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.

Other Shiga Kogen Accommodation Options

Yudanaka

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 Yudanaka in one of the 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.

Shibu Onsen

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 ryokans is a truly traditional Japanese experience.

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.

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.
Aspen Shiga

RYOKAN WITH ONSEN

Ski In Ski Out
Standard: 3 stars
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
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Chalet Christiana

WESTERN STYLE ROOMS

Okushiga Kogen
Standard: 3 stars
Chalet Christiana 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
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Diamond Shiga

ICHINOSE

Close to Bar & Restaurants
Standard: 3 stars
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
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Hotel Astoria

QUIET LOCATION

Inexpensive Hotel
Standard: 2 stars
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
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Hotel Heights

INDOOR/OUTDOOR HOT SPRINGS

3 Mins Walk to Kumanoya Ski Area
Standard: 3 stars
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
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Hotel Higashidate

LOVELY RYOKAN

Ski In Ski Out
Standard: 3 stars
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
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Hotel Ichibokaku

JAPANESE RYOKAN

3 Mins Walk to Kumanoya Ski Area
Standard: 3 stars
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
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Hotel Iwasuge

SKI IN SKI OUT

Hoppo Onsen Area
Standard: 2 stars
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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Hotel Japan Shiga

ICHINOSE

Onsen Onsite
Standard: 3 stars
Hotel Japan Shiga is 100 metres from Ichinose lifts and pretty much ski-in. Offers traditional Japanese rooms with futon beds (up to 5) on the tatami floor, some with a private toilet (shared bathing in onsen). Or western twin rooms with a private toilet (shared bathing in onsen), full bathroom or shared bathrooms.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Bar
  • Half board packages available
  • Japanese & Nepalese restaurants
  • Ski rentals
  • V close to bus top to snow monkeys/other ski areas
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Hotel Kodama

WESTERN STYLE HOTEL

Ichinose
Standard: 3 stars
Hotel Kodama is a western style Shiga Kogen hotel, only 1 min walk to the Ichinose Family Ski Area lift and ski-in. The twin rooms have extra wide single beds (almost double bed size) and ensuite bathrooms, or you can bathe in the onsite onsen.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Bus stop out the front
  • Handful of restaurants & bar nearby
  • Lift ticket sales & ski rentals
  • Onsen, gift shop
  • Western buffet breakfast & western dinner option
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Hotel Sanraku

CONVENIENT LOCATION

Western or Japanese Rooms
Standard: 3 stars
Choose from large Japanese tatami rooms (up to 3 guests) or western style twin rooms. All rooms have an ensuite bathroom or you can use the onsen. 1 min to slopes (can ski-in), bus stop, and various restaurants.
Key facilities & amenities
  • 1 min to Ichinose bus stop
  • Gift shop
  • Japanese breakfast & multi-course dinners
  • Onsen
  • Ski rentals
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Hotel Shiga Sunvalley

SKI IN SKI OUT

Sun Valley
Standard: 3 stars
Hotel Shiga Sunvalley is a nice hotel located right on the Sun Valley slopes. Western twin rooms, Japanese tatami rooms (for up to 5 guests) or western/Japanese combo rooms (up to 6 guests). Rooms have an ensuite bathroom or use the lovely indoor and outdoor onsens for bathing.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Breakfast with Japanese & western dishes
  • Dinner with Japanese & western dishes
  • Equipment rentals
  • Indoor and outdoor onsens, sauna
  • Karaoke
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Hotel Shirakabaso

PRIVATE ONSENS

Hasuike
Standard: 3 stars
Shirakabaso is a lovely ryokan in Hasuike, 2 min walk to the Maruike slopes of Shiga Kogen. Bus stop out the front to north & south Shiga ski areas. Japanese rooms with private toilet or full bathroom, or western rooms with ensuite.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Half board packages
  • Hasuike bus stop out the front
  • Indoor, outdoor & private onsen baths
  • Japanese breakfast
  • Sauna, ski rentals, laundry, communal area
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Hotel Sunny Shiga

GREAT LOCATION

Takamagahara Ski Area
Standard: 3 stars
Hotel Sunny Shiga is in a great location at the base of Tagamahara ski area and is absolute ski-in-out. They offer Japanese-style rooms catering for up to 5 guests and western twin rooms for up to 2 guests. Some rooms have private bathrooms whilst others share the Japanese hot springs bathhouse (onsen). There is a restaurant on site and they offer car rentals for guests.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Hot springs
  • Japanese & western rooms (1-5 guests)
  • Non-smoking rooms & English speaking staff
  • On-site restaurant
  • Ski rentals, storage & car hire
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Hotel Takimoto

HOTEL WITH HOTSPRINGS

Takamagahara Ski Area
Standard: 3 stars
Hotel Takimoto is a simple non-smoking hotel in a very good location offering twin western rooms with private bathrooms and Japanese-style rooms with private toilet & shared bathroom facilities. There is a nice communal lounge are with fireplace and a bar for catching up with family & friends in the evening.
Key facilities & amenities
  • English speaking staff, ski rentals & storage
  • Hotsprings bathhouse (onsen)
  • Japanese & western rooms (1-4 guests)
  • Lobby with fireplace & bar for after ski
  • Private toilet & some with en suite
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Keikoku-no-Yu

RYOKAN WITH HOT SPRINGS

Ski-In/Ski-Out Giant Ski Area
Standard: 4 stars
Keikoku-no-Yu is a traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) complete with Japanese twin rooms, Japanese restaurant & onsen (bathhouse). Ideal for those wanting to immerse themselves in the Japanese culture with the added benefit of being right on the slopes.
Key facilities & amenities
  • Absolute ski-in/ski-out hotel
  • All rooms use shared bathing facilities
  • Japanese-style twin rooms with private toilet
  • Lovely indoor & outdoor hot springs
  • Restaurant serving Japanese food only
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