Price 285,000 - 310,000 yen per person 

Trip Includes

  • 8 nights accommodation

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • All activities, guiding and transportation within tour

  • Snowshoe rentals

Trip Excludes

  • Airfare to/from Japan

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Travel insurance, medical coverage, etc.

  • Transportation to Nagano Station and from Takayama Station

  • Winter equipment excluding snowshoes




Snow Monkeys

Soba Making

and more...




Itineraries listed are recommended by Active Travel Japan but can be customized based on length and fitness level. Price listed is subject to change. Group sizes are a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8.


The tour begins in Yudanaka Station this afternoon. From Tokyo Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano Station, then transfer to the Nagano Dentetsu Line. Yudanaka Station is the last stop. After checking in, we go for a local hot pot dinner.


● Facilities:

● Meals Provided: Dinner 


This morning, we drive 30 minutes to Shiga Kogen where we take a series of chairlifts up the highest elevation ski resort in Japan. On clear days the views are spectacular with sights of both Mt. Fuji and the Sea of Japan. Upon arrival, we enjoy a coffee and crumpet at the Crumpet Cafe. From here, we descend 3 hours to the bottom of Yokoteyama Ski Resort. Lunch is at a ski resort restaurant. We drive 30 minutes to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to visit the world-famous attraction, then visit a nearby hot springs onsen. For dinner, we try our hand at making soba, a Nagano specialty with a personable instructor.


● Facilities:

● Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner 



After making breakfast together, today we drive 1 hour to Togakushi Village and snowshoe in the beautiful forest around Togakushi Shrine. We begin the day by snowshoeing through the woods in Joshinetsu National Park, before coming to an opening and a frozen lake. On clear days, the view of Mt. Togakushi in the background is stunning. We continue onto a cedar lined avenue with 400-year-old trees and a famous thatch gate. We snowshoe to the shrine entrance and go for a late lunch in Togakushi Village. In the evening, we go out to a local hot spring and have dinner in the ryokan. 

● Hotel: Shukubo Gokui 

● Facilities: Pilgrim’s Inn (Not en suite) 

● Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner 



After a Japanese breakfast at the ryokan, we drive 1 hour to Kijimadaira Village to try our hand at traditional Washi paper making. After lunch at a farm to table restaurant, we drive to Nabekura Kogen and go for an afternoon walk in the surrounding countryside. On a clear day, the rolling farms provide a fantastic backdrop for photographs. This is also one of the heaviest snowfall areas in Japan.  In the evening, we go out for a hot spring onsen and dinner at a local country-style izakaya style restaurant serving home cooked delicacies. 

● Hotel: Nabekura Kogen Mori no Ie 

● Facilities: Cabins (en suite) 

● Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner 



We make breakfast together again, before driving 1 hour to Akiyamago in Niigata Prefecture. There, we snowshoe through 120 year old terraced rice paddies with a local guide. Lunch is at a tiny restaurant, before continuing further into Akiyamago for an afternoon snowshoe in the magical snowy forest. On clear days, the view of Mt. Torikabuto is fantastic. Dinner is at a local Izakaya style restaurant in Tsunan. In the evening, we return to the ryokan to enjoy the unique cave onsen.

● Hotel: Kawatsuya

● Facilities: Ryokan (Not en suite but our group only)

● Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner 



After a Japanese breakfast at the ryokan, we drive 2 hours to Matsumoto, where we sightsee around the histori castle town. Lunch is at a restaurant serving Japanese teishoku style meals, including Matsumoto's famous fried chicken. We have some time to walk around the quaint old streets, before driving 1 hour to Okuhida Onsen, where we can relax in the ryokan and enjoy the hot spring onsen. Dinner is kaiseki style in the ryokan.

● Hotel: Ryokan Kazeya 

● Facilities: Japanese Style (en suite) 

● Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner 


After breakfast, we drive 10 minutes to the Shin-Hotaka Ropeway where we ascend to 2,000 meters to begin the day’s trek. If feeling energetic, we will hike all the way to the mountain hut where hikers stay to begin their ascent of Mt. Nishihodaka. After a delicious lunch at the top, we descend down the two ropeways, then drive the remaining 1 hour to Takayama City. After check into the accommodation, a beautifully restored model home in the heart of Takayama’s old town, we go to dinner in a local restaurant serving Hida Beef. 

● Hotel: Renovated Japanese Style Home 

● Facilities: (Not en suite but our group only)

● Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner 


This morning we transfer from Takayama City to Shirakawago, a 1 hour journey. Shirakawago is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, famous for its original A-Frame thatch roof buildings. We walk around the village to a sightseeing point, then enter a residence that has been turned into a museum. After returning to Takayama, we have a hamburger (Hida Beef burgers available) and have the afternoon free for any last minute shopping. Dinner is in a local restaurant serving traditional Takayama fare. 

● Hotel: Renovated Japanese Style Home 

● Facilities: (Not en suite but our group only)

● Meals Provided: Breakfast, Dinner 


From Takayama, you transfer to your onward destination. Centralia International Airport in Nagoya is the closest airport from Takayama, although airports in Tokyo and Osaka are also easily accessible. Daniel will help you reserve your train to Nagoya Station, Toyama Station, Kanazawa Station, or wherever else you need to go.


  • Clothing for 9 days

  • Toiletries

  • Warm waterproof jacket and windbreaker

  • Waterproof pants

  • T-shirts and long-sleeve T-shirts for layers

  • Water bottle

  • Warm waterproof hiking or snowshoeing boots

  • Long Underwear

  • Warm Socks

  • Day pack/backpack

  • Gloves

  • Warm hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses or goggles

  • Hiking poles with snow baskets


  • 60 ~ 31 Days Prior to Arrival: 20% of the Total Costs

  • 30 ~ 4 Days Prior to Arrival: 50% of the Total Costs

  • 72 Hours or Less Prior to Arrival: 100% of the Total Costs

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