The winter sport that anyone can enjoy
Snowshoeing is a popular winter activity almost anyone can enjoy, and the Tsugaike Kogen area is a great place to give it a try. With a variety of courses suited to a range of fitness and experience levels, visitors can rent a pair of snowshoes and head out independently, or join one of the guided tours offered by local lodges and guides.
Tsugaike Wood Chip Road: A forested course ideal for first-timers and families
This quiet, forested area with a broad, gentle trail is situated adjacent to the No. 2 Parking Area, and therefore easily accessible from central Tsugaike. Built in 2008, the trail is used primarily for walking and running during the Green Season, but is perfect for snowshoeing beginners to test their legs and enjoy a quiet walk in the Winter Season.
Maeyama Recreation Trail : A beginner course with scenic mountain views
This course runs from the history-rich “Ushikata-yado”, a preserved wooden lodge built to serve travelers and their pack animals along the ancient Salt Road, to the Maeyama “ski area”, an area featuring both a cross-country course and a ski jump used by locals and skiing clubs alike for practice. Breathtaking views of the snow-covered Alps and the Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort can be had from the top of the ski jumping area.
Tsugaike Nature Park : A natural winter paradise perfect for a guided tour in Spring
Located at an elevation of 1,900m and encircled by magnificent mountains, this alpine plateau gives snowshoers the opportunity to trek across vast open snowfields blanketed with up to 6m of snow during the winter season. Nature Park guides are available to accompany visitors upon request (see details below), and a “Tsugaike Nature Park Snowshoe Hiking” event is also held annually by Otari village.
Tsugaike Nature Park Snowshoeing
The Tsugaike Nature Park lies within the boundaries of the Chubu-Sangaku National Park. Official guides from the Otari Village Tourism Federation are available to guide you during your snowshoeing visit to this powder paradise with panoramic views of the Northern Alps.
Dates Eary-March to season end (early-May) Times 10:00 – 14:30 (Walking time of approximately 3 hours) Fees ¥7,500 (Including: Lift ticket, ropeway ticket and guide fee)
* Snowshoe and pole rentals are available for a separate fee of ¥500 for each
Minimum number of participants 2 or more participants (Please make a reservation at least 3 days in advance) Inquiries Otari Village Tourism Federation +81 (0)261-82-2233
In addition to the guided tours listed above, some inns and hotels in Tsugaike Kogen offer guided snowshoeing tours in various areas. If you would like help arranging a group snowshoeing tour or private guide, please contact the Tsugaike Kogen Tourism Association by phone at 0261-83-2515 (domestic call), or by email at email@example.com