An adventure in Japan 日本のスリリングな冒険

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The most thrilling moments on a trip to Japan happen when this culture's contagious enthusiasm transcends your ability to pronounce it. From stunning panoramic skyscraper views to global gourmet cuisine, you'll be awestruck at Japan's eagerness to offer its vibrant hospitality to visitors from around the world.

With a population of more than 35 million people, Tokyo is the world's largest metropolitan area.

The other side of the earth

We've been lucky to host four SKI BUMS trips to Japan since 2013. When you travel from North America, you need a few days to adjust to the time zone's reversal of day to night. Thankfully, Tokyo offers more than enough sightseeing to awaken the senses!

We begin with an invigorating weekend exploring Japan's intoxicating blend of urban modernity and ancient history.

Over three days in Tokyo, you can visit poetic ancient temples, cheer at thrilling sumo wrestling matches, shop for state-of-the-art electronics, and and encounter the pulsing nightlife of Tokyo's LGBTQ scene.

We stay in Shinjuku, the heart of the city.

Thankfully, Tokyo's modern transportation system is second to none. High speed trains and efficient subways carry you anyplace you need to go within minutes.

During our weekend in Tokyo, you'll be forming unforgettable memories with skiers and snowboarders who joined the trip for one big reason: to make new friends. Whether you arrive solo or you already know others who are on the trip, we all group up to enjoy the best of what Tokyo has to offer.

Like the Robot Restaurant.

Neon beats

Don't be shocked by the platform heels. The singers and dancers of Tokyo's famous Robot Restaurant rely on Japanese percussion, historic dance, anime and even Godzilla to entertain audiences every night of the week. The finale includes oversized robots that dance to the beat!

After three nights in Tokyo, it's time to catch one of Japan's sleek and comfortable bullet trains to the Nagano prefecture, only an hour and fifteen minutes away. Upon arrival in Nagano city, it's a quick bus transfer to the nearby ski resorts.

Nagano's ski resorts are about three hours from Tokyo.

The Japanese Alps

The climate and the topography change dramatically as you travel to Nagano. The mountains leap into the sky; the Kita-Alps, Chūō-Alps, and Minami-Alps receive more than 500 inches of annual snowfall. Massive snow storms from Russia blanket the peaks and valleys, beckoning skiers and snowboarders from across the world.

Hakuba Valley

In the heart of Nagano prefecture, the Hakuba Valley is home to nine connected ski resorts. The Japanese have been skiing here since the 1920's! The SKI BUMS traveled here just a few seasons ago, and we're thrilled to return.

Nagano burst onto the global stage during the 1998 Winter Olympics. Skiers and snowboarders from Australia and New Zealand began flocking here. In recent years, Hakuba's astonishing powder footage in extreme ski films began drawing a new wave of adventure-seeking travelers from North America.

The largest ski resort area in Japan

The combined Hakuba Valley ski pass includes access to 9 different resorts, including Happo One, Hakuba Cortina, Hakuba 47, and Tsugaike Kogen. With more than a hundred lifts, the terrain offers perfect variety for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

Hakuba Valley

In many ways, the Hakuba resorts look like Europe or the American West. But the combination of reliable powder plus a fascinating culture has made a trip to Japan a rite of passage for everyone who loves to ski and ride.

Zen out, off-piste

The Japanese Alps feature natural thermal pools. The local traditional culture includes a soak in these hot springs, known as onsen. Elegant lodges include private onsen with scenic views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

The slopeside lodge at Hakuba Cortina resort
Soak your tired muscles as the sun sets into the spectacular snowy scenery.

Local flavors

The influx of global visitors makes the town of Hakuba an especially exciting foodie destination. Local gastropubs, izakaya, yakitori, and ramen noodle shops offer a huge variety of mouthwatering global cuisine. Best of all, they're just steps away from our comfortable hotel in the heart of Hakuba village.

Life long friends in just ten days

Our international trips are terrific for many reasons, but the best thing you'll gain from this adventure are the friendships. The SKI BUMS are outgoing, friendly, down to earth and genuine. As you'll see in our testimonials, good people tend to draw other good people.

Don't worry if you don't know anyone else who's coming. We can easily match you up with a roommate, or you can opt for a single occupancy.

The SKI BUMS on recent trips to Japan

Meet Nagano's most famous neighbors

No trip to Nagano is complete without a journey to the world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park. Here, Japanese macaques bathe in picturesque hot springs. Visitors have been snapping pictures of these adorable cuties since the 1950's. Naturally, we'll be including a trip in our itinerary!

It's time to see Japan for yourself

You only live once! Now's the time to enjoy Japan without having to stress about how to plan it or who will come with you. At SKI BUMS, we're experts at minding all the details. All you've got to do is show up and have fun.

Sign up for 2019 is now underway. Click the link below to view our 2019 Hakuba trip dates, itinerary and pricing. We can't wait for you to join us next winter in Japan!

Meet the Japan 2019 SKI BUMS on Facebook

We've got a special Facebook group devoted to the skiers and snowboarders who are thinking of joining next year's adventure in Japan. Anyone can join the conversation, so click below and meet the others who may be be skiing alongside you next winter!

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