Early Feb 2024

Greg and I really enjoyed our stay in Okushiga Kogen Hotel, and the Shiga Kogen ski area generally.  

Our room was lovely and more than adequate for our needs.  The breakfasts were plentiful and varied, with plenty of choices.  The dinner options at the Hotel were wonderful, especially the fine dining in the Japanese Restaurant and also in the French Restaurant - each dish was beautifully presented and a culinary delight.  All the staff were unbelievably welcoming and accommodating – outstanding.  A delightful surprise was the accomplished pianist who played every night in the open lounge area.  

The rooms need a little modernising with things like USB ports for charging electronic equipment.  But we made do, as we had the right attachments, but I’d imagine some people might struggle?  Also, the TVs are not smart TVs, so could not get Netflix, YouTube etc.  But really, these are minor issues that will be dealt with in time, I’m sure.

We loved that we could ski right back to the door of the hotel on our return from skiing each day, and it’s only a short walk to the lifts in the morning.  The skiing area of Shiga Kogen is amazing – vast, and uncrowded.  We enjoyed skiing from area to area, and there’s enough Blue and Black runs to keep the skiing interesting.  Also, the lunch options on the mountain and at the base of gondolas etc were wonderful.  It was easy to find something to eat, and it was usually very yummy!

All in all, I would say that Greg and I would consider returning to Shiga Kogen and Okushiga Kogen Hotel.  

Thank you, Hisae, for the recommendation and making our bookings.


Margaret and Greg