9:00 to 12:00
Starts in: Otari*
Ends in: Otari*
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.
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.
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 make a brief 15-minute stop at least once along the way to enjoy a short tea/snack time to warm and refuel the body. We are happy to include this service in the tour price.
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 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!