Shiga Kogen is one of Japan’s largest ski areas made up of 21 ski resorts. Nineteen interlinked ski areas with a smorgasbord of options including beginner slopes, long cruisers, challenging moguls and powder bowls. One lift ticket gives you access to more than 50 lifts, gondolas and ropeways! The area is also close to some of Japan’s cultural sites with the opportunity to experience something of Japan’s rich traditions.

4.5hrs from Narita Airport

2,307m above sea level

11m annual snow fall

50+ lifts, 4 Gondolas

Terrain: ○ 45%,
□ 40%, ◇ 15%

Park & Pipe

Night Skiing

December – April

Top 6 reasons to choose Shiga Kogen

  • Huge variety of courses, beginner to expert
  • One lift pass for all the resorts
  • European-influenced hotels & pensions
  • Cultural sight seeing
  • Onsen Town
  • Visit the Snow Monkeys

Shiga Kogen Accommodation

Accommodation includes some of the best situated and most comfortable hotels and Japanese Ryokans in the area, featuring hot springs, restaurants, concierge services, ski equipment rental, ski school services and great shopping.

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Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel (South Wing)

Ski-in / ski-out, a snow resort to cater for the needs of every skier

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Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel (East Wing)

Ski-in / ski-out access and stunning slope views from every room

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Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel (West Wing)

Ski-in / ski-out, a snow resort to cater for the needs of every skier

Japan’s largest ski resort. The area is quite simply massive! 21 interlinked ski areas provide endless options, from long cruisers to challenging moguls, from powder bowls to beginner slopes. One lift ticket gives access to more than 50 lifts, gondolas and ropeways.

Lift Passes / Night Skiing

All the Shiga Kogen ski resorts use an electronic lift pass system meaning the one lift pass will give you access to all lifts and gondolas in the Shiga Kogen Resort area. There is limited night skiing available.

Off-Piste Skiing

Within the 21 resort areas of Shiga Kogen, some limited off-piste areas are available. However with so many resorts and variety of terrain, there is plenty of powder, trees and steeps to be enjoyed.

Snowsports School

There are numerous snowsports schools across the resorts and your choice will mostly depend on your accommodation, level, language and needs.

Equipment Rental

Most of the hotels and accommodation have their own rental shops carrying a good but small range of latest performance equipment and sizes suitable for beginners and intermediate, however for more advanced snow riders, the selection and availability is limited and it is advised to bring your own gear or rent in advance.

There are many village areas that make up Shiga Kogen and accommodation is close to the lifts and in the most popular areas of the resort; the Okushigakogen Ski area and Yakebitaiyama area. There is a free shuttle bus service to get between resort areas, operating daily from about – 5.30pm. Transport options to get between the resort areas after this time are very limited.

Dining & Nightlife

Shiga Kogen is a very traditional Japanese style resort where the majority of accommodations provide in-house restaurants and dining. There are a few public restaurants and bars and izakayas around the villages. The nightlife is very low key as most people tend to eat, drink, socialise and relax in their accommodation.

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Shiga Kogen Activities & Tours

Historic Matsumoto Castle

Historic Matsumoto Castle

Visit one of Japan's oldest castles in nearby Nagano.



Visit natural hot springs to relax and soak away the aches and pains after a day on the slopes.



Explore the mountains with a bit more power! Snow mobile tours available for all skill levels.

Snow Monkey Tours

Snow Monkey Tours

Visit the famous Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) and see the native Japanese monkeys soaking it up in the onsens.

Winter Kids Park

Winter Kids Park

Visit the snow playground and enjoy the snow and sled games. This is the best place to play for little children.

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