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A sensational snow holiday destination on the rise


Blessed with great powder, scenery and natural hot springs, Kita-shiga Kogen was always a snow holiday destination in the making. The area is open for riding from December until May and includes Ryuoo Ski Park, which boasts a 166-person capacity ropeway to its summit, the 1,930 m Mt Ryuoo, offering incredible views of the surrounds. Within the park are a variety of courses for all levels, as well as a fun area for kids around the base. Nearby on the 1,352 m Mt Kosha are four more resorts headed by Yomase Onsen and X-Jam Takai Fuji, which have united to provide streamlined access to the mountain with a single pass. It has created a huge 54 ha playground especially well-suited to snowboarders, with a massive collection of terrain park features to enjoy. Immediately in the vicinity are other attractions like Jigokudani Monkey Park, home of the snow monkeys, and the scenic hot spring retreat of Yomase Onsen, making Kita-shiga Kogen an attractive base in the Shiga Kogen resort area.


How close is Kita-Shiga Kogen to?
Tokyo: 3 hrs (train), Osaka: 5 hrs 30 min (train)

Further Information (Japanese)



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