Easy to go! Playing with snow in Niigata 1 Day tour

Sayuri I.

4.80(5) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

We'll visit Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort by taking a two-stories bullet train from Tokyo station.

Only 90 minutes ride, you can see the beautiful snow field in Niigata prefecture.

Unbelievably, you can directly access from the bullet train station to Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort and it's the easiest way to enjoy snow!


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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Tokyo or Tokyo station

Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort in Echigo-Yuzawa, Niigata

Playing with snow (you can choose some snow activities such as snow shoe tour)

Sake tasting (if you prefer, you can try Japanese sake tasting at

Local souvenir and crafts stalls (if you prefer, we can have time for shopping to find unique and cute local souvenir at the )

Ending Point

At your hotel in Tokyo or Tokyo station

What to Expect

Gala Yuzawa snow Resort is directly connected the bullet train station and you can access the resort straight after your arrival there!

If you don't have any snow gears, don't worry!

You can rent all the thing you need to play with snow. (Gloves and knit caps are only for sales)

If you have Japan Rail Pass which cover Niigata area, you can visit here without paying extra money.

Another unique point of this tour is the bullet train we take.

Only in this Joetsu Shinkansen route, you can experience the two-stories bullet train!

It'll stop its operation until the end of March 2020, so you have to try it before it disappears!

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick up in Tokyo area

What‘s not included

round-trip transportation fee from Tokyo to Echigo-yuzawa (for yourself and guide/about JPY13140 per person), lunch (for yourself and guide/about JPY1500 per person), round-trip gondola fee (for yourself and guide/JPY1800 per person), rental snow gear fee(Jacket and pants set JPY3000/Sled and rubber boots set JPY1500 per person), snow activity fee if you join one of them (snow shoe tour / JPY2,000 per person)(sled slope and playing in the snow / JPY1,300 per person)(snowmobile sleigh tour / JPY500 per person)etc.

Please pay for these fees on the spot.

For the rental and activity fee for children, please ask me.

Important Information

I mainly guide you around Tokyo and Kanagawa area but I also can guide you around Echigo Yuzawa and its suburbs area (Niigata prefecture) if you come during my stay in Niigata. Echigo Yuzawa is located 1 hour and a half from Tokyo by Shinkansen train and it's famous for Onsen (hot spring) ,ski ground,tasty Sake and rice!

Only available in winter season (Gala-Yuzawa snow resort will open from 15th December in 2018 to 6th May in 2019.) Please note that if the snow is not enough, this tour will be cancelled.Ask me the availability before booking.

This tour is for winter season , during the operation term of Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort only.

It is announced that the resort will open from 15th December in 2018 to 6th May in 2019.

However, it completely depends on the snow resort's condition.

So please understand that if there's less and less snow, this tour will be cancelled before the snow resort season ends.

When you visit snow resort (and especially if you are thinking about to try skiing and snowboarding), I strongly recommend you to buy insurance.

Some fees such as transportation fee, lunch fee, rental gear fee, activity fees are not included in tour price.

Please refer to them at the price section.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time



Bobby B.

Nov 16, 2019

Very good experience

Very informative and excellent experience. I would recommend Sayuri for a tour guide.

Sayuri I.

Dear Mr.Bobby, Thank you for your review. It was my plearure to be your guide! Have a nice flight to the United states and I hope that your memories in Japan would be priceless one for you. Best regards, Sayuri


Kevin B.

Apr 30, 2019

Great guide that exceeded expectations.

We really enjoyed and appreciated having Sayuri as a guide on our trip to Tokyo. Originally what made her our first choice is her history with Niigata that we wanted to visit. Due to our traveling situation we did not have time to make the Niigata trip and had to schedule a custom tour for the Tokyo areas that interested us just a a day or two in advance. Sayuri took our list and worked on the best way to see most of the places based on the time we set aside an provided us multiple updates. When she provided the final tour itinerary she also provided an estimate expected fees and the travel fee. She arrived at our meeting place slightly early and was patient with us while we stored our bags. Sayuri spoke English well with a Japanese accent which made communication easy. We got to see a lot of things, learn the transit system, and learn more about Tokyo and Japanese culture. After the tour we need to pickup our bags and travel by train to a ryokan in Hakone. Sayuri provided us great instructions on how to get there with alternate routes due to the train delays she looked into. She also contacted the ryokan to make sure that they would have a shuttle for us even though we were arriving late. Per my request she also provided reasonable suggestions for hotels for last moment reservations [Tip: considered twin room pushing beds together instead of double room ;-) ]

Sayuri I.

Dear Mr.Kevin, Thank you so much for your warm message! I'm so happy to hear that you could enjoy your stay in Japan even though a chilly weather of our tour day. It was my pleasure to assist your stay. I hope that you'll come to Japan again so that I can show you beautiful rice fields in rural area next time! Best regards, Sayuri


Sybil D.

Jan 3, 2019

Tokyo highlights

Sayuri put together an excellent tour that gave us a taster for a wide range of sites in a reasonably concise time! She was very accommodative of our kids interests and it was great to have a guide on hand to help us navigate the subway system and to answer all the little questions that we had.

Sayuri I.

Hi, Ms.Sybil! I'm glad to hear that you were satisfied with the tour even though it's a short time. I'm also very happy to see your kids enjoy Gudetama character so much!! Now, you've already known how to use subway system and you can be like Japanese locals after your long stay in Japan:) I hope that you and your family have a lot of fun experiences in Japan! Sayuri

Scott W.

Dec 21, 2018

A Very Memorable And Fun Day With Sayuri.

First and foremost, she has this down to a science. She was able to compile a spectacular day, within a very short time period that I had there. She made my time there so enjoyable, and navigated the city with ease. With all the construction going on with the 2020 Olympics, she maneuvered us around the city without a minute lost. Tokyo's train system is efficient, however can be very confusing. I don't think I could've seen a fraction of the things I saw without her there to guide me. She is also a very warm, intelligent, and friendly person. By the time I was leaving, I felt we had been friends for ages.

Sayuri I.

Hi, Mr.Scott! Thank you for your warm message! I'm so happy to know you were satisfied with the tour even though it's very short time. The places we visited during the tour (Asakusa, Harajuku and Shibuya) were must-to-see places to know both historical aspects and metropolitan aspects of Tokyo effectively. I hope that your experiences during the tour will be your priceless memories of Japan! Thank you again and hope to see you again:)

$205/ per group