Yoga & Snow Retreat

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20 Mar.

Yoga & Snow Retreat

March 20 - March 27
Ari has teamed up with Japan Zen Retreats to present an exciting yoga and ski spectacular in the land of the rising sun.

The ski season in Japan is such a great time to travel to the Nagano Region of Japan. You will be doing daily yoga and if want to ski or snowboard you will be in heaven. There is also gorgeous snow shoe trails through the white birch forests of the region. For the more adventurous you can also do back country tours with the local mountain guides which gets you into the dramatic wilderness of the mountains.

If you want a balance between relaxation and adventure this retreat will be perfect for you. Join one or more of the daily yoga sessions in the lovely Yoga Studio right next door to your accommodation at Snowball Chalet. Relax by the fire and read a book or chat with the other retreat guests. Ski till your heart is content. Explore the peaceful forests. Soak in the beautiful onsens in the area. It just doesn’t get better than this.


Included in the retreat are three tours:

Maguse Onsen is one of those places that you dream about years after you visit. It is a very traditional onsen that has the most stunning views down a sunset lit valley towards the beautiful ski mountain of Kijimadaira. We run the tour in the afternoon so the valley glows orange as the sun sets across it. Even if it is cloudy it is still amazing because it then takes on a mystical aura.

The Snow Monkey Tour takes in the gorgeous Japanese Snow Monkeys, a sake tasting and Shibu Onsen Village. It is a relaxed cultural tour that really gets at the heart of what makes Japan so special. All our guests absolutely love this tour and it is a must on any traveller to Northern Nagano’s itinerary.

Nozawa Onsen Snow and Village tour is a wonderful way to spend the day. Go Skiing or Snowboarding on the mountain or relax in one of (or all of) the many public onsens. Stroll through the charming village and explore the temple at the top of the town. Eat delicious oyaki ringo (local apple dumplings) and onsen tamago (soft boiled eggs cooked in the hot springs).

Other inclusions:

  • 1 night accommodation in Tokyo
  • 6 nights accommodation at Snowball Chalet at Madarao Mountain Resort
  • Breakfast and dinner when at Snowball Chalet prepared by our amazing chef or one of the lovely restaurants in the village
  • Guide from Tokyo to Snowball Chalet
  • Return bullet train from Tokyo to Iiyama Station and Shuttle bus to Madarao Mountain Resort from Iiyama
  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Nozawa Onsen Snow and Village tour
  • Maguse Onsen tour
  • Snow Monkey tour


Retreat accommodation

Snowball Chalet is a boutique 3-storey cedar chalet nestled high in the Japanese mountain village of Madarao, just 100 minutes from Tokyo in the heart of the Japanese Alps. It’s been designed to meet your every need for a wonderful retreat, combining rustic wabi-sabi character with all the modern comforts you expect.

Snowball Chalet has a lovely lounge area with designer fireplace, 2 stylish o-furo baths (Japanese style tubs), views to the forest and a flat 1-minute stroll to the ski slopes and hiking trails.

With a focus on comfort, style and good old fashioned mountain hospitality, Snowball Chalet is your quintessential cosy mountain chalet in the heart of the village.


Rooms and pricing

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Deluxe Ensuite
Single occupancy | ¥320,000 (approx. $4,400)
Double occupancy | ¥190,000 (approx. $2,600) *Queen or twin bed options*

Family Room
Double occupancy only | ¥150,000 (approx. $2,100) *Queen or twin bed options*




Cancellations and refund policy

Non Flexible bookings are non refundable and require full payment at time of booking.

Semi Flexible bookings require a non refundable deposit of 30% at time of booking and a non refundable final payment of the remaining 70%, 60 days before arrival.

Please ensure you take out travel insurance at time of booking so you are covered if you need to make a cancellation. All travel insurance is different so please make sure you read the terms and conditions to ensure you have the correct cover.


Event Details

Date: March 20 - March 27
Time: -
Venue: Snowball Chalet
Address: Madarao Mountain Resort, Japan