Snow County Cultural Tours & Experiences

Snow Country
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ultural tours & activities
2016-2017 Season:

Winter Snowshoe in Bijinbayashi
Jomon Tour in the Snow
Snow Art, Snow Fireworks, and a Winter Feast
Snowshoe experience
Kamakura igloo experience

For an introduction to the 'Snow Country' region please read this

If you would like to take part, please either email yoyaku@yuzawaonsen.gr.jp for more information, or go directly to the Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Tourist Association office which is located 10m from the West Exit of the Echigo Yuzawa train station. (Please note that at times there may not be fluent English speaking staff present).

 

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Winter Snowshoe in Bijinbayashi Forest, and Enjoy Matsunoyama Onsen’s Tanada Hot Pot!

You’ve made the effort to travel to Snow Country so you really should have a truly memorable experience in the region. Strap on the traditional “kanjiki” or snowshoes and let your guide lead you deep into the winter beauty of Bijinbayashi Forest.

Availability: Monday 16th January to Monday 19th March 2017 (Except Tuesdays)
Participants:   Minimum participation of 2 people
Reservations:   From 3 days before
Fee:   8,500 yen per person (lunch included)
Meeting Point 10am at Matsudai Station

The local guide will take you to the correct bus stop. If you catch the 9:14 Hokuhoku Line train from Echigo-Yuzawa Station you will be on time.

Tour Fee Includes:    Transfer from Matsudai Station
Lunch(Appetizer「4 kinds of Satoyama life」・Tanada Hot Pot・Grated Japanese Yam and rice・glass of unrefined sake)
Onsen entrance
Towel & Bath Towel
Snowshoe Rental
Insurance


Please Note:
Due to things like road conditions, times and schedule may be subject to change.
Due to circumstance out of our control, for example natural disasters, etc, it is possible that this itinerary might be subject to change or even cancellation.

Itinerary

10:00am Matsudai Station
Kyororo
Bijinbayashi Forest
Matsunoyama Onsen
Meet

Snowshoe Experience
Lunch at Hinano-yado Chitose
3:45pm Depart Matsunoyama Onsen Arrive Echigo-Yuzawa Station around 4:50pm

If you would like to take part, please either email yoyaku@yuzawaonsen.gr.jp for more information, or go directly to the Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Tourist Association office which is located 10m from the West Exit of the Echigo Yuzawa train station. (Please note that at times there may not be fluent English speaking staff present).


 
A Jomon Tour in the Snow
A tour to experience Snow Country Culture and a wondrous land with 5000 years of history.


Just two hours from Tokyo is a different world blanketed in white. People have been living in the Tsunan Town area of Niigata Prefecture for over 10,000 years, and an abundance of Jomon era remains have been found. The flame style pottery that has been on display at the British Museum, and the dugout-style dwellings in which the Jomon people lived, were crafted 5,000 years ago. The natural environment and landscape were the same then as today. Over 3 meters of snow fell back then too. Snowshoe through the snow, then gather around the fire to chat. Won’t you come to this wondrous place and experience the culture in Snow Country?

Availability: From Monday January 16th to Monday March 16th 2017 (Except Tuesdays)
Participants:   Minimum participation of 2 people
Reservations:   From 3 days before
Fee:   8,000 yen per person (lunch included)
Meeting Point 9:10am at Echigo-Yuzawa Station West Exit, Snow Country Tourism Office

At 9:30am you catch the Minami Echigo Tourist Line Bus from Echigo-Yuzawa Station East Exit towards Morimiyanohara.

When you get off the bus you will need to pay a one way fare of 700 yen. If you choose to meet at the destination it is a 10:15am meet at Tsunan Town Ishihara-bashi Bus Stop. (The local guide will meet you at the bus stop.)

Tour Fee Includes:    Snowshoe rental, lunch, entry fees, insurance

Please Note:  

Due to things like road conditions, times and schedule may be subject to change.
Due to circumstance out of our control, for example natural disasters, etc, it is possible that this itinerary might be subject to change or even cancellation.
We will take you to the correct bus stop but after that will not accompany you on the bus journey.

Itinerary

10:15am Ishihara-bashi Bus Stop
Mori-Craft
Najamon Village
Meet
Coffee and bathroom break
Snowshoe tour
Lunch in the dugout-style dwelling
2:40pm Juninoki Bus Stop Arrive Echigo Yuzawa Station around 3:30pm

If you would like to take part, please either email yoyaku@yuzawaonsen.gr.jp for more information, or go directly to the Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Tourist Association office which is located 10m from the West Exit of the Echigo Yuzawa train station. (Please note that at times there may not be fluent English speaking staff present).

 

 

Snow Art, Snow Fireworks, and a Winter Feast

The perfect combination for a day tour - ever-popular fireworks over the white landscape,, the Yukimi Gozen winter banquet, and art among the heavy snows. This one-night-only event brings together an amazing light show with a musical performance - an absolute must-see!

Availability: Saturday 4th March 2017
Participants:   25 maximum, 15 minimum
Reservations:   Day before
Fee:   12,800 yen per adult, 11,800 yen for Elementary School Students
Includes Yukimi Gozen lunch
Meeting Point 11:15am Echigo-Yuzawa Station West Exit Snow Country Tourism Office
(Local Guide will look after you)
Tour Fee Includes:    Transportation, Lunch, Entrance Fees, Insurance

Please Note  

Due to things like road conditions, times and schedule may be subject to change.
Due to circumstance out of our control, for example natural disasters, etc, it is possible that this itinerary might be subject to change or even cancellation.

