Experience the unique mountain culture and beautiful scenery of the Japanese Snow Country. This tour takes us to locations barely visited by international tourists as we dive deep into the culture, cuisine and hot springs of rural Japan, all while snowshoeing and doing short hikes daily.
On the Nakasendo, you can experience the Japan of old as you walk through deep mountain valleys and historic rice farming villages preserved in their original state. Stay in traditional Japanese ryokans and soak the days’ walks off in hot springs while enjoying delicious Japanese cuisine. The Nakasendo is a must for anyone looking to go a bit deeper into rural Japan.
Experience the essentials of the Northern Nagano area including the world famous Snow Monkeys, soba noodle making, snowshoeing, hot spring onsen and sake tasting. Staying in the traditional hot spring village of Shibu Onsen, you will soak in the traditional Japanese culture and cuisine. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle and experience the real Japan, this is the trip for you!
The Shinetsu Trail is one of the more remote areas in Japan. With stunning views, beautiful nature and interesting historical sites, this trail is great for avid hikers or more casual walkers. We begin the tour away from the Shinetsu Trail in Shiga Kogen, a national park and world-renown ski area. The next 3 days feature the Shinetsu Trail hikes, where we will complete 3 of the 6 sections of the trail.