Took a 1D snow monkey cum Shiga Kogen tour. Tour guide was really professional and prepared for the possibility of vehicle accidents on the mountain due to late snow combined with Tokyo city dwellers driving up without snow tyres. Anyway, we decided to take the odds and didn’t regret it one minute.
Our first time at a ski resort , was introduced to various snow activities. Though was short half day, was great fun. Snow was super soft and fine, fell a few times on the butt but didn’t hurt at all cost of the soft snow. Highly recommend going there.
Note: Jan 2020 was an unusual month according to the guide. Snow was late and many of the ski resorts in the west Nagano had to delay their opening as there were insufficient snow cover. Shiga Kogen being highest in that area has snow (phew!). May be helpful to check out the snow conditions and or like us, book one where there is high probability of snow cos of its location.