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Shigakogen, Japan, Guided Snowshoe Tour

JMGA certified guide Satoshi wants to lead for an exciting day of snowshoe touring through the beautiful Shigakogen highlands in Nagano, Japan.

Duration1 day
Offer periodFeb
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


The Shigakogen highlands in Japan are a gorgeous place for showshoe touring, which we will be doing on this trip. This wonderful area, which is UNESCO recognised, is in Nagano, the site of the 1998 winter Olympics. In fact, several events from those Olympics were held in the Shigakogen area, so you know it is definitely a place worth visiting in the winter.

The adventure will begin at Nagano station. From there, we will drive for 2 hours until we reach the Shigakogen highlands. Once there, we will make our way to Mount Yakebitai (2,009m) by ropeway, and Mount Hachi (1,221m) by ski lift. After that, we will spend the day exploring the wonderful Shigakogen area. The routes in the area are very flexible, so there is no set itinerary. Instead, we will figure out where to go based on your desires.

After exploring the area and absorbing the beauty of the surroundings, we will go to Onsen, where you can relax in the hot springs. We will also stop at the Jigokudani snow monkey resort. This place is a famous wildlife conversation area where you can see amazing snow monkeys!

The Shigakogen highlands are a paradise for those who love winter activities. And throughout this day trip, you will have the chance to see everything from beautiful peaks and stunning landscape to hot springs and snow monkeys. And you will get to do it while snowshoeing in the soft, deep snow.

It would be my pleasure to guide you on this adventure through Shigkogen. If you would like to join me, please send me a request.

And if you would like to enjoy a more challenging, longer hiking trip in the mountains of Japan, I can also lead you on this 3-day excursion in the Kurobe valley of the Japanese Alps.



In case of bad weather, the tour will either be changed to another date, or cancelled.

More info

If you have a large suitcase, you should leave it at your hotel, or in a coin locker in the hotel, as you cannot bring it in the car with you. Participants should bring with them the following items: compass, headlight with spare batteries, emergency blanket or zeltsack, rain gear with waterproof-breathable fabric, personal medicine and warm clothes.

Meeting point

Nagano Station.



About the guide

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I was born in 1971 in Tokyo. My parents used to bring me to the mountains in my childhood, and when I was big enough for a high school, I started to go to the mountains myself and continued since then.

I have been guiding in the Japanese mountains full time since 2005, and I guide all year around. I love to share my time and take my clients up to summits of classic mountains to less known beautiful mountains, as long as it is in Japan!

Personally, I'm a keen rock climber, sawanobori practitioner (climbing up streams and waterfalls), and particularly passionate about mountains on islands. I actually love the nature in general, and love the sea as much as I love the mountains.

I am a fully certified guide with JMGA (Japan Mountain Guide Association) Hiking Level 2 qualification, as well as am a Nagano Prefecture's Official Mountain Guide - meaning that I know my the history, fauna and flora of local mountains very well.
I am not fluent in English but I communicate with some English mixed with body language!

Contact me and join me on the trips I recommend in Japan!!

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Prices per person

Group of 2

JPY 16289 each

Group of 3

JPY 16289 each

Group of 4

JPY 16289 each

Group of 5

JPY 16289 each

Group of 6

JPY 16289 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price does not include transportation to the meeting point.

Optional gear rental fee is JPN 1000 for a pair of snowshoes.

Ropeway/Lift fee is approximately JPN 2000 round trip.

Entrance fee for Jigokudani Snow Monkey Resort is JPN 800/per person.

Onsen fee is approximately JPN 600/per person.

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