Dosojin Fire Festival, Snow Monkeys and Ski/Snowboarding Trip

2016 January 15-17 (Friday-Sunday)

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano

A crazy local winter festival that surely you don't wanna miss!

This Trip Features;

  • Dosojin Fire Festival; one of the craziest festivals in Japan
  • Free sake (Japanese wine) at the fire festival
  • Snow monkeys enjoying the natural hot spring at Jigokudani monkey park
  • 13 free public onsens in Nozawa Onsen
  • Two (2) full days of ski/snowboarding at Nozawa Onsen; widely considered by many as the best ski resort in Japan in terms of evertyhing (mountain/resort layout, consistent powder, snow and weather, amazing tree runs, backcountry, accessibility/location, apres ski bars, onsens, traditional town and very friendly locals)
  • Good western dinner and breakfast
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lessons from Certified Instructors
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners and ski/snowboarding first-timers (No lift pass will be provided)
  • Intermediate and advanced lessons available (4,000yen/hour)
  • Apres-ski party at our local bar (Karaoke Heaven Bar)
  • Jan 14 Thursday 8pm departure and lodging option

Free booze and flames with some onsening snow monkeys! This weekend is going to be a riot! ;)

Trip Itinerary

Dosojin fire festival and the snow monkeys

Friday (Jan 15)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 1pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have some drinks, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Nozawa Onsen around 5:30pm
  • Check-in at the lodge
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Have dinner (not provided)
  • Watch the Dosojin Fire Festival (7:30pm-10)
  • Group party at Bar Heaven (after the festival) until late

Saturday (Jan 16)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Relax at the lodge/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Apres-ski party at our local bar (Karaoke Heaven)

Sunday (Jan 17)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding or join the snow monkeys tour (8:30am-3pm)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the bus at 4pm
  • Short stop 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 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 (4,200yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (4,500yen for 2 days) *Good quality
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (4,500yen for 2 days) *Good quality
  • Ski jacket and pants set rental (2,500yen for 2 days)
  • Gloves rental (500yen for 2 days)
  • Goggles rental (500yen for 2 days)
  • Helmet rental (1,000yen for 2 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (3,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Snow monkeys tour (3,000yen) *Includes transportation, Jigokudani park entry and guide
  • Friday dinner and drinks (2,000yen) *Good western food and beer/wine
  • Jan 14 Thursday accommodation (4,500yen) *Breakfast included
  • Jan 14 Thursday 8pm Tokyo shinkansen/taxi (9,000yen)


  • Not using TG bus (5,500yen) *Providing own transportation
  • Beginners (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Jan 15-17 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Dec 15
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen) *Group leader required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined a TG outdoor trip more than 5 times
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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 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).
  • Our lodge is located just a 6min walk to Karasawa slope and 10min walk to Nagasaka gondola.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Jan 16) from 9:30am until 12:30pm.
  • 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 lodge 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 17), and put your belongings in the luggage room before going ski/snowboarding.
  • Everyone receives 1,000yen discount in the courtesy of the Nagano Prefectural Government to attract more tourists in the area.
  • 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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