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(Spring only) 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms in Nagano

Available from Apr 5

(Spring only) 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms in Nagano

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Check out Japan’s famous cherry blossom blooms and see snow monkeys on a full-day trip from Nagano. After visiting the Jigokudani Monkey Park, you’ll stop for lunch, then visit several different ‘hanami’ spots to admire the cherry blossom trees. This seasonal experience runs from April to the end of May, allowing you to take in the later blooms of the mountainous northern Nagano region.
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$165.01
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$165.01
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1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano

Available from Dec 22

1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano

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Enjoy fun winter activities and visit the famous Japanese snow monkeys during this full-day trip to the Shiga Kogen Highlands in Nagano. Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can observe wild macaques bathing in the area hot springs. After a warm, delicious lunch, you have time for sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters, and a lift ride up the 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) slope of a famous area ski resort.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$189.50
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$189.50
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Japan Alps Kamikochi Day Hike with Government-Licensed Guide

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Japan Alps Kamikochi Day Hike with Government-Licensed Guide

Kamikochi is a popular resort in the Northern Japan Alps, offering some of Japan's most spectacular mountain scenery. With one of the most famous hiking paths in all Japan, we set foot there on our quest for traditional Japan. Kamikochi hiking course along the Azusa River is well maintained and almost flat. This value-packed trail day hike with a government-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Japan Alps! It is about 3.5 kilometres (2 miles) long and has only gentle elevation changes which takes around 2-4 hours to easy walk at a leisurely pace. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hours tour that's best for you! Note*1: Nationally and State Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$97.69
Price varies by group size
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$97.69
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Magome & Tsumago Nakasendo Trail Day Hike with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Magome & Tsumago Nakasendo Trail Day Hike with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Kiso Valley, best known for the Magome and Tsumago traditional villages, is another beautiful spot in the Japanese Alps. With one of the most famous hiking paths in all Japan, we set foot there on our quest for traditional Japan. Magome and Tsumago are two beautifully preserved traditional villages. This value-packed Nakasendo trail day hike between Magome and Tsumago with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore both of the ancient post towns! It is about 8 kilometres (5 miles) long and has only gentle elevation changes which takes around 2 hours to easy walk at a leisurely pace. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Nationally and State Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$122.12
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$122.12
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Nakasendo self-guided walking tour 2 days

Available from Oct 27

Nakasendo self-guided walking tour 2 days

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Over the course of two days of an easy walk (self-guided tour) along the Nakasendo road and one overnight stay at a Minshuku (family run lodging), immerse yourself in Japan's folkloric landscapes between the villages of Nakatsugawa and Tsumago. During Japan's feudal period (1603-1868), the Nakasendo road was one of the five routes that linked the economic hub, Tokyo, to the imperial capital, Kyoto. Unlike the Tokaido road, which was replaced by today's Shinkansen train, the Nakasendo was saved from rampant modernization and still upholds an old-fashioned charm. Created by general Tokugawa in order to assert his political domination, the route spans a distance of 534 kilometers and includes 69 rest stops. Its name literally means "mountain road" and is a means of communication in case of a large flood on the Tokaido: the coastal road. Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
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  • 2 days
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$195.14
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$195.14

Small Group Thrilling E-Bike Tour of Nagano

Available from Oct 27

Small Group Thrilling E-Bike Tour of Nagano

After filling your water bottle with refreshing natural water, begin your venture to reach Mt. Kirigamine through Venus Line on an e-bike. The E-bike will make it a much more relaxing ride. Your guide will explain the must-see sights and what makes the area special. Enjoy the unique view of many famous Japanese mountains at the observatories.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$29.55
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$29.55
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Onsen Town Cycling Tour in Nagano(Group)

Available from Oct 29

Onsen Town Cycling Tour in Nagano(Group)

【OUTLINE】 Explore Nagano’s Togura Kamiyamada Onsen area by bicycle and learn about life in the Japanese countryside with explanation by a local guide. You will see examples of traditional Japanese houses in an old residential area, have a talk with farmers in apple orchards and rice paddy fields, touch the Japanese spirits in a shrine with a sumo ring and a temple with a thatched roof, and view the scenery of the river and surrounding mountains from the Chikuma River Cycling Road. And lastly, have soft ice cream while taking a footbath.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.32
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$46.32
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Onsen Town Cycling Tour in Nagano

Available from Oct 28

Onsen Town Cycling Tour in Nagano

【OUTLINE】 Explore Nagano’s Togura Kamiyamada Onsen area by bicycle and learn about life in the Japanese countryside with explanation by a local guide. You will see examples of traditional Japanese houses in an old residential area, have a talk with farmers in apple orchards and rice paddy fields, touch the Japanese spirits in a shrine with a sumo ring and a temple with a thatched roof, and view the scenery of the river and surrounding mountains from the Chikuma River Cycling Road. And lastly, have soft ice cream while taking a footbath.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$46.32
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$46.32
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Nagano Full-Day Cycling Tour with Snow Monkey, Obuse Town, Apple Orchards

