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The enormous heart of the Shiga Kogen resort area

The closest of the Shiga Kogen resort areas to the snow monkeys in Jigokudani Monkey Park, the Shiga Kogen central area offers variety and quality that will turn any skier into a kid at Christmas.

Its 13 ski fields are situated in the heart of the Shiga Kogen resort area, and occupy some two thirds of it. With 26 lifts, riders of all levels can explore its vast 274-hectare area, to admire the views and choose just the right slope.

The majority of the ski fields here have a high elevation of over 1,500 metres, and command grand views of their mountainous surrounds. The highest observation points are above 2,000 metres in the Terakoya and Higashidateyama ski fields, offering suitably superb panoramas of the Japan Alps.

And thanks to the terrain and inland location of the Shiga Kogen central area, the powder falls finer and drier; Higashidateyama Ski Field has some of the longest runs on which to enjoy it, and its advanced course featured in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. For beginners, the Tanneno Mori Okojo Ski Field is a popular choice.

After a day on the slopes, the hot spring villages of Shibu and Yudanaka Onsen are always a rewarding evening’s relaxation and entertainment, and are easily accessible by shuttle bus.


• Snow depth- December 120cm, January 250cm, February 280cm, March 250cm, April 150cm
• Terrain – Beg 40%, Int 40%, Adv 20%
• Longest run 6.0km
• Gondolas 1
• Chairlifts 25
• Vertical drop 785m
• Steepest slope 36°



Ski Fields Chairlifts
1 Sunvalley Ski Field 3
2 Maruike Ski Field 2
3 Hasuike Ski Field 1
4 Giant Ski Field 1
5 Hoppo Bunadaira Ski Field 2
6 Nishidateyama Ski Field 3
7 Higashidateyama Ski Field 1
8 Terakoya Ski Field 2
9 Takamagahara Mammoth Ski Field 3
10 Tanneno Mori Okojo Ski Field 1
11 Ichinose Family Ski Field 4
12 Ichinose Diamond Ski Field 2
13 Ichinose Yamanokami Ski Field 1

*No. of resorts: 13
*Total slope area: 274 ha




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Nagano is known as one of Japan’s most popular snow holiday destinations that hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics game. It’s a landlocked prefecture that’s home to famous hot spring towns like Nozawa Onsen and the adorable hot-spring-loving snow monkeys.