Guided Tours

1/2 Day Tours

Mountain Vegetable Cooking Class

Follow an experienced Japanese guide into the mountains to forage and learn about edible wild vegetables or mushrooms, depending on the season. Turn said vegetables/mushrooms into mouth-watering Tempura while pounding our own buckwheat soba noodles. Demolish everything. This tour is a foodie’s dream come true. Tour starts at Biwa Lake next to Sun Valley Ski Area, see Map.

¥7,500 per person, minimum 4 people.

Tours Run April-November

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Stand Up Paddle Board

Start the day with an experienced instructor in SUP who gives you safety tips and teaches you the essentials. Get on your board and have fun exploring Biwa Lake while trying not to fall off your board (or just jumping in for fun)! Finish it off with a hot cup of coffee or a cold ice cream in the cabin! Tour starts at Biwa Lake next to Sun Valley Ski Area, see Map.

¥6,000 per person, includes all equipment, lesson, coffee and sandwich.

Tours Run June-October

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Snowshoe

Snowshoeing is a fun activity that’s great for the whole family. Let’s face it, after a few days of skiing or snowboarding you are going to be pretty sore and might want to try something new. Basque in the other-worldly feel of Shiga Kogen’s winter wonderland. Hot chocolate on a snowy mountain is the best, we guarantee it. Tour starts at Biwa Lake next to Sun Valley Ski Area, see Map.

¥6,000 per person, includes snowshoes and poles. Bring ski wear.

Tours Run January-April

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Walking Tour of Shibu/Yudanaka Onsen

Meet at either 9:00 AM of 1:00 PM for a half day walking tour of the area. We do miso and sake tasting in which we explain the production process, walk through the iconic Japanese hot springs village of Shibu Onsen, take a dip in a footbath, and view the World Peace Buddha and visit a 600 year old temple, all while receiving interesting local knowledge and history from an experienced guide. Tour starts at Chamise close to Yudanaka Station. See Map

¥4,000 per person, includes one coffee/tea at Chamise.

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Day Tours

Nagano Highlights Tour

See the best of Nagano on this fast-paced driving tour. Begin at Nagano Station or Shiga Kogen and see what this beautiful places has to offer. Tour includes:

・Snow Monkeys

・Soba Lunch

・Sake & Beer Tasting

・Zenkoji Temple

・And More, Depending on Time Available

¥7,500 per person with 4 or more. ¥10,000 per person with 3 or less. 2 person minimum. Does not include lunch or entrance fees.

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Nagano Foodie Tour

Experience what makes Japanese cuisine a UNESCO world heritage item by eating and drinking your way through Nagano. We think you will love the quality and variety. Tour includes:

・Soba (buckwheat) Noodle Making & Lunch

・Miso Factory Tour

・Sake/Beer Tasting & Brewery Tour

・Fuji Apple Tasting or Fruit-picking (seasonal)

¥12,500 per person with 4 or more. ¥15,000 per person with 3 or less. 2 person minimum. Includes lunch and all entrance fees

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Nekodake Back Country Snowboarding Tour

Tour meets at the Shiga Kogen Guide office near Sun Valley/Biwaike. Dive 1 hour to Nekodake in Sugadaira where we ride the lift to the top of Oku Davos Ski Resort, strap on snowboards, practice snowshoeing and start hiking. After going down once, we go back up on a Snowcat to ride it again.

¥17,500 per person (must have 4 or more). Includes snowshoe rental, lunch & Snowcat ride. Must be at least intermediate-level snowboarder.

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