Winter Services in Shiga Kogen
Shiga Kogen 18 Ski Area Lift Pass
As the largest ski resort area in Japan and throughout all of Asia with 18 inter-connected ski resorts, Shiga Kogen makes for an exciting snow adventure. Prepare your lift passes ahead of time to maximise your time on the snow. We will have your pre-ordered passes waiting for you at your hotel upon your arrival. These can be picked up at the front desk as you check in to your accommodations and then your right to go out onto the snow.
The tickets provided are in fact coupons which will need to be exchanged for lift tickets at the lift ticket windows located at the base areas of the different mountain resorts. Please take 500 yen as a security deposit for electronic lift tickets and this is refunded when the lift tickets are returned to the lift ticket windows.
To book your lift tickets in advance, contact Ski Japan Holidays
Ski & Board Rentals
Shiga Kogen has a variety of rental stores as well as most properties offer their own good selection of rental equipment. Price Hotels in Shiga Kogen also offer a Salom Head ski rental station where they have a very good selection of skis and boards as well as a wide variety of size options. Located in Okushiga Kogen the Okushiga Kogen rental Store also offers a great selection of the latest gear and equipment sales for all of your needs in and around the mountain resort.
Shiga International Ski School
Shiga International Ski School offers private and group English-speaking lessons to those wanting to learn and or hone their abilities. Whether you are interested in ski lessons or snowboard lessons, their experienced instructors can help you increase your skills and have a great day on the mountain.
Snow Monkey Hotsprings Tour
Whilst pre organized tours are not run from Shiga Kogen, a highly recommended half day trip, is the snow monkeys in Jigokudani. Shiga Kogen is the closest ski resort to the snow monkeys at Jigokudani, or “hell’s valley” in Japanese, walk through the picturesque and peaceful forest to the monkey’s playground. The park has no fences; wild monkeys come down from the mountains to visit and soak in the hot springs to keep warm from the harsh winters. Ask your hotels staff the best way for you to get over to the monkey park.
Monkey photos © Toshio Hagiwara