Resort Spotlight: Okushiga Kogen (Shiga Kogen, Nagano)

Okushiga Kogen
Shiga Kogen, Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture
Skiers and snowboarders - everyone welcome!

Introducing Okushiga Kogen...part of the world-famous 'Shiga Kogen' interconnected resort area

Shiga Kogen is the the collective name of the largest interlinked ski and snowboard resort area in Japan, and is one of the most popular and loved ski resorts in the country.

Located in the north eastern part of Nagano Prefecture, and about 45km to the east of central Nagano City, Shiga Kogen is comprised of numerous ski and snowboard resorts that share the same lift ticket and are - for the most part - lift connected up making for a truly huge skiable area that needs a number of days to cover. There's no need to take various shuttle buses or bother with different lift tickets to use the lifts at Shiga Kogen.... just strap on the skis and snowboard and slide on the snow - you can ski for literally hours without repeating a run.


The extensive Shiga interconnected resort area that is Shiga Kogen. (Okushiga Kogen seen at the top left area of this image).

Okushiga Kogen is one of the ski areas, in the northern area of Shiga Kogen. Shiga Kogen as a whole is renowned for excellent light powder snow conditions, and especially so in the Okushiga Kogen area. If you are looking for quality light powder snow conditions...look no further!  Okushiga Kogen often boasts some of the best snow available. If you plan to stay a number of days, you can enjoy the varied courses at Okushiga before checking out the connecting Yakebitaiyama area and beyond, and ski or snowboard right through to the Sun Valley area of Shiga Kogen.

The hotels at base - including the Okushiga Kogen Hotel - are ski-in, ski-out and located close to the base lift of Okushiga Kogen giving you immediate access. Surrounded by the silent and stunning beauty of the snowy mountains, Okushiga Kogen is the perfect place to base your Shiga Kogen stay. Daytrippers can alternatively choose to park at and start their day using the Okushiga Kogen Gondola.

You might get to see some wild monkeys and other animals playing around in the snow, but if you don't you can always go down to the famous Jigokudani Monkey Park which is just 30 minutes away from Okushiga Kogen. Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the valley is another way that people enjoy their time at Okushiga Kogen.

There are many reasons why skiers have been coming back to Okushiga Kogen year after year. Come and find out for yourself why this coming season...

Okushiga Kogen has always been about pure skiing! Since the 2015-2016 season, Okushiga Kogen has also been welcoming snowboarders to the slopes.  Everyone is welcome. 

Courses Length Slope Gradient  
Course No 1
900m 6 - 8 degrees This course is ideal for beginners and children taking their first steps
Course No 2 Expert
630m 23 - 30 degrees This one of the steeper slopes with fine snow conditions lasting late into the spring season
Course No 3
600m 13 - 16 degrees A good area for practicing located at the top of Mt Yakebitaiyama. Take a moment to take in the views on a clear day
Course No 4
400m 12 - 16 degrees Practice cruising and technique on Course No 4
Course No 6 (weekends only)
700m 8 - 9 degrees Course No 6 is good course for beginners and children - lots of trees surrounding the run
Downhill Course
2200m 19 - 28 degrees The longest course with three seperate areas suitable for different skill levels.  Be sure to enjoy the stunning panoramic views!
Hillside Course
820m 10 - 17 degrees Hillside can be found off to the side of the Downhill Course
Kuma-otoshi Course
400m 20 - 30 degrees 'Kuma-otoshi' name literally means 'Drop the bear' and this is the steepest slope with ungroomed snow
Course 'Forest'
1200m 10 - 17 degrees A detour course to the side of Course 2

Kid's Course Forest
This course is for kids only and found between the lift and slope at the base of the resort. Look out for the wild animal footprints! 

Kids Park
The Kids Park is conveniently located at the base of the resort with various items available for children to play with including snowsleds and scoops.  Entrance costs 500 yen.

Kids Room
This free facility can be found on the 2nd Floor of the Okushiga Bus Terminal and is free to use.

* Any specific opening dates for the 2015-2016 season will be added when available.

...and remember, Okushiga Kogen is just one part of the massive Shiga Kogen area!



Perfectly located by the base of the resort in a ski-in ski-out location close to the base lift, Okushiga Kogen Hotel is one of the well-known hotels of the whole region and offers comfortable stays and a wide variety of fine cuisine. For more information on the Okushiga Kogen Hotel please view the information on SnowJapan or the hotel website.


How to get to Shiga Kogen and Okushiga Kogen

Okushiga Kogen is located in the northern area of the famous Shiga Kogen resort area of northern Nagano Prefecture.

By train:
Take the Nagano Dentetsu line from JR Nagano Station to the terminal Yudanaka Station (45 minutes). From there take the bus up to Shiga Kogen and Okushiga Kogen (55 minutes).
A Shiga Kogen Express bus is also available directly from the East Exit of Nagano Station (1 hour 45 minutes).

By car:
From the Shinshu Nakano IC exit of the Joshinetsu Expressway, take Route 292 up to the Shiga Kogen area. Turn towards Ichinose and Okushiga at the Hasuike junction in Shiga Kogen and follow the road round to Okushiga Kogen. Okushiga Kogen is about 38km from the Shinshu Nakano IC expressway exit.

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Okushiga Kogen Lift Tickets
These tickets are valid only on the Okushiga Kogen area lifts

Ticket price Adult Child (0-12) Senior / Student Remarks
Okushiga Pair No 1 420 yen 210 yen 420 yen 3 points
Okushiga High-speed Pair No 2 780 yen 390 yen 780 yen 6 points
Okushiga High-speed Pair No 3 280 yen 140 yen 280 yen 2 points
Okushiga Pair No 4 220 yen 110 yen 220 yen 2 points
Okushiga Gondola 1way 980 yen 490 yen 980 yen Adult: 9 points
Child: 6 points
Okushiga Gondola Return 1,900 yen 950 yen 1,900 yen  
1 Day 4,000 yen 2,000 yen 3,700 yen  
4 Hours 3,500 yen 1,700 yen 3,200 yen  

Shiga Kogen Lift Tickets
These tickets are valid at all of the Shiga Kogen resorts in peak season, including Okushiga Kogen
For full details please visit the Okushiga Kogen website

18-59 years
Child (0-12) Junior/Senior High Students
Seniors (over 60)
4 hour ticket 4,200 yen 2,100 yen 3,800 yen  
One day ticket 5,000 yen 2,500 yen 4,200 yen  
One and a half day ticket 9,100 yen 4,600 yen 7,700 yen  
Two days ticket 9,300 yen 4,700 yen 7,800 yen  
Three days ticket 13,400 yen 6,700 yen 10,800 yen  
Super Pass 4 17,500 yen 8,800 yen 15,000 yen  
Super Pass 5 21,600 yen 10,800 yen 18,600 yen  
Super Pass 6 25,800 yen 12,900 yen 22,000 yen  
Super Pass 7 29,900 yen 15,000 yen 25,200 yen  
Super Pass 10 41,200 yen 20,600 yen 35,000 yen  

Please note that a returnable 500 yen deposit is required for the key card lift ticket on purchase.
Super Pass tickets can be used on non-consecutive days within the season.
Handicapped, early season and spring season tickets are also available.

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