Madarao/Myoko Suginohara Ski/Snowboarding Trip

2018 January 13-14 (Saturday-Sunday)

Myoko Kogen, Niigata/Madarao, Nagano

A snow weekend at two of Japan's highest rated ski resorts!

This Trip Features;

  • Ski/snowboarding at Madarao and Myoko Suginohara
  • Two (2) full days in the mountains
  • Clean lodge (just for our group)
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lesson
  • 3,000yen discount for beginners and ski/snowboarding first-timers (No lift pass will be provided)
  • 7:45pm Friday (Jan 12) departure to make the most out of your weekend
  • Apres-party at one of the local bars

Madarao Resort - 60% of the courses are ungroomed so there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to enjoy a fluffy, deep powder when you ride. Also, since not so many people are skilled to ride powder, there's not a lot of competition for the ungroomed slopes. Mt. Madarao stands 1,382 meters tall and has 30 separate courses and 15 ski lifts., and the ski area features a unique bowl-shape. Since Madarao was host to Japan’s first Freestyle Skiing Competition, there are many unique courses to choose from. There are groomed courses, ungroomed courses, the 'Tree Run' course, 'Free Ride Park' and wave courses. Madarao can be enjoyed by everyone from first-timers to advanced riders.

Myoko Suginohara Resort - is extremely famed as one of the highest-caliber ski slopes in Japan, with 3,700ft (1,124m) in vertical drop and the longest ski run at an unbelievable distance of 5.3 miles (8.5km) in length. This course has everything any skier/snowboarder could desire with the runs being wide open or tree lined.

This is going to be an epic powder weekend!!!

Trip Itinerary

Friday (Jan 12)

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

Saturday (Jan 13)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • 35mins bus ride to Madarao
  • Ski/snowboarding at Madarao (8:30am-4pm)
  • 35mins bus ride back to the Myoko
  • Take a hot shower/bath or visit the local onsen nearby
  • Relax at the lodge/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • Apres-ski party at one of the local bars

Sunday (Jan 14)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding at Myoko Suginohara (8:30am-3pm)
  • 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 lift pass for Madarao
  • Two (2) nights accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax


  • Sunday Myoko Suginohara lift pass (3,000yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (500yen/day)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (500yen/day)
  • Ski jacket and pants set rental (500yen/day)
  • Gloves rental (500yen/day)
  • Goggles rental (500yen/day)
  • Helmet rental (500yen/day)


  • Beginners (3,000yen) *No lift pass provided
  • Birthday on Jan 12-14 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Dec 13
  • Group of 4 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 5 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: 20,800Yen
Space left: 32 out of 40

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.
  • 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.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 4 and maximum of 5 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).
  • Our lodge is located just a 5min walking distance to/from the closest (Romance) chairlift.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • There's an extra 2,000yen (for 2 days) rental fee for big ski/snowboard boots JPN size 29 and above.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Jan 13) 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.
  • You must check out of your room before 10am on Sunday (Jan 14), 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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