Ski Related Extras
Don't leave yourself unprotected on your snow holiday! The travel insurance we offer through SURESAVE is tailored for skiing and snowboarding holidays with coverage including ski resort closure, ski/snowboard damage and/or theft and illness/injury preventing days on the snow, along with the usual personal liability, medical and cancellation benefits. We recommend purchasing our travel insurance at the time of booking to ensure you have coverage if something unforeseen happens to you before you leave for your holiday that prevents you from going.
Price: $135pp for 7 day coverage. Quotes will differ according to age, family/single cover, and period of travel.
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Ski and Snowboard Hire
Whether it is your first time skiing/snowboarding or if you need some super fat powder skis we have got you covered. Liquid Snow Tours will pre book your holiday ski hire through Central Snowsports located in Happo One. They will come and pick you up from your accommodation, fit you out and then you can take the 20m walk to the Happo One Gondola to start your first day on the slopes. As a bonus they will drop your other shoes back while you are shredding!
Price: 5 day skis/boots/poles or snowboard/boots hire is $188 (regular gear) or $242 (premium gear). Jacket and pants will cost an additional $80 for 5 days.
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Ski and Snowboard Lessons
There are lessons to suit all ages, abilities and budgets in Hakuba, with half day group lessons, private lessons and freestyle clinics. Lessons take place at Goryu Ilmori or Happo One. These resorts are perfectly suited for lessons with long gentle beginner slopes and some steeper stuff up top for those perfecting their powder turns in advanced lessons. All instructors speak English and are fully qualified.
Price: starting from $63 for a half day group lesson
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Stopovers and Short Stays
Want to add a couple of days of extra shredding and relxation or a big city experience to your holiday? Check out the stopover options we have available:
Snow Monkey and Zenkoji Temple Tour
Want to see the world famous snow monkeys? Book a day tour with us to check them out - a perfect 'rest day' to give those leg muscles a sorely needed break. Approximately 200 of the lovable monkeys inhabit the hot springs of 'Hells Valley', named after the hot springs that dot the region. The Jigokudani snow monkey park was opened in 1964 and is one of the only places in the world to see monkeys bathing in hot springs in the wild. After experiencing the snow monkeys in the morning, the tour will head to the historic town of Obuse, home to the famous Japanese artist Hokusai and the museum dedicated to his works. Enjoy a traditional Japanese banquet and see the 240 year old Masuichi Sake Brewery (and of course sample their product!). The next stop is the Zenkoji temple located in Nagano. The temple is a designated national treasure and has a 1400 year history, and housed the first image of Buddha brought to Japan in the 7th century. Then indulge in a bit of shopping before making your way home.
$125pp for adults and $100pp for children 11 years and under. Click here to let your Liquid Snow Tours travel consultant know you don't want to miss this day tour!
Snowmobiling and Snow Monkey Tour
Want to add a new element to your Hakuba ski holiday? Why not try snowmobiling? This exciting day tour takes place at an enclosed resort at Shiga Kogen. The snowmobiling guides will be able to look after you no matter whether you are an absolute beginner or seasoned pro. Each member of the group rides their own snowmobile and receives lessons on the basics of snowmobiling through a variety of practice sessions. After 90 minutes of snowmobiling in the morning you will receive a deluxe lunch box, before moving on to the famous wild snow monkeys in Jigokudani monkey park.
$260pp departing Hakuba at 8am and returning at 6pm. Click here to let your Liquid Snow Tours travel consultant know you want to shred on a skidoo!
Nozawa Fire Festival
The Dosijin Fire Festival is an old tradition held in the Nozawa Onsen village each year on January the 15th. This is one of Japan's top rated festivals and is one of the most popular events in the Nagano region amongst Japanese locals and foreign tourists alike. The festival is held to pray for a plentiful harvest, good health and good fortune for the year ahead. It begins as the 25 and 42 year old men of the village build a 18-metre high shrine made from wood, which will soon become the focus of the festival. Men of these ages are chosen because these are unlucky ages according to Japanese tradition. During the night, the festival commences as the 42 year old men take station on the shrine, and the 25 year olds attack the base. Then local villagers of all ages grab torches and try to light the shrine on fire, while the chosen men protect the shrine by using pine branches to swat the attackers' torches. After a lively battle usually lasting around an hour the shrine finally succumbs to the fire, and everyone celebrates. All the while many locals carry around trays of sake to the crowds ensuring all the onlookers have a great time!
Book a trip to this festival with your Liquid Tours consultant whilst you are in Hakuba. Liquid Tours will provide a return bus departing Hakuba at 5pm and returning around midnight for 5,000 JPY per person.