Leave home for Tokyo. Haneda Airport is preferred, can make arrangements for Narita Airport.
With the time change, you'll arrive in Japan on January 4th. You'll get that time back on the return trip home. Stay at Remm Hotel Plus, Ginza, in the heart of downtown Tokyo! Every room has a massage chair!
We'll visit the amazing TeamLab Tokyo, which is an art museum featuring digital technology! It's mind blowing! Then we'll see more ARTsome contemporary art at the Terrada Art Complex. Evening free for fun!
See more contemporary art at the Modern Art Museum and their Arts and Crafts museum in the beautiful Chiyoda Park. Also view the Imperial Palace - gorgeous!
We'll travel by trains to the Shiga Kogen area in the Nagasaki Prefecture. We'll stay at the beautiful Biyunoyado Hotel in Yudanaka and enjoy incredible meals and onsen baths.
Ski the gorgeous Shiga Kogen area! There's a variety of places to ski. If you prefer, you can do a day trip around Yudanaka, and see the incredible Kannan Buddha statue, and more!
Dinner is an experience, not just a meal. Wear your Yukata, (cotton kimono), and relax while you enjoy a Kaiseki meal, a delicious, beautiful, multi course Japanese culinary experience! Pick live mushrooms and roast them! Gorgeous appetizers and dessert!
If you don't want to ski every day, you can take day trips to the area's rich offerings: Zenko-ji temple in Nagano, Hokusai Museum in Obuse, Matsumoto Castle in Matsumoto, and the adorable snow monkeys!
Visiting the Snow Monkey Park is a must! They are adorable! They hang out at the park which is not fenced in! They stay because they feed them! They love the onsen, natural hot springs tub, and swim around! See baby monkeys riding around on their Mom's back.
This is the beautiful Zenko-ji temple in Nagano. The area is full of sites: a gorgeous pagoda, shrines, shopping street with souvenirs, and great restaurants!
We'll return to Tokyo and stay at the Remm Hotel Akihabara, which also has massage chairs in every room! This exciting main street area of Akihabara is within walking distance!
We'll tour the iconic Senso-ji Temple in Tokyo, and enjoy the vibrant area full of shops, delicious fresh-baked melon pan buns, and much more! It's a beautiful area!
We'll spend a super fun day in Tokyo culminating in the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku! It's an amazing experience, way better than you can imagine! ARTsome!
Fly back to home from Tokyo. If you want to stay in Japan on your own, that's totally doable. After spending two weeks in Japan, you'll be familiar with navigating Japan!
Deposit now to reserve your spot in this ARTsome Trip2Japan! Not only will you ski Japow, but you'll also see the sights and have a blast in Tokyo!
Tokyo and ski country. You can choose to ski/snowboard, or sightsee on a daily basis. The Snow Monkeys are a highlight!
Team Lab in Tokyo, other museums and fun locations in Tokyo, then up to Shiga Kogen , then back to more fun in Tokyo.
Shodo Calligraphy after dinner in Shiga Kogen, Enjoy the fun night life in Tokyo, Relax in traditional Japanese onsens (natural hot spring baths) after an active day of skiing.
Performances at Robot Cafe, Incredible exhibits at Team Lab, Taiko Drumming and Lion Dance Performance in Shiga Kogen, Museums, Temples, Shrines and more..
Pick live mushrooms grown in house at the Biyunoyado Hotel, and roast them yourself! Eat incredible meals that are beautiful and delicious while relaxing in your Yukata, (cotton house kimono)
Senso-ji Temple Entrance. Alternate day trips if you don't want to ski: Masumoto Castle, the Hokusai Museum (artist that made the iconic "Wave" print), Shop at urban and rural stores and shops.
All accommodations, rail pass, all group activities, entrance fees to planned activities, local transportation, select meals: breakfast every day, 6 incredible Kaiseki dinners in Shiga Kogen!
Single rooms for all in Tokyo - 3 nights in Ginza, 3 nights in Akihabara. Shared room at Biyunoyado hotel - total price $3,900. Single room at Biyunoyado - $4,200. Deposit or pay in full here.
Does not include airfare or lift tickets. Lift tickets are usually less than half of US ski resorts! Skiing is optional. Alternative day tours planned if you don't want to ski any given day.
Optional: Your ski or snowboard gear if you choose to ski or snowboard. Rentals are available at ski resorts. Bring snow boots and winter attire with layers, it's often very warm inside. Comfortable walking shoes that you can easily take off and put on. Tokyo will be mild cool weather, Shiga Kogen can be quite chilly!
Thorough information provided upon registration.
This is a trip of a lifetime. Experience the fun nightlife of Tokyo, then relax in a massage chair in your room! We'll see incredible temples and museums, as well as snow monkeys, onsens, TeamLab, the Robot Cafe, and incredible meals! You'll LOVE Japan!
January 3rd - Fly to Japan - Group will meet in Tokyo - Hotel: Remm Plus Ginza
January 4th - With time change, you'll arrive a day later - Stay in Ginza - in the heart of Tokyo!
January 5th - Tour Team Lab, Terrada Art Complex
January 6th - Modern Art Museum, Ueno area market
January 7th - 12th - Shiga Kogen - Ski or attend day trip* - Hotel: Biyunoyado
January 13th - 16th- Return to Tokyo - Hotel: Remm Akihabara Visit Senso-ji temple, Robot Cafe
January 16th - Fly back to US (or stay in Japan on your own?)
*Day trips: Yudanaka - World Peace Kannon Statue and Temple, (pictured on the left), Hokusai Museum in Obuse, Senko-ji temple in Nagano, Matsumoto Castle, Modern Art and more!
Single rooms are provided in all Tokyo hotels, One roommate in Shiga Kogen Biyunoyado hotel included in $3,900. Single room upon request - $4,200
Not recommended for people with mobility issues. There will be a lot of walking, hopping on and off trains and busses, etc. with luggage and gear if you bring it. Skiing/snowboarding is optional.
Sheri Leigh O'Connor has taken groups to different parts of Japan. This trip includes various attractions in Tokyo, and Shiga Kogen in the Nagano Prefecture, where Japan held the Winter Olympics in 1998, This area is known as the Japanese Alps.
The Biyunoyado Hotel in the Shiga Kogen ski resorts area has onsen baths, and delicious beautiful meals! Breakfasts are included every day.
Custom ski/snowboard trips for families or groups can also be arranged.
I'm happy to set up a phone call, Zoom meeting, or in person