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Nagano Guided Days

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USD 109

3 ski areas to choose from in Nagano

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Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p From price based on 5 people in group.
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USD 109
Get the most out of your trip to Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen or Madarao/Tangram with a PRIVATE GROUP guided day tour for you & your friends/family. Explore the side country, off-piste within the resort, or receive orientation to the on-piste runs (which is a huge help in Shiga Kogen with 19 ski areas).
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Mar 31, 2020
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Nagano Guided Day

The Nagano area is the perfect location to get your powder fix. The resorts on offer for guided ski and snowboard trips are Shiga Kogen (Japan's largest and highest ski resort), Nozawa Onsen and Madarao/Tangram and what better way to get directly to the private stashes than using a guide who is intimate with these areas. "Knowledge is powder" when it comes to Japan and because each resort has its own distinct micro-climate it is vital to tap into that knowledge to ensure your time on the snow is maximised.

Based in the township of Yudanaka (home of the snow monkeys), your guide will meet you at either Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen or Madarao/Tangram and if conditions are not favourable or you wish to experience another of the three resorts, they can relocate your group for an extra transport charge.

As all the trips are for private groups of up to 5 people, the day can be customised to suit your group’s ability level. Whether you are advanced skiers and boarders who just want to get to the best side country powder, an intermediate group who want to experience the side country for the first time, or a family who wish to be shown around the resort in a safe and fun environment, we can structure your day so your goals are met.

Solo Travelers

Unfortunately these tours are for PRIVATE GROUPS only, however the pricing structure is available for groups of 2 or more. See pricing details here>>

Rider Ability

This tour caters for intermediate to expert skiers and boarders and the terrain accessed is based around the group’s skill level. For those who wish to access the off piste or slack country as it is termed in Japan, avalanche equipment and the necessary training are compulsory, both of which your guide will provide. For the intermediate groups who wish to have a taste of the powder and learn some new skills of how to ski or ride it with more confidence, we provide a guide/instructor, the appropriate avalanche gear and training on how to use it even if the group doesn't venture off piste. 

Resorts/Ski Areas Visited

This tour operates at Shiga Kogen (19 different ski areas), Nozawa Onsen and Madarao/Tangram (which are 2 inter-connected ski areas).

You will be picked up by your guide at your accommodation, explore the resort you are based at, and be returned to your accommodation at the end of the day.

If you are at a ski area, say for example Shiga Kogen, and want to explore Nozawa Onsen, this is also possible however there is an extra fee for the transport between the resorts. See the pricing details here>>

19 Shiga Kogen Ski Areas

Nozawa Onsen


Accommodation Options

There in no accommodation included with these guided day tours however you can book accommodation directly for each of the respective resorts below...

Shiga Kogen Accommodation

Nozawa Onsen Accommodation

Madarao Accommodation

2019/20 Rates & Inclusions

Tour Prices (Japanese Yen)

 Prices are per person in Japanese Yen
 Number in Group  Price per person  To Other Resort
 5  12,000  14,000
 4  15,000  17,500
 3  19,000  22,333
 2  28,000  33,000
  • base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen- convert to your currency here
  • price is per person per day
  • "To Other Resort" is ¥10,000 per day for the group to a resort other than the one you are being picked up from
  • prices include tax
  • Full guided day (max 1:5 guide to guest ratio)
  • Use of Avalanche gear if required (beacon, shovel, probe and pack)
  • Pick up and drop off from accommodation
  • Return door-to-door transport to another resort - ¥10,000 per group/day
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Japan Powder Culture Touts (JPCT) Booking Conditions


  • Deposit is 20% of full tour price per person.
  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Final balance due: 30 days prior to departure.
  • All payments are in Japanese Yen (JPY) 


  • more than 30 days prior to departure, full deposit forfeited.
  • Less than 30 days 100% forfeited.
  • Tour operator highly recommends you take out travel insurance at time of sending your deposit. 


JPCT reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this case you will receive a full refund. You will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation, damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience.

All bookings are subject to JPCTs terms and conditions and subject to availability at time of booking.

Other Important Information

Terrain & SafetyThe rules when skiing at resorts in Japan can be a lot different to what is experienced in Western resorts around the world. At a high percentage of the resorts in Japan, trail skiing is the norm and anything off the main marked trails is deemed "out-of-bounds". The out of bounds is not patrolled so as far as the resort is concerned; skiing there is at your own risk. The out of bounds skiing provided by ESA is deemed (what has been termed in Japan by westerners) “slack country” or “side country”. Many times these out of bounds areas are in between two marked courses so at the bottom of the run you meet up on a marked course to take you back to the lifts, hence the term “slack country”.

Some resorts are more lenient with "out-of-bounds" skiing and others very strict. Some will have signs that state "ski at your own risk" where others may not. JPCT consider everything that is not on a marked trail to be out of bounds. 

If you wish to experience the "out-of-bounds" (skiing off any of the marked trails) areas:
  1. You must carry the essential avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe & backpack to carry such gear)
  2. You must be able to ski at a sufficient ability / level to manage the conditions on the day for any out-of-bounds runs
  3. You will need to undertake an safety instruction session on the use of your avalanche equipment (even if you already know how to use it)
  4. You will be required to sign a release of liability agreement prior to undertaking any out-of-bounds skiing with ESA
The JPCT team have the following credentials:
  • knowledge and experience at skiing the various resorts they visit in the Nagano and Niigata areas
  • accreditation and different combinations of instructors, ski patrol, avalanche awareness and first aid
  • ski instructors have a minimum of level 2 NZIAS certification
Exclusion of Liability & RiskAdventure sports activities involve many risks, dangers and hazards. These risks and hazards are outlined in the JPCT release of liability, waiver of claims, assumptions of risks and indemnity agreement which all participants are required to read and sign before participating in adventure sports activities. This agreement will affect your legal rights should you be involved in an accident.