Do you like snow? Outdoor activities? History? Exploring off the beaten path? We have an opportunity for you.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime one-day opportunity. Matsunoyama Hot Spring wants to introduce more people to Matsunoyama Area, so they have decided to offer a full tour completely FREE OF CHARGE to all non-Japanese applicants.

Prince Takamatsu went on the "Matsunoyama Skiing Tour" in March of 1957. This "Royal Snow Tour" follows the course the prince walked at that time. He started at the peak of the Matsunoyama Hot Spring Ski Area ski lift, and then went through Chayatoge to reach the end goal—Tsunan Station.

Now, trekkers go through the course with skis, a snowboard, or snowshoes. By going on this tour, we hope you will learn about the history and lifestyle of of Snow Country while enjoying the unique white winter scenes combined with early spring vegetation.


This one is FREE (normally 15,000 JPY + all transportation costs + lodging + rental equipment)


Due to the overwhelming response we have received to our "FREE Royal Snow Tour", we are going to hold a lottery for participants. We will close the applications on 3 March, randomly select winners, and inform the winners over the following few days. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


We look forward to seeing you soon!




March 13, 2017

13:40 Tokyo Station Departure on Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa Station

15:00 Arrival at Echigo-Yuzawa Station

15:11 Departure to Muikamachi Station on Joetsu Local Line

15:34 Arrival at Muikamachi

15:40 Departure to Matsudai Station on Hokuhoku Line

16:04 Arrival at Matsudai Station. Take Shuttle bus to Shirakawaya (lodging)

Dinner, relax at onsen, sleep.


March 14, 2017

9:15 Shuttle bus to Matsunoyama Ski Area

9:30 Ride ski lift. Start snow touring.

10:00 Snowshoe to peak

10:40 Arrive at Gangamine

12:10 Eat lunch at Mountain Park Peak Chayatoge

13:30 Arrive at Tsunan

14:35 Depart Tsunan Station to Tokamachi on Iyama Line

15:00 Arrive in Tokamachi and visit the Tokamachi Tourism Office

15:55 Depart on Hokuhoku line to Muikamachi station (arrive at 16:10)

16:28 Depart Muikamachi to go to Echigo-Yuzawa Station on Joetsu local line.

16:50 Depart Echigo-Yuzawa Station to go to Tokyo on Joetsu Shinkansen

18:40 Arrive in Tokyo

End of Tour


he organizers want only non-Japanese participants so they can practice running a program with only English speakers and expose Snow Country to more international visitors.


  • Matsunoyama (Snow Country), Niigata
  • Backcountry Snow Tours, Onsen (Hot Springs), Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing
  • 2 days
  • Mar 13th
  • Good
  • Moderate
  • 13:40
  • Up to 12
  • Tokyo Station

What's Included

English-speaking Guides
Shinkansen tickets from Tokyo to Echigo-Yuzawa on March 13
Local train and bus tickets to Matsunoyama Onsen
Lodging at Shirakawaya (includes dinner on March 13 and onsen bath and breakfast March 14)
Hiking and skiing/snowboarding at Matsunoyama Ski Resort over to Tsunan Train Station (equipment rentals included)
Lunch at Chayatoge mountain peak of Mountain Park
Transportation all the way back to Tokyo Station on March 14
All necessary rental equipment

What's Not included

Lunch on March 13
Dinner March 14

Terms and Conditions

Since this amazing experience is completely free, the organizers ask for a little help from you. To participate, you must: -Actively post about the tour on Social Media (at least 3 times each day). You will not have internet access most of the time on the mountains, so please post before you start the tour and after you return from the mountains -Consent to being photographed and completing surveys for marketing the tour and helping improve the tour -Help promote Matsunoyama's future events



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