Hiroshige print of the mountains of Japan in winter
Japan in winter -
art, food, skiing, snowboarding,
and monkeys in the hot springs!


See & Ski Japan!

January 5th – 19th, 2020

During SNC winter break. Registration required by November 4th, 2019.
FNAR 480: 3 credit course
COST: $3,400 includes: hotels, activities, and select meals. (Airfare and lift tickets are not included. Lift tickets are cheaper in Japan than in the US, around $50).
MORE INFO: Sheri Leigh O’Connor, sleigh@sierranevada.edu or 775-881-7588

See and ski Japan after the holidays, before the spring ’20 term begins. Awesome is an understatement when describing Japan! Travel during the winter break to the “Japanese Alps”, where you can ski or snowboard in the gorgeous landscape of Japan, or sample the culture on day trips to iconic sites. The trip will begin in Tokyo, where we’ll visit interesting places such as TeamLab and enjoy “Electric Town” at night. Then we’ll travel to the Nagano Prefecture, where the Olympics were held and stay in Shiga Kogen, where we’ll sleep on futons on tatami mats, have incredible meals, wear kimonos, and enjoy the natural hot spring onsen baths. We’ll also see adorable snow monkeys enjoying their own outdoor onsen. Then we’ll travel to Hakuba, another great ski area. At the end, we’ll return to Tokyo, and visit the gorgeous Senso-ji temple, and go to the incredible Robot Café show. Learn about Japanese culture and art on the trip of a lifetime!

This trip is open to any SNC students.

Sheri Leigh O’Connor – Trip Facilitator

Sheri, who has been studying Japanese for years, has been to Japan more than 20 times. She is the chair of the Fine Arts department at SNC Tahoe, where she teaches ceramics, and directs the summer workshop program. Her work has been featured in the magazines Ceramics Monthly, and Clay Times, and in several books. She has participated in numerous art exhibitions, including in Utsonomiya, Japan. Her passion lately has been traveling, particularly to Japan. “I’ve never taken anyone to Japan that didn’t absolutely love it!”

Lion Dancer
snow monsters at Zao
Japanese cuisine
snow monkeys stay warm in the onsen
skiing at Zao