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Shiga Kogen

Located in the Johshinetsu National Park on the Japanese island of Honshu, Shiga Kogen is one of the largest ski resorts in Japan. Featuring 21 interlinked resorts (all accessed via one lift ticket), Shiga receives on average 12m of light fluffy powder every year. This combined with a 1350m base altitute (most Japanese resort bases are <300m) results in excellent snow and less refreezing (ie, icy bits!).

Shiga Kogen hosted several events in the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic games, so lift facilities are top rate and there are plenty of choices for accommodation.

If you do decide to come to Shiga Kogen and want to have a day off boarding, make sure you check out the Jigokyudani hot springs (home of the famous Japanese Snow Monkeys.. definately worth checking out).

Happy Boarding!


Getting Here

If you are driving up, expect the drive to take 4-5 hours from Tokyo Airport. It’s much easier to use public transport though (and you’re less likely to get lost!).

Google map directions:

Public Transport

If you are going to use public transport the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to get to Shiga Kogen:

  1. From the airport, get on the airport express train into Tokyo or Shinjuku Station (~¥3000), approx 1hr
  2. From Tokyo, catch the Nagano bullet train (Shinkansen) to Nagano station (~¥5000), approx 2hrs
  3. Get the bus from Nagano to Shiga Kogen. Nagaden run a bus service (¥3800 return), approx 1hr.

Information on the bus timetable between Nagano and Shiga Kogen can be found here (current as at Feb ’09)

Accommodation

The best area to stay in Shiga Kogen is in the Ichinose area (love that name!) – this village has the best facilities of the resort. One thing to note when you are booking your accommodation – there are very few restaurants and pubs at the Shiga Kogen resort, so we recommend getting an accommodation/meals package if possible.

One excellent option is the Sunroute hotel (¥8000 p/n including breakfast & dinner) which offers western style rooms, onsen and steam room, two restaurants, board storage, karaoke room etc.

The Shiga Kogen website also has some other good options in the Ichinose area (and specifies which Hotels have english pages too… very useful!).


Nightlife

Nightlife in Shiga Kogen is more or less non-existent. Don’t come here expecting to board all day and party all night – if you want to do this in Japan you should probably go to Niseko instead.

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