Ichinose Accommodation

The Ichinose village is centrally located so it’s easy to access various ski areas. Ichinose is good for nervous beginners because the green terrain is mellower than at some of the other areas. This village has the most restaurants, izakayas and bars, but don’t get too excited as this is just relative to some of the other villages that have zip nightlife. Ichinose also has good access to facilities such as ski hire and ski school (private lessons only).

Okushigakogen Accommodation

The Okushiga Kogen village is very good if you’re after a quiet relaxed holiday or want very easy access to group ski and snowboard lessons in English with the Shiga International Ski School. The Okushiga Kogen ski area is particularly great for those wanting to explore off-piste. Okushigakogen is the furthermost ski area of northeast Shiga Kogen, so access to the other ski areas takes more time. Okushiga Kogen has a handful of restaurants to choose from for evening dining.

Shiga Kogen Accommodation

There are lots of Shiga Kogen hotels spread across the many villages, and one of the huge advantages of a Shiga Kogen ski holiday is that much of the accommodation is conveniently ski-in ski-out or very close to it. In Shiga Kogen, 3 star hotels are the most prevalent, and luxurious, modern and/or freshly renovated hotels are a bit of a rarity.

Many of the Shiga hotels offer Japanese style rooms where you sleep on futons on the tatami mat floor. Japanese rooms may or may not have an ensuite bathroom and many hotels have a shared onsen (hot spring bath). Western style hotels are reasonably common at Shiga Kogen that have comfortable western beds and some even have fluffy pillows (rather than beanbag type pillows). Single beds are the norm at Shiga Kogen (and most of the Japanese ski resorts!) and you’ll be hard pressed to find a double or queen bed.

All Shiga Kogen hotels offer the option of accommodation packages that include meals (breakfast and dinner). You may want to have dinner included because Shiga Kogen restaurants are very limited, as are the evening transport options to get to other villages. A degree of English is spoken by some of the staff at some Shiga Kogen accommodation, although as a general rule, English is not widely spoken.

Shiga Kogen doesn’t have any backpacker type accommodation, only a handful of pensions, and like most (non-westernised) Japanese ski resorts, self-contained accommodation is pretty much non-existent. See the Japanese accommodation page for information on western vs Japanese style accom, and other general info about lodging typically found at Japanese ski resorts.
The Shibu Onsen village is located adjacent to the town of Yudanaka. This cute historic onsen village features traditional ryokans that line narrow cobblestone streets and laneways. Here you may see people clomping up and down the street dressed in yukata and wooden thongs on the way to and from the public onsens. It’s worth visiting Shibu Onsen just to wander the streets and take in the traditional Japanese architecture, have a foot bath or onsen, or visit one of the little temples. And staying in one of the Shibu Onsen ryokans is a truly traditional Japanese experience.

Shibu Onsen is very close to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Shiga Kogen Ski Resort is about 12km away from Shibu and there are also other ski resorts nearby.

See our Shibu Onsen overview for more information.

Sun Valley, Maruike, Hasuike & Giant Accommodation

If ski-in/ski-out Shiga Kogen accommodation is your preference there are some great value properties here. Beyond the skiing and having an onsen at your hotel, there is very little to do in this area and there are negligible public restaurants. All the hotels have restaurants serving breakfast & dinner as a minimum. Be prepared for a very Japanese experience at most of these properties and don't expect western customs and facilities.

Sun Valley is the lowest of the Shiga Kogen ski areas and this is not an ideal place to stay during the fringes of the season due to the possibly of minimal or poor snow cover. An advantage of these locations is easy and fast bus access to the southern ski areas, the snow monkeys, and Shibu Onsen.

Takamagahara Accommodation

Takamagahara and Mammoth are really centrally located, offering easy access via the slopes or shuttle buses to all of Shiga Kogen. Another advantage is that Takamagahara has a child care facility.

Some of the hotels in the southern area of this zone may feel rather remote, with very little to do outside of skiing, having an onsen, and eating dinner at your hotel.

Yakebitaiyama Accommodation

Yakebitaiyama is the largest of the Shiga ski areas. This area also has the most modern facilities such as lift infrastructure. Little tackers might not notice that the green runs are steeper than a typical novice run, but adult beginners may prefer to learn over at Ichinose or Okushiga Kogen. Yakebitaiyama accommodation is dominated by the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel.

Yokoteyama & Kumanoya Accommodation

The isolation at this end of Shiga Kogen can be an advantage and disadvantage. You’ll need to catch a bus to get to the main ski areas of Shiga Kogen but if you just want to ski at Yokoteyama, Shibutoge and Kumanoyu, you’ll find these high elevation ski areas rather deserted. And the stench of sulphur is indicative that this area is renowned for its onsens! English isn’t widely spoken at many of the hotels, but you’ll know that you’ll have found the real Japan.

Yudanaka Accommodation

The town of Yudanaka is located at the base of the mountain, 14km by road from Sun Valley, one of the lower Shiga ski areas. Staying in one of the Yudanaka ryokans (Japanese inns) provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in Japanese culture, and unlike staying on-mountain, Yudanaka offers the chance to wander around in the evening to explore the many restaurants and bars. Yudanaka Japan is commonly known as “snow monkey town” due to its proximity to the snow monkey park.
Aburaya Tousen

BEAUTIFUL RYOKAN

Extensive facilities inc onsens
Standard: 4 stars Yudanaka
The exquisite Aburaya Tousen in Yudanaka has rooms and suites with deluxe traditional Japanese décor with futons on the tatami flooring for 2-7 guests, with ensuite bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony & private outdoor onsen. 600m from Yudanaka train station.
Key facilities & amenities
  • English speaking staff
  • Massages, sauna
  • Outdoor onsen baths with views
  • Shuttles to snow monkeys and train station
  • Traditional Japanese meals, private dining rooms
Aspen Shiga

