40cm 11th 200cm 140cm 11th - 170cm 11th - 200cm
12th 60cm 40cm 12th 200cm 140cm 12th - 170cm 12th - 200cm
13th 60cm 40cm 13th 200cm 140cm 13th - 170cm 13th - 200cm
14th 60cm 50cm 14th 230cm 140cm 14th - 170cm 14th - 200cm
15th 60cm 70cm 15th 230cm 140cm 15th - 170cm 15th - 200cm
16th 60cm 70cm 16th 230cm 140cm 16th - 170cm 16th - 200cm
17th 60cm 80cm 17th 230cm 150cm 17th - 170cm 17th - 200cm
18th 90cm 80cm 18th 230cm 150cm 18th - 195cm 18th - 200cm
19th 110cm 80cm 19th 240cm 155cm 19th - 200cm 19th - 200cm
20th 110cm 90cm 20th 240cm 155cm 20th - 200cm 20th - 200cm
21st 110cm 90cm 21st 260cm 155cm 21st - 200cm 21st - 200cm
22nd 110cm 90cm 22nd - 155cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 200cm
23rd 110cm 90cm 23rd - 155cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 200cm
24th 110cm 90cm 24th - 155cm 24th - 200cm 24th - 200cm
25th 110cm 90cm 25th - 155cm 25th - 200cm 25th - 200cm
26th 120cm 95cm 26th - 155cm 26th - 200cm 26th - 190cm
27th 120cm 95cm 27th - 155cm 27th - 200cm 27th - 190cm
28th 130cm 95cm 28th - 155cm 28th - 200cm 28th - 190cm
29th 150cm 95cm 29th - 155cm 29th - - 29th - 190cm
30th 160cm 95cm 30th - 160cm 30th 30th - 190cm
31st 190cm 110cm 31st - 160cm 31st 31st - 190cm

Shiga Kogen Yokoteyama 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 Shiga Kogen. 
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
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
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

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

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)

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 Yokoteyama Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
0-12 years
Older Child
13-18 years
60 years & over
4 Hours 5,200 yen 2,600 yen 4,500 yen 4,500 yen
1 Day 6,000 yen 3,000 yen 5,100 yen 5,100 yen
2 Days 11,500 yen 5,700 yen 9,800 yen 9,800 yen
3 Days 17,000 yen 8,500 yen 14,500 yen 14,500 yen
4 Days 22,400 yen 11,200 yen 19,100 yen 19,100 yen
5 Days 27,800 yen 13,900 yen 23,700 yen 23,700 yen
6 Days 33,200 yen 16,600 yen 28,300 yen 28,300 yen
7 Days 38,600 yen 19,300 yen 32,900 yen 32,900 yen
8 Days 44,000 yen 22,000 yen 37,500 yen 37,500 yen
9 Days 49,400 yen 24,700 yen 42,100 yen 42,100 yen
10 Days 54,800 yen 27,400 yen 46,700 yen 46,700 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2021-2022 Season Lift Tickets

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 Yokoteyama

By public transport
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
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.
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 10-15 minutes to get from Hasuike to the Yokoteyama area of Shiga Kogen.
By 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)

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.
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.

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