Shiga Kogen Christmas Ski/Snowboarding Trip

2020 December 26-27 (Saturday-Sunday)

Shiga Kogen, Nagano

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

This Trip Features;

  • 35% Go To Travel trip discount
  • ¥5,000 Go To Travel coupons
  • Ski/snowboarding at (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
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners and snowboarding first-timers
  • 7:45pm Friday (Dec 25 *X'mas day) departure to make the most out of the weekend
  • Chance to ski/snowboard in Santa suit
  • Santa party on Saturday night (Dec 26)
  • Visit to the wild but cute onsening snow monkeys

Make your dream of a White Christmas come true! ;p

Trip Itinerary

Friday (Dec 25)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7:30pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Shiga Kogen around 0:30am
  • Check-in at the hotel

Saturday (Dec 26)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Enjoy the hotel's big hot bath
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Santa group drinks at the hotel bar

Sunday (Dec 27)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-3pm) and/or join the the optional Snow Monkeys Trip (1pm-4:30)
  • Enjoy the hotel's big hot 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 'shared' hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) tour guides ;p
  • Travel insurance
  • Consumption tax


    *Pre-payment is required to avail the Go To Travel discount
  • Extra day lift pass (5,600yen → 3,500yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (4,000yen → 2,500yen for 2 days)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (4,000yen → 2,500yen for 2 days)
  • Ski jacket/pants set rental (4,000yen → 2,500yen for 2 days)
  • Gloves rental (800yen → 500yen for 2 days)
  • Goggles rental (800yen → 500yen for 2 days)
  • Helmet rental (1,200yen → 800yen for 2 days)
  • Ski/snowboard boots JPN29.5cm and above (3,000yen → 2,000yen for 2 days)
  • Private room for 2 persons (4,000yen → 2,500yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Private room for 3 persons (3,000yen → 2,000yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Snow monkeys tour (2,500yen → 1,600yen) *Includes transportation, park entry and guide


  • Beginners (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
Price: 34,000Yen
Go To: 22,100Yen
Space left: 0 out of 80

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 26) 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 27), 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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