RYOKAN WITH ONSEN

Ski In Ski Out
Standard: 3 stars Sun Valley
Shiga Aspen at the base of Giant ski area is ski-in ski-out. This ryokan has traditional Japanese rooms where you sleep on futons on the floor (up to 4 guests), some with private toilet, & western twin rooms with private bathroom. The shared bathing facilities include an indoor onsen.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Breakfast a mix of Japanese/western dishes
  • Dinner (neg other evening dining options nearby)
  • Free shuttle to/from Hasuike bus stop
  • Indoor hot spring onsen baths
  • Lounge with fireplace
Bozanso

SIMPLE RYOKAN

Shuttles available to Ryuoo, snow monkeys
Standard: 3 stars Yudanaka
Bozanso Ryokan has Japanese tatami rooms for 1-4 guests with private toilet (& some rooms have a shower). Bathing is available in the onsite onsen. 850m from Yudanaka train station: shuttles to/from station, Ryuoo Ski Resort & snow monkeys.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Free parking, shuttles available
  • Gift shop
  • Japanese style rooms with private toilet
  • Onsite onsen
  • Table tennis, free wifi in public areas
Chalet Christiania

WESTERN STYLE ROOMS

Okushiga Kogen
Standard: 3 stars Okushigakogen
Chalet Christiania is ski-in from Okushigakogen ski resort at Shiga Kogen & only 100 m walk/skate to lift. Twin rooms with or without bathroom & family rooms with 5 single beds with ensuite bathroom. Half board packages.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Communal lounge area
  • English speaking staff
  • Gift shop
  • Half board packages with breakfast and dinner
  • Non-smoking property
Diamond Shiga

ICHINOSE

Close to Bar & Restaurants
Standard: 3 stars Ichinose
Hotel Diamond Shiga is in Ichinose, 1 min walk to slopes. Room types include large Japanese rooms with 4 futons on tatami mats or rooms with 2 twin beds & 2 futons, & option of private toilet or full bathroom. Onsen onsite.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Bus stop nearby (to snow monkeys, other ski areas)
  • Close to handful of restaurants & bar
  • Massage chairs
  • Onsen baths, sauna
  • Ski school, ski hire
Hatsunoyu

SIMPLE SHIBU RYOKAN

Value traditional Japanese experience
Standard: 2 stars Shibu Onsen
Hatsunoyu in the quaint main street of Shibu Onsen offers somewhat simple Japanese ryokan accommodation with large tatami room for up to 9 futons. Toilets are shared and you can bathe in the onsite onsen baths or head to one of the public baths. Breakfast and kaiseki dinner can be included.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Adjacent to Hatsu-yu (public onsen #1)
  • English speaking staff
  • Keys to public onsens included
  • Shuttles to snow monkeys
  • Transport to/from Yudanaka train station
Hotel Astoria

QUIET LOCATION

Inexpensive Hotel
Standard: 2 stars Sun Valley
Located just a little south of Maruike & Sun Valley, Hotel Astoria offers free shuttles to Giant ski area (3 min drive) or Maruike (2 mins). Combo rooms with twin western beds & tatami seating area for up to 3 futon beds, and private bathroom. Or full Japanese rooms.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Communal area
  • Parking
  • Secluded area: half board recommended
  • Ski storage
  • Wifi
Hotel Heights

INDOOR/OUTDOOR HOT SPRINGS

3 Mins Walk to Kumanoya Ski Area
Standard: 3 stars Yokoteyama
Hotel Heights is located near the Kumanoya Ski Area and offers western twin rooms which have a single bed and a double bed. All rooms have a private en suite, TV & fridge. The hotel has indoor and outdoor hot springs, a bar with games area and a restaurant.
Key facilities & amenities
  • free wifi & parking
  • Games/bar area with pool table & darts
  • Rooms with private en suite & fridge
  • Ski rentals & storage
  • Western twin/double rooms
Hotel Higashidate

LOVELY RYOKAN

Ski In Ski Out
Standard: 3 stars Takamagahara
Ski in ski out to Higashidateyama and Happo Bundaira slopes. Ryokan with Japanese rooms (max 3-4 guests) with private toilet and shared bathing facilities in the onsens, or with full private bathroom. Or combo rooms with 2 twin western beds and 2-4 futons & private toilet or full bathroom.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Half board packages
  • Karaoke boxes
  • Large indoor onsen and open air baths with views
  • Non smoking buidling
  • Ski and snowboard rentals
Hotel Ichibokaku

JAPANESE RYOKAN

3 Mins Walk to Kumanoya Ski Area
Standard: 3 stars Yokoteyama
Hotel Ichibokaku is a traditional Japanese Ryokan offering Japanese-style rooms with private en suite. The hotel has indoor and outdoor hot spring bathhouses (onsen) & a restaurant that serves Japanese & western meals during winter.
Key facilities & amenities
  • English speaking staff
  • Games corner & karaoke
  • Indoor & outdoor onsens
  • Japanese & western meals (Dec to April)
  • Japanese rooms with private en suites
Hotel Iwasuge

SKI IN SKI OUT

Hoppo Onsen Area
Standard: 2 stars Takamagahara
Hotel Iwasuge is ski in ski out to the Higashi-Tateyama and Hoppo-Bunadaira ski areas of Shiga Kogen. Japanese rooms with futons (up to 4) on the tatami with private toilet and shared bathing facilities in the onsen.
Key facilities & amenities
  • 1 min to Hoppo Onsen bus stop
  • Convenience store onsite
  • Half board packages available
  • Onsen & sauna
  • Ski rentals
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