Shiga Kogen Ski/Snowboarding Trip

2017 February 25-26 (Saturday-Sunday)

Shiga Kogen, Nagano

Another snow adventure weekend at the largest ski resort in Japan!

This Trip Features;

  • Ski/snowboarding at (by far) the largest ski resort in Japan
  • Two (2) full days in the mountains
  • Well located hotel (almost ski-in/ski-out) near Yakebitaiyama; the best powder snow and ski area in Shiga Kogen
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lessons
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners and ski/snowboarding first-timers (No lift pass will be provided)
  • Intermediate and advanced lessons available (4,000yen/hour)
  • 7:45pm Friday (Feb 24) departure to make the most out of your weekend
  • Fun apres-ski party on Saturday (Feb 25)
  • Chance to see the snow monkeys enjoying the hot spring on Sunday (Feb 26)

Let's enjoy together the well famed Japanese powder snow in mid-winter!

Trip Itinerary

Snow fun at the biggest ski resort in Japan

Friday (Feb 24)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7:30pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have some drinks, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Shiga Kogen around 0:15am
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Go straight to sleep (or lobby for a drink or two)

Saturday (Feb 25)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Relax at the hotel/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Fun apres-ski party

Sunday (Feb 26)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding or visit the snow monkeys (8:30am-3pm)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the bus at 4pm
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:45pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Fun in the snow

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • One (1) day (all mountain) lift pass
  • Two (2) nights accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax
  • Chance to meet a lot of snow loving folks and make new friends

Extras (Pay on the day);

  • Sunday lift pass (4,500yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (2,500yen for 1 day | 4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (2,500yen for 1 day | 4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Ski jacket and pants set rental (2,500yen for 1 day | 4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Gloves rental (500yen for 1 day | 800yen for 2 days)
  • Goggles rental (500yen for 1 day | 800yen for 2 days)
  • Helmet rental (700yen for 1 day | 1,400yen for 2 days)
  • Ski/snowboard boots JPN29.5cm and above (1,500yen for 1 day | 3,000yen for 2 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (3,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Snow monkeys tour (3,000yen) *Includes bus transportation, park entry and guide

Discounts;

  • Beginners (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Feb 24-26 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Jan 25
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen) *Group leader required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined a TG outdoor trip more than 5 times and not valid after group discount
Price: 27,900Yen
Space left: 6 out of 90

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Ski/snowboarding off-piste is strictly prohibited.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Please bring enough cash on the trip. Credit cards are not widely accepted here in Japan. International (foreign) cash cards sometimes don't work on ATM's (if any) at the ski resort.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 persons per room.
  • Male/Female only rooms are available.
  • Group of friends can have their own room.
  • Private room for 2 persons available for an extra fee on a first-come/first-served basis (limited rooms).
  • The hotel (almost ski-in ski-out) is located near Yakebitaiyama; the best powder snow and ski area in Shiga Kogen.
  • Restaurants and shops in the ski resorts don't accept credit cards so please bring enough cash.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • There will be an extra fee for ski/snowboard boots JPN size 29.5 and above.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Feb 25) from 9:30am until 12pm.
  • Lift pass will not be provided if you avail the beginners discount.
  • You don't need a lift pass to join our free ski/snowboarding lessons. However, if you're a fast learner and would want to ride the chairlifts, you can buy a "ride ticket" which costs around 300-350yen per ride. On average, beginners only take the chairlifts 4-5 times the entire weekend. Some beginners, not at all!
  • We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. However, we are unable to guarantee the hotel/lodge can cater for every meal.
  • Soap, shampoo and rinse are provided in the bath (ofuro).
  • Towels available for rent at the hotel for 200yen.
  • You can send your gear by delivery service (takkyubin) to the hotel. Address will be provided upon request.
  • You must check out of your room before 10am on Sunday (Feb 26), and put your belongings in the luggage room before going ski/snowboarding.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Skis/poles/boots
  • Snowboard/boots
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves
  • Ski goggles
  • Winter/warm clothes
  • Beanie/hat
  • Winter gloves
  • Comfortable shoes/socks
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Cellphone
  • Music player
  • Book (to read on the bus
  • Camera
  • Cash

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