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 can eat lunch and drop by an onsen as the finale to a fantastic day.
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This is one of our locally organized and locally guided tours, where pricing is based on a flat guiding fee of ¥35,000 per day. All other expenses during the course of the tour are to be paid by the customers as they are incurred. Contact us for a detailed estimate of those expenses before booking.
PICK-UP & DROP-OFF
Complimentary pick-up and drop-off can be provided from/to any location within the village of Otari; such as your place of lodging, one of the three ski resorts located within the village (Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba Norikura & Hakuba Cortina) or Otari's main train station - Minami Otari (on the JR Oito Line).
There is no minimum number of participants for this tour
Group size will be limited to a maximum of 4 persons.
Use of snowshoes and trekking poles is provided at no extra charge, but the tour must be booked at least two days in advance to take advantage of this offer.
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.
BOOKING & PAYMENT
For your convenience and ours, bookings are made through our online booking platform by clicking on the 'BOOK' button below and following the steps presented: (1) Choose a start time/date (2) Fill out the required information (3) Enter a coupon code (if applicable) (4) Complete your booking by clicking on the 'Book It' button.
Upon confirmation of your booking, we will reach out to you through the contact information you provided to confirm or customize your itinerary and to follow up with any further questions or instructions. In general, payments are accepted in cash on the day of the tour.
Summit a Snowy Peak for Splendid Views
Mid-December to Mid-April
¥35,000 guiding fee
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