Shiga Kogen is the largest ski resort in Honshu, offering 19 interlinked resorts all covered by the one lift pass. This resort is also the second highest in Japan – it’s not called Shiga Heights for nothing (Kogen meaning heights in Japanese).
Shiga Kogen offers a seemingly endless variety of long perfectly groomed cruising runs, gentle beginner’s slopes and challenging moguls. Off-piste skiing is banned in most of the ski areas, with the exception of Okushiga Kogen, on the plus side you won’t have much competition for the fresh powder!
The village in Shiga Kogen is small with the limited number of bars and restaurants; we’d recommend spending 3-4 days in Shiga Kogen as part of a larger trip around the Honshu ski areas. Shuttle transfers are available to Nozawa Onsen, Myoko Kogen and Hakuba.
A craft beer festival is held in Shiga Kogen every March, with live music and fireworks it’s a great time of year to visit. Accommodation across those dates books out early so make sure to secure accommodation well in advance.
- Varied terrain
|Season||December to April|
|Average Snowfall||11 metres|
|Vertical Drop||980 m|
|Ski Area||1,482 acres|
|Ski Lifts||50+ (across 19 different resorts)|
|Terrain||45% beginner, 40% intermediate, 15% advanced|
Shiga Kogen accommodation is spread out across many small villages and resort areas, easily accessed by a free shuttle service that runs from 8.30am – 5.30pm daily. Ichinose, located half way up the mountain is the most popular due to its central location and the several restaurants and bars nearby. Further up the mountain is Okushiga Kogen, this area has two premium ski-in/ski-out properties and is close to a ski school with English speaking instructors.