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Yakebitaiyama Shiga Kogen

Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort, or Yakebi for short, is the largest and most modern of the Shiga Kogen ski areas. Owned by Prince Resorts, the ski area features the three buildings of the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel at the base.

Pros and Cons of Yakebitaiyama

  • Yakebi is the biggest Shiga Kogen ski area.
  • Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort is at high elevation, so the snow quality during winter is generally excellent.
  • It’s adjacent to Okushiga Kogen which is another of the best Shiga Kogen ski resorts.
  • Yakebitaiyama offers the best fall-line in-bounds tree skiing in Shiga Kogen, and the sidecountry of Yakebi and Okushiga Kogen is great.
  • The Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort offers a handful of very good intermediate groomed runs.
  • It has the best lifts of the Shiga Kogen ski resorts. The ski area is a bit more protected, and the gondolas are less likely to go on wind hold compared to Okushiga Kogen.
  • The Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel buildings offer ski-in ski-out convenience.
  • Kids under 13 ski free and equipment rentals are free if you sign up to become a member at the hotel.
  • Some beginners will be intimidated because it’s a big leap between the magic carpet terrain and the green runs, which are steeper than your average beginner run.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • Evening dining options are limited (like elsewhere in Shiga Kogen) to restaurants in the Prince Hotel buildings, most of which are expansive but expensive buffets. At least it’s possible to get a shuttle to Ichinose where you can pick from another couple of restaurants.
  • There are no group ski and snowboard lessons in English at Yakebitaiyama, only those in a private format.

Yakebitaiyama Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Yakebi Ski Resort of Shiga Kogen is small on a global scale and moderate sized by Japanese standards. It offers 93 hectares of piste terrain plus lots of off-piste, 495 metres of vertical (1,500 to 1,995m), and 16 trails. It has 5 lifts: 2 gondolas; 2 fast quad chairs (one hooded); and a slow romance aka double chair lift for beginners.

Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort is bookended by Okushiga Kogen and the tiny Ichinose Yamanokami, which then connects onto the many other northern Shiga Kogen ski areas.

The official trail statistics are 15%, beginner, 70% intermediate and 15% advanced, which includes the Olympic Trail where various events were held during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.

See the Yakebi skiing page for more information on the terrain and snow.

Where is Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama?

As the name suggests, the ski area sits on Mount (Yama) Yakebitai. Yakebitaiyama Ski Resort is the second most northern ski area of the Shiga Kogen group, with Okushiga Kogen to the northeast, 3.5km by road to the gondola or 6km to the main hotel base. The main Ichinose village is about 1km away by road from the West Building of the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel.

Yakebitaiyama is 21 km (30 minute drive) from Yudanaka (and nearby Shibu Onsen) and if you’re driving there, the phone number for GPS navigation is 0269-34-3111.

Inter-resort shuttles connect Yakebitaiyama to other Shiga ski areas, whilst the hotel has shuttles between its three buildings, albeit somewhat irregular.

See the Shiga Kogen travel page for information on how to get there.

Yakebitaiyama Accommodation

Like most of the other Shiga Kogen ski areas, hotels are your only choice of accommodation.

There is no village at Yakebitaiyama and accommodation consists of the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel which has 3 separate buildings spread along the bases of the slopes.

The East Building is reasonably deluxe and has the nicest rooms and fanciest restaurant (and $$$). The South Building and West Buildings are more affordable and somewhat dated and utilitarian.

The West Building has the family snow park and magic carpet and is popular for families with small children, but be mindful that the slopes above the magic carpet are for intermediates. The other two buildings have a slope out the front that is ideal for confident beginners.

If you want to participate in the weekend first tracks program, you’ll probably want to stay in the East Building. On weekdays, if you want to lead the pack on a powder day, either the East or South buildings are good.

The hotel has various dining options although if you don’t want to leave your hotel building, these are limited. The Yakebitaiyama dining options are mostly rather expensive buffets for breakfast and dinner. Thankfully the hotel offers a night shuttle to/from Ichinose where there are a couple of dining options.

You can check rates and availability for the Shiga Kogen Prince Hotel here and book online.

Otherwise you can stay in other Shiga Kogen accommodation or at the foot of the mountain in Yudanaka accommodation or Shibu Onsen hotels.

Ski Resort Facilities

There are no on-mountain restaurants where you can have lunch with a side of views. All the dining options are at the base in the hotel buildings or next to them. To avoid a soulless cafeteria, try Ramen Corner for lunch.

Ski and snowboard rental equipment is available in each of the three hotel buildings. It’s of reasonable quality and includes some big sizes, but if you have specific requirements, it’s best to contact them beforehand to check.

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You can get private ski and snowboard lessons whereby an instructor can meet you at your hotel building. Or if you want group lessons, you’ll need to get a shuttle bus up (or ski across) to Okushiga Kogen.

Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Lessons & Resort Tours
From 1 to 5 hours
Ability: Beginner to Strong Intermediate
Learn to ski or snowboard on the beginner slopes of Shiga Kogen or improve your ability whilst exploring the massive 19 ski areas of Shiga Kogen. Options are available for people to travel from other nearby ski areas such as Nozawa Onsen.
Price p/p *based on per person in a private group for a 1 hour lesson for 23/24 season.
base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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USD 67
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Shiga Backcountry Tours
Single & Multi-Day Tours
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Venture into the backcountry of Shiga Kogen with guides with your private group. Have the mountain to yourselves. Go for easy hikes, learn avalanche safety skills, or go ski touring to explore further afield.
Price p/p *based on per person in a private group of 3 for a full day tour for 2024.
base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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USD 105
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TOUGE GOE Backcountry & Sidecountry Tour
6 Nights | 5 Days Guided - Shigakogen + Other Ski Areas
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This powder adventure is based in the onsen town of Yudanaka near Shiga Kogen. The Japanese lead guide is a qualified backcountry guide & accompanied by another local guide who were born and raised in Shigakogen so they can show you the best secret local powder stashes.
Price p/p This is the price per person for two guests (couple or friends) staying in a twin or double room using the shared bathroom. For solo travellers, a private twin or double room (sole use) is from Y309,000.
USD 1,938
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Guided Powder Tours
Single & Multi-Day Guiding
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Explore the off-piste and sidecountry at the massive ski area of Shiga Kogen or another nearby ski area. Guiding is for private groups or group tours are available some days.
Price p/p *based on per person in a private group of 5 for a 5 hour tour.
base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
Displayed rates might vary to actual due to exchange rate fluctuations.
USD 75
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