People per Guide
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Type of Trip
If snowshoeing is your favorite way of enjoying the mountains during the winter, this 1-day program in Minakami will be perfect for you!
Minakami is a hot spring resort town in nothern Gunma prefecture. Located within easy reach from Tokyo, it is one of the most famous hot springs’ resorts in Gunma, together with Shima, Ikaho and Kusatsu. It is also home to several ski resorts.
During this snowshoeing day, I’ll take you to some of the most beautiful and hidden corners in the area. Minakami will be your own private playground! Come enjoy a magnificent nature walk in the snow surrounded by beautiful scenery. We’ll also have lunch outside!
Because this area is just two hours away from Tokyo (2.5 hours by train), this snowshoeing trip can easily fit into your vacations in Japan. Plus, it is a great way to get to know parts of the country that are not commonly visited by foreign tourists.
We’ll spend around 4 hours walking. This program is technically easy and open to anyone with a good fitness level. Don’t hesitate to check out my half-day snowshoe hike if you’re looking for a shorter program.
The best period to do this snowshoeing hike is from mid-December to the beginning of April. Join me and discover everything Minakami has to offer. It is a beautiful spot!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Personal equipment
- Personal Insurance
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Snowshoeing in Minakami
We will start our tour at 9:00 a.m. Total walking hour is probably about 4 hours. I will take you to the best area in Minakami. I will adjust the program depending on conditions.
- Ski wear
- Warm clothes (e.g. fleece, light dawn, etc.)
- Ski boots
- Underwear (quick-dry, synthetic fiber is recommended)
- Socks (quick-dry, synthetic fiber is recommended)
- Cap (beenie, ear-covered knit cap, etc.)
- Neck warmer (balaclava, etc.)
- Gloves (both comfortable and warm)
- Sunglasses or Goggle (UV protection)
In case I'm busy on the dates you request this trip, a JMGA mountain guide colleague will be able to guide you instead.
About the Guide
I am a JMGA mountain guide based in Minakami in Gumma prefecture in Japan, home to Mount Tanigawa in the Tanigawa Mountain Range. It is one of the top 100 famous mountains in Japan and is my favourite mountain full of potentials in rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing and trekking. I also run a lodging service there for the convenience of clients, which I started in response to the requests by my clients in 2011.
My specialty ranges from climbing / mountaineering, trekking (hiking and snow shoeing), Sawanobori (climbing up through waterfalls), backcountry skiing / ski touring, pack rafting and canyoning.
Having been a member of Exploration Club whilst at University in Kyoto, my first guiding certification was in river rafting, where my passion lay at the time, and my main guiding activities now are mostly in the mountains.
With “explore deeper and have fun” as mottos, I put together outdoor adventure itineraries for each season of the year, so that more people can feel and enjoy the power and kindness of the nature.
I would love to share the unique, beautiful and exploratory experience you can get in Minakami with you, let it be in the mountains or in the waters!
I have the following certificates: JMGA Climbing Guide Stage Level 2, Oze Nature Guide, Oze Climbing Guide and WMA Wilderness First Responder.
When I'm unavailable to guide, my trusted colleagues with JMGA certifications will be able to guide you!
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