Shiga Kogen 'New Year' Ski/Snowboarding and Snow Monkeys Trip

2020 January 2-5 (Thursday-Sunday)

Shiga Kogen, Nagano

A New Year snow adventure at the largest ski resort in Japan!

This Trip Features;

  • Ski/snowboarding at (by far) the largest ski resort in Japan
  • Four (4) 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
  • Fun apres-ski gatherings
  • 5:30pm Jan 1 (Wed) departure to make the most out of the trip
  • Chance to see the snow monkeys enjoying the hot spring on Jan 5 (Sun)

Let's enjoy the well famed Japanese powder snow in the New Year!

Trip Itinerary

Wednesday (Jan 1) *New Year's Day

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 5:15pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have a relaxing drink, chat with other participants and get excited
  • Stop for dinner on the way
  • Arrive in Shiga Kogen around 10:30pm
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Enjoy the hot shower and big hot bath
  • Have a drink or two at the lobby

Thursday (Jan 2)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Enjoy the hot shower and big hot bath
  • Take a nap, relax and/or have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Group drinks at one of the local bars

Friday (Jan 3)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Enjoy the hot shower and big hot bath
  • Take a nap, relax and/or have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Group drinks at one of the local bars

Saturday (Jan 4)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Enjoy the hot shower and big hot bath
  • Take a nap, relax and/or have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Group drinks at one of the local bars

Sunday (Jan 5)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-3pm) and/or join the the Snow Monkeys Tour (1pm-4:30)
  • Enjoy the hot shower and big hot bath
  • 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

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Three (3) day all mountain lift pass (Jan 2-4)
  • Four (4) nights shared accommodation
  • Breakfast for Jan 2-5 (4 days)
  • Dinner for Jan 2-4 (3 nights)
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) tour guides ;p
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax

Extras (Pay on the day);

  • Jan 5 lift pass (4,500yen) *Discounted rate
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (8,000yen for 4 days)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (8,000yen for 4 days)
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves set rental (8,000yen for 4 days)
  • Gloves rental (2,000yen for 2 days)
  • Goggles rental (2,000yen for 2 days)
  • Helmet rental (2,400yen for 2 days)
  • Ski/snowboard boots JPN29.5cm and above (4,000yen for 4 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (6,000yen/person for 4 nights)
  • Snow Monkeys Tour (2,500yen) *Includes transportation, park entry and guide

Discounts;

  • Beginners (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Jan 1-5 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,500yen) *Pay before 3pm on Dec 2
  • Group of 4-5 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 6 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: 56,900Yen
Space left: 28 out of 30

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 (4) friends can have their own room.
  • Private room for 2 persons available for an extra fee.
  • The hotel (almost ski-in ski-out) is located near Yakebitaiyama; the best powder snow and ski area in Shiga Kogen.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • 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.
  • There will be an extra fee for ski/snowboard boots JPN size 29.5 and above.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Thursday (Jan 2) 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 (Jan 5), and put your belongings in the luggage room.
  • 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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