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Skii trip on Japan

The below information is for beginners who wants to do Skiing. I have consolidated below information on my experience on skiing in Japan. But in other countries also procedure will be more or less same. 


First of all some Japan ski location information follows.

 

Madarao Sanpatekku and/or Madarao Kogen

These are places in Nagano prefecture. This place is our favorite, since the price is reasonable and they have nice ski slopes, hotel and onsens. Distance is around 300km from Tokyo area.

The Itinerary with night bus will be something like below.

Friday night bus from Shinjuku around 9pm (They have shuttle service to other major stations also).

Saturday morning will reach at the ski resort and will do skiing until evening. And stay at resort.

Sunday do skiing in the afternoon and return. Will reach Shinjuku by night around 9pm.

(Ofcourse other days are also available).

Round trip cost per person will come upto 15,000 JPY to 18,000JPY range.

(Price per person depends on number of persons per room.)

Items included in this price are: Up and down bus ticket, Ski equipment rental, Unlimited Lift ticket (to go to mountain top to ski down), Dinner and Breakfast.

If you can go by car, then the price per person can further reduced by around 5000 JPY.

Some links follows

http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/iiyama/madarao-kogen?resid=25

http://www.madarao-sanpa.co.jp/

 

Gala Yuzawa

I guess this is the favorite of many Indians in Japan, since this place is nearest to Tokyo (Around 200km) and is convenient since direct train access is there.

You can get one day pass for Gala that includes train tickets, lift ticket and discount for the ski rentals. Costing will come around 16,000 JPY for a round trip, without food and accommodation.

Some links follows.

http://www.galaresort.jp/winter/english/

http://www.galaresort.jp/winter/

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7690.html

 

Fujiten

This place is just 150 km from Tokyo area. If you are visiting places near Fuji mountain area on holidays, you can easily club this location. And have ski there. They have nice play ski slopes for kids also.

Some links follows

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6931.html

http://www.fujiten.net/pc/

 

Some additional places follows. I have not tried them yet, but friends has recommended the same.

Prince Naeba

Green Plaza Joetsu Kokusai

Green Plaza Hakuba

 

Note

Please note that these places are just for reference purpose. There are many ski resorts in Japan and can be easily accessed via car.

 

Some additional information follows

 

Ticket booking

Go to any JR Station or Keio station and then go to their Ticket offices and you will get the packages from there. Since the tickets will get booked 2 weeks in advance, plan in advance and then make booking.

 

Ski or snow board

You can select ski board (1 board for each leg) or snow board (Both legs on one board), depending on your preference. I have tried only ski board.

 

Training

For half day training, the price ranges from 3000 to 7000 JPY per person, depending on the ski resort. This training is a must for beginners. They will teach you how to fall down properly, apply break etc. With this half day training you will be able to take small slopes, without falling. If needed you can extend training by paying more. They will usually speak broken English.

 

Items needed

You need ski gloves, sunglass, sun screen creams. Then you can rent the jackets there or if you have one you can use your own. Don’t wear jeans or any thick clothes, better to use track suits. Then preserve some balms for the night for all the muscles :)

 

Ski/Travel Insurance:

The price will range from 100 to 2000 JPY per person.

This is highly recommended. Even if you fall down and break the bones, full medical expense will be free. :)

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