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
- Up to 12
- Tokyo Station