Daily Yoga and Health practices in your private lodge
You get to go to Japan for a yoga/health retreat and ski the deepest snow of your life while practicing Japanese wellness techniques // You'll be with a great group of like-minded people // private ski in / ski out modern luxury chalet // surrounded by 10 different ski resorts // mineral-rich hot springs spas ( onsens ) fill the valley // You'll experience the unique Japanese culture up close and you'll be constantly entertained
GETTING TO JAPAN IS EASY
- Tokyo has two main airports. Narita (NRT) & Haneda (HND). International flights can land at either airport.
- Narita airport is the most popular of the two Tokyo airports and it is not very close to downtown Tokyo. The Narita Express train takes 53 minutes to get to Tokyo station and then the closest worth-while ski areas are another 2-hour bullet train away. Bullet trains run on the Shinkansen lines, they go fast, and they are not cheap. A two hour bullet train to good skiing regions could be a 4-hour car ride.
SKIING & SNOWBOARDING IN JAPAN
For skiing purposes Japan has 2 islands. The main island is Honshu and is where Tokyo is located. Japan is divided into Prefectures that are like states or regions. Japan has around 600 ski areas. We have cut out the worst and sought out the best areas
January 19 // Travel Day // Flight to Tokyo
January 20 // Arrival in Tokyo // Train to Hakuba // Welcome Dinner + Opening Circle
January 21- 22 // Skiing in one of the Hakuba Valley ski resorts // Yoga offers
January 23 // Rest Day // Korakukan Onsen + Snow Monkey Hot Springs // Yoga Offers
January 24 // Skiing in one of the Hakuba Valley ski resorts // Yoga offers
January 25 - 26 // Skiing in one of the Hakuba Valley Ski Areas // One Yoga Session // Closing Dinner + Ceremony
January 27 // Travel Day // Flight from Tokyo // or stay in Japan and explore other parts of Japan on your own
Arrival in Tokyo and train to Hakuba
Upon arrival in Tokyo, either to Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND) airport, you will take the train bound for Tokyo Station. From Tokyo Station you will transfer to a Shinkansen (bullet train) bound for Nagano Station. From Nagano Station, you will get on bus #26 bound for Hakuba. Arrive at the Hakuba-Hoppo Station and a complementary shuttle will take you to the private lodge, where you will be staying. Upon arrival, we will all meet for dinner and an Opening Circle to meet everyone you will be spending the week with.
The private lodge is right on the Tsugaike ski resort, allowing for easy access from the yoga mat to the chairlift. Tsugaike isn't the only ski resort you have access to, the Hakuba valley offers 10 resorts within 30 minutes of the lodge. You will have access to all the resorts for the 5 days of skiing offered.
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Ski Hakuba Valley and yoga offerings
You will have the choice of the 10 different ski resorts within the Hakuba Valley to ski powder all day in. This place can deliver through all the phases of winter, heavy snow in December, deep side-country and occasional bluebird tours in January and February. In the evening you will find your way back to the lodge to do a yoga offering to end the day.
DAY 2 + 3
Rest day to explore onsens
You'll take a day off to explore onsens (mineral hot springs) within the Hakuba Valley. You will go to theKorakukan Onsen + Snow Monkey Hot Springs. They are right next to each other, so you will be able to soak and relax while you look at the snow monkeys in the next pool. After relaxing with the monkeys you will head back to the chalet to do more yoga.
Ski Hakuba Valley and yoga offerings
After a relaxing rest day, you will jump back into the pow skiing in the Hakuba Valley for the next couple of days. After skiing pow you will come back to the chalet for more yoga.
DAY 5 + 6
Ski Hakuba Valley, yoga session, and closing dinner + ceremony
Your final day of activities in the Hakuba Valley! You will have your final ski day at any of the resorts and final yoga session together. After you will have a final dinner and have closing ceremonies to reflect on you week skiing and doing yoga in Japan.
Depart Hakuba Valley
You will leave the chalet and make your way back to Tokyo, or onto other travels!
- Hakuba is a valley in the Nagano prefecture with multiple small districts and 10 ski resorts. Hakuba is Japan's ski town.
- Hakuba is a 4-hour drive from Tokyo. Most people get to Hakuba by shuttle bus from the Tokyo Airports or by a combination of train and bus from Tokyo.
- The Snow Shuttle will pick you up at the airport and deliver you to your door in Hakuba. The Snow Shuttle takes about 6 hours and you will arrive at your accommodation well after midnight, but it is easy.
- The bullet train gets you as far as Nagano, the closest city to Hakuba. From Nagano it is an hour bus ride to Hakuba's main station.
- Hakuba Valley's districts include Happo, Wadano, Eco Land, Limori, and many more. Figure out what mountain you want to be closest to or what kind of off-hill activities interest you to decide where to stay. Lodging closets to the lifts is obviously more expensive than lodging out in the sticks.
- Hakuba offers the most variety in lodging styles and prices, from hostles to fancy hotels. You can find a place here that suites your needs for a week or a season.
- Technically, the Otari village (farther north within the valley) is separate from the Hakuba Valley, but an all-inclusive Hakuba Valley ski pass includes mountains in and beyond Otari such as Hakuba Cortina. If you are staying in Hakuba you should ski Cortina at least once.
EARLY BIRD $3,900
7 nights at the ski in / ski out Slopeside Chalet
Healthy breakfast - with vegan / vegetarian options
Yoga offers 2 times a day
5 days Hakuba Valley lift tickets
Use of a car on site
Gift Basket full of other yogi goodies
Transport to and from Nagano to Hakuba
*airfare, ski equipment, lunch and dinner costs, entry fees to Onsens, train (or bus) tickets from Tokyo to Nagano is not included.