Getting Here - Shiga Kogen
- Train Transfers
- Private Transfers
- Airport to Resort Shuttles
- Inter-resort transfers
- Shared Transfers
- Rental Cars
Train Travel to Shiga Kogen
Trains are a convenient way to get close to Shiga Kogen, but no matter where you travel from, you will need to pair train travel with a bus ride up the windy hill to the ski resort. After all, Shiga Kogen is Japan's highest altitude ski resort at over 2,100m! Buses to Shiga Kogen run from Nagano Station (1:30hr bus ride) and Iiyama Station (1:15hr bus ride), both of which are serviced by the Hokuriku Bullet Train Line. Beware the bus from Iiyama to Shiga Kogen is not run as regularly as from Nagano station, make sure to check bus departure times in advance.
From Tokyo: You can choose to take the train to Nagano Station, convenient for those travelling from Tokyo or Nagoya, then from here a bus direct up to the Shiga Kogen ski resort which takes another 1.5 hours.
From Osaka or Kyoto: Take the Thunderbird limited express train to Kanazawa station and transfer to Hokuriku Line bullet train, a one and a half hour ride will get you to Iiyama station.
From Nagoya: Take the limited express Shinano train to Nagano Station.
Search Japan's train schedules here: HyperDia
Japan Rail Pass: For travellers visiting cities either side of the ski resort stay, a Japan Rail Pass is a fantastic investment, allowing unlimited train travel on most Japan Rail trains, for periods of 7, 14 or 21 days to suit your travel schedule.
Private Transfer to Shiga Kogen
Private jumbo taxis, regular size taxis, microbuses and other vehicles can be arranged to meet the needs of your group. For larger groups, a pre-booked private transfer is the most simple and hassle-free option.
Enjoy total peace of mind with door to door service. Your group will be met by the driver holding a name card with your confirmed booking name, then shown to your vehicle. Ride right to the door of your accommodation, with comfort breaks scheduled on longer journeys.
Sample prices for 7-seater jumbo taxi 2023-2024 season:
Tokyo Narita Airport -> Shiga Ski Resort - 103,600 yen
Tokyo Haneda Airport -> Shiga Ski Resort - 103,600 yen
Nagano Train Station -> Shiga Ski Resort - 26,500 yen
Please kindly note prices may be subject to change without notice.
Ski Japan Holidays can arrange a variety of routes depending on your requirements, please feel free to discuss with us your needs.
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Airport Shuttle Bus to Shiga Kogen
The Nagano Snow Shuttle is a direct service running from Tokyo's Narita and Haneda Airports directly through to the ski resort offering transportation in both directions. There are two scheduled comfort stops where you can pick up drinks and snacks, as well as use restroom facilities. The bright purple buses are easily identifiable as are the staff who also wear purple uniforms, which make your flight to bus transfer a breeze. Nagano Snow Shuttle provides the most comprehensive airport to resort, and inter-resort services at great value. Check out the schedules and do not hesitate to inquire about how we can help to streamline transfers during your Japan Ski Holiday.
Inter-resort Travel to Shiga Kogen
Shuttle buses between the region’s most popular ski resorts are available. Myoko Kogen, Madarao, Lotte Arai, Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen are just over or under 2 hours from each other, and if you plan to visit more than one resort the inter-resort shuttle will be your most convenient mode of transport. This year a new route to and from Lotte Arai ski resort has also been introduced, take advantage of this new addition and explore the famous Lotte Arai powder and tree runs, and relax in the warm hospitality Japanese is so well known for.
Rental Car Travel to Shiga Kogen
If you plan to rent a vehicle to drive to Shiga Kogen, the most convenient option will be picking up a vehicle at Nagano Station.
Parking is plentiful in Shiga Kogen, but does get tight around New Year’s when Japanese holiday makers head to the hills for their ski holiday.
Foreign visitors to Japan will require not only their valid driver’s license from their own country, but also a valid international driver’s license.