Activities and Extras for Snow Seekers 2015


Night Monster Viewing

One of the amazing sights at Zao Onsen is the wonderful snow monsters.  This is the opportunity to take a gondola ride up over the snow monsters which are specially lit to enhance their eerie appearance. The site of the monsters at night is surreal and a must-do whilst in Zao. The cost is ¥2,000 per person.

Visit Yamagata Castle

This is your chance to immerse yourself in the history and culture of Japan.  Just a 40 minute drive away is the wonderful Yamagata Castle. While this wonderful castle dates back to the 1500's, renovations and archaeological investigations are ongoing. Yamagata City plans to restore as much of the castle as possible by the year 2033. The castle was listed as one of the 100 Fine Castles of Japan by the Japanese Castle Foundation.

On the way back we will also stop in at the Hirashimizu Pottery District and perhaps try your hand at pottery making.  The cost for this activity will depend on how many choose to do it but is expected to be less than ¥2,000 per person.

Final Night Dinner

On the final night of the tour we like to gather everyone and shout you all to dinner (and some sake). The restaurant in Zao Onsen will be announced when we get there. The dinner will also include the presentation of a few trophies and stories. This cost is included for everyone.

Amazing Race

You have seen the show, now try it for yourself around the town of Zao Onsen. We will test your knowledge of the local area, tour crew and a few snow activities. Teams will be chosen randomly and you will set off to follow the clues and complete the tasks. Fun for everyone. This cost is included for everyone and it is a half-day activity in the afternoon of our "off snow" day.

"I've been on two ski tours with Discovery Snow Tours and loved them both.  By the end of each trip I had made great new friends through skiing, partying and constant laughing, and I would highly recommend it to all snowboarders and skiers alike." - Ollie Evans (Furano, 2008 & Hakuba, 2011)

Fancy Dress Karaoke Party

The Japanese live for karaoke (as do many in Asia) and this is your chance to try it out in a private setting. We have reserved a karaoke bar just for our crew, and we will even throw in a few free drinks to get your vocal chords lubricated. We do ask that you show up in fancy dress though – no theme, whatever you like. A great night of laughs and a chance to meet the rest of the tour crew. This cost is included for everyone.