Model Plan

Playing with snow, and experiencing Yukiguni

3 Days 2 Nights

Delight in a range of different snow activities while staying in an ecolodge in the outdoor activity mecca of Minakami. Exercise your body with some snowshoeing and the new sport of snow canyoning, and then give your body and spirit some well-earned rest with time in a private sauna surrounded by snow. Part of the proceeds of this tour go to the upkeep of the Snow Country Trail.
Cost160,000 yen
The tour can be tailored to interests and budget so please enquire.
Season From the middle of January until the middle of March


  • Snowshoe hike along the Snow Country Trail
  • Get deep in Japow with some snow canyoning - the only experience of its kind
  • An invigorating experience in a luxury sauna
  • Accommodation in an ecolodge that has its roots in Yukiguni culture
  • Donation to maintenance on the Snow Country Trail


Walk in snowshoes along part of the Snow Country Trail which is the long trail hiking course in Yukiguni, accompanied by a local guide.
The tour starts at 9:00 at Jomo Kogen Station on the Joetsu Line, and from there it is off to Tanigawadake Drive-in which is the access point for Ichinokura-sawa. Ichinokura-sawa is a well-known spot for rockclimbing, and standing there it is hard not to be impressed by the towering cliffs. After playing in the snow, enjoy a delicious lunch out in the snowy wilderness.
15;20 it is off to the first accommodation, Tatsumikan in Kamimoku Onsen. Enjoy the traditional style of cooking around the irori open hearth.


Jomo Kogen Station 9:00 → Tanigawadake Drive-in 9:30 Snow Country Trail Snowshoe Experience (Ichinokura-sawa, or another course if it is more suitable due to weather conditions on the day) Lunch → Tanigawa Drive-in 14:30 → Tatsumikan 15:20 (Stay) Irori cuisine


After eating a good breakfast, leave the hotel at 9:00, and then how about some fun playing in the snow? A suitable location will be found depending on the snow and weather conditions on the day. Dive into the fresh, fluffy snow, build a big snowman, enjoy a snowball fight or sliding on a toboggan - there is no end to the ways that you can play and it is sure to refresh both your body and your mind.
It is a slightly early check-in at 14;30. Luxurious relaxation awaits at the ecolodge Bettei Senjuan which is part of the Relais & Châteaux network of boutique hotels.


Tatsumikan 9:00 → Transfer → 9:20 (Reception / Change) → Snowplay Experience → 14:00 → Bettei Senjuan 14:30 (Stay)


Spend the morning relaxing at Bettei Senjuan. Take a tour of the hotel which combines modern design with traditional materials, or lounge around in peace in the reading room.
In the afternoon enjoy a private sauna which is by reservation only. It is surrounded on all sides by unspoilt nature with snow and the river Tanigawa right in front of you. Chill your body in nature and enjoy an amazing invigorating sauca experience.


Free time in the morning 13:30~15:00 Private Sauna→Jomokogen Station 16:30 Finish


IncludesActivity fees, Meals included in the itinerary, Accommodation, Guide fees, Donation to the Snow Country Trail, Liability Insurance
*Transportation Fees and English guide fees are not included. *Special guide requires additional fees
ParticipantsMinimum 2 people / Maximum 6 people
Meeting Time & PlaceJomo Kogen Station
Accommodation / TransportationAccommodations are listed in the itinerary.
Transportation is negotiable.
Others*Weather conditions may make certain activities unavailable on the day.
*Things to bring — Snow gloves, Face mask, Thermal inners, Mid layer, Change of clothes, Towel (to wipe yourself after the tours), Insurance documents (Copy ok)
OperatorYukiguni Tourism


ReservationsYukiguni Tourism
Last Booking7 Days before departure
Booking Details①Dates ➁Time ③Participant names ④Number of Participants ⑤Contact details
Cancellation FeeAccording to each facility’s cancellation policy