Biwako Valley (Otsu City, Shiga)

Biwako Valley
びわ湖バレイ (滋賀県 大津市)
Planned season: Saturday 22nd December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019
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Biwako Valley is located in Otsu city in Shiga Prefecture, by the western shores - and affording fine views of - Lake Biwa. At just 40km or so from central Kyoto, it is the nearest ski hill from the city. The fast Ropeway takes people from the base car parks to the slopes. For the 2018-2019 season, the Giant quad lift has enjoyed a 'renewal'.

The Biwako Valley ski resort has been operating since 1965. The Ropeway and other attractions are popular for sightseeing throughout the year.

Shiga Prefecture is part of the Kansai region in the western region of the main island of Honshu. Lake Biwa is the largest freshwater in Japan located at the centre of Shiga Prefecture. Most of the ski hills in Shiga Prefecture are found in the region to the north west of Lake Biwa. Be sure not to confuse Shiga Prefecture with the popular ‘Shiga Kogen’ resort region of Nagano Prefecture – they are totally un-related.

The Mountain

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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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Biwako Valley Facilities

School
School
Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Biwako Valley. 
Rental
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Ski and snowboard wear rental is also available. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Snow Land' for children is by the exit at the top of the Ropeway - free for those with a 1 day ticket, otherwise 800 yen for adults and 500 yen for children (3 years to elementary school age). 
Park Information
Park information
The 'Snow Park' is near the top of the resort. 

Biwako Valley Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late December until Mid March
October November December January February March April May June July
                                                           
Daytime
Daytime
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:00am until 5:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 5:00pm
Nighta
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays No
Weekdays No
Opening information
Opening information
Biwako Valley is usually open from 8:30am until 5pm on weekdays and from 8am until 5pm on weekends and holidays.

There is no nighta at this ski hill.

Biwako Valley Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child
Young child (3-5)
Older Child
Elementary School age
Senior
50 years & over
1 Day (weekend & holidays) 5,500 yen 2,000 yen 4,000 yen
1 Day (weekdays) 4,500 yen 1,500 yen 3,500 yen
Half Day (Holidays) 5,000 yen 1,500 yen 3,500 yen
Half Day (Weekdays) 4,000 yen 1,200 yen 3,000 yen
1 lift coupon 400 yen 400 yen 400 yen
11 lift coupons 4,000 yen 4,000 yen 4,000 yen
Ropeway Return (1 time) 2,500 yen 600 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 48,000 yen 30,000 yen
Snow Land entry 800 yen 500 yen
Lift Ticket Information The Ropeway normally operates every 15 minutes (00, 15, 30, 45).

The half day and 1 day tickets include return trip usage of the Ropeway.

Young children can enter the Snow Land area for no charge.

Getting to Biwako Valley

By public transport
Train
Train
40.1km from Kyoto Station on the Tokaido Shinkansen line
3.5km from Shiga Station on the Kosei line
51.9km from Kaminaka Station on the Obama line
Transport Information
Information
The base station of the Ropeway at the resort is just 3km from the nearest station - Shiga Station on the Kosei line.

>> More information on the Tokaido Shinkansen train line
bus
Bus
Various bus services from Osaka and Kyoto to Biwako Valley are available.
By Car
Car
31.3km from the Kyoto Higashi IC on the Meishin Expressway
57km from the Wakasa Kaminaka IC on the Maizuru Wakasa Expressway
60.5km from the Kinomoto IC on the Hokuriku Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 161 (3.1km away)
Direction
Direction
Biwako Valley is about 31km north of the Kyoto Higashi IC on the Meishin Expressway.

From Kyoto, head north on Route 161. The resort is well signposted.

>> More information on Hokuriku Expressway
Parking
Parking
Parking is available at the base of the resort. Parking for a normal car costs 1,000 yen every day.

More Information

Visit official website
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Address
Address
Kido 1547-1
Otsu-shi
Shiga-ken
520-0514
Telephone
Telephone
077-592-1155
2018-2019 SKI RESORT INFORMATION UPDATES
At the time of writing more than 40% of the ski hills in Japan have still not updated their own information for the upcoming season - even some of the larger ones! We are continuing to manually check and update information within SnowJapan on a daily basis, but for the moment things remain a mix of new and old. In most cases ski resorts open and close around the same dates each season, so even if the planned season dates shown on this page are still from the 2017-2018 season, that is usually a good indication of what to expect this time round.

(19th November 2018)
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