60 km from Nagano city, 250 km from Tokyo's busy city hub and 460km from Osaka city, Shiga Kogen is a highly accessible and convenient ski destination.
Shiga Kogen is the giant of the Japanese ski areas and is one of the largest ski resort areas in the world.
Famous for its grand scale, ranging ski terrain, amazing panoramic views, and powder quality snow, Shiga Kogen is the ultimate destination for the keen skier and snowboarder who is in search of the best powder snow.
Shiga Kogen is also famous for having hosted some of the major events of the 1998 Nagano winter Olympic Games.
Consisting of 19 ski fields and about 52 lifts, gondolas and chair lifts, Shiga Kogen is by far the largest ski resort in Japan.
With merely one lift pass, all 19 interlinked ski fields beckon, offering you the largest winter playground imaginable.
It may very well take you more than 3 or 4 days to ski every course!
And with so many lifts, waiting time is very often nonexistent and courses are never crowded during week days.
Weekends may see more skiers and snowboarders. But the resort is so vast that skiing will always be enjoyable.
The large variety of terrain and courses will satisfy all levels from beginners to advanced skiers and snow boarders.
The elevation of Ichinose village is 1650m above sea level. That makes this modern ski village the highest in Japan with the best snow, both in quality and depth, during the winter season.