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SHIGA KOGEN SKI / SNOWBOARD & SNOW MONKEY PACKAGE TOUR

SHIGA KOGEN SKI / SNOWBOARD & SNOW MONKEY PACKAGE TOUR

Period

Dec 22nd to Mar 16th

Time

(Day1) 9:35 - (Final Day) 19:00

Meeting Place

JR Nagano Station Information Board

Price

Adult (13+) 96,000 JPY
Child (6-12) 85,000 JPY

Inclusions

 

・All-mountain lift tickets for the duration of your stay

・Accommodation at Hotel Mt. Shiga in the resort’s central Ichinose Village*

・Breakfast each day & dinner on the first night at hotel

・Japanese dinner experience at Hotaru-tei, a renowned local restaurant

・Guided visit to Nagano’s world-famous Snow Monkey Park

・Transport (including luggage) from/to JR Nagano Station and Shiga Kogen

 

*Packages are available every day from Dec.22nd 2019 until Jan.6th 2020, followed by every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday from Jan.9th 2020 until Mar.16th 2020 in the following combinations including longer stay packages:

 

  • Starting every Monday, Thursday & Friday: 4D/3N package / JPY96,000 per adult (+13) & JPY85,000 (6-12).
  • Starting every Sunday, Monday & Thursday: 5D/4N package / JPY112,000 per adult (+13) & JPY100,000 per child (6-12).
  • Starting every Sunday: 6D/5N package / JPY125,000 per adult (+13) & JPY110,000 per child (6-12).

 

Looking for a tour package outside of this dates and days of operation? Need to transport a big group with all your ski gear? No problem! Please contact us snowmonkeyresorts@machinovate.com at with what you need, and let us get back to you!

 

Description

 

This package tour takes the hassle out of arranging your winter adventure in Nagano by including transport to and from Japan’s largest ski resort, Shiga Kogen, accommodation in the central village (including all breakfasts and first nights dinner), and all-mountain lift tickets, along with a traditional Japanese dining experience a renowned local restaurant, and a guided visit to the world-famous Snow Monkey Park. With optional additions including ski/snowboard rental or English ski/snowboard lessons, we have all bases covered in one convenient package tour! All you need to do is bring yourself to JR Nagano Station and we’ll take it from there!

 

The minimum participant age for this tour is 6 years old.

 

As host of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Nagano is home to more than 70 independent ski resorts and some of the deepest powder in the world! The biggest of those resorts is Shiga Kogen, covering more than 600ha of terrain across 18 ski areas including Japan’s highest chair-lifted ski run at 2307 meters. As the closest ski resort to the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Shiga Kogen is known for its beauty, expansive terrain, and having the best powder in Nagano!

 

 

Shiga is actually comprised of 18 ski areas – some large, some small – interconnected with more than 50 chairlifts and gondolas, offering skiers and snowboarders the greatest expanse of interconnected terrain in Japan. This makes Shiga Kogen the perfect destination for international visitors looking for a resort with enough to keep them entertained for a longer visit!

 

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You will be met at JR Nagano Station by a Snow Monkey Resorts guide, who will have you board the bus and get you on your way toward Shiga, but first stopping at Nagano’s world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

 

Bathing Baby Monkey in a Hot Spring

 

Located at the base of Shiga Kogen, the park is home to the only troop of monkeys in the world known to bathe in hot springs, the monkeys of Jigokudani are truly unique and a must-see for any winter visitor to Nagano.

 

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You will be guided around the park and from there, taken to lunch at a nearby restaurant for a warming winters lunch. Nagano is one of Japan’s primary agricultural regions so there’s no better place to enjoy ‘washoku’ (Japanese cuisine), before it’s time to head high above as you head to Japan’s largest resort, Shiga Kogen.

 

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Accommodation for your stay in Shiga is located in the resort’s most central area, Ichinose Village. Only minutes walk from the central ski runs, shuttle bus stops (to head directly to the resort’s more remote areas), and Shiga’s largest concentration of restaurants and bars, you will be ideally positioned to get the most out of your stay!

 

Arriving around 14:45 your guide will assist you with check-in and orientation at the hotel, collection of your lift passes, arranging rental gear (if required), and answer any questions you have before saying goodbye and leaving you to get your bearings in the village, with dinner on the first night included at your hotel.

 

Hotel Mount Shiga Bar

 

From the second day onwards it’s time to hit the mountain! All packages include all-mountain passes covering each full day of your stay in Shiga. With 79 courses offering Japan’s largest interconnected expanse of terrain, Shiga gives you plenty to explore with ski runs suitable for anyone from newbies to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Your second day ends with another highlight, dinner at Hotaru-tei – one of the region’s best restaurants. Housed in a 160 year old traditional mansion, Hotaru-tei is acclaimed for its meal service which is only enhanced by the beautiful and historic surroundings of the restaurant.

 

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The third day is again yours to hit your favorite areas of Shiga and make sure you’ve experienced the entire resort with the night yours to sort-out your own dinner at any of the nearby restaurants of Ichinose Village.

 

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On the fourth day you will check-out of your hotel in the morning but then free to enjoy your final day on the mountain, with the hotel holding your luggage. Once you have got those final runs in, you are welcome to return to the hotel and use the in-house onsen (hot spring) one last time, to refresh and change before collecting your luggage and departing the resort.

 

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Around 16:30 you will be collected from your accommodation by our tour bus and shuttled directly back to JR Nagano Station, where the tour and your fantastic ski holiday at Shiga Kogen will come to an official close around 18:30 to 19:00.

