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Shiga Kogen

1108 Asahimachi, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #7 of 45 Attractions in Nagano
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding
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132 reviews 132 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Stayed a week here and skied all runs. Some have bans on snowboards. Nil nightlife. And I mean nil nightlife. Hardly even a shop in the area.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Not quite sure where to start. We have been to many other places in japan to ski. Shiga was the quietest in terms of atmosphere, seems all jumbled together and has been run down since the Olympics in 1998. Shuttles run between ski villages but they are not regular, sometimes being 2 hours between pick ups. Free from about 8-5... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

Largest ski resort in Japan. Well interconnected mountains. Lots of pistes and off pistes. Great scenery. Convenient chairs. Fantastic snow. Wonderful people. Best place to go in Japan's main island Honshu for a start. Needs a trying 6-hour transfer from Narita airport. And accommodation at either Prince West & East Wings are very cramped, dated & uncomfortable.

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NSW Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is our first time skiing in Japan and we loved the experience. The ShigaKogen area is picturesque with beautiful views from so many places. We enjoyed the challenge of travelling from one ski area to the next and travelled for the 8 days we were there. It was fun moving between the different areas, but once mastered some of... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful place to ski. So many runs never had to wait longer than 2mins for a lift. Plenty of snow even in December. Only problem was no ATM nearby, & most places didn't take cards for transactions either. Nearest ATM is about a half hr trip down the mountain on the shuttle bus which was free. The shuttle bus runs... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Most people think of going to Shiga Kogen in winter ... but it's definitely worth the trip in Autumn! Nowhere near the crowds that gather at Nikko and Kyoto. The autumn colours are brilliant! You will definitely need a few days to fully enjoy the area. Going by car, at your own leisure is best!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

Great combination of skiing and wilderness. I love skiing down the runs through the forest.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

I've skied in Hakuba, Nozawa and Neisko in hokkaido and Shiga Kogen comes out tops for skiing. So many areas to ski that you wouldn't do the same ones with 5 days. Fantastic for beginners and intermediates in terms of the number of slopes. Lots of beautiful, tree lined green runs. Just come been there over the holiday weekend and... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

We took a night bus , Nangkai, from Osaka to Nagano, reached Yudanaka Station 8 hours later. The bus was comfortable and it was a smooth journey as bus operator provide blanket and sandal.Yudanaka is reachable by train too. Only 6 snow resorts open during early December 2011. I was a first timer to snowboard and skii, you actually can... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2009

Bring lots of Yen, the whole place doesn't take credit card at all. But overall, it's very nice place to ski, quiet. Japanese are polite and quiet people, and always bowing all the time. I love Japan. Such fine and powdery snow!

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