Shiga Kogen is situated in the heart of the Johshinetsu Kogen National Park, and is by far the largest ski resort in Japan, with 21 interlinked resorts all on one lift ticket! Shiga covers a huge area and offers a great diversity of natural terrain.
Shiga Kogen hosted a variety of events in the 1998 Winter Olympics including the women's downhill, slalom, the super Giant slalom and both snowboarding events. Snow conditions and quality are superb and Shiga has one of the longest seasons in Japan due to its high altitude. The extensive lift network enables skiers and snowboarders to easily move around from one resort to the next. A shuttle bus system running non-stop between resorts can also be used for getting between resorts. To actually ski all the runs it would take you days. Yakebitaiyama is the most modern of all the resorts at Shiga and offers customers, fantastic facilities, fast lifts and a great variety of terrain. Yakebitai and the adjoining resort Okushiga are a pleasure to ski, with many wide long runs as well as some great tree skiing.
Adjoining Yakebitaiyama is Ichinose resort and village, which is the best and most central location in Shiga Kogen to be based. Within Ichinose Village a good variety of accommodation is available, situated by the slopes and offering comfortable lodging with great access to a number of restaurants. For the most exclusive and intimate lodging at Shiga Kogen the Grand Phenix Hotel and Okushiga Kogen Hotel situated on the slopes of Oku-shiga are the properties of choice.