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USD 2,508

GUIDED LIFT-ACCESS RESORT & SIDECOUNTRY
8 Nights | 7 Days Guided Skiing/Riding

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p Sample price is based on 9-night package for 2024 season per person based on a group of 4
base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
Displayed price may vary slightly from actual due to exchange rate fluctuations
USD 2,508
Explore Myoko Kogen ski resorts plus other nearby resorts such as Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogen, Madarao, Arai & more with an experienced guide. PRIVATE GROUPS only. Stay in the lovely renovated Gozan Lodge at Suginohara (Myoko).
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If you are a die-hard powder hound looking to get your fix of Japow this winter, then the Gozan Explorer could be ideal as it visits various Niigata and Nagano ski resorts that are renowned for consistently receiving the largest snowfalls in Japan. The Gozan is the five mountain system of Zen, and in this patch of powder paradise, you’ll find your own zen.

The Gozan Explorer is based out of Gozan Lodge, located at the base of Suginohara which is one of Myoko Kogen's ski areas and a magnet for snow. Whilst you'll ride at Myoko Suginohara, this is a multi-resort tour, allowing you to visit different ski areas each day with your guide(s) to experience the best possible conditions and a great assortment of terrain. Daily destinations include Myoko Kogen's 4 ski areas, Shiga Kogen's 19 ski areas, Madarao/Tangram, Nozawa Onsen, Charmant Huichi, Arai, Kijimadaira & other hidden gems.

The Gozan Explorer Tour is limited to a maximum of 4 participants per group. This ensures that each client can enjoy fresh tracks and guarantees a safe and enjoyable experience. In the event of larger groups, arrangements can be made to split and join with another trusted local guide.

Ability & Equipment Required

It is expected that you will be a strong intermediate to advanced level of skier or snowboarder and be capable of navigating through tight trees in deep powder on occasionally steep terrain.

Since this tour takes in the steep and deep sidecountry of many of the ski areas, it is mandatory to carry an avalanche safety kit to include (as a minimum) a backpack, avalanche beacon, shovel & probe.

You will need to supply your own backpack, however there is an option to rent the beacon, shovel & probe from Gozan Lodge.

If you have a private group who is competent in ski touring/splitboarding, utilising touring gear would be an option if the whole group brings their gear & knows how to use it.

Your Guide(s)

Your lead guide, Ben, has over 10 years of experience in the area and is bilingual in English and Japanese. He holds certifications in CAA Ops 1, Wilderness First Responder, and Search and Rescue. He is frequently accompanied by his tailguide and co-owner, Ruka, who is proficient in first aid, avalanche safety, and ski recovery.

Lodging

You will stay at the lovely, recently renovated Gozan Lodge located at Suginohara (Myoko Kogen).

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Food & Nightlife

Suginohara isn't renowned for its nightlife yet the lodge has its own restaurant and bar, so you will be able to make your own fun there. You also have daily access to an onsen, so this may become part of your daily apres ski routine.

The sample package includes 4 evening meals and 2 excursion meals with your guide (pay as you go for those 2 meals). If you want to experience the Myoko nightlife in Akakura, you can get a taxi from the lodge. Your hosts can book your ride into town and the restaurant or bar can book a return taxi. The cost of a taxi is about 2,000 yen each way.

Getting There

You will most likely fly internationally into Narita or Haneda airport in Tokyo. From there you have 3 options:

  1. Jump on a scheduled bus service to the Myoko bus terminal at Akakura.
  2. Get on a shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagano station, change to a local bus service at the station to Myoko Akakura bus terminal.
  3. Get on a shinkansen to Nagano and then change to a local train to Myoko Train station.

In each case, your hosts from Gozan Lodge will pick you up from either the bus terminal at Akakura or from Myoko train station.

More details can be provided on getting there when you book your trip.

Lodging

Gozan Lodge Myoko is a boutique lodge at the base of Suginohara Ski Resort, with lovely rooms with western beds & tatami flooring (shared bathrooms). It is a beautiful lodge that has been tastefully renovated and has retained some of its Japanese décor. The communal spaces are large and ideal for relaxing after a big day on the slopes.

Where is Gozan Lodge?

The lodge is located in the Suginosawa Onsen Village at the base of the Suginohara Ski Resort of Myoko. It is only 1-2 minute walk to the closest lift (Suginohara Pair Lift #2) and you can almost ski back to the door.

Naena Onsen is half a minute walk away, which is perfect for an après ski soak, and there is a small convenience store within walking distance of the lodge.



Rooms

Gozan Lodge offers guest rooms that have the comfort of western beds plus Japanese décor touches such as tatami flooring. All rooms utilise shared bathrooms.

Rooms:
  • Twin room
  • Queen room
  • King room - king bed + sofa bed
  • King room with mountain view
  • King room with mountain view (1 king + sofa bed)
  • Quad room - 4 single beds

Facilities & Services

  • Large communal lounge and dining area, billiards
  • Ski/snowboard storage
  • Wifi
  • Onsen next door - complimentary daily onsen entry to naena-no-yu
  • Non-smoking property
  • English & Japanese speaking staff

Dining & Bar

Breakfast is European buffet style.

Dinner is 3 courses and the fare is inspired by mountain cuisine from around the world. Fresh produce and meats are 100% sourced from Japan.

Gozan Lodge has a licensed bar which specialises in Japanese craft beer, organic wine, and seasonal cocktails.

2024 Rates, Dates & Add-Ons

Rates

JPY 380,000

  • rates are in Japanese yen
  • rates are per person, based on a minimum group of 4 people
  • based on sample 8-night package. Please make a booking request for a quote for different tour duration and/or requirements
Inclusions
  • 8 nights twin-share accommodation shared bathroom at Gozan Lodge
  • Daily access to naena-no-yu (onsen) located next door.
  • Daily buffet european style gourmet breakfast with European cuisine
  • 5 evenings of 3-course dinners featuring a variety of culinary delights
  • 7 days of lift passes for the ski areas visited during the tour
  • 7 days skiing/riding off piste with bilingual, experienced guide
  • Daily private transportation to and from the chosen ski area
  • Complimentary pickup and drop-off at Myoko Train Station or bus terminal for your arrival and departure
Add-ons
  • Additional nightly meals - JPY 2,000 per person
  • Ski/snowboard rentals - can be arranged
  • Transceiver, shovel & probe - JPY 6,000 per day per person
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