Shiga Kogen

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.

Known for:

  • Varied terrain
  • Uncrowded

Resort Stats

Season December to April
Average Snowfall 11 metres
Elevation 2,307 m
Vertical Drop 980 m
Ski Area 1,482 acres
Terrain Park Yes
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.

Shiga Kogen Ski Packages

To learn more about Shiga Kogen request a quote below or call to chat to one of our knowledgeable consultants. We can help your plan and tailor a Shiga Kogen ski holiday package to suit your budget and preferences. From flights to transfers and lift tickets, we've got you covered.


How to get there


The best airport to access Shiga Kogen is either Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) in Tokyo. Direct flights are available from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. The direct flight from Sydney arrives into Haneda airport, whereas any direct flight from Melbourne or Brisbane arrives into Narita airport. Flight time to Tokyo is approximately 10 hours.

The city of Tokyo makes a great stopover destination; it’s a place full of culture and history while still offering an unlimited amount of shopping, dining and entertainment options. We recommend 3 days to enjoy all this city has to offer. 

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A shuttle transfer is available from Narita or Haneda airports; drive time is approximately 5-6 hours. Another option is to use a Japan Rail Pass from Narita Airport to Nagano and organise a transfer from Nagano to Shiga Kogen. Ask us for more information about rail options.

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Shuttle transfers are available to Hakuba, Myoko Kogen and Nozawa Onsen.

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“We have just returned from an awesome week skiing in Japan and have two suggestions 1. Seek out the professional advice of and book through the fabulous team at Skimax, and 2. Visit Shiga Kogen and stay as long as you can. ”

Robert & Julie Bevan





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Sydney NSW 2000