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Shiga Kogen Holidays


Shiga Kogen Travel Guide

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.

Japan Contacts

Tourist Information Centre, Tokyo: +81 (0)3 3201 3331 or
Japanese Embassy, Washington DC, United States: +1 202 238 6700.
Japanese Embassy, London, United Kingdom: +44 (0)20 7465 6500.
Japanese Embassy, Ottawa, Canada: +1 613 241 8541.
Japanese Embassy, Canberra, Australia: +61 (0)2 6273 3244.
Japanese Embassy, Pretoria, South Africa: +27 (0)12 452 1500.
Japanese Embassy, Dublin, Ireland: +353 (0)1 202 8300.
Japanese Embassy, Wellington, New Zealand: +64 (0)4 473 1540.
United States Embassy, Tokyo: +81 (0)3 3224 5000.
British Embassy, Tokyo: +81 (0)3 5211 1100.
Canadian Embassy, Tokyo: +81 (0)3 5412 6200.
Australian Embassy, Tokyo: +81 (0)3 5232 4111.
South African Embassy, Tokyo: +81 (0)3 3265 3366.
Irish Embassy, Tokyo: +81 (0)3 3263 0695.
New Zealand Embassy, Tokyo: +81 (0)3 3467 2271.
Emergencies: 110 (Police); 119 (Ambulance).


The Japanese are formal and reserved and visitors are expected to behave politely. Their system of etiquette is one of the most complex in the world, with a strict code of conduct for almost every situation. It is important to avoid causing 'loss of face' by insulting or criticising someone in front of others. Bowing is the customary greeting. The possession of common prescription, or over the counter medicines, particularly for allergies and sinus problems, are forbidden under Japanese law, and it is highly advisable to check with a Japanese embassy before travel.


All foreign passengers to Japan must hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country, return/onward tickets, and the necessary travel documentation for their next destination. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

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