Zao Onsen Ski/Snowboarding, Snow Monster Festival and Fox Village Trip

2018 February 3-4 (Saturday-Sunday)

Zao Onsen, Yamagata

Come see 'The Snow Monsters' and 'The Darn Cute Foxes'" on one of the best snow weekend trips of the season!

This Trip Features;

  • Ski/snowboarding around and within the famous Snow Monsters of Zao Onsen
  • 6 different types and over 100 super darn cute foxes to see, pet and feed at the Zao Fox Village
  • Amazing powder snow
  • Snow Monsters Night Illumination
  • Fireworks display and ski/snowboarding exhibitions
  • Free beginners ski/snowboarding lesson
  • 7:15pm Friday (Feb 2) departure to make the most out of your weekend
  • Well located lodge (just for our group) only a couple of meters walk to the two main ropeways that will conveniently take you to the right side of the resort which is the best ski area at Zao Onsen
  • Nice indoor and outdoor onsens just a couple of meters walk from our lodge
  • Fun apres ski party at one of the local bars

Zao Onsen is not only famous for its AMAZING POWDER SNOW, hot springs and absolutely beautiful mountain scenery but also for its 'Snow Monsters'. These monsters are a wonderful sight to be seen in person. As the winter season progresses, the trees start to accumulate snow until they are turned into the monsters. The Snow Monsters are at their peak size this time of the year. The best part is you can ski/snowboard around and within the monsters. Also at night, they are illuminated in colored lights and swathed in moonlight, that eerily brings them to life.

This is gonna be a BLAST! Don't miss out!

Trip Itinerary

Friday (Feb 2)

  • Meet in Shinjuku at 7pm
  • Get on the bus
  • Have some drinks, chat with other members and get excited
  • Short stops for food/snacks on the way
  • Arrive in Zao Onsen around 1:15am
  • Check-in at the lodge
  • Go straight to sleep

Saturday (Feb 3)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding (8:30am-5pm)
  • Visit the local onsen nearby
  • Relax at the hotel/have some drinks
  • Dinner at 6pm
  • See the Snow Monsters Night Illumination 'or' the fireworks display and ski/snowboarding exhibition (7pm-9)
  • Fun apres-ski party at one of the local bars

Sunday (Feb 4)

  • Breakfast at 7:30am
  • Get the gear on
  • Ski/snowboarding and lunch (8:30am-12:30pm)
  • Change clothes/get ready
  • Get on the bus at 1pm
  • Arrive at Zao Fox Village around 2:30pm
  • See and feed cute foxes
  • 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
  • Two (2) nights shared accommodation
  • Breakfast for Saturday and Sunday
  • Dinner for Saturday
  • Fun and cute (English/Japanese speaking) tour guide
  • Travel insurance
  • 8% consumption tax


  • Sunday (4) hour lift pass (4,000yen)
  • Snow Monsters Night Illumination (2,500yen)
  • Side trip to the Zao Fox Village (1,000yen) *Includes park entry and extra bus transportation
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental (2,000yen for 1 day | 3,000yen for 2 days)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental (2,000yen for 1 day | 3,000yen for 2 days)
  • Ski jacket and pants set rental (2,000yen for 1 day | 3,000yen for 2 days)
  • Gloves rental (500yen/day)
  • Goggles rental (500yen/day)
  • Helmet rental (500yen/day)


  • Birthday on Feb 2-4 (3,000yen)
  • Early-bird (1,000yen) *Pay before 3pm on Jan 3
  • Group of 4 (1,000yen/person) *Group leader or name required
  • Group of 5 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: 29,900Yen
Space left: 30 out of 32

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 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 located near the two main ropeways to the best ski areas, and a couple of meters walk to the nice onsens.
  • Lunch not provided but available at the ski resort.
  • There will be a 1,500yen/day extra fee for ski/snowboard boots JPN size 28.5 and above.
  • Free ski/snowboarding lesson is on Saturday (Feb 3) from 9:30am until 12pm.
  • 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 (Feb 4), 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
  • 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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