Home-made cuisine from the local old ladies who will tell you about life in long winters and deep snow. The amazing firework display among the magical snowy landscape is a sight you will not soon forget.

Itenerary

11:30am Depart Echigo Yuzawa Station Meet Snow Country Tourism Office 11:15am
1:00pm Lunch Yukimi Gozen lunch
3:30pm Art Installation Tour  
6:30pm Fireworks on Snow Atema Kogen Resort Belnatio
8:00pm Finish  
9:00pm Arrive Echigo Yuzawa Station  

If you would like to take part, please either email yoyaku@yuzawaonsen.gr.jp for more information, or go directly to the Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Tourist Association office which is located 10m from the West Exit of the Echigo Yuzawa train station. (Please note that at times there may not be fluent English speaking staff present).

 

Snowshoe Experience at Daigenta with handmade soba for lunch
Yuzawa Town, Niigata


Try trekking through the snow at Daigenta! Walk through the beech and cedar forests until you find a pure, white snow field open up before you. This course is suitable for all, including first timers. Crispy tempura and handmade soba noodles made from local soba flour are served for lunch

Availability: From Sunday 8th January 2016 until Sunday March 26th 2017
(except Wednesdays when soba making is closed)
Participants:   Minimum participation of 2 people
Reservations:   Book anytime up until the day before the tour
Fee:   5,000 yen per person if there are 3 or more participants
6,000 yen per person if there are 2 participants
Times Meet at 10:30am at Daigenta Koubou Workshop car park
12:30pm Arrive back at Daigenta Koubou - Lunch - Finish
Tour Fee Includes:    Snowshoes, boots and poles.
Lunch (soba & tempura)

Due to circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters, etc, we reserve the right to make changes to, or even cancel the planned itinerary. It is possible to use the local bus but please be aware that the timetable may be subject to changes, so please check beforehand. The bus departs Echigo Yuzawa Station at 10:05 and departs Daigenta-mae on the way back at 13:21, arriving back at the East Exit of the Station at 13:44.

If you would like to take part, please either email yoyaku@yuzawaonsen.gr.jp for more information, or go directly to the Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Tourist Association office which is located 10m from the West Exit of the Echigo Yuzawa train station. (Please note that at times there may not be fluent English speaking staff present).


Snow Country 'Kamakura' Experience
Yuzawa Town, Niigata

Spend a magical evening in a Snow Country igloo ('kamakura'). Inside the kamakura you can enjoy hot kenchin stew, famous local koshihikari rice, miso sauce skewers and homemade pickles.

Availability: Daily from Sunday 15th January until Sunday 26th March 2017
Participants:   Minimum participation of 2 people
Reservations:   Book anytime up until the day before the tour, though daily numbers are limited
Fee:   Adults: 3,000 yen per person 
Children: 2,500 yen (infants are free but no food is provided)
Food:  The food is a light dinner. It is probably not sufficient as your main meal
Times: 3:45pm Echigo-Yuzawa Station West Exit,
Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Tourist Association/Snow Country Region Tourist Information. A guide will not accompany you but there will be staff at the site which is close-by.
Location: Ipponsugi Ski Area
Fee includes: Meal (kenchin stew, koshihikari rice from Ozawa, miso dengaku, pickles), experience fee, snow play equipment.
Please note that the fee does not include drinks, which can be purchased at the site

Please wear suitable footwear for walking on snow. The Tourist Information Center has a limited number of boots that can be borrowed. You might get cold so please dress appropriately - snow wear, gloves, hat, etc. The tour takes place even if it is snowing but in extreme conditions the meal may be served in the restaurant building. Due to circumstances beyond our control such as natural disasters, etc, we reserve the right to make changes to, or even cancel the planned itinerary.

If you would like to take part, please either email yoyaku@yuzawaonsen.gr.jp for more information, or go directly to the Echigo Yuzawa Onsen Tourist Association office which is located 10m from the West Exit of the Echigo Yuzawa train station. (Please note that at times there may not be fluent English speaking staff present).

 


Other available tours (currently only in Japanese)

豪雪の里山妻有郷  十日町チンコロ市とローカル線の旅旅

冬の妻有いち押しはチンコロ市!十日町のへぎ蕎麦とは?
暖かローカル線で信濃川鉄橋を渡ったり、美人林を雪上トレッキング!
本国アメリカの賞「National Medal of Arts」を受賞したジェームズ・タレル氏の作品「光の館」又は里山現代美術館キナーレを見学!

豪雪の里山妻有郷雪見御膳と雪花火満喫ツアー

芸術祭の里の冬の人気イベントの雪見御膳と雪花火をセットにしたツアーです。
御昼食は集落のお母さんが作った郷土料理を御膳で頂きます。その後は、アート作品の見学と豪雪地ならではの光の迷路、そして雪原で見る幻想的な雪花火をご覧いただきます。

豪雪の里できまま旅田舎の爺婆ちゃんに会いに行こう!ただいま~凄っごい雪だね!

新潟県の湯沢町・南魚沼市・魚沼市・津南町・十日町、群馬県のみなかみ町、長野県の栄村からなる雪国観光圏プレゼンツの雪国満喫ツアー!8000年も前、縄文時代から雪の降っていた世界でも類を見ない程の多雪地域。先人たちはどうやって冬を越していたのでしょうか?そんな知恵と雪国の気配を感じる旅。のんびりしつつ田舎の爺婆ちゃんから色んなことを教えてもらいましょう♡!

 

For an introduction to the 'Snow Country' region please read this

 

NEW
Tours pamphlet (PDF)