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