Snow field SOTOASOBI in Hida-Osaka

Snow field SOTOASOBI in Hida-Osaka - Tour Information - Hida-Osaka Falls - Hida-Osaka's 200 Waterfalls - Gero city, Gifu prefecture, Japan


Snow field SOTOASOBI in Hida-Osaka


Winter is not only about skiing and snowboarding!

We run around in a field of snow with our snowshoes on, go downhill on a sleigh, lay down just for fun, and enjoy “yuki-ita” with full excitement. On this tour, there is also a hot drink break to soak up the breath-taking scenery of the Northern Japanese Alps and Mt. Ontake.

We have to drive for about 40 minutes each way from Hida-Osaka Visitor Center to the snow activity field. In order to avoid the closed space, we kindly ask the participants to drive by themselves to the field following the guide’s car. The road to the field is a winding mountain road covered by snow, and also there are some icy spots. Therefore, snow tires are mandatory, and the 4-wheel drive is highly recommended. Also, the driver needs to be well used to these conditions.

What’s so special about SOTOASOBI?

  • Don’t worry about gear. It’s all provided. Just dress warmly. That’s enough!
  • It’s only a 30-40 -minute drive from either Takayama or Gero. You’ll have a plenty of time to enjoy your day!
  • Your pets are welcome, too!
    ※Pet owners are responsible for their pets.
  • Lunch at a warm and cozy space is included in the tour. You will get to try the local specialty, kosenyudofu—tofu cooked in the local spring water.

Special request to pet owners

  • Please be responsible for the feeding and waste removal of your pets.
  • The Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office is not responsible for any problems related to your pets, including problems between your pets and other participants.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the lunch space.
  • It is your responsibility to keep your pets protected from the cold.

Time Table

9:40 AM Meet at the Hida-Osaka Visitor Center for sign-up.
10:50 AM Arrive at the snow field of Suzuran Kogen.
Get dressed for SOTOASOBI.
11:00 AM Start SOTOASOBI.
1:00 PM Finish SOTOASOBI and leave the snow field.
1:40 PM Lunch at Osakana Riverbase
2:30 PM Finish the tour

What breath-taking scenery!

How about running down the hill?

Do you remember how to have fun sledding?

Don’t hesitate to have fun!

Dogs can play around, too!

It’s time for coffee!

Tour details Your guide will take you outside to enjoy SOTOASOBI for 2 hours. SOTOASOBI includes anything fun in the snow field, such as hiking, sledding, looking for traces and footprints of animals, and having coffee outside. After the tour, you will enjoy the delicious local dish of kosenyudofu—tofu cooked in the local spring water—at a warm and cozy space. You may want to soak in the hot spring at Himeshagannoyu to warm up after the tour.
Tour dates Saturday, January 29, 2022 – Monday, February 28, 2022
Where and when to meet & finish Meet at Hida-Osaka Visitor Center at 9:40 AM
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Finish at Osakana Riverbase at 2:30 PM
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Duration 4.5 hours
(30 minutes each way to and from the field, 2 hours of SOTOASOBI, and 1.5 hours for lunch and others.)
Requirements ① Participants need to drive winding mountain roads covered by snow to the activity field. The distance is about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) each way, and the elevation is 800 meters (2600 ft).
② Other requirements are stated in the file below.
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Required number of participants Minimum 2 people and maximum10 people
Price JPY 8,800 per person including tax, the guide, gear, and lunch.
Contact and Reservation Please make a reservation via our website at least 3 days before the tour date.


Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office
TEL: +81-576-62-2215 (9:00 AM – 6:00 PM)

Book Now! Reservations will be closed on any given day when the maximum number of participants is reached.
Payment Cash or credit card on the day of the tour.
Gear included in the tour price Snowshoes, snow boots, rain-coat, rain-pants, and gloves.
※Gear sizes are limited.Please ask the Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office for the availability of gear if you are worried about the size.
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Weather alert The Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office will contact all participants by 5:00 PM on the day before the tour date if unsuitable weather is forecast and the tour is cancelled. Tours can be called off even on the day of the tour if the Hida-Osaka Waterfall Trekking Office determines that the road conditions are too dangerous or if the roads are closed because of heavy snow or a snowstorm.
Cancellation Policy The full fee will be charged to participants who cancel their tour after 5:00 PM on the day before the tour date.
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