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Snowshoeing in a Shirogane Forest

From Mid December~Mid April (※This may be changed depending on the snow conditions)

Don your snowshoes, and head into a winter forest.
Enjoy precious time to the fullest in a magical world!


This is a snowshoeing experience in a forest of snow-covered Christmas trees.
The bamboo grass will be buried under the snow, so you don't need to worry about getting stuck and can stroll freely.
You'll be addicted to the feel of the powdery snow as it floats around in the air!
And unlike skiing, you don't need any special skills to take part!

White Birch and Blue River Course (Walk through a white birch forest, and then watch the flow of the Blue River from above)
Great Forest & Snow Field Course (Pass through a forest of giant trees, and enjoy a panorama of the mountain range and a great snow field as far as the eye can see)
※The Great Forest & Snow Field Course involves climbing a flight of stairs with 286 steps, so a good level of fitness is required.

If you have a preferred course, please let us know at the time of booking in the "Special Remarks / Requests" field.
(Please note that we may not be able to meet your requests, depending on the circumstances on the day.)

It's just like being in a Scandinavian Forest!

So many new things to discover in the forest!

Take a break with a mysterious Blue River drink!

For those coming to the meeting point by public bus, please check below↓

【Morning Course】10AM ~ 12PM
※If you are coming to Hotel Park Hills by public bus, please take the bus bound for Shirogane Onsen departing Biei Station at 9:26AM and get off at Shirogane Onsen (arrives 10:00AM).

【Afternoon Course】1PM ~ 3PM
※If you are coming to Hotel Park Hills by public bus, please take the bus bound for Shirogane Onsen departing Biei Station at 12:11PM and get off at Shirogane Onsen (arrives 12:45PM).

※When you get off the bus, walk in the opposite direction for 2 minutes and you will see a green-roofed building that you passed on the bus. This is Hotel Park Hills.

What to Wear

●For your under layer, please wear thermal clothing on your tops and bottoms. You will sweat a lot when you exercise, even in cold Hokkaido so where possible, we suggest that you try to avoid wearing cotton clothing.

●For your base layer, choose clothes made from fleece or other warm materials.

●For your outer layer, you will need waterproof and snow-proof ski wear and a wind-breaking jacket.
It is best if your jacket has a hood. Down jackets are also perfectly fine.
For your outer trousers, we recommend waterproof and wind-proof over trousers that you can wear over your regular trousers.
When you walk in snow shoes, snow can spray up as far as your waist, so if you wear jeans or similar then they will become wet during the tour and you will feel extremely cold.
If you are a hiker, if you have top-and-bottom rain gear such as Gore-Tex, it can be used as outerwear as long as you are wearing warm clothes clothes underneath.

●We have a limited number and in limited sizes, but we can loan you a jacket and over-trousers for an additional fee (500yen per set). If you would like to use rental wear, please inform us at the time of booking.  (Universal sizes: M, L and LL only. This may be a little large for petite women, so we appreciate your understanding. We regret that we do not have sizes available for children.)

●A warm hat that covers your ears

●Waterproof gloves (alternatively, two pairs of fleece gloves so that you can change if one pair gets wet)

●Sunglasses for sunny weather recommended (no need for ski goggles)

●Please wear thermal socks. Heat packs within your shoes are also recommended for those whose feet get cold easily.

●We recommend winter shoes or snow boots that go up above the ankle (you will need these not only for the tour, but for Hokkaido's winter in general. Within Biei town, there will still be snow on the ground even if it has been plowed, so sneakers will not be sufficient).

●For those who need them during the snowshoe tour, we can also loan you knee-high overshoes (they are nylon sock-shaped covers and will prevent snow from going inside your shoes). Please let us know at the time of booking if you wish to use these.

Accepting Status
Now Booking
Fee
<Pricing for 2 participants and over>
Adult /Child fee (6 years and above.) ¥5,000
※Single participant fee applies ( Adult ¥6,000)
Date
From Mid December~Mid April (※This may be changed depending on the snow conditions)
Duration
Around 2 hours
Language
Japanese, English
Schedule
【Morning Course】10AM ~ 12PM
※If you are coming to Hotel Park Hills by public bus, please take the bus bound for Shirogane Onsen departing Biei Station at 9:26AM and get off at Shirogane Onsen (arrives 10:00AM).

【Afternoon Course】1PM ~ 3PM
※If you are coming to Hotel Park Hills by public bus, please take the bus bound for Shirogane Onsen departing Biei Station at 12:11PM and get off at Shirogane Onsen (arrives 12:45PM).
Conditions to participate
・Minimum number of participants: 1 person
 ※Children aged 6 and up can participate. Children must have a parent or guardian present.
 ※We will include insurance, so please let us know the names as per passport and ages of all participants.
 ※If you are borrowing overshoes, please inform us of your shoe size in advance. (S:21~24cm/M:24~27cm/L:27~30cm)
 ※When booking, please inform us of a telephone number (cell phone preferred) we can use to reach you the day before and on the day of the tour.
Things to bring/prepare
・Waterproof and snow-proof clothes like ski wear
・Gloves, hats, earmuffs or other items to guard against the cold
What's Included?
・Guide fee
・Snow shoes & overshoes usage fee
・Domestic travel insurance
・Consumption tax
Venue
Please meet us inside the lobby of Hotel Park Hills, Shirogane Onsen. Google Maps
Transportation Service
None
Payment
Please pay in cash on the day.
Terms and Conditions
COVID-19 INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES
・Please take care to confirm that you have not come down with a cold or a fever in the 2 weeks prior to the day of your tour.
・On the day of the tour, if your temperature measures above 37C, we will ask you to refrain from participating (if we have to cancel your tour due to a temperature or ill health, a cancellation fee will not apply). We will run each and every tour with a small number of participants in small groups, but we ask you to be mindful of the distance between yourself and other participants.
・In solidarity with customers, we are asking our guides to stay 2 metres (or, 3 large strides) apart from participants and other guides.
・Our guides will be equipped with hands-free microphones or similar, so that their voices will carry without being raised when offering guiding explanations. When offering explanations, the guides will do so without facing clients. We appreciate your understanding in this regard.
・We will do everything we can to implement Covid-19 infection control measures while on tour, but infection control measures are not infallible. We ask that you participate with this in mind.

・In the event of a blizzard or other bad weather, we will cancel the tour. We ask for your understanding in this regard.
・In the event that we have to cancel, we will contact you the day before the tour or on the morning of the tour itself, so please inform us of a cell phone number or hotel telephone number we can reach you at. ・For those who do not have ski wear, we can loan it to you for an additional 500yen per person.

We operate a cancellation fee for cancellations at the request of the client.
Please be aware of the below cancellation fees upon applying to join the program.
Day before: 50%
On the Day: 100%
After tour start time / no show: 100%
Reservation