What this private tour includes
This is a two-day tour set to be held in the winter season of Nishikawa town in Yamagata Prefecture, one of Japan’s heaviest snowfall areas. You can have an exclusive tour at a local noodle-making factory (which normally does not do tours), create your own Japanese Gassan washi paper, play in the winter snow at Gassan Snowland and tour a sake brewery. Additionally, you can enjoy dining at a specialty restaurant which uses locally grown wild sansai mountain vegetables, as well as enjoy meals at your accommodations in Shizu Onsen, which is said to have the heaviest snowfall in Japan. Also, you can relax in the hot springs and a newly built sauna!
¥36,000 yen (per person for a tour of two participants)
Solo applicants may be accepted on a case-by-case basis for an additional fee.
2 Days, 1 Night
Saturdays and Sundays during the period of December 2023 to February 2024
Unavailable March 2024 to November 2024
This private tour starts at Sagae Station.
It is recommended you make a reservation request 1 week in advance of your desired tour date. Experience availability may vary. Reserve to confirm availability.
Customization of this tour is available on request.
This tour does not include transportation during the trip, an optional reservation of a private charter vehicle for 2 days: additional 40,000 yen per person (for two people) can be made on request.
Start your tour at Sagae Station, accessible from Yamagata Station. Take part in an exclusive tour at a local noodle-making factory, which normally does not do tours, with the opportunity to buy their uniquely shaped pasta. This noodle factory produces wonderful noodle-based products including snowflake-shaped pasta, which won the Good Design Award, an award sponsored by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
After, move to dining at a specialty restaurant which uses locally grown wild sansai mountain vegetables.
Following lunch, enjoy snow activities at Gassan Snowland.
Have breakfast and check out of your Shizu Onsen accommodations to head to experience creating your own Gassan Japanese washi paper with the talented local artisans of the Nishikawa area. Following this, head to a sake brewery to take part in a factory tour with tasting. This sake brewing company sells its representative sake ‘Ginrei-Gassan’ as well as ‘Issei’, ‘Toyoryu’, and ‘Shirakiku’ – some of Yamagata’s best locally brewed sake. Visitors can tour the brewery, enjoy sake tasting, and visit the museum. There is also a sake brewery museum to view after your tour.
Head to lunch, where we suggest a local beer restaurant at Nishikawa Roadside Station. You have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs here.
Relax in the hot springs and warm up in a newly built sauna at Mizusawa Onsen, which is right near the roadside station.
Tour ends at Sagae Station.
You can send a booking inquiry for your Winter Snow, Sauna and Sights of Nishikawa tour below. After we receive your inquiry, we will confirm if we can accommodate your group and tour dates and contact you from there.
Our cancellation policy for this tour is below. Cancellation fees may vary according to exceptional circumstances.
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