Snow & Ski Japan - Alternative Schoolies

Snow & Ski Japan - Alternative Schoolies

Trip Highlights

  • A trip for school leavers only – a great way to meet like-minded young travellers from across Australia
  • Stay at Hodaigi Ski Resort which is the largest resort in Minakami with a good variety of terrain, amazing snow conditions and uncrowded slopes
  • Snowshoeing tour and winter nature trek with spectacular mountain views
  • Incredible snow canyoning tour with giant sliders, zip lines, rappelling, jumps and more
  • Make an Igloo and sleep in it overnight - a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Discover the highlights of Tokyo

Trip Summary

Japan is arguably one of the best ski destinations in the world … so why wouldn’t you reward yourself post year 12 with a trip to Japan? Joining other school-leavers from across Australia, you’ll immerse yourself in Japanese snow culture and enjoy the adventure activities offered at Minakami, not too far from Tokyo, where the snow quality and volume of snow is rated in the 'Top 3 in Japan', providing the perfect playground for winter activities. This trip is a mix of authentic cultural experiences, fantastic food, good accommodations, soothing hot springs, as well as on the slopes and off the slopes activities. Jam-packed with fun, you’ll make an igloo and sleep in it, ski and snowboard some of Japan’s best runs, take a snow shoeing adventure, try your hand at snow canyoning and more!

Itinerary

This morning you will meet your group at a specific meeting place in Japan, this meeting place will be confirmed a month prior to departure, but it is likely to be Ueno train station. Once you are connected with your group and the local guide you will transfer to Canyons Alpine Lodge in Minakami by train. Following check-in, there will be a scheduled trip orientation. Lunch is taken at Canyons Alpine Lodge. After lunch we take a half day snowshoe course - typically 3 hours in total with about 2 hours on the snow and is suitable for all fitness levels. Winter nature trekking with spectacular mountain views. This tour is suitable for all fitness levels and can be customized to include more nature interpretation for those want to relax or more adventure for the thrill seekers. Accommodation: Canyons Alpine Lodge Equipment included: Snow Boots, Snowshoes and Poles.

Meals:  L,D

Breakfast @ Canyons Alpine Lodge Depart to Hodaigi Ski Resort Morning > Ski or Snowboard Lunch @ Resort Afternoon > Ski or Snowboard Dinner @ Canyons Alpine Lodge Hodaigi Ski Resort is the largest resort in Minakami with good variety of terrain, amazing snow conditions and uncrowded slopes will provide an amazing experience for all level skiers and snowboarders. Accommodation: Canyons Alpine Lodge Equipment included: Snowsuit, snow boots and safety equipment (for canyoning)

Meals:  B,L,D

Breakfast @ Canyons Alpine Lodge Morning > Snow Canyoning Tour Lunch @ Resort Afternoon > Snow Canyoning Tour Dinner @ Canyons Alpine Lodge Snow Canyoning provided an incredible winter adventure with giant sliders, zip lines, rappelling, jumps and much more that gets you among Japan's world class powder snow without skis or snowboard. A very unique way to experience the mountains of Japan. The full-day course is a full on mountain experience and requires a decent level of fitness. This course is perfect for those that want higher thrill levels and a deep snow mountain experience. Accommodation: Canyons Alpine Lodge Equipment included: Snowsuit, snow boots and safety equipment

Meals:  B,L,D

Breakfast @ Canyons Alpine Lodge Morning > Igloo Making. An Igloo is a shelter made of snow. Push your limits together with your teammates to construct an igloo. Staying the night in your handmade snow igloo will be a truly memorable life experience. Lunch @ Canyons Afternoon > Igloo Making We enjoy a local Hot Spring in the late afternoon. Dinner in Igloos Sleep in Igloos

Meals:  B,L,D

Breakfast @ Canyons Alpine Lodge Depart for Tokyo by train Tokyo Sightseeing will include the Imperial Palace & Ginza. The Imperial Palace is a huge expanse of green right in the center of a metropolitan area. After a serene hours through the well maintained Japanese gardens, explore the upscale shopping in Ginza main street. We will also visit the Imperial East Garden, Imperial Palace outer park (Gaien) and Ginza, as well as the Asakusa District, the center of a traditional Tokyo, to experience true Japanese traditions, arts and crafts. After a walk through historic Asakusa district, explore the modern Tokyo Sky Tree, world’s tallest tower at 634 meters, Kaminarimon, Nakamise Dori, Senso-ji Temple and Tokyo Sky Tree. Accommodation: Tokyo Hotel

Meals:  B

Breakfast @ Hotel Sightseeing Western Tokyo, including Harajuku and Shibuya, the two most energetic and vibrant districts in Tokyo, from colorful pop and cute items shops to stylish stores this route offers wide range of shops for all your needs. We will also visit the Meiji Shrine, Takeshita Dori, Harajuku and Shibuya, before departing for the airport for the flight home to Australia.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Expert bi-lingual local guide with comprehensive group medical kit
  • Groups train transfers between Tokyo to Minakami
  • Private transport in Minakami
  • 4 days Skii/Snowboard rental including helmet
  • 4 days all valley skii lift pass
  • Hot Spring entrance fees
  • Sightseeing and activities listed in the itinerary
  • Snow boots, snowshoes and poles (for snowshoeing)
  • Snowsuit, snow boots and safety equipment (for canyoning)
  • 24 hour back up and support from our team in Australia and on the ground in Japan

What's Not Included

  • international airfares to Japan
  • meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • visa fees
  • personal travel insurance (compulsory)
  • any optional tours, sightseeing and entry fees not listed in the itinerary
  • tips and gratuities
  • expenditure of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs and laundry
  • Ski clothing (jacket, pants, gloves and goggles) rental available upon arrival

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:9 Days
Countries:Japan
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Starting Point:Tokyo
Finishing Point:Tokyo
Activities:Skiing/Snowboarding
Snowshoeing
Snow Canyoning
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:CJN