 

 

Accommodation during your stay

 

The accommodation included in this package is at Hotel Mount Shiga, located in the resort’s most central area, Ichinose Village. Located only minutes walk from the central ski areas and the greatest concentration of restaurants and bars in Shiga Kogen, there’s no better place to base yourself. The hotel is popular among skiers/boarders for its cozy atmosphere and convenient facilities including dry-room, onsen-style indoor bath, generous meal service, and communal lounge.

 

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A private room will be allocated for each group booking.

 

For a group of 2 people: twin room (two beds, private bathroom & private shower)

 

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For a group of 3-6 people: Japanese & Western-style mixed room (two beds, tatami mattress for 4 futons, private bathroom & private shower).

 

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While your room will have a private bathroom and shower, one of the hotel’s best selling points is its onsen-style public bath. Segregated by gender, soaking in the bath is the best way to end each day on the mountain and recover for the next!

 

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The hotel also has a comfortable front bar & communal area to relax and unwind.

 

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Hotel Mt. Shiga is known for its generous meal service including dinner on Day 1 and breakfast every morning of your stay.

 

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Optional rentals/lesson (including tax):

 

For guests wanting rental gear and/or ski/snowboard lessons, the rental fee will be added to your total package price. Please specify what you need in your application from.

 

Ski/Snowboard Private Lesson in English (price per a group) 

2 Hours: ¥19,000

3 Hours: ¥27,000

4 Hours: ¥37,000

5 Hours: ¥45,000

6 Hours: ¥53,000

 

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ITINERARY

Day1 9:35 Pickup at JR Nagano Station and transported to Shiga Kogen Mountain Resort, first stopping at the Snow Monkey Park.
11:30 Arrival at the Snow Monkey Park Area start walking to the monkey park. You will have up to 60 minutes at the park to observe the monkeys (depending on your pace walking into the park). After departing the park your guide will take you for lunch at a nearby restaurant.
14:45 Arrival at your hotel in Shiga Kogen, Hotel Mt. Shiga, where you will be assisted with a brief orientation and collection of your lift passes and rental gear (if required), after which the guide will say goodbye and you are left to yourself for the rest of your stay. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore your surroudings, with dinner included at your hotel on Day 1
Day2 Following the breakfast service included at your hotel, the whole day is yours to enjoy skiing/boarding in the resort.
17:30 Transported to Hotaru-tei, one of the region’s most renowned restaurants for a multi-dinner course dinner. Following your meal you will be shuttled back to Ichinose Village – returning by 21:00.
Day3 Following breakfastl, another day is yours to explore all that Shiga has to offer - every peak, every course (for long stay packages of 5N/6D, Day 3, 4 & 5 are yours to enjoy in Shiga Kogen).
Day4 9:50 Following breakfast, check-out and then enjoy a final day of skiing/snowboarding. Once done, simply return to the hotel, refresh and get ready to depart.
16:30 You will be picked-up from your accommodaiton and transported back toward Nagano City.
19:00 Arrival back at JR Nagano Station where the tour concludes.
(TW) 19:00抵達JR長野站。

NOTES

Included:

3 nights (and onwards on the longer package) stay in Shiga Kogen with accommodation at Hotel Mt. Shiga

Breakfast each day & dinner on the first night at hotel

All-mountain lift tickets for the duration of your stay

Dinner at Hotaru-tei, a renowned local restaurant on Day 2 (including transport from/to Ichinose Village)

Snow Monkey Park Entrance on Day 1

・Lunch on Day 1

Transportation to Shiga Kogen from/to JR Nagano Station

 

Excluded:

Dinner on the Day 3 (and all subsequent days for  longer stay package)

Lunch on Days 2-4 (and all subsequent days for  longer stay package)

Rentals (please select your needs in “Extras” section to include them in your fare) 

Ski/snowboard lessons (we can reserve your lesson if required, but please pay directly to the instructor)

Insurance

 

Other Information

・In the case that there are no available rooms at Hotel Mt. Shiga for the duration of your stay, we will arrange accommodation at a different, similar hotel in the central area of Shiga Kogen. If this is necessary, we advise you at time of booking and request your agreement before finalising.

・At this time, there is only 1 ATM in Shiga Kogen. Located at the post office in the Hasuike area of the resort, international cards can be used to withdraw money. To avoid any inconvenience upon arrival at the resort, it is worthwhile carrying enough cash for at least the first few days of your stay at the resort. We encourage guests to arrange this prior to meeting time on Day 1.

・The package tour application deadline is 7 days before the tour at 17:00.

MEETING PLACE

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JR Nagano Station Information Board

Kurita, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 380-0921, Japan

FAQ

What time of the bullet train should I ride to arrive in Nagano on time on Day 1? 

The start of the package tour is arranged according to the bullet train (called Hokuriku Shinkansen) timetable. See below for specific timetables on the bullet train departure and arrival times to/from Nagano Station.

 

Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagano Station:

Tokyo: 07:20 – Nagano: 08:43 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only) *

Tokyo: 07:24 – Nagano: 09:14 – Asama

Tokyo: 07:52 – Nagano: 09:30 – Hakutaka

 

* You can still take 07:52 – 09:30 train since JR Nagano Station isn’t big at all and there is only one Shinkansen ticket exit. The tour meet-up is just after the Shinkansen ticket exit so please come straight up to there.

 

What time does the bullet train depart back to Tokyo after the tour?

On the final day of your package tour, you will be returned to JR Nagano Station with your luggage by 17:30. The following train services can be used:

 

Departing Nagano Station – Arriving Tokyo Station:

Nagano: 19:38 – Tokyo: 21:16 – Hakutaka

Nagano: 20:26 – Tokyo: 21:56 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only)

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