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 – 15th, 2018

FNAR 380: 1 credit course
COST: $3,900 Includes: Round trip flights from SFO to Tokyo, Rail pass, Hotels, Activities, and select meals. (Does not include lift tickets, but they are cheaper in Japan than in the US).
MORE INFO: Sheri Leigh O’Connor, sleigh@sierranevada.edu or 775-881-7588

Travel to Japan with SNC Tahoe this winter. The Japanese culture is amazing, the people are immensely kind, and the food is excellent; it’s like art on a plate. Participants can choose to ski or snowboard at one of the many ski resorts in the Shiga Kogen area of northern Japan, or sightsee on those days. At the end of the trip we’ll spend two days in the Akihabara area of Tokyo, known as “Electric Town”. We’ll visit museums and cultural areas in Tokyo before returning back to the US.

Sheri Leigh O’Connor – Trip Facilitator

Sheri, who has been studying Japanese for years, has been to Japan 9 times. She is the chair of the Fine Arts department at SNC Tahoe, where she teaches ceramics. Her work has been featured in the magazines Ceramics Monthly, and Clay Times , and 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!”

Itinerary (subject to change)

Jan. 5, 2018 Friday SFO to Tokyo – flight TBA
Jan. 6 Saturday Arrive in Tokyo – get rail passes, travel to Yudanaka by trains
Jan. 7 Sunday Skiing/Snowboarding at Shiga Kogen – OR (if not skiing or snowboarding, your choice) visit snow monkeys, and see Hyaku Shaku Cannon – Largest Buddha statue of it’s kind, and visit The Goddess of Mercy for World peace in Yudanaka.
Jan. 8 Monday Skiing/Snowboarding at Shiga Kogen – OR go to Nagano for the day. See Zenkō-ji temple and other sites.
Jan. 9 Tuesday Skiing/Snowboarding at Shiga Kogen – OR go to Obuse – see Hokusai museum, famous print “The Wave” artist, and visit other attractions in town.
Jan. 10 Weds. Skiing/Snowboarding at Shiga Kogen – OR go to Matsumoto and visit castle and other sites in town.
Jan. 11 Thursday Skiing/Snowboarding at Shiga Kogen  – OR sightseeing TBA
Jan. 12 Friday Skiing/Snowboarding at Shiga Kogen  – OR sightseeing TBA
Jan. 13 Saturday Up to group if we travel there early in the day and visit Tokyo, or ski/snowboard, then travel to Akihabara in the evening. Travel to Akihabara – Electric Town Tokyo
Jan. 14 Sunday Visit sights in Tokyo: Museums,
Jan. 15 Monday Travel to SFO – flight TBA