Application Closed | [Experience] Day camp in the snow! Maple syrup harvest and rice flour pancake making

Snow WInter Daycamp
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Reservations for 2024 have been closed. The schedule for next year will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.
The “Rice Terraces Snowshoe Walking with Tea Time on the snow” is still being held, so please consider this option as well.


How does collecting and tasting maple syrup in the snowy Japanese forest, sound?

In this program, you will snowshoe through the snowy forest with your guide to collect the sap from a maple tree. Once the sap has been collected, the group returns to the designated place to camp for the day with bonfire on the snow.

The original maple syrup collected is boiled and drizzled on pancakes that use pesticide-free locally harvested Uonuma Koshihikari rice flour.

A dedicated guide will accompany, so anyone can enjoy the snowy mountains in winter with peace of mind.

Experience a new way to enjoy the winter forest while warming up to a bonfire at the day camp.

Snow boots are available to rent. Please let us know your shoe size in the remarks column of the application. (The rental fee is included in the tour fee.)

tour info Detail


  • Wearing snowshoes and collect maple sap in the woods.
  • Enjoy personally collected maple syrup with freshly made rice flour pancakes.
  • A dedicated guide is available so spending a day at the snowy forest and day camping is safe.

The group will meet in front of the Yabukozaki Campsite at 1:30 pm. (Please contact us in advance if you wish for a pick up and drop off from/to Matsudai Station.)

Change to snowshoes and go out with the guide to collect the sap of the maple tree, which is the source of maple syrup.

Though it looks like there are only snow and trees in the forest, if you look carefully, you can actually feel the activities of various creatures and plants around.

The dedicated guide will guide you carefully, so please make various discoveries!

A tree called “Itaya maple” protects itself by producing a lot of sap so that it will not freeze when the temperature is low in winter.

Divide the harvested sap and boil it to make maple syrup. Is the taste of the sap in its original form sweet?

When you come back from the forest, make a fire on the snow and have a day camp. Boil down the sap, bake pancakes, and brew tea … and you’re all set!

Drizzle maple syrup on the luxurious pancake made from pesticide-free local Uonuma Koshihikari rice flour.

This will surely be a delicious taste you have never experienced!

If the weather is nice, you can see the three mountains of Echigo, which makes this experience even more exceptional ♬

The program ends at 4:30 pm.

Period2024: 27th Jan & 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th Feb (may vary depending on the weather) * Basically held on Saturdays
VenueIn front of Yabukozaki Campground (Please let us know in advance if you wish to pick up from Matsudai Station.)
IncludesRental snowshoes, snow boots (Adult size only. Guests who wants to rent must indicate shoe size in the application form), English speaking guide, experience, food, hot drink and insurance
Required EquipmentsWeather appropriate clothing
Event ConditionsMinimum number of two (2) persons is required to conduct the tour. Tour is subject to weather conditions.
-This tour requires a minimum number of two (2) participants. -Booking deadline is 3 days before tour date. -Cancellation policy:

Cancellation received within six (6) days from departure date will incur a penalty of 30% Cancellation received before departure time on the day of the tour will incur a penalty of 50% Cancellation received after the departure time on the day of the tour will incur a penalty of 100%

-Important notes:

・ Basically, the tour is held on Saturdays.

・ If you have any concerns about allergies or dietary restrictions, please contact us in advance.

・ Please refrain from participating if you are not in good physical condition.

・ For accidents (burns, etc.) within the scope of your personal responsibility during the tour, please take full responsibility.

・ The tour may be cancelled depending on the weather. In that case, we will decide on the day before and contact you.

・ If the instructor determines that the guest is unsuitable for participation (due to improper clothing or physical condition) at the time of assembly or during the tour, the tour may be interrupted or the itinerary may be changed before or during the tour. However, refunds will not be accepted in that case.

-About the tour guide:

Local staff will accompany from the meeting place to the finishing point of the tour. All other travel procedures other than mentioned in the above tour schedule/itinerary will be the tour participant’s responsibility.

JPY 13,100/person
Tax included

*After sending a booking request, we will confirm availability and get back to you.

How To Book

Booking Request

First, send us a booking request to check availability.

Confirming Availability

We will review the request and reply to you.

Completing The Booking

Fill the form we send by email and proceed with payment.

Departure Day

Finally, come to the meeting point to enjoy the tour!

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