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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

Therapy Yoga ~ Lake Hokuryu
  • April - October
  • 3,000 yen
  • Mindfulness walks & Forest Therapy Yoga
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Morning Yoga ~ Nozawa Onsen  
  • April - October
  • 2,500 yen
  • At the start of day the day, wake up all the muscles in...
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Outdoor cooking and craft experience.
  • Throughout the year
  • ①, ② and ③ 1,600yen/person
  • Accepting participants all year round. Join us! ①Making...
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Visit a Japanese countryside village
  • May - Nov.
  • For 2 people 4,000 yen/per person For 3 people or more 3,500yen/per person *1000 yen discount when you stay overnight
  • Walk through the beech forest and visit an old village....
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Iiyama SATOYAMA One-day Experience
  • April - November
  • 8,500yen / person 4,300yen / under 12 yrs old
  • SATOYAMA experience! The Satoyama is the mountain and t...
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Cross country (Nordic) ski lessons & tours ~Nozawa Onsen
  • Daytime Winter
  • Ski lesson : 7,000 yen / person (14,000 yen minimum) Ski tour : 5,000 yen / person (10,000 yen minimum)
  • Try something different and get away from the crowds &#...
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Backwoods ski touring ~ Nozawa Onsen / Lake Hokuryu
  • Daytime Winter
  • 5,000 yen / person (10,000 yen minimum)
  • Discover a whole other world out there to explore on cr...
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Nozawa Onsen village walking tours
  • Daytime Winter
  • 3,000 yen / person (6,000 yen minimum)
  • Take a guided walk around the village and beyond while ...
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Scenic snowshoe tours ~ Nozawa Onsen / Lake Hokuryu
  • Daytime Winter
  • 5,000 yen / person (10,000 yen minimum)
  • Get away from it all and immerse yourself in the beauty...
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Snowshoe hiking private guide in Shiga Kogen
  • Jan. to the end of Mar.
  • For 2 hours : 13,000yen (※3,000yen per hour after 2 hours)For 5 hours : 22,000yen 
  • Tours are arranged according to skill and fitness level...
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NOZAWA ONSEN♨ Walking Tour
  • The tour is carried out upon reservation.
  • 2,000yen/person
  • Take a stroll in the village of Nozawa Onsan with a loc...
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Start at Iiyama station, Chikuma river snow shoe tour.【not available 2019-20 winter】
  • The end of Dec. to the end of Mar. Available everyday *varies by snowfall
  • 6,500yen / person
  • Expand your adventure from Iiyama Station There is alwa...
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Making KAMAKURA – Japanese snow huts – in SATOYAMA
  • January - February
  • 8,500 yen/person over 13 yrs old; 4,300 yen/person over 4 yrs old
  • Deeeep snow SATOYAMA experience! Meeting place “S...
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Iiyama Temple Yoga
  • March - Dec.
  • Min. 1 person. 4 days before the tour.
  • It’s great for beginners and easy to access from ...
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Snow shoe NOZAWA ONSEN♨
  • The tour is carried out upon reservation.
  • One day:11000 yen/person Half day:6500 yen/person 
  • Snowshoeing makes even familiar hikes different and new...
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Snowshoeing tour to see the magnificent beech tree.
  • Jan.to the end of Apr.
  • For 2persons 7,000yen/person, for more than 3persons 6,500yen/person.
  • 【Iiyama-Nabekura Kogen】 Now or never tour!! You will be...
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Walking with “Kanjiki” & baking “Oyaki” in an old traditional house!
  • The end of Dec. to the end 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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Snow shoeing in Paradice!!!
  • mid Dec. - the end of Mar.
  • ①One day tour 8,500 yen/person  ②③Half a day tour 6,500 yen/person
  • Snow shoeing is a fun winter activity that needs no spe...
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Canoeing around the pond in Nabekura Kogen!
  • May - October
  • 4,500yen / person
  • It is great for families and beginners. A guide will he...
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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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