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Winter Tours SATOYAMA SNOWSHOEING

Winter Tours / Guided Tour
SATOYAMA SNOWSHOEING

Glide across snow-covered fields, experiencing nature and appreciating the way local people live in harmony with it.

Winter in Hida is a wonderland of abundant snow, encounters with nature and spectacular mountain vistas. This gentle and easy-paced snowshoe tour showcases all of this, while also offering insight into the lives and challenges of the local people and wildlife in this frozen environment.

Set in a village location only a short hop from Hida Furukawa, the terrain is home to a myriad of wildlife, including the Japanese serow and raccoon, foxes and hares. You will certainly see their paw prints on the snow and it is not uncommon to see the animals themselves. Overhead, listen for the cry of the black kites as they go about their hunting business.

Our tour also takes you into an apple orchard run by the local community, where  the sheer quantity of snowfall in this mountain village requires regular clearing of snow from the overburdened trees. We may see this protective work going on during our exploration.

Suitable for beginners, this snowshoe tour is all about local nature and life, while exhibiting fine views of the local mountains and, on a clear day, stunning   glimpses of the more distant Japanese Alps.

 

 

Weather permitting, picnicking on the snow is hard to beat as a winter experience!

 

Snowy Kurouchi village nestled in the mountains

 

What are snowshoes?

As you might imagine, snowshoes are footwear for walking over snow. They are worn under regular boots and using them is not a difficult skill to pick up. Beginners and children over the age of 6 are welcome, though be advised that  the smallest shoe size we can provide is 20cm.

Snowshoe

 

Reservation

Dates

Period
Jan 6, 2020Feb 24, 2020

Time

Approx. 2h30m

Itinerary

Meet at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE (Hida Furukawa) office
Departure for the snow field
Arrival at Kurouchi area / Start snowshoeing
Finish snowshoeing / back to the office
Finish the tour

Number of Participants

Max7 people
Min2 people

Tour rate

8,000JPY/person

Included in the price
  • Guide
  • Rental Snowshoes and walking Poles
  • Boots&Outerwear (rain wear)
  • Tea break
  • Consumption Tax

Meeting Point

SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE Hida Furukawa Desk

8-11 Furukawacho Ninomachi, Hida-shi, Gifu, Japan

Note

  • This tour is available from 6 years of age.
  • Please note that the tour may not operate depending on the weather or snow conditions.

Insurance

Please be sure to purchase appropriate travel insurance in advance.

Private Tours

We have private tours available upon request.
* Please note that we do not offer child rates for private tours.

  • 1 person : ¥26,000
  • 2 persons : ¥13,000
  • 3 persons : ¥10,000
  • 4 persons or more : ¥9000

Boots and Outerwear

  • We have limited numbers of boots available, sized 24-29 cm. If you have your own boots and gaiters, we recommend that you bring them.
  • We have outer jackets (up to XL in JAPANESE SIZE), but if you have your own, we recommend that you bring them.

Cancellation

  • If you, unfortunately, cancel the tour, you will not be charged a cancellation fee up to 2 days before the tour date. Please see the link for the detail: Cancellation policy