The Snow Country Region has a long history, and learning about life in a region that copes with massive snowfalls is one of the joys of visiting this area.
A kamakura is a traditional Japanese snow shelter similar to what visitors might think of as an igloo. The Snow Country Region Information Center outside the West Exit of Echigo-Yuzawa Station have put together an evening tour to allow you to experience a fun experience in a kamakura.
Put your snow gear on and head out to a local ski slope where you can relax inside the shelter. A traditional winter meal will be served, consisting of warming kenchin stew (one of the famous dishes of the area), the famous local Koshihikari rice, and a couple of home-made side dishes.
It is a magical experience as you sit around in the snow with the winter night just outside the doorway. As you are on the slopes of a ski area the kids can also enjoy a bit of sledging and snow play at the same time.
You are guaranteed some great photo opportunities and a really memorable evening out.
The tour is available daily from January 17th until March 27th and costs 3,000 yen for adults, or 2,500 yen for children. For further details please contact sugiyama(at)yuzawaonsen.gr.jp or drop into the Information Center at the West Exit of the station.