Shiga Kogen Snow Monkey Music and Beer Festival [2-day Weekend]

2017 March 18-19 (Saturday-Sunday)

Shiga Kogen, Nagano

Come join one of the best and most popular snow trip of the season!

This Trip Features;

  • Two (2) full days of ski/snowboarding at Shiga Kogen; (by far) the largest ski resort in Japan.
  • Snow Monkey Beer Live; live music and great bands.
  • Beer Festival; more than 80 types of craft beers to try from 16 different breweries all over Japan.
  • Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing something GREEN at the beer festival.
  • Night illumination and fireworks display.
  • 3,000yen discount for non skiers/snowboarders.
  • Ski-in/ski-out hotel located near Yakebitaiyama; the best powder snow and ski area in Shiga Kogen.
  • Big rooms with western beds and toilet.
  • Visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to see the wild (and cute) Japanese snow monkeys enjoying the onsen on Sunday (Mar 19).
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lesson
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners and ski/snowboarding first-timers (No lift pass will be provided)
  • 7:45pm Friday (Mar 17) departure to make the most out of your weekend

A weekend of live music, great bands, fireworks, monkeys, powder snow and lots of craft beers! Don't miss out!

Trip Itinerary

Snow Monkeys, Beer and Music Festival

Friday (Mar 17)

  • 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 0:30am
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Go straight to sleep (or have a drink or two at the lobby)

Saturday (Mar 18)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Snow Monkey Beer and Music Festival (7pm-10:30)
  • 2nd party back at the hotel (from 11pm until late)

Sunday (Mar 19)

  • 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

Ski/snowboarding at Japan's largest snow resort

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • One (1) day lift pass (all mountain)
  • 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;

  • Saturday SMBL (4,500yen) *Includes entry and 5 drink tickets
  • 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 transportation, entry and guide

Discounts;

  • Beginners/non-skiers/snowboarders (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Mar 17-19 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Feb 18
  • 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: 28,900Yen
Space left: 4 out of 75

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 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 a 3,000yen fee for ski/snowboard boots JPN size 29.5 and above.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Mar 18) 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 (Mar 19), 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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