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Price p/p Sample price is based on 9-night package
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USD 2,736

GUIDED LIFT-ACCESS RESORT & SIDECOUNTRY
9 Nights | 7 Days Skiing | Up To 7 Resorts

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Sample price is based on 9-night package
base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
Displayed price may vary slightly from actual due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 2,736
Explore Myoko Kogen ski resorts plus other nearby resorts such as Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogen, Madarao, Arai & more with an experienced guide. Stay in the lovely renovated Gozan Lodge at Suginohara (Myoko) with restaurant, bar & access to onsen next door.
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 28 - Mar 08, 2023
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,736
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 26 - Mar 15, 2023
Min Days: From 3
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 19 - Mar 31, 2023
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Gozan Explorer Packages

If you are a die-hard powder hound looking to get your fix of Japow this winter, then the Gozan Explorer could be ideal as it visits various Niigata and Nagano ski resorts that are renowned for being blessed with big snowfalls by Puki Yuki, the Japanese snow goddess. The Gozan is the five mountain system of Zen, and in this patch of powder paradise, you’ll find your own zen.

The Gozan Explorer is based out of your host's lodge, Gozan Lodge, located at the base of Suginohara which is one of Myoko Kogen's ski areas and a magnet for snow. You'll ride at Myoko Suginohara, yet this is a multi-resort tour so each day you may visit a different ski area with your guide(s) to get the best possible conditions and to provide you with a great assortment of terrain by experiencing different locations. Daily destinations on offer include Myoko Kogen's 4 ski areas, Shiga Kogen's 19 ski areas, Madarao/Tangram, Nozawa Onsen, Charmant Huichi, Arai, Kijimadaira & other gems.

The Gozan Explorer is primarily aimed at private groups of 4 - 6 in the group.

There is however an option for solo travellers, couples & smaller groups to join a mixed group tour (one date only for a maximum group of 5) as shown on the rates, dates & availability dropdown.

In each case a minimum of 3 guests is required for a tour to operate.

Ability & Equipment Required

It is expected that you will be a strong intermediate to advanced level of skier or snowboarder and be able to ski/ride tight trees in deep powder on sometimes steep terrain.

As this tour takes in the steep and deep sidecountry of many of the ski areas, it is mandatory that you carry an avalanche safety kit to include (as a minimum) a backpack, avalanche beacon, shovel & probe.

You will need to supply your own backpack, however there is an option to rent the beacon, shovel & probe from Gozan Lodge.

If you have a private group who is competent in ski touring/splitboarding, utilising touring gear would be an option if the whole group brings their gear & knows how to use it.

Your Guide(s)

Your lead guide has over 10 years of experience and is bi-lingual in English and Japanese. He has CAA Ops 1, Wilderness First Responder & Search and Rescue certifications.

If the group is larger than 4, the group will also have a tail guide.

Lodging

You will stay at the lovely, recently renovated Gozan Lodge located at Suginohara (Myoko Kogen).

The sample package price is based on twin-share/double occupancy, however there are other options for room sharing so please enquire for your specific needs.

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Food & Nightlife

Suginohara isn't renowned for its nightlife yet the lodge has its own restaurant and bar, so you will be able to make your own fun there. You also have daily access to an onsen, so this may become part of your daily apres ski routine.

The sample package includes 4 evening meals and 2 excursion meals with your guide (pay as you go for those 2 meals). If you want to experience the Myoko nightlife in Akakura, you can get a taxi from the lodge. Your hosts can book your ride into town and the restaurant or bar can book a return taxi. The cost of a taxi is about 1,500 yen each way.

Getting There

You will most likely fly internationally into Narita or Haneda airport in Tokyo. From there you have 3 options:

  1. Jump on a scheduled bus service to the Myoko bus terminal at Akakura.
  2. Get on a shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagano station, change to a local bus service at the station to Myoko Akakura bus terminal.
  3. Get on a shinkansen to Nagano and then change to a local train to Myoko Train station.

In each case, your hosts from Gozan Lodge will pick you up from either the bus terminal at Akakura or from Myoko train station.

Gozan Lodge staff can provide you with more details on getting there when you book your trip.

Lodging

Gozan Lodge Myoko is a boutique lodge at the base of Suginohara Ski Resort, with lovely rooms with western beds & tatami flooring (shared bathrooms). It is a beautiful lodge that has been tastefully renovated and has retained some of its Japanese décor. The communal spaces are large and ideal for relaxing after a big day on the slopes.

Where is Gozan Lodge?

The lodge is located in the Suginosawa Onsen Village at the base of the Suginohara Ski Resort of Myoko. It is only 1-2 minute walk to the closest lift (Suginohara Pair Lift #2) and you can almost ski back to the door.

Naena Onsen is half a minute walk away, which is perfect for an après ski soak, and there is a small convenience store within walking distance of the lodge.



Rooms

Gozan Lodge offers guest rooms that have the comfort of western beds plus Japanese décor touches such as tatami flooring. All rooms utilise shared bathrooms.

Rooms:
  • Twin room
  • Queen room
  • King room - king bed + sofa bed
  • King room with mountain view
  • King room with mountain view (1 king + sofa bed)
  • Quad room - 4 single beds

Facilities & Services

  • Large communal lounge and dining area, billiards
  • Ski/snowboard storage
  • Wifi
  • Onsen next door - complimentary daily onsen entry to naena-no-yu
  • Non-smoking property
  • English & Japanese speaking staff

Dining & Bar

Breakfast is European buffet style.

Dinner is 3 courses and the fare is inspired by mountain cuisine from around the world. Fresh produce and meats are 100% sourced from Japan.

Gozan Lodge has a licensed bar which specialises in Japanese craft beer, organic wine, and seasonal cocktails.

2023 Rates, Dates & Add-Ons

Rates

JPY 360,000

  • rates are in Japanese yen
  • rates are per person
  • based on sample 9-night package
Inclusions
  • 9 nights twin-share accommodation shared bathroom at Gozan Lodge
  • Daily access to onsen in hotel next door
  • Daily buffet european style gourmet breakfast
  • 4 x 3 course dinners
  • 7 days lift passes for the various ski areas visited
  • 7 days skiing/riding off piste with bilingual, experienced guide
  • Daily private transport to/from the ski area of choice each day
  • Arrival & departure pickup & drop-off at Myoko Train station or bus terminal
Add-ons
  • Additional nightly meals - JPY 2,000 per person
  • Ski/snowboard rentals - can be arranged
  • Transceiver, shovel & probe - JPY 6,000 per day per person
Not Included