Iiyama Snow and Kamakura Festival, Snow Monkeys and Matsumoto Castle Trip

2017 February 11-12 (Saturday-Sunday)


A highly recommended winter trip for all ages!

This Trip Features;

  • One of the most beautiful original castles in Japan; Matsumoto castle
  • Amazing snow sculptures, thousands of three-tiered snowmen (Guinness Record) and music performance at Iiyama Snow Festival
  • Beautiful and romantic fairytale-like Kamakura Igloos at Iiyama Snow Hut Village
  • Wild but super cute Japanese snow monkeys at Jigokudani monkey park or ski/snowboarding on Sunday
  • Delicious craft beers (for sale) at the party

See the 35th Iiyama Snow and Kamakura Festival! Iiyama City has some of the heaviest snowfall in Nagano so to make the snow less burdensome and more fun, they use it to build sculptures and Kamakura Igloos. Each year, the event grows in size and popularity. Music performances and fireworks also accompany the event. Last year, Iiyama added a new aspect to their snow festival: world-record breaking! They set a new world record for the number of three-tiered snowmen they could build in an hour: 1585 snowmen with 630 people. What snow-related record will they try to break next?

An easy 30mins trek to see the wild "but really cute" Japanese snow monkeys enjoying the natural hot spring at Jigokudani Monkey Park! See no monkey, hear no monkey, talk no monkey.

Visit Matsumoto castle; one of the most beautiful and most visited original castles in Japan.

This is probably the best winter trip we offer for non-skiers/snowboarders! Come join the fun!

Trip Itinerary

Highly recommend trip for all ages

Saturday (Feb 11)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 9am
  • Get on the bus
  • Catch up on your sleep or chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive at Matsumuto castle around 12pm
  • Explore the beautiful Matsumoto castle
  • Get on the bus at 1:30pm
  • Short stop for lunch on the way
  • Arrive at Iiyama City around 3:30pm
  • Enjoy the Iiyama Snow and Kamakura Festival until 7:30pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Arrive at the hotel around 8:45pm
  • Check-in your room
  • Dinner at 9pm
  • Enjoy the big hot bath
  • Group party from 10:30pm until you drop

Sunday (Feb 12)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Check-out of your room
  • Try ski/snowboarding or walk around (8:30am-12pm)
  • Have lunch
  • Get on the bus at 1pm
  • Arrive at Kanbayashi onsen around 1:30pm
  • 30mins trek/walk to Jigokudani monkey park
  • See the wild but cute Japanese snow monkeys enjoying the onsen
  • 30mins trek/walk back to Kanbayashi onsen
  • Get on the bus at 3:30pm
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 7:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Cute onsening monkeys

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • One (1) hotel (shared) accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast for Sunday
  • Entrance fee to Iiyama Snow and Kamakura Festival
  • Entrance fee to Matsumoto castle
  • Entrance fee to Jigokudani monkey park
  • Travel insurance
  • Fun and cute (English-Japanese speaking) guide
  • Chance to meet lots of people and make new friends

Extras (Pay on the day);

  • Buffet dinner (1,500yen)
  • One (1) day lift pass (4,500yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (2,500yen)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (2,500yen)
  • Ski jacket and pants set rental (2,500yen)
  • Gloves rental (500yen)
  • Goggles rental (500yen)
  • Helmet rental (700yen)
  • Ski/snowboard boots JPN29.5cm and above (1,500yen)
  • Private room for 2 persons (2,000yen/person)


  • Birthday on Feb 11-12 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Jan 11
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen/person) *Group leader required
Price: 29,900Yen
Space left: 9 out of 22

Important notes

The beautiful Matsumoto castle
  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 4 and maximum of 5 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).
  • Snow monkeys is one of the must see and visit tourists spots in Japan.
  • Matsumoto castle is the most beautiful and most visited original castles in Japan.
  • Waterproof (Gortex) hiking/trekking shoes are recommended for this trip.
  • Please bring enough layers. It is a lot colder in the mountains than in the city.
  • Food and plastic bags are not allowed in the monkey park
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Waterproof/wind breaker jacket/pants (ski jacket recommended)
  • Winter/warm/thermal clothes
  • Beanie
  • Winter gloves
  • Outdoor shoes (gortex recommended)
  • Small towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Music player
  • Camera
  • Cellphone
  • Cash

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