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Shinhotaka Snowshoeing Experience

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    What to Expect
    After meeting at the Shinhotaka Visitor Center at Shirakabadaira Station, take a few minutes to do your snowshoes – and begin your adventure! Our two hour snowshoe tour, taking place in a spectacular area already 1300 meters high, offers nothing less than the softest snow in Hida. It also gives you the opportunity to experience the fantastic views from Shinhotaka Ropeway, not to mention the natural wonders of Chubu-Sangaku National Park, where the tracks of animals like rabbits and antelope will mingle silently with your own. This may be a journey for all seasons, but we think you’ll agree that it’s best as a snowshoe tour. Beginners welcome!

    The snowshoe tour begins at 11:00AM, so make sure you get to the ropeway by 10:30AM to allow for preparation time. Tighten your shoe straps – all the better to keep you anchored in the snow – and enjoy being in a gondola at an altitude of up to 2,000m, where the gorgeous panorama encompasses the Japan Alps. The one-of-a-kind Ropeway is a double-decker, giving novices and snow-pros alike a view like nowhere else. The scenery from there is captivating whether in spring, summer or fall, where green leaves gradually turn incredible shades of red, yellow and brown – but a gleaming cover of winter snow is truly a sight to see.

    Hike along the natural walking path of Nabedaira Heights, feel the soft powder snow beneath your feet, and experience hills as slides created by nature – wonders that can only happen once a year. Let our guides take you through the forest of this gorgeous national park, where you will see the marks of animals that came before you, and learn about the trees – such as hoba, a kind of Japanese bigleaf magnolia – which is essential for making local food staples like Hoba mochi, Hoba sushi and Hoba miso. Japanese oak is used for firewood, and Hida’s traditional homes are also made from Hida-area wood culled from the mountains. This snowshoe tour is a great opportunity to feel once again a deep association and appreciation for nature, one never forgotten by local Hida residents.

    On a sunny day, you can soak in the view of Northern Alps from the second ropeway and hot springs, which is one of the most renowned in Japan. Okuhida Onsengo is famous for its large number of open-air baths of the warm water coming directly from a natural hot-spring, known as “gensen kakenagashi” in Japanese. There is an onsen called Kamitakara no Yu near Nishihotaka-guchi station, and there are many other open-air baths in the area. Although the onsen experience is not included in the tour, buses can take you to some of them – it costs you just 600 yen at Kamitakara no Yu, and 600 – 800 yen at some of the others. After a few hours of snowshoeing it in the fresh and frosty air, an onsen is an especially good way to warm up.
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    Reviewed 23 February 2019

    So far in Japan we've visited bigger cities but our snowshoeing expedition with Hisa was a chance to see a little farming village where tourists (except for those like us, I guess) rarely go. Hisa was a wonderful guide and the route was not difficult...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Receptionist at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2019

    Thank you so much for having joined our snowshoeing tour and your lovely message! Tanekura is an amazing village where, yes not many tourist visit to. Especially this time of year. So you are really lucky to see the scenery, enjoyed the experience. Believe or...More

    Reviewed 17 February 2019

    Wonderful first time snow shoeing experience for the family, including a 9 and 11 year old. Our guide, Hisa was wonderful, professional and friendly - thankyou! The gear provided was excellent. We booked through Nohi bus and travelled as a day trip from Takayama, great...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Sarah R
    SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Receptionist at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2019

    Thank you so much for having joined our snow shoeing tour, and left this wonderful comments! So glad you and your kids enjoyed the experience. It's really beautiful mountain area there, I always think that it's one of loveliest areas in Japan. Hisa is an...More

    Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

    Highly recommend this trip - the team couldn’t have been more helpful in the booking (which I sorted from the UK). It’s a great trip and all the gear from boots to snow suit (shell, not lined) are provided. All sizes too! Miyuke our guide...More

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    SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Receptionist at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2019

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Really glad to know that you had a great time snowshoeing in Japan alps with Miyuki. Hope we can see you again in the future, and till then we wish you all the best! Safe and comfortable...More

    Reviewed 28 June 2018

    Our guide was Hiro-san, he took the time to make us comfortable. There was no hurrying up, he was easy going and helpful.

    Date of experience: January 2018
    Thank samirmishra
    SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, マネージャー at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2019

    Thank you so much for joining our tour! We hope our tour is helpful or friendly for our guest. We apologize for your review.

    Reviewed 15 March 2018

    It was my first time to try snowshoeing and I have enjoyed it. Our guide Yohei is really good and equipped with useful local information and trivia. I have enjoyed talking to him and to Japanese participants as well.More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank indayamr
    SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Guide at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2018

    Dear Marlon, How are you? I'm so sorry for the late reply to your great review. Thank you so much for your recommendation! I still remember that it was a beautiful day for snowshoeing. We even felt hot while snowshoeing in the sun. Finally, spring...More

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