"Shigakogen - Ski Area in Nagano" Nagano-ken by Randy121

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Ski and Snowboarding

This is the area where the 1998 Winter Olympics was held.

We flew into Narita Airport. Met our escort and she escorted us right to Shigakogen Ski Area. It took 2 trains and 1 bus to get there. Caught the bullet train to Tokyo (~90 minutes). Then we rode another train from Tokyo to Nagano (~90 minutes). Then rode a bus up to Shigakogen Ski Area (~90 minutes).

In all, it took 19 hours to get to Shigakogen from Hawaii.

Skiing and Snowboarding

If snows, the conditions are extremely powdery. It started snowing heavily in the early morning of our first day. By mid afternoon, the condition were very good. Lots of powder. Our group of snowboarders loved it!

The snow did freeze up a little on the night and days it didn't snow. One day there was heavy dense fog which made the conditions even worse.

No lines at lifts. The longest I waited in line was 1 minute.

There are many small areas to ski. Areas can be reached by using the large number of lifts and catwalks. Largest vertical drop is ~1500 feet. It's rather small. But if it snows, you will be treated to some awesome powder.

Shigakogen Ski Area Website. Check out the live cam.


Things to do

Our hotel was located in the Ichinose Family Ski area. We stayed at the Sunroute Shiga Kogen Hotel. 4-5 minute walk to the nearest lift. The Sunroute hotel is a cozy family feeling type lodge. It was good. The food was good too.

Didn't see anything to do at night.

  • Last visit to Nagano-ken: Feb 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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