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Itinerary
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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Shinhotaka Ropeway
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Overview

Leave the crowds of tourists behind and spend a day snowshoeing in the Japanese Alps. This all-inclusive tour takes you to the powder snow field in Chubu Sangaku National Park. Snowshoe for 2 hours through the forest and hills of this gorgeous park, then enjoy the ropeway ride up the mountain with panoramic views of snow-crowned mountaintops. Your guide takes care of your gear, route and comfort.

Highlights
  • Snowshoe through the Japanese Alps with an English speaking guide

  • Round trip bus fare from Takayama

  • Boots, snowshoes, poles and outerwear provided

  • Feel miles away from the rest of the world on the Shinhotaka Ropeway ride

  • Enjoy lunch at the Ropeway restaurant

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Reviewed 28 June 2018
Very Helpful and friendly for someone doing snowshoeing for the first time

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

Thank samirmishra
Reviewed 15 March 2018
Great showshoeing experience

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

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

Reviewed 21 February 2018
Memorable experience

Since I cant ski at the age of 60, snowshoeing is the best option for me. Since we stayed in Takayama, Satoyama offered bus ticket option to me. Its cheaper than I buying the same ticket from Nohi station. This ticket can be used for...More

1  Thank sclam2010
SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Manager at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2018

Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment! Snowshoeing is the best way to immerse yourself in the majestic nature of Shinhotaka. We are happy to hear that all of you with different physical strength could enjoy the tour with no problems. Sorry that the...More

Reviewed 6 February 2018
Great Snowshoeing

It was my first time snowshoeing. The walk in Chubu Sangaku National Park was a wonderful experience and Shinhotaka Ropeway is so beautiful. The guide is friendly, knowledgeable and speaks really good english. Thank you Satoyama Experience and Yohei san. Definitely be back! ^.^

Thank leewenh
SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Guide at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Hello Lee, Thank you so much for your great recommendation! I'm glad to know that you enjoyed the time on our snowshoeing tour. Please visit and join us again in a different season! Take care. Kind regards, Yohei

Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile
Great hike without crowds

We wanted to spend our time in Takayama not fighting hordes of tourists. So we decided against Shirakawa Go and came across this snowshoe experience in the Japanese Alps. We booked the tickets online through the Nohi bus website (Satoyama experiences will link you to...More

Thank Ken S
SATOYAMA_EXPERIENCE, Guide at Satoyama Experience, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Dear Ken and Ben, Hope you are back to Singapore safe and sound. Thank you so much for your specific and wonderful review and pictures on Tripadvisor. It seems to be so attractive that more people will join our snowshoeing tour in Shinhotaka. Also, thanks...More

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