Spot in Nagano Prefecture

Shiga highland [志賀高原]

Marshland in Shiga highland
Marshland in Shiga highland
Photo by Nagano Tourism Organization

Ski resort in Shiga highland
Ski resort in Shiga highland
Photo by Nagano Tourism Organization

Map around Shiga highland

Shiga highland ("Shiga Kôgen" in Japanese) is the highland located about 25 to 30 km east-northeast of Nagano city.

The highland is located at the level of 1,000 to 1,800 meters.

The three sides of the highland are surrounded by several mountains having altitudes of around 2,000 meters.

So, there are over 20 ski resorts in this area.
A few ski areas of them were used when Nagano Winter Olympic Games were held in 1998.

And, some of the mountains have the ski slopes from their peaks:
Mt. Kasagatake (2,076 m), Mt. Yokote (2,307 m), Mt. Higashitate (2,030 m) and Mt. Yakebitai (2,009 m).

There are some ponds in the valleys surrounded by these mountains.

Especially, Hasuike (蓮池) and Maruike (丸池) ponds are in the center of Shiga highland, and there are many hotels and ski areas.

Hasuike in Shiga highland
Hasuike in Shiga highland
Photo by Nagano Tourism Organization

Kidoike in Shiga highland
Kidoike in Shiga highland

And there are several hot springs are in this area.

The popular hot springs are Hoppo (発哺), Kidoike (木戸池) and Kumanoyu (熊の湯).

In this area, it starts to snow in late October.
The snow depth becomes over 2 meters in January and February.

Of course, it is cool in summer and the temperature rarely reaches over 30 degrees Celsius.

Therefore, here is one of the good summer resorts.

Shijuhachi-ike marsh in Shiga highland
Shijuhachi-ike marsh in Shiga highland
Photo by Nagano Tourism Organization

Route of Shiga-Kusatsu Road
Route of Shiga-Kusatsu Road

From Shiga highland, Shiga-Kusatsu Road about 30 km long leads to Kusatsu Onsen resort in Gunma Prefecture.

It is one of popular highways, and is set up on the highest place as national road in Japan.

Shigakogen Tourist Association Shigakogen Ski Area

How to get here

From Nagano to Yudanaka, by Nagano Dentetsu railway, about 50 minutes by limited express, about 1 hour and 10 to 20 minutes by local train (Probably you need change to a train on the way).

Then, from Yudanaka station, by route bus, about 40 minutes to Hasuike area, about 1 hour and 20 minutes to Okushiga area located to the north of the area..

Hotels around Shiga highland

Hotels in Yamanouchi town

Other Tourist Attractions in Nagano Prefecture

Northern part

Mount Asama Karuizawa Kaikoen Bessho Onsen Sugadaira highland Zenkoji temple Obuse town Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen towns Jigokudani Monkey Park Nozawa Onsen Lake Nojiri Mount Togakushi

Central part

Tateshina highland Kirigamine highland Lake Suwa Matsumoto Castle Azumino town Utsukushigahara

Along Northern Alps

Kamikochi Norikura highland Lake Aoki Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route Hakuba village

Along Kiso Valley

Narai post station Mount Ontake Nezame-no-toko gorge Tsumago & Magome post stations

Along Ina Valley

Mount Kiso-Komagatake Takatô Castle Ruins Park Tenryukyo gorge

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