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Japan Snow Tour

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Price p/p From price based on twin/triple/quad-share room occupancy for 2024 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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USD 2,859

8 Days | 7 Nights | 5 Days Skiing | Up to 7 Ski Areas

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided-Progression | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste
Ability: Beginner to Advanced
Price p/p From price based on twin/triple/quad-share room occupancy for 2024 season.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,859
Want to improve your riding to tackle bigger and better terrain? Well this tour could be for you! Get ski or snowboard instruction and learn to ride & ski deep powder whilst immersing yourself in Japanese culture.
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Japan Snow Tour

Mountain Ventures is a tour company who are passionate about providing unforgettable snow adventures combining culture and amazing powder runs whilst improving your skiing and snowboarding along the way.

Mountain Ventures instructor/guides all have formal instructor qualifications relevant to the various levels of skiers and boarders they will be coaching.

The Japan Snow Tour is based in beautiful Myoko-Kogen Japan where the average snowfall is a crazy 13+ metres per season. In Myoko you can immerse in real Japanese culture and gain experiences unlike the bigger and more popular Japanese resorts where westerners turn up in droves.

Whether you are an absolute beginner or a more advanced skier or snowboarder, you will be grouped accordingly with one of the instructor/guides to take your skiing and riding to the next level whilst having maximum fun.

For all abilities, you will head to various ski areas around Myoko Kogen and other relatively close resorts with your instructor/guide so you get to experience a variety of ski areas and hidden stashes of untracked POW.

You can expect to be hanging out with a variety of like-minded people, solo travellers, couples and groups (average ages of 25 to 55 but if you are outside of this age range it doesn't mean you aren't welcome). The minimum age for these tours is 18.

Each tour date has a maximum of 16 guests, however the maximum group size you will ski/board in is 6 guests to an instructor/guide.

Mountain Ventures personnel will be available 24 hours a day to make sure you have the most epic time possible.


This instruction/progression tour is for all abilities, first-timers, beginners, intermediate and advanced. The aim of the Japan Snow Tour is to plug you in with an appropriate group and instructor and to help you develop your skills. 

Resorts/Ski Areas Visited (Depending on Conditions)

Each day your instructor/guide will determine which ski area will offer the best conditions on the day. Some of the ski areas you are likely to visit are; Akakura Kanko, Akakura Onsen, Ikenotaira, Suginohara, Madarao, Tangram,  Seki Onsen, Lotte Arai & Kurohime.

Drive times to resorts (other than Akakura Kanko and Akakuro Onsen) vary from 15 minutes to 1 hour in good road conditions.

Myoko Kogen is home base....

...tuition in the field....

...and superb (& inexpensive) food


Day 1 (Arrival Day)

Arrive at Myoko Kogen any time on the first day where you will meet the MV staff and get allocated a room so you can settle in.

That evening you will be provided with a "welcome dinner" and some drinks so you can meet all of the MV guides and other guests on the tour. Try not to party too hard on the first night as you will be up early to hit the slopes in the morning.

See more information about getting to Myoko Kogen here.

Day 2 - 4 (Guided Days)

On the first morning you will be allocated a guide and group based on your ability. If you have your own group of 6, you can all stick together however you will need to ski and ride in areas that work for the least experienced of the group. And then you'll be off to experience the great powder Myoko has to offer.

Each day your guide will meet with you after or during breakfast at the lodge to chat about the best places to visit based on weather and snow conditions. On some days you might ski straight out the front-door where you can access the lifts for Akakura Kanko and Akakura Onsen, whereas other days you will load onto the private shuttle bus and head to a different ski area which may be anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour drive away.

Each night you can head into town (15 mins walk) to check out the good variety of restaurants and bars available. Myoko is renowned for great quality food at very reasonable prices.

Day 5 (Optional Rest Day)

On day 5 you can take a day off to do some other activities in the area or you can freeski.

Day 6 (FreeSki Days)

This is a day to ride with more than just your instruction group. We split the entire tour group into a cruisy group and a sendy group. Feel free to head off exploring or come shred with qualified MV staff who will show you the best spots for the day depending on the conditions

Day 7 (Consolidation Day)

Our last day on snow and you get to head back out with your instructor from the beginning of the week to consolidate your new skills. Private transfer will get us to another resort. This is the day you get to test out your new skiing and snowboarding skills and enjoy your new confidence.

We also have our professional photo shoot to capture your new skills.

After our last amazing day of riding, it’s time to wrap up an incredible week and share stories and memories at our farewell dinner and hit the town afterwards

Day 8 (Departure Day)

After breakfast it is time to say good bye, however if you don't need to hit the road until late that day you will have the option to store your gear at the lodge and buy a lift pass to get one last day or half day of skiing or boarding in.

Accommodation & Meals

The Villa Mon Repos is located ski-in/ski-out on the Akakura Kanko slopes (and is one of the very few ski-in/out properties in Myoko Kogen). You can literally ski out the door in the morning onto the lifts. It is located approximately 15 minutes walk from the main village where you will find a variety of restaurants & bars.

It offers simple western-style 2, 3 and 4 share rooms with views of Myoko Highlands. There are a couple of rooms with a private toilet however most use shared bathroom facilities (segregated into male & female).

There is a large communal area and fire place and on-site bar, providing a perfect place to relax and unwind with your new friends after a long day on the hill. The lodge also has a restaurant where breakfast is served each morning, plus the restaurant is open in the evenings if you prefer to stay in.

Free wifi is available for those wanting to catch up on a bit of work or to send some brag photos to friends! 

Villa Mon Repos living area

...western-style rooms...

.....rooms are nicely refurbished

2024 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons


AUD $4,399 per person

  • based on twin, triple & quad share per person
  • if you are a solo traveler or have an odd number in your group that doesn't match up with the available rooms, you will be placed in a room with other people on the tour
  • there is no single room supplement available for this tour
  • base/invoice currencyAustralian Dollars
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  • 5 full days guiding/instruction (max 1:6 ratio)
  • 7 nights (2, 3 & 4-share) lodge-style accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts + welcome & farewell dinners
  • 5 days of lift passes
  • Inter-resort transfers on guided days & more...
  • Group tour activities, games and lots more!
  • Equipment rental (MV can assist you with this)
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Mountain Ventures Booking Terms & Conditions

Deposit and Full Payment

  • Deposit is AUD $1,000 to secure your spot on the tour
  • Payment of deposit is required within 7 days from invoice or your spot is considered cancelled
  • The remaining balance is due 60 days before trip departure
  • Failure to pay balance will result in loss of deposit
  • All payments are to made in Australian dollars
  • Payments can be made by EFT (direct bank account deposit)

Cancellation Policy

  • 60 days or more from trip departure - loss of deposit
  • 45 - 59 days from trip departure - 50% of tour cost
  • 21 - 44 days from trip departure - 75% of tour cost
  • 0 - 20 days from trip departure - 100% of tour cost

Cancellation by MV
MV reserves the right to cancel any program due to weather, route conditions or lack of numbers (tour requires min 4 guests to operate) to make up a tour. If a tour is cancelled before commencing, a full refund will be given; however, MV is not responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations).

Travel Insurance
It is a requirement by MV that all participants have the appropriate travel insurance. You can buy travel insurance online here