Iiyama Snow Festival, Kamakura Igloos and Snow Monkeys Trip

2018 February 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday)


A highly recommended winter trip for all ages!

This Trip Features;

  • Lots of amazing snow sculptures, three-tiered snowmen, music performance, fire dance and fireworks display at Iiyama Snow Festival
  • Beautiful and romantic fairytale-like Kamakura Igloos at Iiyama Snow Hut Village
  • Wild but super cute Japanese Snow Monkeys enjoying the hot spring at Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Delicious Shiga Kogen craft beers
  • Fun party on Saturday night
  • Lots of FREE-TIME in the morning both days (you can go sledding, build a snowman, snowball fight, catch up on your sleep, etc.)

See the 35th Iiyama Snow and Kamakura Festival! Iiyama City has some of the heaviest snowfall in Nagano so to make the snow less burdensome and more fun, they use it to build sculptures and Kamakura Igloos. Each year, the event grows in size and popularity. Music performances and fireworks also accompany the event. Two years ago, Iiyama added a new aspect to their snow festival: world-record breaking! They set a new world record for the number of three-tiered snowmen they could build in an hour: 1585 snowmen with 630 people. What snow-related record will they try to break this time?

An easy 30mins trek to see the wild "but really cute" Japanese snow monkeys enjoying the natural hot spring at Jigokudani Monkey Park! See no monkey, hear no monkey, talk no monkey.

One of the best winter trips we offer for non-skiers/snowboarders! Don't miss out!

Trip Itinerary

Friday (Feb 9)

  • 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 Shiga Kogen around 0:30am
  • Check-in at the hotel
  • Go straight to sleep (or lobby for a drink or two)

Saturday (Feb 10)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • FREE TIME (8:30am-3pm) *Go sledding, build a snowman, snowball fight, onsen or catch up on your sleep
  • Get on the bus
  • Arrive at Iiyama main town around 4pm
  • Walk around, explore and enjoy the Iiyama Snow Festival
  • Get on the bus at 7pm
  • 10mins bus ride to the Kamakura Igloos
  • See the Kamakura Igloos and watch the fireworks display
  • Get on the bus at 8:30pm
  • Arrive back at the hotel around 9:15pm
  • Dinner at 9:30pm
  • Enjoy the big hot bath
  • Group party until you drop

Sunday (Feb 11)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • FREE TIME (8:30am-1pm) *Go sledding, build a snowman, snowball fight, onsen or catch up on your sleep
  • Get on the bus
  • Arrive at Kanbayashi Onsen around 2pm
  • 30mins trek/walk to Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • See the wild but cute Japanese Snow Monkeys enjoying the onsen
  • 30mins trek/walk back to Kanbayashi Onsen
  • Get on the bus at 4:30pm
  • Short stop for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive back in Shinjuku around 8:30pm

Trip Inclusion - Extras - Discounts

Price includes;

  • Private bus transportation (round-trip)
  • Two (2) nights hotel (shared) accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Buffet dinner for Saturday
  • Entrance fee to Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Fun and cute (English-Japanese speaking) outdoor guide
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax


  • Birthday on Feb 9-11 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Jan 10
  • 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: 29,900Yen
Space left: 2 out of 34

Important notes

  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances.
  • Rooms will be allocated to your preference.
  • Minimum of 3 and maximum 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).
  • Lots of food stalls to buy food/snacks from at the Iiyama Snow Festival.
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park is one of the must see and visit tourists spots in Japan.
  • Waterproof (Gortex) hiking/trekking shoes are recommended for this trip.
  • Please bring enough layers. It is a lot colder in the mountains than in the city.
  • Food and plastic bags are not allowed in the Monkey Park
  • Final details will be sent to the participants by email two days before the event.

What to wear/bring

  • Waterproof/wind breaker jacket/pants (ski jacket recommended)
  • Winter/warm/thermal clothes
  • Beanie
  • Winter gloves
  • Outdoor shoes (gortex recommended)
  • Small towel
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Book (to read on the bus)
  • Music player
  • Camera
  • Smartphone
  • Cash

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