JapanTravel Local: Shiga Kogen Snow Trip – January 25-27, 2019

Join us in Shiga Kogen for a fun weekend of skiing, snowboarding, and sightseeing with old and new friends

3 days


  • Ski at one of the biggest ski resorts in Japan!
  • Experience some of the best powder of the season!
  • A chance to see world-famous snow monkeys soaking in a hot spring, and drink the local craft beer!


JapanTravel takes you to Shiga Kogen, one of Japan's largest ski resorts, and home to the snow monkeys that soak themselves in a hot spring for the winter!



The hotel is centrally located in Nagano's Shiga Kogen area - a resort made up of 19 different ski grounds that are largely interlinked via the slopes and a comprehensive lift system, making it the largest ski resort in Japan! The well-known and super-fun Jigokudani Monkey Park is less than 5 km away from the hotel and makes for an excellent optional activity on Sunday!

Trip Itinerary:

Friday (Jan 25)
19:40 Meet in Shinjuku  
20:00 Departure for Shiga Kogen
Short service area stops along the way
Around 00:30 Arrival in Shiga Kogen 
Check-in at the hotel
Organize rental wear / have a drink in the lobby or get some rest.

Saturday (Jan 26)
7:30 Breakfast /Gear up
8:30 - 17:00 Ski/snowboarding 
At leisure: Enjoy the hotel’s large sento (bath), relax at the hotel
18:00 Dinner 
19:30 Apres-ski party

Sunday (Jan 27)
7:30 Breakfast/Gear up
8:30 - 15:00 Ski/snowboarding  or
8:30 - 14:00 Optional Snow Monkeys Trip
At leisure: hot shower, hotel’s large sento (bath)
16:00 Departure from hotel in Shiga Kogen
Service area stops along the way
~20:45 Arrival in Shinjuku 

Important information

Trip includes:

  • Bus transfer from/to Shinjuku 
  • Two-night stay at hotel in Shiga Kogen (with 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner)
  • One-day lift pass

Trip options and rentals (Payment made on the day):

  • Private room for 2 people (3,000 yen/person for 2 nights)
  • Lift pass on Sunday, Jan 27 (4,500 yen)
  • Snow monkeys tour (transportation, entrance fee, guide included) on Sunday, Jan 27 (2,500 yen)
  • Skis/poles/boots set rental for 2 days (3,000 yen)
  • Snowboard/boots set rental for 2 days (3,000 yen)
  • Ski jacket/pants/gloves set rental for 2 days  (3,000 yen)
  • Gloves only rental for 2 days (1000 yen)
  • Goggles rental for 2 days (1000 yen)
  • Helmet rental for 2 days (1,200 yen)
  • Ski/snowboard boots Japanese size 29.5 cm and above 1,000 yen extra per day
Sign-up Discounts (Cashback on the day)*:
  • Birthday on Jan 25-27 (3,000 yen) *cannot be used group discount. Please show ID on the bus.
  • Group of 4 (1,000 yen/person) - Group leader/name required. *Group leader please note the group members in comments on the sign-up form.
  • Beginner discount (3,000 yen) No lift pass provided.

Other important information:

  • Free beginner ski/snowboard lessons on Saturday, Jan 26,  from 9:30 am until 12 pm
    • Lift pass not required to join this. However, if you're a fast learner and want to ride the chairlifts, "ride tickets" can be purchased on site for about 300-350 yen per ride. On average, beginners only take the chairlifts 4-5 times the entire weekend.
  • Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances
  • Own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) is a MUST to be able join
  • Minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 persons per room
  • Rooms will be allocated to participants' preference
  • Male/female-only rooms are available
  • Group of friends can have their own room
  • Private room for 2 persons available for an extra fee on a first-come/first-served basis (limited rooms)
  • Ski/snowboarding off-piste is strictly prohibited
  • We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. However, we are unable to guarantee the hotel/lodge can cater for every meal
  • Lift pass will not be provided if the beginners discount is availed
  • Variety of lunch options available around the resort
  • Personal gear can be sent to the hotel by takkyubin, a delivery service; Address will be provided on request
  • Cancellation policies for the tour:
    20 - 14 days before the trip: 30% of trip cost
    13 - 7 days before the trip: 50% of trip cost
    6 - 2 days before the trip: 70% of trip cost
    1 day before the trip: 100% of trip cost
    Day of trip: 100% of trip cost
    No show: 100% of trip cost
 Final details will be sent to participants via email two days before the event.

Meeting point

The meeting point is at the northeast side of  Shinjuku Center Building, across from Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nippon Building. (view it on Google map here)

Organised by Japan Travel KK