【Forest therapy in winter】
Is Winter forest therapy possible? It most certainly is! You can experience the healing effect of winter forest set in the heart-shaped lake “Hokuryu” where I have spent time since I was a very young child♪
The white and quiet winter forest has a unique healing effect, both visually and aurally. The effect has been observed in medical studies to balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves. The “winter forest” where everything is covered in snow, and often deep snow and fog, has a very unique smell. I call it the “scent of snow”♪
【Nature Observation】 At first glance, the winter forest seems to be asleep, but plants and animals are quietly breathing. The winter buds of the plant are filled with fun and wisdom. Animals also often leave footprints in the snow. Sometimes, it is also possible to quietly enjoy animal tracking♪
|Date||The end of Dec. ～ May (depending on snow conditions )|
|Price||① 8,800yen ② 15,000yen|
|Includes||Certified 🄬Forest Therapy Guide
A set of Snowshoe and poles
|Place||A “🄬Forest Therapy Base ” Hokuryu Lake is an area located in a forest where the relaxing effects have been noted and confirmed based on scientific analysis conducted by a forest medical expert.|
|Time||①3h course ：9am～12pm
②5h course ：9am～2pm
|Duration time||①3h ②5h
|Meeting time||15min before starting time|
|Meeting spot||Snow Crystal Yoga & Wellness
|Deadline & Capacity||2 days before the tour date.
Number of Particiapants：MIN 1～MAX 5 due to Covid situation the total number is now reduced. (※please contact us for more than 10 people)
|Please bring||Please wear warm, and if possible waterproof/snowproof clothes (ski/snowboard wear, etc.) and snow boots that are easy to walk on the snow .
If at all possible, it is useful to have layered clothing that can be easily removed or added to adjust your body temperature, such as hats and gloves, sunburn / cold protection measure. The weather in the mountains is very changeable on an hourly basis.
Please contact us in advance if you need to hire comfotable outfit and items for the conditions such as hats , gloves, snow boots, backpacks , winter outerwear ( ski jackets and pants ) etc. Please note that rental fees will be charged separately.
|Please check before booking||Participants must be 12-70 years old. Please note that you are responsible for your own safety and wellbeing during the walk. Please carefully consider your strength, and physical capabilities before signing up. Although these walks are relaxing, they do require some strenuous hiking up and down snow covered hills/mountains. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me to discuss in advance of booking.
If you have any conditions that pose a risk during hiking, or require the consent of your doctor, please note that you will need to declare these in writing prior to the start of the walk for insurance reasons. Please understand that medical services, including medical judgments regarding your ability to participate cannot be given.
|Access by trail and bus||By Train & Bus the closest Shinkansen Train station is 飯山 (IIYAMA station) accessible by the Hokuriku Shinkansen, 1.5 hours journey from Tokyo Station. From 飯山 (Iiyama station) , take a direct bus 野沢ライナー (Nozawa liner) for 20min and get off at 前坂 (Maezaka) bus stop .|
|Access by car||By Car about 4 hours total from Tokyo and 20 mins from the Joshinetsu IIYAMA I.C|
|Transfer||Transfer service is included within Nozawaonsen village only. Pick up and/or drop off from Iiyama station can be arranged if needed at an additional cost. (※please contact us for more than 10 people )|
There is a lot of danger that you have to pay attention during enjoying activities in the mountains, rivers, lakes and ponds etc.
Have the knowledge and experience, and be ready for any situation.
We would reccomend you to have guides who are specialized in the feild or paticipate tours.
It is necessary to keep to its field regulations, rules and manners.