THE OLD SNOW COUTNRY Experience

LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Explore the culture and wisdom of life
under extreme conditions

Niigata has one of the heaviest snowfalls in the world. These extreme conditions brought forth a unique culture and lifestyle.

Despite the fact that there are many relatively warm places that share the same latitude as Niigata (San Francisco, Athens, and Lisbon to name a few), Niigata prefecture has one of the heaviest snowfalls in the world. Unique atmospheric conditions, ocean currents and geographical features all conspire together to bury Niigata in more than 3 meters of snow every winter.

Our ancestors understood the unique benefits and uses of snow. Snow was used in food preservation, weaving, and celebrated in festivals and games. Thawed snow water enabled to produce the best rice and sake and provided abundant water for other types of vegetation. Tools and buildings were built strong and sturdy to withstand the extreme conditions.

In this tour, you can experience the life of this snow region.

EVENT DATE February 6th, 2022
PROGRAM 08:30 Departure from Niigata Station
11:00 Special Snow-storage facility tour and a chance to make your own special snowmen (a gift to take home)
12:15 Furusato Experience Center: where you can experience life and culture of the Japanese snow country, try your feet at snowshoes, and even participate in some traditional crafts.
18:20 Return to Niigata Station
PRICE Adult – 12,000 JPY             Children – 11,000 JPY
PREFECTURE DISCOUNT Adult – 7,000 JPY               Children – 6,000 JPY
※This discount is for residence of the following prefectures: Niigata, Yamagata, Nagano, Gunma, Toyama
APPLICATION DEADLINE January 21st, 2022
PAYMENT PROCESS This tour is hosted by an outside company – Tobu Tours. After we confirm your registration, an invoice will be sent to your home address to be paid via a bank transfer.

More information

Official Website

Pamphlet  (Japanese only)

Special Cancelation Policy

Terms of Service (Japanese only)

Please note that the Terms of Service below may not completely apply to this tour (e.g. The “Payment” section)

(FYI all photos are just an illustration)

Tour Information

Reservation
  • Date
    February 6th, 2022
  • Duration
    Day Tour
  • Fee
    From 7,000 JPY
  • Meeting place
    NIigata Station South Exit

Reservation form

    Reservation inquiry
    Tour THE OLD SNOW COUTNRY Experience
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    Terms of service

    【Identity Confirmation】
    After receiving your reservation request, we will confirm availability and contact you via e-mail with further details. Please bring your passport or another form of identification in order to confirm your name and age at the time of your reservation.

    【Payment】
    We offer two payment options:
    1. Paypal transfer 24 hours before the tour.
    2. Cash at the meeting place.

    【Cancellation】
    The tour will be held, regardless of the weather. In the unlikely event of a natural disaster or cancellation of the tour, you will be contacted by e-mail.
    Please notify us of your cancellation at least 12 hours before the tour start time.

    【Personal information】
    The personal information you provided here is confidential and will not be used for any purposes other than booking this tour. We will not disclose any of your personal information to third parties.

    【Photographs】
    Photographs may be taken during the tour for PR purposes. We will confirm with you before posting anything on Social Media or using for any other purpose.

    BY JAPANESE LAW IT IS ILLEGAL FOR PERSONS UNDER 20 YEARS OF AGE TO DRINK ALCOHOL.
    WE DO NOT CONDONE DRUNK DRIVING. IN JAPAN THE LEGAL ALCOHOL LIMIT IS 0 (zero).
    WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS OCCURRING BEFORE OR AFTER THE TOUR.