Japan’s largest ski area
The powder sanctuary hidden in the northernmost reaches of Shiga Kogen, known as Okushiga Kogen was once a skier-only zone. Now, it is open to snowboarders, and there’s every reason for all riders to head to Okushiga Kogen.
The resort enjoys snow from December to May, and thanks to north-facing slopes and a high altitude range between 1,500 m and 2,000 m, the quality of it is excellent.
Within the surrounds of Okushiga Kogen are some of the best attractions in Nagano Prefecture, which add an extra touch of unique flavour that makes it all the more rewarding as a snow holiday retreat.
As well as the world-famous snow monkeys in Yamanouchi, there is the nearby hot spring village of Shibu Onsen, a collection of beautiful old inns with a tradition of refined hospitality stretching back more than 400 years.
Boutique breweries are another highlight of the area, including Tamamura Honten, which produces not only acclaimed Belgian and Czech-style craft beers, but also its own brewing ingredients at local farms.
To go with the local beer and sake around Okushiga Kogen of course, is the fresh produce of Nagano Prefecture. One of the best places to indulge locally is the French and Japanese fine dining restaurants at the Okushiga Kogen Hotel, the premier accommodation facility in the area since it was first established in 1969. The hotel has ski-in, ski-out access to the powder at Okushiga Kogen, and a range of convenient guest services that include Wi-Fi and gear rentals.
The capacity of the accommodation facilities in Okushiga Kogen as a whole has been carefully planned to maintain a quiet, peaceful atmosphere in the spectacular surrounds, and it succeeds brilliantly, providing the perfect environment for those who want to enjoy a long holiday at a relaxed pace.