• Japan
  • Yamagata
  • Tours
  • Hands-on "Snow Experience " Tour  (Snow Digging & Boatriding)

Hands-on "Snow Experience " Tour  (Snow Digging & Boatriding)

Kuniaki S.

4.50(2) reviews
7.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

This tour is focused on the three wintery activities in the snowbound area of Yamagata. First you can enjoy shoveling the 3-meter-deep snow and digging the stored vegetables (turnips) out of the snow. Second you'd like to cook them with the help of a local cuisine specialist and appreciate the traditional food on the spot. Third we take a breathtaking boatride down the Mogami River.


Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.

Meeting Point

Shinjo Station (JR East, Yamagata Shinkansen Bullet Train Terminal)

1 Snow Shoveling and Digging out the Winter Vegetables in Tsunokawa (Tozawa Village)

2 Natto-jiru (Miso soup seasond with natto, or fermented soybean paste) Cooking , Onigiri Rice Ball Making & Eating

3 Boatride down the Mogami River, enjoying the wonderful snow-capped forests

Ending Point

Shinjo Station (JR East, Yamagata Shinkansen Bullet Train Terminal)

What to Expect

Yamagata is famous for its heavy snowfall, and this region (Tsunokawa, Tozawa village) has about 3-meter-deep snow every winter. I'd like all the tourists to make the most of this tremendous amount of snow and go through hands-on experiences with this "White Monster".

As your fun and fabulous activities, we've prepared two things in connection with the snow. First, digging the winter vegetables (traditional Tsunokawa "Kabu" turnips) out of the accumulated snow. Second, with these ingredients cooking local food "Natto-jiru" (Natto-based miso soup with lots of vegetables) and "Onigiri " rice balls making. Why not enjoy your own cuisine with us? Lastly you'd like to visit one of our sightseeing hotspots, a boatride down the Mogami River. If you are lucky, you can happen to take a "Kotatsu"(a foot warmer with a quilt all over)-installed boat and warm yourself in it. From your boat you can appreciate marvelous and magnificent scenery of snow-capped cedar forests on both sides right in front of your eyes! It sure is a must-see you can't miss when you visit Yamagata.

Want to personalize this tour?

  • Our tours can be customized according to your needs and preferences
  • Click below to tell us what you are looking for:

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

Transportatin ( you and guide / per person): JR train 1,000 yen, Bus 200 yen, Taxi about 8,000 yen in total (2,000 yen per person in case of 4 tourists)

Activity fee (you and guide / per person): 5,000 yen

Boatride fee(you and guide / per person): 2,450 yen

Important Information

I'm available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday through Saturday. Transportation fee and lunch of you and a guide will be paid by the customer. If you book me before making inquiries, please note that you may be requested to pay extra guide fee for hotel pickup (about 3,000 yen) depending on the location. So, please ask me first.

Snow digging is available only after we have enough snowfall during this coming winter season. The period may be from around January 15 to March 15. Just in case we don't have much snowfall, we have a substitute plan instead of snow shoveling activity.

Tourists are requested to make a reservation for the activities (snow-digging and cooking "natto-jiru") 4 days ahead of their visit day. When you cancel the tour, the following

cancellation policy will be adopted for the activity fee : When you cancel 3 days before, you're charged 50 %, on the previous day 70 %, and on the appointed day 100%.

*Please be noted that normal cancellation policy of TripleLights will apply to the tour fee.

This is a daytime tour taking about 7.5 hours. If you'd like to spend overnight, you can stay in "Minshuku", Japanese-style inn at the cost of approximately 6,000 yen per person.

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



Spencer S.

May 9, 2019

Very Nice Person

Shimizu-San is a very nice person and we enjoyed his company. The first day to Yamadera was lots of fun but we could have done without the Basho museum. The second day was less interesting. Though the old Prefecture building was OK, it was not worth the time. Yamagata Castle was a bit of a bust. Lunch, however, at Gura was very good.

Kuniaki S.

Thanks a lot for writing a review for me. I was very happy to have an opportunity to show you around Yamadera mountain complex and Kajo Koen Park. It was a pity, however, that we could not climb up to the top of Mt. Zao on the second day as originally scheduled becase of the weather and the cable car check-up. Maybe next time! I personally enjoyed your sophisticated talks and jokes all through the tour. You are definitely one of the best couples I've ever met in my whole life. Thanks again for choosing me as your personal guide for two days. Next time why not visit Mt. Zao and the Shinjo-Mogami region for another exciting tour? I'm very much looking forward to it. I do hope you'll enjoy the rest of your tour in Japan. See you again. Bon voyage!


Richard S.

Jul 28, 2018

Sakata full day tour

We had a very good time with Kuniaki visiting Sakata while our ship had a stop there. When we arrived Kuniaki was waiting for us at the agreed meeting point. His English was excellent. Since we had limited time to visit, we were happy to have a very well organized guide with us. The tour was well managed and we got to see what was in our program for the day. We enjoyed every place we visited. The monk sanctuary is not a place to be missed. Kuniaki is very knowledgeable and a pleasing person to be around. Without hesitation we would recommend Kuniaki as a guide.

Kuniaki S.

Thanks a lot for your tour review. It is a very good reminiscence for me, too. I'm happy that you had the time of your life visiting the Five-Story Pagoda, Mt. Haguro, Rice Storehouses, Maiko Teahouse, and Kaiko-ji Temple, which houses two living Buddhas (you mentioned above). Your family is always very punctual and considerate to others. I've never met such an amiable family in my whole life. Have fun with the rest of your trip in Japan . See you around. Bon Voyage! Thank you so much.

$296/ per group