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That Snow Country feeling

The days of unending snow continue. Young people, tired out from shoveling the snow, begin to complain to one of the elders of the village. The old man quietly speaks: “In all the years since I was born, there hasn’t been a year when spring didn’t come.”

Along the backroads of the Shin’etsu Shizenkyo region, walls of snow two meters high and taller line the roads—this is one of the snowiest inhabited places anywhere in the world. In the deepest places, more than six meters of snow will fall; for half of the year, the world is covered in snow.

Long ago, there was a winter where so much snow covered the land that it was impossible to later raise crops. There is a unique, living culture here, born in a land where wisdom and special skills were needed to survive. When the snow kept on falling, people just continued digging, keeping their homes from being buried and eagerly awaiting the thaws of spring.

Today the lifestyle is changing, with many now working in the fields in summer and the ski areas in winter, but the local cuisine, handed down from generation to generation, is one thing that carries on unchanged.

It’s a different world when you head into Snow Country’s forests in the winter on snowshoes. It’s not just a winter activity, but a way to sense the culture, history, natural wonders and lifestyle of the region.

Activity

Iiyama SATOYAMA One-day Experience
  • April - November
  • 4,800yen / person 3,200yen / under 12 yrs old
  • SATOYAMA experience! The Satoyama is the mountain and t...
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English Ski, Snowboard and Private lessons @ Madarao!
  • The end of Dec. to the end of Mar.
  • Ski and Snowboard group lessons(mix of Japanese and English) : Adults : 1day 5,000yen~/person, Half a day 4,000yen~/person   Kid's : 1day 6,000yen/person, Half a day 4,500yen/person Private lessons in English are available from 20,600yen a day. Please ask for more details.
  • Improve your skill at MadaPOW!! There are classes avail...
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Snowshoeing tour to see the magnificent beech tree.
  • Jan.to Apr.
  • For 2persons 7,000yen/person, for more than 3persons 6,500yen/person.
  • Now or never tour!! You will be taken to a huge magnifi...
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Walking with “Kanjiki” & baking “Oyaki” in an old traditional house!
  • The end of Dec. to Apr.
  • For 2persons 6,500yen/person、for more than 3persons 5,500yen/person. ※1000 yen discount when you stay overnight.
  • Experiece traditional Japanese life style! During this ...
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Iiyama station tour, put on snow shoes and have a walk.
  • The end of Dec. to the end of Mar. Available everyday *varies by snowfall ※The tour is not available on Feb. 2,3,4,10,11
  • 3,500yen/per
  • Expand your adventure from Iiyama Station There is alwa...
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Making KAMAKURA – a snow dome house – in SATOYAMA
  • January 12th - February 28th
  • 4,800yen / person 3,200yen / under 15yrs old
  • Deeeep snow SATOYAMA experience! Meeting place “S...
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It’s back! Downhill cycling on ski hills tour.
  • Jan.13,20,27 Feb.3 and 17, 2018 We are fully booked on the 17th of Feb. Thank you for your corporation.
  • 6,500yen / person 5,500yen for under age of 15
  • Exciting FAT BIKE Night ride at TOGARI-ONSEN ski resort...
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The Guidance of your safety to enjoy activities in nature.

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.

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