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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

Morning Yoga
  • April 1st - May 31st
  • 2500 yen
  • The beginning of the day, move the muscles of the body ...
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Forest Therapy Yoga
  • April 1st - May 31st
  • 3000 yen
  • Mindfulness walks & Forest Therapy Yoga
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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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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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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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Snowshoe hiking private guide in Shiga Kogen
  • Jan.to the end of Mar.
  • For 2hours : 12,000yen (※3,000yen per hour after 2hours)For 5hours : 20,000yen 
  • Tours are arranged according to skill and fitness level...
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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.
  • 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 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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Making KAMAKURA – a snow dome house – in SATOYAMA
  • January 12th - February 28th
  • 8,500yen / person over 13 yrs old 4 ,300yen / person over 4 yrs old
  • Deeeep snow SATOYAMA experience! Meeting place “S...
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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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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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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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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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