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Price p/p From price is based twin/triple-share rooms (private room upgrade is extra & is subject to availability at time of booking)
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USD 2,502

GUIDED PROGRESSION TRIP NOZAWA ONSEN & AREA
8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing/Riding

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided-Progression | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p From price is based twin/triple-share rooms (private room upgrade is extra & is subject to availability at time of booking)
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inclusive of tax
*Display price may vary slightly due to fluctuation in exchange rates.
USD 2,502
Improve your powder skiing/riding ability whilst visiting some of the best ski areas in Nagano & Niigata including Nozawa Onsen, Lotte Arai, Myoko Kogen, Madarao/Tangram, Shiga Kogen & finish with the Nozawa Fire Festival. Also visit the snow monkeys, Matsumoto Castle, sake brewery & onsens.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 08 - Jan 16, 2020
Days: 9
Price: USD 2,502
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Fire & Snow Tour

The Fire and Snow Tour takes in the Nozawa Onsen fire festival and great ski areas around the Niigata and Nagano regions. Chase the powder in the off-piste and lift-accessed side country areas and get some tips from your guides to improve your powder skiing or riding ability. Stay in Japanese inns with traditional tatami/futon rooms.

Hokkaido Mountain Experience (HME) has been operating in Japan for 10 winters. HME provides professional private ski and snowboard lessons, guided resort tours, guided backcountry tours, and guided custom tours in Japan.

Group Type

The tour is for mixed groups so you can join as a solo traveler, a couple or small group. There is a minimum of 4 guests required for the tour to run up to a maximum of 12.

Locations

The tour covers some of the best ski areas in the Nagano & Niigata area including Nozawa Onsen, Madarao, Tangram Circus, Myoko Kogen, Lotte Arai, and Shiga Kogen.

Ability

You should be as a minimum, an intermediate (off-piste) skier or rider that is very comfortable and fluid in well spaced trees and easy off piste terrain.

Terrain

The tour will incorporate lift accessed terrain with the view to learn introductory off-piste, sidecountry and backcountry skills. Off piste safety equipment must be used in these areas and is available for rent during the tour. You will be trained on how to operate a transceiver, probe & shovel in the beginning of the week and this will be checked daily.

Guiding & Hosting

The tour will have 1 guide for up to 6 guests.

Guides hold the following qualifications: ARM Level 5; Stage 1 Avalanche; Level 3 Snowboard Instructor and Trainer level 2 Ski Instructor; plus they have Wilderness First Aid.

The guides also have many years of experience driving in blizzard conditions in Japan and hold Heavy Vehicle License and a Hazardous Area Authority.

Bookings

Don't hold back as there are limited spots and one date so enquire here today>>

Itinerary

Day 1 (Arrival Day) Ilyama Station:

Make your way from Tokyo via Shinkansen from Ueno to Ilyama Station and be picked up by your guide in the 4wd van to go to Zen Hostel in Yudanaka. Check in and meet the lovely Maya. Please plan to arrive after 2pm but before 6pm (if not possible please let us know in advance). Settle in organise your gear and be ready for the next days ahead. Grab a quick bite downtown or catch up on some rest.

Day 2 (Shiga Kogen-Warm -up day)

Breakfast will be at 7am sharp. Head up to the mountain at 730am and you will be shown around Okushiga Kogen, the upper mountain areas. Grab some lunch on the mountain and make your way around the best runs whilst getting the body and mind right for the days ahead. Continue skiing and riding in the afternoon with your guide for more adventure or head down for onsens in the village of Yudanaka. Meet up at the hostel for welcome drinks at 6pm.

Day 3 ( Yakebitaiyama)

Breakfast will be at 7am sharp and then the group will head to Okushiga Kogen or Yakebitaiyama. Depending on the snow quality, the group will explore the backside of the mountain. Lunch on the mountain. A visit to the famous snow monkeys will be in the afternoon's plan. Bring your camera and your warm walking shoes.

Day 4 (Madarao - MADPOW)

You are up early and in the van for the drive over to Madarao to tear up the fresh powder of Madapow and visit Tangram Circus on the backside where there is plentiful tree skiing and riding to be enjoyed. Lunch on the hill then more powder in the afternoon.

