Shiga Heights Villa

24.11.2016 Update

The Shiga Highlands are located at an altitude of over 1,500 meters. The area is home to a variety of ski resorts both large and small, where, in the winter and into spring, skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed by everyone from beginner to advanced. Nishidate Ski Area comes into immediate view as one exits through the main entrance, making the environment ideal. In addition, the villa is located at Hoppo Hot Spring, the Shiga Highlands’ oldest hot spring. The bathing area in the facility is an uncommon steam spring, with water flowing directly from the source.

The area is known as a treasure trove of alpine flora from spring through summer. Around the end of the May holidays, visitors can see Asian skunk cabbage (or “water banana” from the Japanese name), Japanese fireflies in the summer, and splendid crimson foliage spreading widely in autumn, allowing deep enjoyment of the natural environment of each season.

  • The facility is used for practical training in physical education and as an open-air school for attached schools, but it can be used at any time, as long as it does not interfere. (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.)
  • Lodging is prohibited without a usage permit.

Shiga Heights Villa

7149 Oaza Hirao, Yamanouchi-cho, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano-ken, 381-0400, Japan

Facility Map


  • Capacity: 46
  • Users: Ochanomizu University students, other students, teaching staff, alumni



Nagaden Bus 026-295-8008
10 minutes on foot from the Hoppo Onsen bus stop.

* Bus line operation is seasonal. Be sure to check availability of buses going to the Hoppo Onsen bus stop before departing.

* Please contact the facility manager in advance if you will be traveling by automobile.
However, as a rule, please do not travel by automobile in the winter. (Automobiles sometimes become stuck due to the snow-covered roads and steep hills around the facility.)

Area Map

Shiga area map

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