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Nagano Beginner Packages

Nagano Beginner Packages4.5/535
Nagano Beginner Packages4.5 out of 5 based on 35 reviews
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Nagano Beginner Packages - Reviews

Nagano Beginner Packages - Reviews

Highly Recommended!

Roger Simons
03/03/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Highly Recommended!

Roger Simons
03/03/2020
The Japan Powder Culture Team are a brilliant bunch to tour with, based in a quaint, as yet unspoilt town in shooting distance of over 18 resorts it's an ideal base to combine culture (monkeys, temples, castles, onsens etc) with world class powder and some of the highest resorts in Asia. The expert team take all levels & all ages out onto the slopes wherever is best on any given day for the conditions, so you aren't confined to a single location. Highly recommended!

Amazing experience

Alex and Nam
25/02/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Amazing experience

Alex and Nam
25/02/2020
We took 4 days beginner package in the beginning of January 2020. I would definitely recommend this tour, booking experience was very smooth and Jase responded to all our questions promptly. We stayed at Aibiya place, which is very nice and clean. It was convenient to use JPCT services as we didn't have any equipment and skiing clothes, everything was provided, even socks :) We both enjoyed riding the hills (beginner group and advanced ). Jase and team organized everything on very high level. Looking forward to join the tour next season.

Fantastic experience!

Wai Quen Chan
26/01/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Fantastic experience!

Wai Quen Chan
26/01/2020
What a fantastic week of excellent snow / powder, no crowds, blue sky and sunny days, great company and excellent instruction and guiding! My son and I have skiied a little before and significantly improved our confidence, skills and control over 4 days skiing with Jase, John, Tyson and George. I'm amazed at the quality of skiing and absence of crowds in the Shiga Kogen area. We also enjoyed the traditional ryokan and onsen experience in Yudanaka, a lovely little town with awesome local restaurants, as well as cultural performances and side trips to various "hidden gems" such as the Tokagushi shrine. Truly an end to end local cultural experience - Jase and the team could not have been more helpful with every aspect of our trip. Highly recommend!

Japan Powder Culture Tours is the best!

Caroline Silva
15/01/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Japan Powder Culture Tours is the best!

Caroline Silva
15/01/2020
I loved every second of my trip with Japan Powder Culture Tours. Jase was extremely nice, attentive and professional with us. Even though we were very beginners, we had the best support and in the end we were able to really improve! Can’t wait to come back next year!

Japan Culture Tour Nagano Beginner Package Dec 2019

Martin
06/01/2020
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  • Customer Age
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    4

Japan Culture Tour Nagano Beginner Package Dec 2019

Martin
06/01/2020
We are a family of 2 adults and 2 children aged 12 and 15 who have never skied before hence joined the 'Nagano' Beginners package. We had a fantastic time with both Jase and John being excellent ski instructors.

They were both kind, patient and had lots of funny stories to tell as well. We were picked up every day at 8am by personal shuttle bus from our very comfortable lodgings and taken to the ski fields, in our case Shiga Kogan which was only around a 20 minute ride away.

This company is unique in that it is highly personalized and the ski instructors know the huge ski resorts and the different areas extremely well and therefore take you to areas suitable for your skill level and experience.

It would be difficult to do these resorts by yourself if you are English speaking only as they are predominantly run and frequented by the local Japanese only.

Not only was the skiing wonderful, but it was a complete cultural experience as well. Yudanaka which was our base for 4 days is a delightful quaint little old style Japanese town with wonderful little restaurants and atmosphere. The whole area is an Onsen area (hot natural spring bathing pools) which makes it very unique and a wonderful place to relax and recover after a day on the mountain.

Shibu Onsen is another quaint and famous little town next to Yudanaka which is well within walking distance. The famous snow monkeys are also very close by and 15 minutes away by bus from Yudanaka and well worth visiting whilst there.

Jase and his team provide all your gear, from boots, skis, goggles, jackets etc. The gear was all very high quality and Jason spent a significant amount of time the night before we hit the mountains kitting is up and making sure everthing fit and was comfortable.

With regards to accommodation, the tour offers two options. Ryokan Bidu which has it's own Onsens or Aibiya Lodge. We ended up staying at both which were both excellent. Aibiya Lodge is listed as the more budget option however I must say the standard of the lodge is excellent and the hosts of the lodge Yoshi and Seongmi are both amazing.

Overall, I would highly recommend Jase and his company. The intention of our trip was for the kids to learn how to ski and that they certainly did plus more!

A "South Effriken" skis for the first time: 5 days of fun in Shiga Kogen

Maggie Nel
02/01/2020
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    18-35
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    4

A "South Effriken" skis for the first time: 5 days of fun in Shiga Kogen

Maggie Nel
02/01/2020
You have to understand, skiing is not a big pastime in South Africa. We’re a summer country and can boast about winning the Rugby World Cup, but not about sending pro ski-racers to the Winter Olympics. I’m not even an athletic person and don’t do any kind of sport.

However, I had one ski lesson while on holiday in New Zealand at Coronet Peak (or Concrete Peak, as our instructor described it) and actually liked learning it in combination with the cold weather.

I’ve also always wanted to visit Japan, and after Binging “beginner ski package Japan”, found “Japan Powder Culture Tours.” And so, with nothing but blind faith and sheer determination, I signed up for Chase’s beginner package.

