Shiga Kogen Snowboarding
The 15th most popular snowboarding destination in Japan.
Wednesday 19 October 2016 06:26 GMT
Northwest of Tokyo and northeast of Nagano in the Nagano Prefecture, the Shiga Kogen ski area has 104 courses totalling 80km spread across 600 hectares that are served by 68 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 980m. The Shiga Kogen ski region, also known as Shiga Highlands, interconnects 21 villages with one ski lift pass that also works on the interconnecting shuttle buses. Overall, the terrain is not particularly steep and is all below the treeline. It is well-suited to beginners and intermediates. There is very limited off-piste powder to explore especially since it isn’t steep enough to enjoy.
To reach the snowboarding at Shiga Kogen from Tokyo, take the train to Nagano. From Nagano, there is a public bus to Shiga Kogen (75 minutes). The recommended village in the lift network is the centrally-located Ichinose village. While in the onsens around Shiga Kogen, watch out for the wild monkeys.
While in the large cities, make sure to use their ATMs since they can be quite hard to find at the resorts (especially ones accepting international ATM cards) and credit cards are rarely accepted.
Overall, Shiga Kogen is the 15th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 22 snowboarding resorts in Japan. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Shiga Kogen including Naeba Ski Resort, Nozawa Onsen, Happo One Ski Resort, Myoko Kogen and Kagura Ski Resort.