Zao Onsen Snow Monster Festival and Fox Village Trip

2016 March 5-6 (Saturday-Sunday)

Zao Onsen, Yamagata

Come see "The Snow Monsters" and "The Darn Cute Foxes" on one of the best snow weekend trips of the season!

This Trip Features;

  • The famous Snow Monsters of Zao Onsen
  • The super darn cute foxes at the Zao Fox Village
  • Fireworks display and ski/snowboarding exhibition
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lessons from Certified Instructors
  • 7:15pm Friday (Mar 4) departure to make the most out of your weekend
  • Well located lodge (just for our group) only a couple of meters walk to the two main ropeways that will conveniently take you to the right side of the resort which is the best ski area at Zao Onsen
  • Nice indoor and outdoor onsens just a couple of meters walk from our lodge

Zao Onsen is not only famous for its AMAZING POWDER SNOW, hot springs and absolutely beautiful mountain scenery but also for its "Snow Monsters" ("Juhyo"). These monsters are a wonderful sight to be seen in person. As the winter season progresses, the trees start to accumulate snow until they are turned into the monsters. The snow monsters are at their peak size this time of the year. The best part is you can ski around and within the monsters.

We'll have our well-renowned (for being fun) apres-ski party at one of the local bars. This will allow you to spend some quality time with your new friends, drink, chat and exchange stories.

Visit the super duper cute foxes at the Zao Fox Village on the Sunday! 6 different types and over 100 foxes to see, pet and feed.

Scary snow monsters and cute foxes in one weekend! Don't miss out!

Trip Itinerary

Fun with the snow monsters

Friday (Mar 4)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have some drinks, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Zao Onsen around 1:15am
  • Check-in at the lodge
  • Stay overnight

Saturday (Mar 5)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm) or join the snow monsters sightseeing tour (1:30pm-3:30) *Non skiers/snowboarders
  • Visit the local onsen nearby
  • Relax at the lodge/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • See the fireworks display and ski/snowboarding exhibition
  • Apres-ski party from 8pm until late

Sunday (Mar 6)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding and/or onsen (8:15am-12:45pm)
  • Change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the bus at 1:15pm
  • Arrive at Fox Village around 3pm
  • See, feed and cuddle the super darn cute foxes (3pm-4)
  • Get on the bus
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 9pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

The super darn cute foxes

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Two (2) nights accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Entry fee and transportation to the Fox Village
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax
  • Chance to meet a lot of snow loving folks and make new friends

Extras (Pay on the day);

  • Saturday lift pass (4,800yen)
  • Sunday 3 hous lift pass (3,300yen) *Buy directly at the counter
  • 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/pants/gloves set rental (2,000yen for 1 day/3,000yen for 2 days)
  • Gloves rental (500yen for 2 days)
  • Goggles rental (500yen for 2 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (3,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Snow monsters sightseeing tour (3,000yen) *Includes round ropeway and gondola and guide


  • Birthday on Mar 4-6 (3,000yen)
  • Group of 4 or more (1,000yen/person) *Group leader required
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Feb 5
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined a TG outdoor trip more than 5 times **Doesn't apply if you avail the group discount
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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).
  • The lodge is located near the two main ropeways to the best ski areas, and a couple of meters walk to the nice onsens.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • There will be a 2,000yen fee for ski/snowboard boots JPN size 28.5 and above.
  • Free skiing lesson is on Saturday (Mar 5) from 9am until 10:30.
  • Free snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Mar 5) from 10:30am 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 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 (Mar 6), 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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