Skiing for five days was exhausting and challenged me both physically and mentally. I fell, a lot, and cried, fell again, cried and got up again. Here, strength training before going definitely helped. However, under Chase, John and Fraser’s guidance, the five of us in our group progressed from absolute beginners to just about ready to do slightly more perfect parallel turns. I am not quite intermediate but almost there.

In late December, the weather was unpredictable but this actually helped condition us. We skied in perfect weather on Christmas, but also in very cold, windy and snowy weather on other days, where visibility was low. We learned to walk in different kinds of terrain on our ski boots and how to carry our ski equipment like pros. In between, there were great conversations on the bus up and down the mountain every day (which ranged from the insightful to the hilarious) and, oh, kick-ass music to keep us going.

Importantly, I’d like to mention here how important it is to have an instructor who helps you choose and fit the correct ski boots. I did not have a great time skiing in NZ, largely as the rental shop did not provide me with the correct boots. Chase offered great practical advice in choosing and fitting the correct ski boot, which meant I had a pain-free five days of skiing and this greatly contributed to my enjoyment of this ski holiday. The muscles that hurt the most after the first day was, surprisingly, my arms, as I relied a lot on my ski poles for balance and thrust.

Finally, I do need to mention what a wonderful town Yudanaka is as a base for skiing Shiga Kogen. I stayed in a wonderful hostel (Aibiya Hostel), as part of the package. I had some great Udon and enjoyed the wonderful onsens after a long tiring day on the slopes.

Overall a mostly great experience that I would recommend to any new beginner skier who wants to build their confidence.

Ski, culture, fun all rolled into one!

Gwenne
01/04/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    36-50
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    3

Ski, culture, fun all rolled into one!

Gwenne
01/04/2019
Jase and Tyson did a fantastic job of taking me from zero to hero for skiing. I can, at the very least, get on the beginner slopes on my own after 3 days of lessons. They were good company and they know Shigakogen area well. It's a lovely ski area not overrun by tourists. Yudanaka is also a quaint little village that feels serene. I enjoyed my time there thoroughly and feel happy I was able to pick up skiing. I'll be back! The plus of this package is that everything is taken care of from the day I arrive Yudanaka and which puts me at ease. Hostel Aibiya is a warm, clean and friendly place to stay in. Thank you all so very much!

What a Great Expeience

Dale Vaughan
25/03/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

What a Great Expeience

Dale Vaughan
25/03/2019
I wanted to see what I was told was the best powder in the world and I was not disappointed. What an excellent trip in all ways. As a beginner family with my 2 adult sons and 1 girlfriend I wanted them to have the ultimate snow experience. Yudanaka was a cultural delight from the onsens to the food and everything inbetween. Shiga Kogen the best. They took to snowboarding like it was second nature with their guide George who could not have given them more attention. Tyson far too experienced for me drew the short straw and spent his time on the bunny runs with 'the mum'. I would like to have become an amazing skier but I needed to have found snow too many decades ago to count. I had a great deal of fun and that was what it was about, loads of powder, beautiful surroundings, food and family, kick starting a new sport for my sons and the best memories. As bad as I am at skiing I would do this all over again in an instant. I will be recommending Jase and his guys to anyone who wants a cultural and snow experience of Japan. Thanks to Jase and all of the guides you may see some of us again.

Perfect Powder - Shiga Kogen

Liz
19/03/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    3

Perfect Powder - Shiga Kogen

Liz
19/03/2019
We loved everything about Japan! Yudanako is a little gem to the gateway of fantastic skiing in Shiga Kogen. Our hotel Ryokan Biyunoyada was a wonderful authentic Japanese experience. We thoroughly enjoy the Onsen ritual after our daily skiing. Our first day at ski school with Jase was a fun, challenging and a soft snowy experience. The boys had a total blast. Tyson aka 'The Little General' is an amazing guide, teacher and mentor. His delightful sense of humor was lost on me as I tried to master this thing 'skiing', it all did eventually click for me. Overall a great, fun learning experience. Would definitely do it again.

Best way to get started (& hooked) on skiing

Nicholas
13/03/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Customer Age
    51-70
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month Visited:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    4

Best way to get started (& hooked) on skiing

Nicholas
13/03/2019
We signed up for Nagano Beginner Packages and it was one of the highlights of our Japan holiday.

Night before 1st ski, Jase meticulously ensured that each of us were fitted properly. Some of the gears were even brand new.

He coached us personally on day 1, Tom on day 2 & Gus on day 3. For newbies like us, you can’t get any better care & attention than with Jase & team.

When on the slopes, each of them were super patient, totally “with you”, coached us according to our levels & very encouraging. They were skiing with us, watching out and giving pointers throughout the whole day – literally from start till end of each day. Can tell that they thoroughly enjoy skiing and sharing what they know. This package is one of the best ways to get started (& hooked) on skiing. BTW, the “variety” of coaches was a bonus for me cos I got extra insights & pointers.

Jase got the 4 of us a family room at Hostel Aibiya which made us feel like we were in a hotel – spacious, private bath, quiet and clean. Yoshi & Seongmi were great hosts, and always helpful with advise and tips on where to eat & what to do.

Other bonuses included the stories from Jase during the bus ride, beer stop at one of the convenience stores, visit to one of the towns, getting Jase’s teenager son to accompany my son, getting to try different slopes & going to the slopes with the best snow each day.

Jase is very responsive to all emails, despite being on the slopes the whole day - very reassuring & shows how committed he is to making sure everything is AOK. Regretfully, we could not ski more days as my knees could not take it.

Thank you very much, Jase! Hopefully we can ski with you again soon!
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