The main activities in Winter is off course Ski and Snowboarding. Meanwhile, skiers and non skiers could visit the following places.
This National Treasure of a temple is said to have been built some 1,400 years ago. It is famous for promising passage to heaven to all people regardless of religion or sect. The walk from Nagano Station to the temple offers shopping and other entertainment.
The temple is about 1 hour by car from Chalet Shiga
Shigakogen hosted the Alpine skiing, snowboarding and other events at the Nagano Olympics.
On display in the Memorial Hall are the Olympic torch, gold, silver and bronze medals, autographed skiwear, singlets, snowboards, chair skis and more from both the Olympics and Paralympics
In addition to places that can be visited in Winter, Chalet Shiga is a perfectly located hotel for enjoying the great outdoors of Shigakogen.
Just next door are the benefits of Japan's highlands with trekking, hiking and fireflies in summer.
The Ichinose area of Shigakogen reaches elevations of 1,600 m plus. Summers are cool with an average temperature of 17.5˚C, making it a great getaway for people wanting to avoid the heat.
Ranging in elevation from 1500 to 2300 meters, Shiga Kogen Heights offer a variety of hiking and trekking possibilities from simple nature walks to technical mountain climbing.
The area is dotted with lakes and ponds. Especially worth seeing are Shijuhachiike Marshland for its rich aquatic plant life and Lake Onumaike for its brilliant emerald green color.
Several ropeways and cable cars operate in the summer, providing access to Mt. Higasidate and other breathtaking peaks.
In winter, these same lifts carry throngs of skiers as Shiga Kogen transforms into a world-class ski area.