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Going to Shiga Kogan in Feb2016, need advice on skiing

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Going to Shiga Kogan in Feb2016, need advice on skiing

Hi, I have booked a hotel in Shiga Kogan, and i will be staying at

Yudanka Seifusu

381-0401, Yamanouchi, Yudanaka Onsen, Hirao 3268

I have no idea on how the whole skiing activity works, if you could please answer these few questions or guide me another post that would be greatly appreciated.

1. How many skii resorts are there in close vicinity?

2. Which ones would you recommend?

3. How and when should i pay for the resort

4. How and when should i organise skii equipment, do the skii areas have it for rent?

5. How do you get to the mountains from the hotel?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Going to Shiga Kogan in Feb2016, need advice on skiing

Ichinose is a popular area. There's some information here: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6026.html

snowcan.com/rental/englishver/location.html

Edited: 20 November 2015, 00:51
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2. Re: Going to Shiga Kogan in Feb2016, need advice on skiing

Great, thanks! thats got the equipment/clothes sorted, what about getting a skii pass?

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3. Re: Going to Shiga Kogan in Feb2016, need advice on skiing

1. There are many. In Yudanaka, it used to be having the Gorin Kogen Ski resort, but it closed the business couple years ago. Then people go to Ryuo Park, Kishimadaira or Shiga Kogen.

http://www.ryuoo.com/snow/

http://kijimadaira.info/index.html

http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/

The Shiga Kogen is a generic name of the all mountains' areas in the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, there are 19 ski resorts (52 lifts) operated by different ski resort companies; but they cooperate each other, you can ski all by one lift ticket named "all mountains (Zenzan / 全山 in Japanese). There are regional lift tickets which are slightly cheaper available.

2. Shiga Kogen is the biggest ski resorts in Japan, so it is very popular. There are many variety of slopes in any levels; I can recommend you to go. However, it is not good idea to stay in Yudanaka when you ski for consecutive days. Go to see snow monkeys first; then you will go to Shiga Kogen next day. Stay in Hasuike, Ichinose, Yakebi/Okushiga or Yokote/Kumanoyu area. If you like to ski all resort areas in Shiga, you need at least 2-3 full days.

http://www.shigakogen-ski.com/lift-operation

http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/

Ryuo Ski Park isn't too bad; it is the same quality of snow; but smaller, 13 lifts and 1 ropeway.

http://www.ryuoo.com/snow/gelande/index.php

3. You don't need to pay anything unless you buy a lift ticket for going up the mountains' top. There are lift ticket booths on the basement of the mounain. In shiga, they can accept major credit cards. (Visa, Master, JCB etc). Hotel guests can buy a discount lift ticket, but they only accept by cash.

4. There are ski equipment rentals avaialbe at most (perhaps all) hotels in Shiga Kogen.

And beside of it, I have ever rented from SnowCan, which is located at Olympic Hotel in Ichinose. SnowCan has several rental locations in Shiga Kogen.

http://snowcan.com/rental/

snowcan.com/rental/englishver/index.html

In this season, they sell "Rental Pack", that is equipments rental + a regional lift ticket (a. Sun Valley to Ichinose / Shibu to Yokote-yama) package in discount price for 7400 yen / 6500 yen (you need to print out the website here.)

snowcan.com/rental/attributive_plant01.html

snowcan.com/rental/attributive_plant.html

In Ryuo, there are several rental shops at the base of the resort mountain.

www.ryuoo.com/snow/facility/#al_fac_shop

5. You stay in Yudanaka, right? So, from Yudanaka station, there is a bus to access the ski resorts.

To Shiga Kogen, take Oku-Shiga Kogen bus. The bus goes to Kanbayashi Onsen (snow monkeys), then go go to Sun Valley (the first ski resort in Shiga), and Hasuike (junction to go to Yokote-yama) , keep going to Ichinose and Yakebi, then finally to Oku-Shiga. The fare is 840 yen to 1100 yen depends on where you get off the resort in Shiga.) The schedule is here:

nagadenbus.co.jp/robus/…shuttle_winter.pdf

To Ryuo Ski Park, it is easy. There is a FREE shuttle bus from Yudanaka Station.

ryuoo.com/snow/access/map.php#bustimetable

It seems to be no access from Yudanaka by public transportation.

I go skiing often in winter time, mostly at Shiga Kogen. Hope my info help you.

Edited: 20 November 2015, 08:37
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4. Re: Going to Shiga Kogan in Feb2016, need advice on skiing

…ski.com.au/xf/…

FYI

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5. Re: Going to Shiga Kogan in Feb2016, need advice on skiing

This is amazing, thank you so much for typing this out, it has helped IMMENSELY

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