Shiga Kogen Christmas Ski/Snowboarding and Snow Monkeys Trip

2019 December 21-22 (Saturday-Sunday)

Shiga Kogen, Nagano

A Christmas snow adventure weekend at the largest ski resort in Japan!

This Trip Features;

  • Ski/snowboarding at (by far) the largest ski resort in Japan
  • Two (2) full days in the mountains
  • FREE SKIS/BOOTS/POLES and SNOWBOARD/BOOTS RENTAL
  • FREE BEGINNERS SKI/SNOWBOARDING LESSON
  • Well located hotel (almost ski-in/ski-out) near Yakebitaiyama; the best powder snow and ski area in Shiga Kogen
  • 2,000yen discount for beginners and snowboarding first-timers
  • 7:45pm Friday (Dec 20) departure to make the most out of your Christmas weekend
  • Ski/snowboarding in Santa costume
  • Santa Party on Saturday night (Dec 21)
  • Chance to see the snow monkeys enjoying the hot spring on Sunday (Dec 22)

Can't wait to see some Santas on the slopes! ;p

Trip Itinerary

Friday (Dec 20)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7:30pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have a relaxing drink, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Shiga Kogen around 0:30am
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Go straight to sleep (or lobby for a drink or two)

Saturday (Dec 21)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding at Yakebitaiyama (8:30am-5pm)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Relax at the hotel/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Santa Party until you drop

Sunday (Dec 22)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding in Santa Suit (8:30am-3pm) and/or join the the optional Snow Monkeys Trip (1pm-4:30)
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • 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 'Yakebitaiyama' lift pass
  • Two (2) nights 'shared' accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Santa suit (for the Santa Party)
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) tour guides ;p
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax

Extras (Pay on the day);

  • Sunday 'All Mountain' lift pass (5,000yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (FREE)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (FREE)
  • 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 transportation, park entry and guide

Discounts;

  • Beginners (2,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Dec 20-22 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,500yen) *Pay before 3pm on Nov 21
  • Group of 4-5 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 6 or more (2,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Regular member (1,000yen) *Joined more than 5 TG trips/Cannot combine with the group discount
    *** Check Discount Policies ***
Price: 26,900Yen
Space left: 39 out of 45

Important Notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Ski/snowboarding off-piste is strictly prohibited.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum/maximum of 4 persons for shared rooms.
  • Male/Female only rooms are available.
  • Group of (4) 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 Saturday (Dec 21) 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 Sunday (Dec 22), and put your belongings in the luggage room before going ski/snowboarding.
  • 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
  • Comfortable shoes/socks
  • 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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