About Shiga Kogen
Shiga Kogen is one of Japan's largest and most impressive ski resorts with a collection of 21 resorts, of which 19 are interconnected. These resorts offers a seemingly endless variety of long perfectly groomed cruising runs, gentle beginner’s slopes and challenging moguls.
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.
Shiga Kogen is usually uncrowded, expect for March when a craft beer festival is held, 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.
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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“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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