Day Trip to Shigakogen

Day Trip to Shigakogen
2019-02-23 Yohei Onishi


 

Shigakogen is a plateau of Joshinetsukogen National Park which is located in Nagano prefecture, right in the middle of the main land of Japan. Here it is known for the biggest ski resort in the country. There are many events at the resort but the “torch runway” is a must-see. During summer, you can enjoy hiking in Shigakogen.
 
Especially every July, there will be a special course called “Higashi Tateyama Tenku(heavens) Course”. You can actually ride the gondola lift that is normally only used during Winter, to see the spectacular view and alpine plants.
 
You can even have a nice rest at the brand new restaurant with terrace seats outside or do shopping at the souvenir shop which is located at the very top stop that has been recently renewed on December 2018. There is also an art museum where you can see many artwork that is made out of glass. The art museum was made as a memorial after the Nagano Olympics.

Content

  1. 1. Spot Ranking
  2. 5th Higashitateyama heavens course
  3. 4th Romance Museum
  4. 3rd Shiga Mount Takahara Station
  5. 2nd Mt.Higashidateyama Alpine Plants Garden
  6. 1st ShigaKogen SKI erea
  7. 2. Getting in
  8. 3. Other Area List

1. Spot Ranking

5th. Higashitateyama heavens course

Higashitateyama heavens course will take you around Hasuike station, Higashitateyama gondola lift and Takamagahara summer lift by shuttle bus. In the course, the highest point will be the observation deck which will be about 2000 meter high. Since it is located in the middle of Shigakogen, not you can see the whole place at the top, but also the north alps and the city of Nagano city.
 
This course is only available during August. It is open from 9:00-16:00. The price is 1800JPY/Adult. For those who would only like to ride the gondola lift, the lift will be operated between June and October. The round-trip ticket will be 1800JPY.

Access

To get here, take a bus that bounds for Shigakogen from Yudanaka station and get off at the last stop. The ride is about 30 minutes.

 

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4th. Roman Museum

Roman museum was built in 1997 for the memorial of Nagano Olymipics which was held in 1998. The world famous architect Kurokawa Kishou have designed the museum and you can feel his talented ideas by just looking at it from outside.
 
There is cylindrical shaped building on the middle which is made out of concrete, and cone shaped that is covered with glass. The cylindrical shaped one will be the art museum and the cone shaped is a restaurant.
 
On the second floor of the museum, which will be the highest floor, the hallway has a 15 meter high space. And here they put the exhibitions around the room. As well as “Roman Glass”, there are many other glass artwork such as “Glass of Angel” by Yoshimoto Yumiko and “Glassdecor” by Yokoyama Naoto.
 
It is open from 9:00 to 17:00 and it is closed every Thursday. The entrance fee is 500JPY/Adult.

Access

To get here,take a bus that bounds for Shigakogen from Yudanaka station and get off at “Kanbayashi”. The museum is 1 minute walk from the bus stop.

 

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3rd. Shiga Mount Takahara Station

Shiga Mount Takahara Station is located in Yamanouchi town which is in the center of Shigakogen. The station was renewed after December 2018. The new station has a restaurant called “Yama-no-Kitchen”, and they serve light meal such as curry and bowl meal.
 
It has a terrace seat so you can enjoy your meal while looking at the beautiful scenery. Besides restaurant, there is also a souvenir shop. You can buy all the popular souvenir gifts for example madeleine, cheese burger, craft beer, Shinshu soba, Okamin cookie and Shigakogen apple cookie.
 
The restaurant and the souvenir shop at the station is only open from July to October. The open time is 10:00-16:00.

Access

To get here, take a bus that bounds for Shigakogen from Yudanaka station and get off at the last stop. The ride is about 30 minutes.

 

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2nd. Mt.Higashidateyama Alpine Plants Garden

Mt.Higashidateyama Alpine Plants Garden is in the same place where the observation deck is which is on the very top of Shigakogen. It has more than 500 different kinds of alpine inside the 100–thousand square meter big garden.
 
The garden was built in 1960 and it is open from July 1st to October 25th. There are no entrance fee. In the early summer, pretty yellow flower “daylily” bloom on the scale of five-thousand square meter and many people comes to visit to see the beautiful flower every year. Also at the edge of the garden, there is a ski slope that was actually used in Nagano Olymipics, but when summer comes the slope turns into a field of alpine flowers.

Access

To get here, take a local bus from Yudanaka station and get off at “Shigakogen”. And then take the gondola lift at Hasuike station to the very top and as soon as you get off, you will se the enterance.

 

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1st. ShigaKogen Ski area

Shiga Kogen ski area includes 18 large and small ski resorts in Shiga Kogen area. The size is the biggest in Japan. There are 40 lifts in total, but the highest of all is in Shibutouge ski area/Mount Yokote which is 2307 meter high and also known as the highest ski resort in the country.
 
Every New Years eve there is something called “torch runway” which is held in Mount Yakebitai ski resort and Kumanoyu ski resort as a famous countdown event. Shiga Kogen ski area is open during mid-November to early-May.

Access

To get here, take a local bus from Yudanaka station and get off at “Shigakogen”. Once you get inside Shiga Kogen area, you can move to other ski resort inside the area by riding a shuttle bus.

 

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2. Getting to Yudanaka station from Nagano station

From Nagano station to Yudanaka station, take a local train(Nagano line) that bounds for “Shinshu-Nakano” and get off at “Shinshu-Nakano” station. After that transfer the train at the same line and ride the train that bounds for “Yudanaka”. It is about an hour ride.

 

Getting to Nagano Station from Tokyo Station


 

3. Other Area List

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Bessho Onsen


 

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Ueda


 

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Nagano City

 

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Togakushi

 

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Obuse


 

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Shigakogen


 

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Nozawa Onsen


 

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Tateshina – Venus Line


 

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Lake Suwa, Kami-Suwa Onsen and Shimo-Suwa Onsen


 

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Azumino

 

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Hakuba

 

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Matsumoto


 

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Kamikochi


 

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Norikura


 

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