New Year Nozawa Onsen Ski/Snowboarding Trip

2016 December 31-January 3 (Saturday-Tuesday)

Nozawa Onsen, Nagano

Come join us celebrate the New Year in four (4) exciting days of snow fun at our favorite ski resort!

This Trip Features;

  • Four (4) full days in the mountains
  • Day trip to Togari Onsen (nearby ski resort) on Jan 2 (Mon)
  • Thirteen (13) FREE public onsens
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lesson
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners and ski/snowboarding first-timers (No lift pass will be provided)
  • Intermediate and advanced lessons available upon request on the day (4,000yen/hour)
  • 7:45pm Friday (Dec 30) departure to make the most out of your New Year's holiday
  • Fireworks display at Nagasaka ski area on New Year midnight countdown
  • New Year's party (Bar hopping)
  • Fun apres ski parties at different bars/clubs
  • No bus option (if you want to get there by train/car or own means)
  • Extra night accommodation (if you want to extend your holiday and stay extra couple of days)

Ski/snowboarding at Nozawa Onsen; widely considered by many experts as the best ski resort in Japan in terms of everything (mountain/resort layout, consistency of powder snow and weather, tree runs, backcountry, relaxed ski patrols, accessibility/location, apres ski bars, onsens, traditional town and very friendly locals).

Don't miss out on this epic New Year snow adventure!

Trip Itinerary

Snow action

Friday (Dec 30)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7:30pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have some drinks, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Nozawa Onsen around 0:30am
  • Check-in at the lodge
  • Have a drink (or two) at Karaoke Bar Heaven

Saturday (Dec 31) *New Year's Eve

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Relax at the lodge/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Group party at the Craft Room until 11:30pm
  • Watch the fireworks display at Nagasaka ski area
  • New Year's party at our local bar (Karaoke Heaven) until you drop

Sunday (Jan 1)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • *Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm) or recover from hungover ;)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Relax at the lodge/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Visit one of the local clubs/bars

Monday (Jan 2)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding at Nozawa Onsen or Togari Onsen (8:30am-5pm)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Relax at the lodge/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Visit one of the local clubs/bars

Tuesday (Jan 3)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-2pm)
  • Visit one of the FREE public onsens
  • Change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the bus at 3pm
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 7:45pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Fun in the snow

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • One (1) day lift pass
  • Four (4) nights accommodation
  • Breakfast for 4 days (Dec 31-Jan 3)
  • Dinner for 3 nights (Dec 31-Jan 2)
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax
  • Chance to meet a lot of snow loving folks and make new friends

Extras (Pay on the day);

  • Extra day lift pass (4,200yen/day) *Discounted rate
  • Day trip to Togari Onsen (5,000yen) *Includes lift pass and bus transportation
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (8,000yen for 4 days) *Good quality
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (8,000yen for 4 days) *Good quality
  • Ski jacket and pants set rental (6,000yen for 4 days)
  • Gloves rental (1,000yen for 4 days)
  • Goggles rental (1,500yen for 4 days)
  • Helmet rental (3,000yen for 4 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (6,000yen/person for 4 nights)
  • Extra night accommodation with dinner and breakfast (6,500yen/person/night for shared room | 7,500yen/person/night for private room)

Discounts;

  • No bus (8,000yen) *If you're providing your own transportation
  • Beginners (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Dec 30-Jan 3 (3,000yen)
Price: 49,900Yen
Space left: 0 out of 16

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.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 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 lodge is only a 6min walk to Karasawa pair lift and 12min walk to Nagasaka gondola.
  • Restaurants and shops in the ski resorts don't accept credit cards so please bring enough cash.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • Day trip to Togari Onsen will be on Monday (Jan 2). It takes about 30mins by local bus from Nozawa Onsen to Togari Onsen.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Dec 31) 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 lodge for 200yen.
  • You can send your gear by delivery service (takkyubin) to the hotel. Address will be provided upon request
  • 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
  • Winter/warm clothes
  • Beanie/hat
  • Winter gloves
  • Comfortable shoes/socks
  • Towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lip balm
  • Eye masks
  • Ear plugs
  • Cellphone
  • Music player
  • Book (to read on the bus
  • Camera
  • Cash

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