Iiyama Snow Festival, Kamakura Igloos and Shiga Kogen Ski/Snowboarding Trip

2019 February 9-11 (Saturday-Monday) *3-day weekend


A winter adventure trip for all ages!

This Trip Features;

  • Feb 11 (Mon) is a Japanese hational holiday - 3-day weekend - 3 days of snow fun :p
  • Lots of good snow sculptures, snow activities and music/dance performances at Iiyama Snow Festival
  • Beautiful and romantic fairytale-like Kamakura Igloos at Iiyama Snow Hut Village
  • Fireworks display over the Kamakura Igloos; amazing to watch and see
  • Ski/snowboarding at Shiga Kogen; by far the largest ski resort in Japan
  • Two (2) full days in the mountains
  • Well located hotel (almost ski-in/ski-out) near Yakebitaiyama; the best powder snow and ski area in Shiga Kogen
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lesson
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners and non-skiers/snowboarders
  • Fun apres-ski parties
  • Optional visit to the wild but super cute Japanese Snow Monkeys enjoying the hot spring at Jigokudani Monkey Park on Feb 11 (Mon)

One of the best winter trips we offer so don't miss out!

Trip Itinerary

Saturday (Feb 9)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 10:30am
  • Get on the bus
  • Chat with other members and get excited
  • Stop for lunch on the way
  • Arrive in Iiyama town around 2:30pm
  • Walk around, explore and enjoy the Iiyama Snow Festival
  • Get on the bus at 6:15pm
  • Arrive at the Kamakura Igloos around 6:30pm
  • See the Kamakura Igloos and watch the fireworks display
  • Get on the bus at 8pm
  • Arrive at the hotel around 9:30pm
  • Relax and enjoy the hotel's big hot bath
  • Group party until you drop

Sunday (Feb 10)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Take a hot shower/bath
  • Relax at the hotel/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Group party

Monday (Feb 11)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-3pm) or join the Snow Monkey Tour (1pm-4:30)
  • Take a hot shower/bath
  • Change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the bus at 4pm
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:45pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • One (1) day 'all mountain' lift pass
  • Two (2) nights hotel (shared) accommodation
  • Breakfast for Sunday and Monday
  • Dinner for Sunday
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) tour guides ;p
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax


  • Monday lift pass (4,500yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (2,500yen for 1 day | 4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (2,500yen for 1 day | 4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves set rental (2,500yen for 1 day | 4,000yen for 2 days)
  • Gloves rental (500yen for 1 day | 800yen for 2 days)
  • Goggles rental (500yen for 1 day | 800yen for 2 days)
  • Helmet rental (700yen for 1 day | 1,200yen for 2 days)
  • Ski/snowboard boots JPN29.5cm and above (1,500yen for 1 day | 3,000yen for 2 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (3,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Snow monkeys tour (2,000yen) *Includes bus transportation, entry fee and guide


  • Beginners/non-skiers/snowboarders (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Feb 9-11 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,500yen) *Pay before 3pm on Jan 9
  • Group of 4-5 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 6 or more (2,000yen/person) *Group leader/name required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined more than 5 TG trips/Cannot combine with the group discount
    *** Check Discount Policies ***
Price: 30,900Yen
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Important notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Ski/snowboarding off-piste is strictly prohibited.
  • You MUST have your own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) to be able join.
  • Lots of food stalls to buy food/snacks from at the Iiyama Snow Festival.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 4 persons per room.
  • Male/Female only rooms are available.
  • Group of friends can have their own room.
  • Private room for 2 persons available for an extra fee on a first-come/first-served basis (limited rooms).
  • The hotel (almost ski-in ski-out) is located near Yakebitaiyama; the best powder snow and ski area in Shiga Kogen.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • Please bring enough cash on the trip. Credit cards are not widely accepted here in Japan. International (foreign) cash cards sometimes don't work on ATM's (if any) at the ski resort.
  • There will be an extra fee for ski/snowboard boots JPN size 29.5 and above.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Sunday (Feb 10) from 9:30am until 12pm.
  • Lift pass will not be provided if you avail the beginners discount.
  • You don't need a lift pass to join our free ski/snowboarding lessons. However, if you're a fast learner and would want to ride the chairlifts, you can buy a "ride ticket" which costs around 300-350yen per ride. On average, beginners only take the chairlifts 4-5 times the entire weekend. Some beginners, not at all!
  • We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. However, we are unable to guarantee the hotel/lodge can cater for every meal.
  • Soap, shampoo and rinse are provided in the bath (ofuro).
  • Towels available for rent at the hotel for 200yen.
  • You can send your gear by delivery service (takkyubin) to the hotel. Address will be provided upon request.
  • You must check out of your room before 10am on our last day, and put your belongings in the luggage room before going ski/snowboarding.
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park is one of the must see and visit tourists spots in Japan.
  • The walk trail to Jigokudani Monkey Park can be wet/snowy/icy/slippery so waterproof (gortex) hiking/trekking shoes are recommended.
  • Food and plastic bags are not allowed in the Jigokudani Monkey Park.
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Skis/poles/boots
  • Snowboard/boots
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves
  • Ski goggles
  • Helmet
  • Winter/warm clothes
  • Beanie/hat
  • Winter gloves
  • Waterproof (gortex) hiking/trekking boots
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Music player
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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