Powder Snow Experience

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Powder Snow Experience in Japan's Best Onsen Resorts : 10 Days/9 Nights

You will travel through Japan’s most famous ski and onsen resorts, where you will find beautiful mountains, soothing waters, amazing sights, and delicious delicacies. 

Visit some of Japan’s most spectacular countryside towns, all accessible within a few short hours of Tokyo. You’ll visit Minakami in Gunma Prefecture, Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture, and Nozawa in Nagano Prefecture. Please see the model itinerary below for more details.

Day 1: Tokyo to Minakami in Gunma Prefecture

You will be met by your private tour guide in Tokyo at Narita or Haneda Airport, or at your hotel, from where you will be taken in a private vehicle to Minakami. Before you know it, you will arrive at this beautiful mountain onsen resort town in Gunma Prefecture. (Travel time: 120 minutes.)

Upon arrival at your ryokan in Minakami, you will settle in for a nice soak at the famous Takaragawa River Rotemburo (open air baths). This expansive, open-air hot spring bath which faces a mountain stream is nothing short of spectacular. The total area across all four outdoor baths surpasses 780 square meters. This is sure to be a memorable onsen experience, particularly when surrounded by snow during the winter season.

Stay at a traditional onsen ryokan to relax.

Suggested Ryokan: Senjuan, Tatsumikan, Osenkaku

Takaragawa River Onsen
Takaragawa open air hot spring bath

Days 2 & 3: Minakami Snow Resort

Over the course of two days, you will be met by your private tour guide every morning and transferred to Minakami’s best ski resort, then back to your hotel.

For more details about what we offer at ski resorts, please check the “Snow Experiences” section below.

After exploring the slopes of Minakami’s ski resort, what better way to end your days than with a dip in the soothing hot springs of your ryokan?

Tanigawadake Ski Resort in Gunma
Minakami Ski Resort

Day 4: Minakami to Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture

You will be met by your private tour guide at the hotel and escorted to a chartered car.

You’ll then set out for Yuzawa, an onsen & ski resort town in Niigata Prefecture (Travel time: 60 minutes).

Upon arriving at your ryokan in Yuzawa, you can set about exploring Yuzawa and visit the local history museum along the main onsen road of Yuzawa to get an idea of how life used to be in the town. Yuzawa is the town that the famous Japanese novel “Yukiguni” is set in. This novel, written by Yasunari Kawabata, has a title which translates to “Snow Country” in English.

Stay at an onsen ryokan to relax and enjoy Niigata’s traditional local cuisine and sake in your room.

Niigata Ski Resort
Yuzawa Onsen

Days 5 & 6: Yuzawa Snow Resort

Continue your ski adventure in Yuzuwa.

On days 5 and 6 you will be met by your private tour guide and transferred to Yuzawa’s best ski resort, then back to your hotel. 

For more details about what we offer at ski resorts, please check the “Snow Experiences” section below.

Relax at your opulent onsen ryokan each evening after you return.

Ski Resort in Niigata
Yuzawa Onsen

Day 7: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture

You will be met by your private tour guide at your hotel and escorted to a waiting chartered car. Your journey to Jigokudani Valley from Yuzawa will take sixty minutes.

You will visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park set in the forests of the Jigokudani Valley to interact with Japanese wild monkeys, and also see them bathing in a natural hot spring (onsen).

Afterwards, you’ll continue on to Nozawa, which will take another sixty minutes.

Tonight, you will stay at an onsen ryokan in Nozawa Onsen Resort Village, where you’ll be able to elevate your relaxation to an art form.

Winter Snow in Japan
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

Day 8 & 9: Nozawa Snow Resort

Pick-up service: You will be met by your private tour guide and transferred to Nozawa’s best ski resort, then back to your hotel. Stay at an onsen Ryokan to relax.

For more details about what we offer at ski resorts, please check the “Snow Experiences” section below.

 
Nagano Alps Luxury Resort Town
Nozawa Ski resort

Day 10: Departure

Enjoy the last day in Nozawa ski resort before heading back to Tokyo.
Nagano Ski Resort Japan Luxury Travel
Ski resort in Nagano

Snow Experiences

Private Lessons: Private lessons can be customized to your needs.
Available at all levels and ages: beginners to experts, children to adults.

Snow Canyoning: Snow Canyoning is a new sport without requiring ski gear or ski shoes. It is fun and the easiest and best way to enjoy snow for anybody at all ages.

Snowshoe Tours: Snowshoeing gets its name from the snowshoe, footwear made for walking over the snow. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the person over a larger area so that the person’s foot does not sink completely into the snow.
Snowshoeing is easy to learn and a great way to enjoy the deep snow!

Backcountry Tour in Nozawa: Make the most of your powder snow time at Nozawa by hiring a professional mountain guide to safely guide you around Nozawa’s backcountry. BC tours are the best way to learn about Nozawa’s stashes and our crew of highly experienced international guides will ensure you have an amazing day.

Travel With Kids

We offer exciting tours that can be enjoyed along with your children.

We can also arrange for child care, as well as a doctor or nurse should the unfortunate need arise.

Our Pricing

The total tour cost will be based on the hotel rooms you have selected, and include transfers, a private vehicle with driver, an English-speaking private tour escort, specialized field guides, travel insurance, activities and entrance fees, and breakfast at the hotel. (Room prices at ryokans typically include breakfast and dinner in the room, or in some cases in the hotel’s dining room.) 

Optional special activities will be quoted separately. 

Some personal expenses, including lunches, dinners, alcoholic beverages, and spa treatments will need to be directly paid at the time of consumption. 

Prices may vary depending on the season and chosen level of accommodation.

The approximate price of this tour: JPY 825,000  and up for two people.

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