8:00 to 15:00
Starts in: Otari*
Ends in: Otari*
The "satoyama", or lower-elevation local peaks, that dominate the landscape of Otari are fantastic for getting away from the crowds and exploring the best of the area's beautiful and abundant nature. The village's northerly location and unique geography ensure plenty of snow blankets the area's forested mountains during the winter season, which makes for excellent snowshoeing and even better views once you are above the treeline.
We can guide tours to the summits of several peaks in the area, with the location for each tour determined ultimately by current weather and snow conditions. Each climb will take us through quiet cedar and/or beech forests en route to rewarding panoramic vistas. We may cross paths with a few local backcountry skiers along the way, but it is very unlikely that we'll run into any other tourists.
On this full-day tour that begins bright and early, we will start our climb first thing in the morning for the best chance of clear views and the best snow conditions for snowshoeing, and also to ensure we are back down around lunch time. The order is flexible, but after our hard-earned summit, we will eat lunch and drop by an onsen as the finale to a fantastic day.
IMAGE GALLERY (January, 2019)
Pickup and drop-off, as well as all ground transportation, by private car during the hours of the tour is included in the price.
*We can pick you up directly from your hotel in Otari, from Minami Otari Station, or directly from one of the three ski resorts in Otari village (Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba Norikura & Hakuba Cortina). If requested, we are able to pick up and/or drop off from locations in Hakuba village as well, for a small additional fee. Please inquire for details.
ONSEN (HOT SPRING) ENTRY
We'll visit one of Otari's onsens, in order to relax and warm our bodies after our morning on the mountain.
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
We will be happy to get some nice photos and videos of you along the trail, both with our camera and yours, and of course everything we take on our camera we will share with you immediately after the tour.
TEA, COFFEE & SNACKS
We will take a few short breaks along the way an additional 30 minutes or so at or near the summit to enjoy the scenery along with tea and snacks, to warm our bodies and satisfy our stomachs during the climb and before the descent back to the car. We are happy to include this service in the tour price.
After our hike we'll head for a proper lunch at a local establishment to refuel with a delicious Japanese lunch.
The price listed above includes snowshoe and trekking pole rental, but the tour must be booked at least two days in advance for us to arrange and pick up the snowshoes on your behalf.
**A ¥1,000 discount can be applied to the tour price for those who do not require snowshoe rental.
*This is a half-day tour, so lodging is typically not required or included. However, should you like to spend a night in Otari before or after your tour, we can help you arrange a stay at a local lodge or guesthouse, or you may choose to stay with us at our 137-year old traditional Japanese home for an extra ¥3,500 yen per adult / ¥2,000 per child. We may be able to work out a discount if you help with the snow shoveling. : )
A minimum of 2 persons is required to operate the tour at this price.
The total group size will be limited to a maximum of 4 persons.
WHAT TO BRING
WARM CLOTHING: You can expect to warm-up quickly in cold conditions while snowshoeing, but you will need to bring warm insulating layers, as starting out and during break periods it is easy to get cold. It is a good idea to have a small backpack with you to carry the layers you may want to wear later, or the ones you have taken off after you warm up. Be sure to bring gloves, a warm hat, sunglasses or ski goggles, a warm insulated jacket, warm boots and a shell. We can provide a full list of necessary items over the phone or through email.
If you would like to contact us to ask questions, receive more information, or inquire about booking this trip, please either mail us directly using our email address, or submit an inquiry through the contact form below. We are looking forward to hearing from you!