The village of Otari is the epitome of a winter wonderland. Its location between the Sea of Japan and the Northern Japanese Alps, along with the frequent cold air masses that regularly travel through the atmosphere south from Siberia, translate to frequent heavy snowfalls. The peak of the winter season can see accumulations of as much as 2 to 3 meters of snow on the ground. The village is also 80% forest, covers a large range of elevations and features a variety of seldom-visited trails offering the chance to explore pristine natural areas and reach stunning scenic vistas in solitude.
We offer guided tours to numerous areas throughout the village, with the location for each tour determined ultimately by weather and snow conditions. Each route offers the chance to get away from the crowded ski resorts, experience the region's beautiful nature, trample through and play in deep snow, find animal tracks or even encounter the wildlife that made them. Some routes take us to breathtaking overlooks, some to mountain passes and frozen lakes, others to small settlements that can only be reached on foot.
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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 ¥25,000 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.
Explore Snow-Covered Landscapes on Foot
Mid-December to Mid-March
¥25,000 guiding fee
If you would like to contact us to ask questions, receive more information, or inquire about booking this trip, please either connect with us directly using the chat feature located on the bottom right of your screen, or submit an inquiry through the contact form below. We are looking forward to hearing from you!