Go To Travel Myoko and Nozawa 3-Day Ski/Snowboarding Trip

2021 January 9-11 (Saturday-Monday) *Long weekend

Niigata/Nagano

A 3-day mid-winter snow adventure at 3 awesome ski resorts well-known for it's deep and amazing powder this time of the year!

January 11 (Monday) is a Japanese public holiday :)

This Trip Features;

  • ¥15,000 Go To Travel campaign discount
  • Three (3) full days in the mountains
  • Ski/snowboarding at three (3) different ski resorts (Myoko Suginohara, Seki Onsen and Nozawa Onsen)
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lesson
  • 5,000yen discount for beginners and skiing first-timers (No lift pass will be provided)
  • 7:45pm Jan 8 (Fri) departure to make the most out of the 3-day weekend
  • Apres-ski drinks at some good local bars
  • Chance to meet a lot of snow loving folks and some new riding buddies ;p

Myoko Suginohara is extremely famed as one of the highest-caliber ski slopes in Japan, with 1,124m in vertical drop and the longest ski run at an unbelievable distance of 8.5km in length. This course has everything any skier/snowboarder could desire with the runs being wide open or tree lined.

Seki Onsen is an off-piste haven for powder maniacs and attracts a lot of hype for its steep tree skiing and the masses of snow that bestow the ski area; somewhere in the realm of 14.5 to 16 metres on average per season. Seki is rather petite but definitely steep and deep!

Nozawa Onsen is considered by many experienced riders as the best ski resort in Japan in many aspects such as mountain/resort size, slopes and layout, consistent snow fall, quality and amount of powder, weather, amazing tree runs, backcountry, accessibility/location, apres ski bars, onsens, traditional town and very friendly locals.

Come join the powder fun!

Trip Itinerary

Friday (Jan 8)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7:30pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have a relaxing drink (or two), chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive at Myoko Suginohara around midnight
  • Check-in at the lodge
  • Go straight to sleep (or lobby for a drink or two)

Saturday (Jan 9)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding at Myoko Suginohara (8:30am-5pm)
  • Enjoy the hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Take a nap, relax and/or have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Apres-ski party at one of the local bars in Akakura town

Sunday (Jan 10)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding at Seki Onsen or Myoko Suginohara (8:45am-4pm)
  • Enjoy the hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Take a nap, relax and/or have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Apres-ski party at one of the local bars in Akakura town

Monday (Jan 11) *Public holiday

  • Breakfast at 7am
  • Get the gear on/check-out of the room
  • Get on the bus at 7:45am
  • Arrive in Nozawa Onsen around 8:45am
  • Ski/snowboarding at Nozawa Onsen (9am-3pm)
  • Enjoy the spa and onsen at Sparena
  • 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;

  • Round-trip private bus transportation
  • One (1) day lift pass for Myoko Suginohara
  • One (1) day lift pass for Seki Onsen
  • Three (3) nights 'shared' lodge accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • Dinner for Saturday and Sunday
  • Fun and cute (English and Japanese speaking) tour leaders ;p
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax

Extras;

    *Pre-payment is required to avail the Go To Travel discount
  • Monday Nozawa Onsen lift pass (5,200yen → 3,600yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (3,000yen → 2,000yen for 2 days) *Functional quality from Myoko Lodge
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (3,000yen → 2,000yen for 2 days) *Functional quality from Myoko Lodge
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (3,600yen → 2,400yen for 1 day) *Good quality from Nozawa rental shop
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (3,600yen → 2,400yen for 1 day) *Good quality from Nozawa rental shop
  • Ski jacket/pants set rental (7,500yen → 5,000yen for 3 days)
  • Gloves rental (1,500yen → 1,000yen for 3 days)
  • Goggles rental (1,500yen → 1,000yen for 3 days)
  • Helmet rental (1,800yen → 1,200yen for 3 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (6,000yen → 4,000yen/person for 3 nights)

Discount;

  • Beginners or ski/snowboarding first-timers (5,000yen) *No lift pass provided
Price: 43,900Yen
Go To: 28,900Yen
Space left: 16 out of 22

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Ski/snowboarding off-piste is strictly prohibited.
  • 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 (Very limited rooms).
  • Most 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.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Jan 9) from 9:30am until 12pm.
  • Lift pass will not be provided if you avail the beginners and first-timers 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 7:30am on Jan 9 (Mon), and put all your belongings in the bus trunk as we will be going straight to Tokyo from Nozawa.
  • 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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