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Shiga Kogen

One of the biggest and most popular skiing destinations in Japan, Shiga Kogen is a behemoth made up of 21 interlinked ski resorts in the Japanese Alps just a few hours' drive from Tokyo. One pass gives skiers access to all 21 resorts, and free shuttle transport between them.

While most of Shiga Kogen's visitors are Japanese, international visitors are beginning to discover the attractions of the resort, with lively bars and a great selection of both Japanese and international restaurants attached to many of the local hotels. The best nightlife in the area takes place in the hot springs resort towns of Shibu Onsen and Yudanaka Onsen.

Shiga Kogen is also close to the famous Shiga National Park, home to the hot springs that attract the famous Japanese Snow Monkeys. The park, as well as Jigokudani Monkey Park, makes a great day trip from Shiga Kogen.

Information & Facts


Japanese is the official language. Most Japanese people will have studied English at school, but few can speak it well or understand what is said to them.


The currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY), which is equal to 100 sen. Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and stores, but most Japanese operate with cash. Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in banks, post offices and currency exchange bureaux. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. Travellers cheques offer the best exchange rate and are best taken in US dollars. ATMs do not accept all credit and debit cards; only the international ATMs in post offices, airports and some major stores.


Local time is GMT +9.

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