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Shiga Kogen Ski Area
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Full Day Snow Monkey and Snow Tour in the Shiga-kogen Highlands in Nagano
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“Visit to ski resort”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

We did not go for skiing, just to visit. There wer very few public facilities, eg restaurants, shops.

Visited December 2012
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Mt Beauty
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“Great skiing and lots of it.”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

Great to have "Skiers Only" areas. Great lift system and everything works all the time. Friendly staff. Great Restaurants on the slopes - Highly recommend St Christophs and the Restaurant in the Phoenix Hotel.

Visited February 2012
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“Skiing at shiga kogen”
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Skied at shiga kogen in early march.
First trip to Japan, and surprised just how easy it was. The Japanese people are so friendly and helpfull.
Flew into narita airport from the gold coast with jetstar, no difficulties.
Arrived around 7pm and bought a 4 day jr rail pass at the airport. Great value as can be used any four days within a month.
Stayed at a local hotel and next day caught the narita express to Tokyo and then the bullet train to Nagano, took all up about 3 hrs.
Here we had a private taxi booked to continue onto shiga kogen, just over hour journey.
Stayed at the prince east hotel.
Rooms were roomy with a great view, but. Although the food was good became monotonous after a few nights, either Japanese hotspot you cooked yourself or western which was beef / fish and veggies plus dessert. If decide to stay here make sure that breakfast and dinner is included as very expensive if you dine here without package. No nightlife so for younger people maybe not so good an option. The bar opened a few hrs before dinner then closed 6pm to 8.30pm while dinner was on then opened again.
The resort was sensational to ski, for 5 of 6 days skied the best snow, lovely runs, us being low intermediate able to go right to top, most the ski area interconnected by lifts that you could ski for miles. There were few skiers there so no long lift waits and apart from a few runs where school students were skiing very many of the runs you saw few people.
Runs were well marked and varied.
Remember to have cash as many of the restaurants don't have card facilities and to get cash there a bit of a hassle.
Although not a lot of English spoken, there was no problem with communication.

Visited March 2012
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“World-class skiing in a beautifully forested national park”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

If you like skiing and like forests and mountains, Shiga Kogen is the place for you.

Visited May 2011
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“Best resort for skiing (IMO) in the Nagano area”
Reviewed March 14, 2012

Having skied Nozawa Onsen and Myoko Kogen in 2010 and now Hakuba and Shiga Kogen and Hakabu in 2012, my wife and I decided that if we were to ski Japan again Shiga Kogen is the place for it, but we'll always have a soft spot for the traditional village atmosphere of Nozawa Onsen. We’ve decided that we won’t bother with Hokkaido as the travel from Melbourne to Hokkaido for skiing is about the same as heading to Europe and more of a hassle than going to North America. Also, the resorts in Nagano and Niigata prefectures offer better Japanese culture than the ones up north.

We based ourselves at Villa Ichinose in the Ichinose Village and had 5 ski days on this trip.

The marketing materials for Shiga Kogen claim that it takes 3 days to ski the entire resort, consisting of 21 ski areas. This is reasonably accurate but not all the ski areas are interlinked by ski runs.

Below are a few specific comments before I go into the more general comments about the resort
• The Yokoteyama / Shibutoge / Kumanoyu Ski areas are only accessible by the village bus and is a 1 hour bus ride from Ichinose. Mt Yokoteyama is the highest peak in the area at 2,307m. The view from the top is fantastic but the runs in the area are limited. There is a restaurant at the top and a couple of lodges halfway down the mountain.

• The “single chair” lifts are worth trying for the novelty of it. Two at Yokoteyama and one at Sun Valley.

• Kido Pond is a tiny tiny ski area accessible by bus only.

• The rest of the ski areas are all interlinked.

• Okushigakogen and top part of Yokoteyama are skiers only (no boarders).

What we liked about Shiga Kogen:
• Variety of runs all over the resort and the ease of accessing those runs. The resort is an intermingle of Green, Red (intermediate), and Black runs.

• Length of runs. The runs are reasonably long at ~3km on average.
• The snow. The base of the village is at 1,660m. This means it gets more reliable show and powder more often.

• Simple logistics of getting there – land into Narita – Skyline to Ueno (~40min) – Shinkansen to Nagano (~1.5hrs) – express bus (~1.5hrs)

What we didn’t like about Shiga Kogen:
• They didn’t seem to fully comprehend the meaning of “downhill”. It was not uncommon to have to climb uphill in the middle of a run to the tune of 2m+ vertical uphill. One of the quad chair lift at Okushigakogen actually unloaded uphill – the dismount area is in a bowl with the chair being the base of the bowl, requiring a climb of 1.5m+ vertical to get out …. Seriously! On a quad chair!!

• Linkages between the ski areas on different sides of the road. The ski areas span across both sides of the road, and the ski areas are linked together by bridges. These bridges often involve climbing up 30 slopes to get over.

• Lack of restaurants. The majority of the restaurants are located at the base of the ski areas, which can be a long way away …. Toilets are usually where the restaurants are located.

• The last free shuttle bus on the day finishes before the last lift

• The resort seems to have been built for travelling East ward. By this I mean it was much easier with more run options skiing from West to East than from East to West. Keep this in mind when planning your day. Skiing back from Hasuike towards Ichinose one must use a rope tow and ski down a black run.

• No central information on which lift is running and which not, which makes life a little uncomfortable if one was trying to ski back and it was touch and go whether one would make it back to the lodge before last lift

A few notes:
• The runs can be rather icy. Make sure you have sharp edges

• For skiers, if it hasn’t snowed for a while head towards Okushigakogen. Being a skier only resort the snow stays on the slopes for much longer (no boarders ploughing all the snow down the hill sliding down on their heel edge)

• On a nice day, head up to Terakoya Ski Area. It has a couple of really nice runs with fantastic views

• The small noodle place on the ground floor, top of Gondola #16 (Takamagahara Mammoth) serves very good udon and soba noodle soups. The restaurant upstairs has some interesting displays

• The restaurant at Maruike Ski Area makes very nice coffees and hot chocolates

• Bring a phrase book. English doesn’t get one far

• Wear a helmet and be careful. Slowest cruising speed we did while on a green run was 47km/hr. Fastest was 75.8km/h (just cruising down a black run, not trying to go fast). During our stay, in the same lodge one boarder dislocated his shoulder, another did his ankle, and two skiers did their knees and ankles.

Visited February 2012
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