Shiga Kogen is by far the largest ski resort in Japan consisting of 21 interlinking ski fields and approximately 70 lifts, gondolas, ropeways and tows, all accessible with one lift pass. The lift ticket also includes shuttle bus rides running between interconnected slopes. With a resort this size, it goes without saying that there are runs for every ability level and skiing style from long perfectly groomed cruising runs, gentle beginners’ slopes, bottomless powder and challenging moguls. Shiga Kogen is also famous for hot spring baths and home to the famous hot spring bathing snow monkeys. Easily accessible from Nagano city, season lasts from late November to early May offering some of the best snow conditions and scenic terrain to be found anywhere.
Shiga Palace Hotel is located at 1,700 meter above sea level and are just footsteps away from the chairlift of two of Japan’s premier ski resorts and finest mountains, Mt. Yokote (the highest ski resort in Japan) and Kumanoyu, home of the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic and Paralympic games. A short walk from the Hotel’s main entrance you will find the Suzurikawa bus stop. From here you can take a free shuttle to other ski areas.
Biyu No Yado has private open-air natural hot spring baths on the top floor with water straight from the source. Experience cultural immersion by trying on kimonos, participate in a Japanese tea ceremony, hands-on experience in soba noodle making and beat the taiko drums during the wa-daiko show! There are lots to do and explore around the area.