Ginzan Onsen & "Jimendashi" Competition

銀山温泉 & 肘折温泉地面出し競争

  • Saturday - Sunday, 22-23th Februrary (two-day trip)

  • Located in Tohoku, Miyagi and Yamagata

  • 3 hours from Tokyo by Shinkansen and bus

Tour activities

Ginzan Onsen (銀山温泉)

Ginzan Onsen "Silver Mountain Hot Spring" is a secluded hot spring town nestled in the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture and known as one of Japan's prettiest onsen towns. It is a wonderland of both traditional Japanese architecture and hot springs with historic ryokan lining the river. It is also the setting that inspired Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki animation Spirited Away, with the bathhouse appearing in the film.

Hijiori Onsen (肘折温泉)

Hijiori lies in the middle of Yamagata prefecture in Japan and it is very famous for deep snow. The snow can be up to 3 meters and it is an interesting place to see how the local people have adapted to these challenging conditions.

"Jimendashi" Competition (地面出し競争)

Undoubtedly one of the most 'holely' festivals in the world. A festival to celebrate the coming of spring by having teams race to dig up the soil just below the snow. This competition may appear to be simple and a bit silly, but in fact, it’s deep practice! And prime digging spots are decided why who can slide the furthest!

Onsen Ryokan

Stay in a taditional Japanese Onsen Ryokan (hot spring hotel). This Onsen Ryokan is a very special hotel having it's own cave onsen.

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Tour details


Saturday - Sunday, 22-23rd February (two-day trip)

Meeting place

Tokyo station  (Meeting spot will be sent to participants with final details)



07:30am   Tokyo Station to Oishida station by Shinkansen
11:59am   Arrive Oishida station
12:35pm   Oishida station to Ginzan Onsen by bus

01:20pm   Ginzan Onsen
05:00pm   Private bus from Ginzan Onsen to Hijiori Onsen

06:30pm   Dinner



07:30am Breakfast
09:00am Competition

02:30pm Shuttle bus to Shinjo station

03:17pm Shinjo station to Tokyo station by Shinkansen

06:48pm Arrive at Tokyo station


¥29,500 per person 


- Transportation from/to Tokyo station

- Accommodation: Onsen Ryokan

- Dinner (Sat) and breakfast (Sun)

- English speaking guide

- Competition participation fee

Not Included:

- Lunch



- Snow wear

- Boots/shoes suitable for the snow



We'll send you details when your booking is confirmed


  • ​Itinerary may vary due to the weather, traffic conditions, and other unavoidable circumstances

  • Own insurance (health, social, company, etc.) is a MUST to be able join

  • Shinkansen is non reserved seats.


Onsen Ryokan, shared with three rooms



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