Available from Oct 28

Nagano Full-Day Cycling Tour with Snow Monkey, Obuse Town, Apple Orchards

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Experience the nature and culture of beautiful Nagano on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, head out with an informative local guide and bicycle through apple orchards along the Chikuma River, watch macaques bathe in their natural habitat at Snow Monkey Park, relax in a hot spring at Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen villages, and treat yourself to delicious chestnuts in Obuse.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$190.50
Price varies by group size
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$190.50
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Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

Available from Oct 27

Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Explore the magnificent temples and natural wonders of Nagano on a full-day tour and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the famous Zenkoji Temple and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy lunch (own expense) in Obuse Town, then choose a soak in the hot springs at Shibu Onsen.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$214.93
Price varies by group size
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$214.93
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Private Ski Lessons in Nozawa Onsen

Available from Dec 1

Private Ski Lessons in Nozawa Onsen

Japan Snowsports is a group of highly qualified and experienced instructors who are passionate about snow sports and Japan. Next to improving your skills to the best of your ability they will show you the best Japan has to offer.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$244.23
per group
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$244.23
per group
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Private Ski Lesson in Madarao Ski Resort

Available from Oct 27

Private Ski Lesson in Madarao Ski Resort

We are a group of highly qualified and experienced instructors who are passionate about snow sports and Japan. Next to improving your skills to the best of your ability they will show you the best Japan has to offer.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$244.23
per group
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$244.23
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Togakushi Shrine Hiking Trails Tour

Available from Oct 30

Togakushi Shrine Hiking Trails Tour

Only a couple of hours from Tokyo, this sacred Togakushi Shinto-Shrine can easily be visited in a day trip. Togakushi shrine is like no other. Far from the usual tourist destination, Togakushi Shrine is a true hidden gem. The Togakushi Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Nagano Prefecture, in Japan. Mt. Togakushi is where Togakushi shrine sits and it is in the National Park called Myoukou Togakushi Renzan National Park. Togakushi Shrine consists of five shrines in a large area. We begin our exploration of ancient pilgrimage trails at Togakushi, where a steep sometimes but not too long, such as going up the stairs to the shrines and hiking mountain path. We walk the old trails called “Togakushi Kodo” and you will see old Shinto statues and beautiful, great, spiritual cedars, line our route along the way to our destination of Okusha. We will visit each five shrines and also enjoy having Togakushi soba(Togakushi Soba is ranked in top 3 soba in Japan) for a lunch.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$195.39
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$195.39
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Iiyama Mountain Panorama Viewing Tour

Available from Feb 5

Iiyama Mountain Panorama Viewing Tour

Insightful and memorable Nagano tour experience provided in-person or small group covering areas still to be discovered by mainstream tourists. The tour traveling in a comfortable car and guided by an experienced local includes the beautiful panorama view of Iiyama from high up in the mountain, good coffee or tea (rare to find in the area) at the little LAIME jam factory, visiting an old ski resort from Showa era and Houiji village shrine. The guide will share with you the local insights, new perspective from Japanese country side and make sure you are having a great time and fun. Book today and enjoy Iiyama like a local!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.73
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$53.73
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Ski Lesson Inn Karuizawa

Available from Oct 28

Ski Lesson Inn Karuizawa

We will provide skiing and telemarking for beginners to intermediate level students in an easy-to-understand and kind manner. You can also change the lesson contents in the morning and afternoon, so please join with your family We recommend Karuizawa, which is slippery from both Tokyo and the station, but it is possible in other areas if you have special needs.
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  • 5 hours
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$439.62
per group
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$439.62
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Shigakogen Okushiga BC Tour

Available from Jan 11

Shigakogen Okushiga BC Tour

Guided BC tour of the Okushiga Kogen access gated tree skiing. Guides will take you to the best lines with in this area.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$263.77
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$263.77

Nagano Ski Buffet

Available from Dec 19

Nagano Ski Buffet

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Experience the best of Japan - the thrill of deep powder, the beauty of an unique culture, and the fun of a great guided tour. Enjoy some of the most amazing snow on planet earth, stay in a truly authentic Japanese ski village where you are the minority, visit mom and pop restaurants and mix with the locals, be entertained by Geisha, Taiko Drum, Shimansen Guitar, Lion Dance and Karate performances, visit the world famous Snow Monkeys, walk through ancient castles, temples and shrines and relax in natural hot pools. Where other companies may talk up the cultural aspects of Japan we include them in our tours so you get a truly authentic Japanese ski experience. And best of all you get to share this all with a group of like minded ski and snowboard enthusiasts, all hosted by instructor/guides who are just plain passionate about what they do for you as our testimonials attest to. And don’t forget our hidden gems that we leave as a surprise for you on your journey with us at JPC Tours.
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  • 10 days
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$3,897.72
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$3,897.72

Shiga Kogen Snowshoe Hiking (Asahiyama Course)

Available from Jan 16

Shiga Kogen Snowshoe Hiking (Asahiyama Course)

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Shiga Kogen surrounded by the great nature of Joshinetsu Kogen National Park The Snowshoe Asahiyama course will guide you through courses with ups and downs while enjoying the appearance of animals and plants that survive the harsh nature of winter. The second largest loquat pond on the Shiga Kogen, the summit of Asahiyama overlooking the surrounding mountains, and walking on the frozen pond of Ichinuma.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.10
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$50.10