Day 5 (Lotte Arai)

Experience the epicness of this mountain and wonderful onsen experience after your day’s riding. Head into Nozawa Onsen and check into the comfortable pension accommodation.

Day 6 (Nozawa Onsen)

Head down to Winterland for breakfast then head up to the Nagasaka Gondola for some side country adventures and plentiful powder runs. Lunch on the mountain and in the afternoon you can go and enjoy the public baths.

Day 7 (Myoko)

Early start for the drive to Myoko Kogen, explore the terrain and the different feel of one of Japan’s best resorts.

Day 8 (Nozawa Onsen) Fire Festival- Dosojin Matsuri

You will enjoy a big day of riding on the mountain and then follow it up with one of the most famous winter festivals in Japan. Dosojin Matsuri is a great way to round out your time on the Fire & Snow Tour.

Day 9 ( DEPARTURE DAY - Time to pack-up -Sad Face)

Check out by 10am. Your trusty guide will load you teary eyed into the van and escort you to Ilyama Station for your Shinkansen back to Tokyo. If you need to leave earlier, just let us know.

Accommodation

All accommodations are Japanese style/futon rooms that are warm and comfortable and utilise communal bathrooms. Alternate accommodation can be arranged by special request but will incur further cost on top of the tour price.

Zen Hostel - Yudanaka 8-12 Jan 

Hatoguruma Kawabata - Nozawa Onsen 12-16 Jan

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

Rates

¥269,000

  • rate is per person based on twin/triple share accommodation
  • rates are in Japanese yen inclusive of taxes. Payment in other currencies is possible. Convert to your currency here>>

Inclusions
  • 8 nights accom twin/triple share Japanese tatami room
  • All lift passes
  • 7 days guided & tips on skiing/snowboarding
  • Pick-up & drop off from Ilyama Shinkansen Station. All ground transport to various resorts
  • All breakfasts, farewell drinks
  • Fire Festival Nozawa Onsen
  • Snow Monkey Tour
  • Sake Brewery Visit
  • Bad weather day or activity options (Matsumoto Castle visit)
  • Tour T-Shirt
  • Some breakfasts
Add-ons
  • Private room upgrade on prior arrangement
  • Avalanche safety equipment rental ¥15,000 per pack for entire tour
Not Included
  • Flights - search for best flights here
  • Shinkansen Rail pass (bullet train to ilyama Station on 8th January 2020 & Depart From Ilyama, Shinkansen Station on the 16th January 2020 JR EAST PASS NAGANO ¥18,000 - see details here
  • Travel insurance that covers skiing/snowboarding off-piste - see options here & buy online
  • Ski/snowboard gear and ski clothing
  • Breakfast, Lunches, Dinners (apart from those listed in inclusions) and Alcohol
  • Extra activities, souvenirs

Terms & Conditions


TOURS: ALL PRE-BOOKED TOURS. PAYMENT OF 20% OF THE BALANCE IS DUE WITHIN 14 DAYS OF BOOKING CONFIRMATION BEING SENT. THE BALANCE IS DUE IN FULL BY DEC 5 2018.

CANCELLATION BY THE CUSTOMER AFTER 20% DEPOSIT IS PAID WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF DEPOSIT.
CANCELLATION AFTER FULL BALANCE HAS BEEN PAID AND PRIOR TO 30 DAYS OF COMMENCEMENT OF TOUR WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF 50% OF TOTAL PRICE OF TOUR.

CHANGES DUE TO CONDITIONS AND WEATHER MAYBE ALTER THE ITINERARY TO INCREASE PARTICIPANT ENJOYMENT.

ADDITIONS or UPGRADES OUTSIDE THE AGREED PRICE, WILL BE INVOICED SEPARATELY

PLEASE NOTE THAT A CANCELLATION ON MEDICAL GROUNDS PRIOR TO THE TOUR WILL REQUIRE A DOCTOR'S NOTE CONFIRMING THAT YOU ARE IN AN UNFIT CONDITION TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY SNOW SPORT ACTIVITY. IF YOU CANNOT PROVIDE A DOCTOR'S NOTE THEN NO REFUND WILL BE OFFERED.

TOURS CANCELLED BY THE OPERATOR WHILE HIGHLY UNLIKELY WILL BE REFUNDED IN FULL.