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“Play to yr heart's content” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shiga Kogen

Shiga Kogen
1108 Asahimachi, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #5 of 44 attractions in Nagano
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas
Activities: Skiing, Snowboarding
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Singapore
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Play to yr heart's content”
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.

Visited December 2012
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NSW Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Enjoyed the experience”
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 the flat areas, magic carpets etc that had to be negotiiated to travel the region on skis became tedious. Also, the only areas with an individual ski map were Yakebitai and Ichinose, leaving us with the big map to negotiate the rest of the areas. not a big issue and definitely added to the fun when trying to decipher whether the runs were up or down. The shuttle bus was also very useful and necessary to get to some of the areas. A further comment would be the "steeps" aren't very steep and there is no off piste skiing unless you are happy to risk the fact that if rescuing is required, you will bear the cost of the rescue.
adding to the wonderful experience was eating out at the local towns or ski slopes and trying the local cuisine. Thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the Japanese people and culture, they are very thoughtful, respectful and always happy to assist. Yes we did have language barriers, but their English was much better than our Japanese! Thank goodness for picture menus.
Would happily recommend the area to all skiers. We skiied the 21 areas pretty well in the 8 days we had, so will not go back in the near future, but loved the place and the experience.

Visited February 2013
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Perth, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Beautiful Place to Ski”
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 between all the areas which you have access to with the one lift pass. Excellent value!

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Tokyo, Japan
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98 reviews 98 reviews
60 attraction reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing in Autumn ...”
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!

Visited October 2012
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Nagano
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43 attraction reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“World-class wilderness ski area”
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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