All-in-One Crash Course (Ninja, Samurai & Taiko)

Available from Oct 27

All-in-One Crash Course (Ninja, Samurai & Taiko)

There's no better place to experience Japanese history and culture than in a city with a real castle from the feudal era! Come and enjoy three different experiences with this unique workshop! Taiko Drumming: Our passionate instructors will guide you step-by-step as you progress through the many rhythmic patterns that gradually increased in difficulty. Learn how to become a real Taiko Drummer right next door to Matsumoto Castle! Samurai Sword Fighting: Experience for yourself this ancestral fighting art. Learn how to handle a sword and after covering some moves, you can have your stage combat recorded on video. Become the star of your own samurai story! Ninja Experience: A fun experience for all, especially for families with kids. The Ninja Master will teach you three major ninja methods: Ninja Throwing Stars, Ninja Blowguns and Ninja Combat. Receive Ninja training from a Ninja Master and become a real Ninja Warrior! Activity available in English and French.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$214.93
per group
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$214.93
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BTF Rural Japan

Available from Apr 19

BTF Rural Japan "FURUSATO" Cherry Blossom Cycling Tour

Missed cherry blossoms in Tokyo? If you arrived in Tokyo too late for the cherry blossoms, don't give up yet. Cherry blossoms tend to bloom here in northern Nagano about two weeks later than those around central Tokyo. It only takes about 100 mins to be here from Tokyo station by Hokuriku Shinkansen. Cycling tour is a great way to experience a beautiful countryside of Japan and visit popular sightseeing spots around Iiyama city. The rural landscape with lush mountain scenery is dotted with traditional old houses. Let's go find a simple life of local people in Japan countryside with us! - Friendly and informative local guide. - Stopping at cherry blossom spots during the blossoming season. - Exploring beautiful, yet completely different scenery with Japan's distinct four seasons. - Total cycling distance is 15km/9.3miles - Mostly flat route, easy for riders of basic fitness. - Discover unique traditions and life styles in a harsh winter.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.62
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$58.62
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BTF Abandoned Village Cycling Tour

Available from Oct 29

BTF Abandoned Village Cycling Tour

- Friendly and informative local guide. - Learning about Japanese ancestral life at the foot of Mt. Madarao. - Riding on off-road trails, mostly downhill and venture into the woods. - Distance of 14km/8.6miles. Maximum elevation difference of 600m/1,968.5ft. - Using a popular fat bike which is an off-road bicycle with oversized tires allows for a smooth ride over rough obstacles.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.39
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$68.39
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BTF Rural Japan

Available from Oct 29

BTF Rural Japan "FURUSATO" Cycling Tour

Great way to experience a beautiful countryside of Japan and visit popular sightseeing spots around Iiyama city. The rural landscape with lush mountain scenery is dotted with traditional old houses. You will feel like you have gone back in time and see a simple life of local people in Japan countryside. - Friendly and informative local guide. - Exploring beautiful, yet completely different scenery with Japan's distinct four seasons. - Stopping at cherry blossom spots during the blossoming season. - Total cycling distance is 15km/9.3miles - Mostly flat route, easy for riders of basic fitness. - Visiting Buddhist Alter Street and historical temples. - Discover unique traditions and life styles in a harsh winter.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.62
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$58.62
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Nagano Cycling Adventure

Available from Oct 28

Nagano Cycling Adventure

It’s a Cycling tour around north Nagano's Satoyama landscape and the Myoko Togakushi Renzan National Park. During the cycling tour, we will stop by the beautiful lake, waterfall, very old local shrine, or maybe some farmer's house. Since the area used to be a post town along the Hokkoku Kaido, very old road which connect Edo (Tokyo) to Kanazawa, there are many historical monuments remained around the area. I will take you to a secret place where never on a guidebook! Participants can feel an authentic life style,history and nature of snowy rural area in Northern Nagano.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$125.25
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$125.25

7 Nts Ski Nozawa Onsen, Japan | Save $400 December Special

Available from Nov 29

7 Nts Ski Nozawa Onsen, Japan | Save $400 December Special

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort offers a fairly even mix of all levels of slopes and interests to suit everyone with 36 Ski Runs, the longest around 10km with 21 Lifts and Gondolas operating. After Breakfast, the lifts open around 8.45am hit the slopes. After a big day skiing it's time to experience the Onsens (hot springs) for which Nozawa is famous for dating back way back in the 8th Century. That evening try one of the many fantastic places to eat during your stay. The meals are sensational and cheap, the restaurants are a lot smaller and chances are it’s run by just two or three people! Exclusive to our guests staying at a distance from the slopes is the use of the Ski Locker – located just below the main Nagasaka Gondola. Free overnight Ski and Snowboard storage (boots to be stored in your lodge dry room) Can click in over the road and ski down to Karasawa connection lift or just walk up to the Gondola. The team is on site mornings and evenings if any assistance is needed.
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  • 8 days
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$9.97
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