Snowcats are truck-type vehicles specifically designed to move on snow. They are a fun and convenient way to travel over rugged terrain in wintry Japan. You can explore a variety of areas and take in the scenery from the heated comfort of the snowcat. Some of these massive vehicles can fit up to 16 people, and with no age or fitness restrictions, they make for an ideal outdoor activity for large groups and families. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with the landscape, access lesser-explored regions and spot local wildlife. It is ideal for expert skiers and snowboarders to reach otherwise unreachable backcountry.
Snowcat cruises and snow tractor expeditions are available at a number of ski resorts, such as Nozawa Onsen and Minakami Kogen. Ani Ski Resort in Akita Prefecture even offers night tours high up in the outer reaches of the mountain.