Night Snowshoeing Tour to Frozen Zengoro Falls in Nagano


With a guide, snowshoe at night through a forest, toward the magnificent Zengoro Falls. In winter, when it’s frozen, it transforms into a spectacular ice sculpture! When the weather’s good, you’ll get a splendid view of the glowing moon and stars.


  • Snowshoe at night with an expert English-speaking guide
  • See the spectacular frozen Zengoro Falls up close
  • Admire the nocturnal scenery — when skies are clear, see twinkling stars and the ethereal moon
  • Walk through a snowy forest
  • Discover the magic of winter in Japan’s National Parks!

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Important Information

• Optional winter clothing rental is available; please pay in cash or by card at the venue • Weather may affect the conditions of the route, including temperature and visibility • Please be wary of falling ice debris • Please refrain from using any plastic items - This tour requires a minimum of two participants. - Participants must be aged 6 or above. - As this tour ends at 21:00, and no public transportation is available around the area, only guests staying in the following areas can participate: Norikura Kogen, Shirahone Onsen, or Sawando. Please make your own hotel arrangements. - Participants must have travel insurance to join. You may arrange beforehand on your own, or avail at Guesthouse Raicho on the day. - If we have to cancel the tour due to bad weather, we will inform you by 17:00 the day before to refund or reschedule. - Drinking alcoholic beverages before the tour is not allowed; intoxicated guests may not participate. Please understand that in booking this activity, we may share your booking information (but without individually identifiable data) to the Ministry of the Environment, with which this activity is affiliated. By making a booking, you signify that you agree to these terms.


Nestled in the woods of Chubusangaku National Park you'll find Zengoro Falls — a spectacular sight which is one of the Three Waterfalls of Norikura in Nagano Prefecture. In winter, the woods leading to Zengoro Falls transform into a snowy landscape and Zengoro Falls freezes up, its once-gushing waters dramatically frozen into a massive ice sculpture. Join this guided night snowshoeing tour for an up-close encounter with the astounding frozen Zengoro Falls, which is believed to have once been a place of worship for a mountain-worshipping sect that revered Mt. Norikura. This area is best explored on foot, and in the winter months when it freezes up and gets covered in snow, it is only safely accessible with snowshoes. While the terrain may be uneven, you can safely explore with your trusty snowshoeing gear and a reliable English-speaking guide. Exploring at night will show you serene nocturnal scenery that magically differs from the daylight setting. Darkness envelops the area, but with a headlamp on, you can illuminate the way and add a magical thrill to an exciting escapade! You’ll see how beautiful the surroundings look, sleeping silently and undisturbed. When the weather is nice and the skies are clear, you can catch sight of the beautiful moon and countless, twinkling stars scattered across the heavens.

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