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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!