Snowshoe hiking is a snowshoe play that is recommended for beginners who are new to mountaineering in the winter season. It is popular activity that even people who are not good at skiing and snowboarding can enjoy the wilderness of winter. The season is from mid December to mid March.
Take a walk through the snow-covered trees and enjoy a different look of the mountain. It is fun to imagine a animal with the footprint seen in the snow in winter, the activities of the animal and insect become quiet so, we can even enjoy the silence and the beauty of the nature. Dive innocently like a children or having a snowball fight is a kind of pleasure to relief the stress.
Hiruzen area which is about 40minutes drive from Hakkei, snowshoe rental facilities made it perfect for snowshoe debut. Why don`t you enjoy playing with snow that you can not experience in city.
My 1st Snowshoe hiking at Karasugasen, the place is nearly 1 hour drive from Hakkei ryokan. At first we have to learn how to wear snowshoe and prepare ourselves for the course. Today we wear Tsl snowshoe which are imported from France. Course was nearly 3 hours in which we also study how trees change in winter. Interesting study we find that 1 tree was cold and next one was warm when we explore. Also you may find animals footprints in snow as we saw some footsteps on our way, guide told us and teaches that these foot prints related to fox. We learn how to walk, climb and slide. After 2 hours we take a break and experience 1st time making coffee center of the snow. For safety and fun I prefer you have to experience with 3 to 4 person group snowshoe hiking.
Tourists and foreign guests are welcome to explore Japan in snow season and summer season, visit Hakkei Hot Springs - Foreigners Attractive Resort in Yubara..