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USD 884

5 Nights inc. Breakfast | 4 Days Lifts

EARLY BIRD rates - must book & pay deposit by promotion end-date to exceptions.
5% off price for bookings between 18th & 28th Dec 2019 and 1st March & 20th April 2020
Location: Okushiga Kogen/Shiga Kogen , Honshu , Japan
Standard: Standard ($$$) - 3 stars
Price p/p From price based on 5 nights "twin-share" accommodation staying in a Western-style room, daily breakfast, 4-day lift pass.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese Yen inc. taxes
Displayed price may vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
USD 884
Stay slope-side right in the middle of Shiga Kogen's 19 ski areas & ski right to your door. Villa Alpen features a Japanese bathhouse (onsen) & a restaurant. This great value package is fully CUSTOMISABLE from 3 nights plus many package add-ons available.
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Custom Booking Period: Dec 15 - Apr 30, 2020
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Villa Alpen Packages

Villa Alpen is located in the Sun Valley area of Shiga Kogen which is the largest and highest lift elevation ski resort in Japan with 19 interconnecting resorts all of which can be accessed on the one lift pass. The area boasts a very long season which begins in early December and can last until the end of May. Walk for just 20 metres to the nearest lift makes this ski in and out hotel the perfect base to explore the greater Shiga Kogen area. Yokoteyama at the highest lift access in Japan of 2307m has the most amazing views over the greater Nagano area, and Okushiga resort will keep those powderheads smiling with some of that super dry Japanese POW.

This package is customisable from 3 nights so you can add days and other services such as lessons, mountain guiding or equipment rental. Please enquire for a quote specific to your requirements.

For solo travellers wishing to join a group please check out either the Nagano Beginner Package or Nagano Powder Chaser

About Villa Alpen

Villa Alpen is a family owned and operated hotel based at Sun Valley at Shiga Kogen resort and gives you a true ski in and ski out experience.

Villa Alpen is not a brand new five star hotel, but the owner Captain and his son Ken and his family make up with it by really making you feel at home. English speaking they are well versed at looking after westerners needs and both Captain and Ken a qualified ski instructors so they have a passion for you to experience their wonderful ski area.

RoomsRooms are a Western/Japanese mix with beds and tatami area for day time living with a separate toilet and wash basin and some have full en-suites. There are also some Japanese-style rooms that cater for up to 6 guests sleeping on futon beds on the tatami floor.

Guests can put their boots on in the room and walk straight into the lift that places them on the ground floor to pickup skis or snowboard and a short 20 metre walk to the lifts. All rooms have a heater and kettle to make green tea.

AmenitiesVilla Alpen has an indoor Japanese bathhouse (onsen) where all your bathing is conducted and is a great way to soothe any aching joints or muscles after a day on the slope.

The hotel has a main restaurant where breakfasts and dinners are served and the main bar does smaller snack type meals and beverages and is a cool place to chill out after being on the slopes. There is a communal lounge area with fireplace for congregating in the evenings to talk about the day's highlights.

Breakfasts include, cereals, fruit, coffe/tea/juice, toast and eggs. The dinners are a mix of Japanese/Western style and they seven different set menus.

There is free Wi-Fi drink, vending machines, ski and snowboard storage room and an in-house convenience store for those midnight snacks.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2018/19 Sample Rates

 Prices are in Japanese Yen (JPY) - convert here
 Room Type  Bathroom
Number in group Total
Package Price 
Per Person
 Twin Western room  Private toilet & basin  2 adults  ¥190,000  ¥95,000

Notes about pricing:
  • prices & invoice currency is in Japanese Yen
  • prices include all taxes
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Dinners
  • 4 day lift pass at Shiga Kogen
  • Free wifi
  • Resort & side-country guiding
  • Ski/snowboard lessons
  • Ski/snowboard equipment rentals
  • Airport transfers
  • Night-time meals
  • Upgrade to western room
Not Included

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.

Features, Amenities & Services


  • Bar
  • Communal area(s)
  • Drying room
  • Hot springs/Onsen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Restaurant
  • Ski lockers
  • WiFi


  • Breakfast available
  • Private bathroom
  • TV
  • Views
  • WiFi


  • English speaking staff
  • Ski rentals

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