Shiga Kogen Ski/Snowboarding and Iiyama Snow Festival Trip [2-Day Weekend]

2017 February 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday)

Shiga Kogen, Nagano

A weekend snow adventure at (by far) 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 lesson
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners and ski/snowboarding first-timers (No lift pass will be provided)
  • 7:45pm Friday (Feb 9) departure to make the most out of your weekend
  • Apres-ski party on Saturday (Feb 10)
  • Chance to see the Iiyama Snow Festival on Saturday (Feb 10 4pm-9)
  • Chance to see the Snow Monkeys enjoying the hot spring on Sunday (Feb 11 1pm-4:30)

Absolutely a trip you don't wanna miss!!!

Trip Itinerary

Friday (Feb 9)

  • 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 lobby for a drink or two)

Saturday (Feb 10)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Join the Iiyama Snow Festival Tour (3pm-9) *Optional
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Relax at the hotel/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm (or 9pm if joining the Iiyama Snow Festival Tour)
  • Apres-ski party

Sunday (Feb 11)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-3pm) or join the the optional Snow Monkeys Trip (1pm-4:30)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • 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

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
  • Fun and cute (English-Japanese speaking) tour guide
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax

Extras (Pay on the day);

  • Sunday lift pass (4,500yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves set rental (3,000yen for 2 days)
  • Gloves only rental (800yen for 2 days)
  • Goggles rental (800yen for 2 days)
  • Helmet rental (1,200yen for 2 days))
  • Ski/snowboard boots JPN29.5cm and above (2,000yen for 2 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (3,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Iiyama Snow Festival Tour (3,000yen) *Includes bus transportation and guide
  • Snow Monkeys Tour (2,500yen) *Includes bus transportation, park entry and guide

Discounts;

  • Beginners (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Feb 9-11 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Jan 10
  • Group of 4 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 5 or more (2,000yen/person) *Group leader/name required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined more than 5 TG trips/Cannot combine with the group discount
    *** Check Discount Policies ***
Price: 27,900Yen
Space left: 38 out of 45

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.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 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 10) 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 11), 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
  • Helmet
  • Winter/warm clothes
  • Beanie/hat
  • Winter gloves
  • Comfortable shoes/socks
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Music player
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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