The Togakushi Snowshoe is a 1 night, 2 day trip that allows beginners to experience snowshoeing for the first time. This is an easy add-on to the beginning or end of a ski holiday in Nagano’s Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen or Shiga Kogen resorts. Togakushi is a large religious complex in the mountains with temples and shrines built hundreds of years ago in addition to mountain, forest, and frozen lake scenery. Stay in a Japanese Inn and experience hot springs onsen, Japanese food and snow country culture firsthand.
Day 1 Nagano City – Snowshoe in Togakushi
We meet at 11:00 AM at Nagano Station’s Tourist Information Center. From there, we take a bus 45 minutes to Togakushi. After lunch in Togakushi, we take our first snowshoe in the area through the forest to a pair of temples. From here, we snowshoe to the Japanese-style Ryokan where we stay this evening. After dinner, those who wish can join for an onsen experience (gender separated) in Togakushi Village.
Accommodation: Japanese Inn
Meals Provided: Lunch & Dinner
Option to Walk Less: Yes
Day 2 Snowshoe in Togakushi – Return to Nagano City
After a Japanese breakfast, we snowshoe from the inn towards Kagamiike (mirror) Lake. When cold enough, we can walk across the frozen lake with beautiful views of Mt. Togakushi in the background. We snowshoe from here to the famous Zuishinmon Gate and entrance to the inner Togakushi Shrine. An avenue of cedars takes us back to the parking area, where we have a soba (buckwheat lunch). On the way back to Nagano Station, we take a final stop to bathe in an onsen with spectacular views, before arriving at the Station around 4:00 PM. Your Nagano Ventures guide will be on hand to assist with further transfers.
Meals Provided: Breakfast & Lunch
Option to Walk Less: Yes
¥45,000 per person double occupancy +¥5,000 per person single occupancy. Price includes accommodation, Nagano Ventures guide, activities, onsens & all meals/transportation within the tour. Price does not include alcohol, souvenirs, travel insurance, flights & transportation to/from tour meeting/ending points.
Checklist of What to Bring
- Ski or waterproof jacket/windbreaker
- Ski pants or warm waterproof pants
- Long-sleeve layers & long underwear
- Water bottle
- Appropriate waterproof hiking or snow boots
- Gloves with inner layer
- Warm Socks
- Day pack/backpack
- Warm hat/beanie
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- Hiking poles with snow baskets
- Camera with extra batteries
- Passport and copy of passport
- Cash (at least ¥30,000 Japanese Yen)
- Medication and/or allergy medicine
- Copy of medical insurance