Resort Spotlight: Sugadaira Kogen (Nagano)

Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort, Nagano

Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort, located in the heart of central Nagano Prefecture, is a popular ski and snowboard resort with a wide range of courses, regular powder snow conditions and spectacular views of the surrounding regions.

The resort is divided into three main skiing and snowboard areas which are called "Pine Beak Area", "Taro Area" and "Davos Area".   For more information about the resort and the facilities on offer, please click on the link below

Maximum elevation 1620 meters
Minimum elevation 1220 meters
Beginner courses 30%
Intermediate courses 60%
Advanced courses 10%
Number of Lifts 36
8 pair lifts
8 triple lifts
4 quad lifts
Opening times 8:30am - 5pm
Car parking Free parking for 3000 vehicles

Sugadaira Kogen is a popular local resort with long, wide slopes that are particularly suitable for learner skiers and snowboarders and families.  There are a wide range of runs on offer during the season which runs from early December until early April. The small resort town of Sugadaira has a number of shops and ski equipment rental shops featuring skis, snowboards, boots and poles.

There is a wide variety of of traditional pensions, lodges and Japanese-style hotels on offer in Sugadaira, with many of them offering ski in ski out accessibility.  There are a few other winter-related activities that skiers and non-skiers alike can take part in, such as hiking, snowshoeing and heli-skiing. Spa facilities are available at some of the top pensions and après-ski can be enjoyed at the on-slope restaurant and several restaurants and bars in the village

Sugadaira has three main areas - Pine Beak Area, Taro Area and Davos Area.  A shuttle bus between the areas costs 200 yen per ride.

Lift Tickets 2019-2020

  Adult 60-69 years over 70s 7-13 years 4-6 years
Opening 1 day 4,200 yen 3,400 yen 2,800 yen 2,500 yen 1,000 yen
1 day 4,800 yen 3,800 yen 3,300 yen 2,800 yen 1,000 yen
Pack ticket 5,300 yen 4,600 yen 4,000 yen 3,600 yen  
2 day 8,600 yen 7,000 yen 6,000 yen 5,200 yen 2,000 yen
Nagano Prefecure residents 4,200 yen 3,400 yen 2,800 yen 2,500 yen 1,000 yen
Spring season 4,200 yen 3,400 yen 2,800 yen 2,500 yen 1,000 yen
Season Ticket 51,000 yen 51,000 yen 51,000 yen 36,000 yen  

Kids Park

There is a Kids Park in each of the three main areas of Sugadaira. There is also a child care facility available at Pine Beak (charges apply).


Snowcat Tours

Adults: 3,300 yen
Children: 1,800 yen



Sugadaira Kogen Snow Resort is easy to get to by both car and train from the Nagano city area and from Ueda.

By car, the resort is easily accessible from both the north and south.  From the south, take the Joshinetsu Expressway, get off at the Ueda Sugadaira IC and head north on Route 144.   The journey from the Expressway takes about 30 minutes.  From the north and Nagano take route 406 south to the resort.

By train from Tokyo, take the Ueda bound limited express service on the Shinetsu line.  This journey takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes and there is a bus service from the station to the resort - this journey takes about 50 minutes.