10 ski areas. 61 lifts. 89 courses. One giant resort. Smash some incredible Japanese powder with us this Winter in Shiga Kogen, one of the top ski resorts in all Japan.
You never get tired of skiing Higashitateyama! After taking the gondola all the way to the top of the mountain, you can feel like a ski racer on the course used in the 1998 Winter Olympics, or take your time through the winding forest run. You can ski all the way to the bottom of Giant Ski Resort, making this the longest run in Shiga Kogen<>
Takamagahara features a wide, well groomed course, perfect for practicing turns and picking up some speed for beginners and intermediates. The left side of the slope gets bumpy and is more difficult than it looks. Be careful but give it a go when you are ready!
The Ichinose ski areas are family friendly, with gentle green slopes through the forest and convenient facilities like a kids park and sleds available for hire. Teragoya is higher altitude and has some of the best quality powder in Shiga Kogen. On clear days you get a spectacular 360-degree view of the Nagano mountains. Beginners need not worry, there are green runs all the way down.
Sun Valley is at the entrance to Shiga Kogen and has some more difficult terrain popular with intermediate and advanced skiers and has an excellent view of the Northern Japanese Alps. Marukie has courses for all levels and is popular with families because of the kids’ park.
Hasuike is a mellow ski area popular with beginners and children. From the Junior Course, you can ride the only rope tow in Shiga Kogen and get to Giant. Giant is popular with advanced skiers. Its 1000 meter run that reaches a 34-degree pitch is perfect for the ski races it often holds. In the mornings while the groomed runs are still smooth, even intermediate skiers can enjoy skiing here safely.
Bunadaira is popular for its 160-meter wide run. The top part of this ski area, accessible from the Bunadaira Quad Lift, is great for beginners while the lower portion is primarily advanced. From the top of Nishidate, there are courses for all levels. The long forest run is takes you comfortably to the bottom and provides great views.
This is just the second season Okushiga Ski Resort is open to snowboarders! Both Okushiga and Yakebitaeyama provide excellent powder, long runs and expansive views of the surrounding mountains. Yakebitaiyama is free for all skiers below primary school and has many ungroomed courses for the powder hounds.
Kidoike is a small ski resort with primarily family-friendly beginner runs. This ski resort is for families with young children looking for a more private experience. Kumanoyu is proud of its excellent powder snow at high elevation. Its North-facing runs do not receive direct sunlight in the Winter, keeping the snow powdery the whole season.
Yokoteyama is the highest ski resort in Japan at 2307 meters. That means the seasons are longer, sometimes lasting until the end of May. On a clear day you can see the Northern Alps, Mt. Fuji and the Sea of Japan from the top.
Whether you are a veteran skier or just want to have some fun in the snow, Shiga Kogen has the perfect snow conditions and area for everyone to have fun. See our Guided Tours page for more information on snowshoeing tours or contact us. (availability may vary due to snow conditions).