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Snow Festival Passport

Advance Purchase (※Until February 16th) 2,500yen(including tax)
Day-of Purchase (※From 17th to 19th Feb) 3,000yen(including tax)

The Passport is a ticket which helps you to get the most of your time at the Tokamachi Snow Festival.
Not only does it grant you free travel on the festival’s bus services it also gets you entry into a special passport holder’s zone at the Snow Carnival; discount tickets and special deals at shops, onsen, ski slopes and restaurants all over town; and entry into a draw to win fantastic prizes among other things.
We recommend purchasing a passport to fully enjoy the Tokamachi Snow Festival.

Please see the information below for details on all of the bonuses that the Snow Festival Passport offers.

※ Please be aware that the validity and availability of each bonus is different.
*Refunds are not allowed. Also, in the event that a passport is lost, a new one will not be provided so please exercise caution.

8 Special Bonuses

●Bonus 1  【Passport Lottery Ticket】
Inside the passport is a detachable postcard page which you can submit to be entered into a drawing to win one of the following prizes:
 ・Hotel Belnatio (1 night stay for 2 people)・・・ 1 available
 ・manma and cafe Yukimatsuri (2,000円 coupon)・・・3 available
 ・Cross 10 Tokamachi Catalogue Gift・・・5 available
 ・Kirin Beer (6 large bottles)・・・5 available
 ・Uonuma Koshihikari Brand Rice 1kg・・・10 availabe
 ・Tokamachi produced Sake (one bottle)・・・10 available
 ・Tokamachi soba・・・20 available
 ・Neige stuffed toy・・・5 available
● Bonus 2  【Stamp Rally】
Collect the stamps placed by snow sculptures (professional category sculptures only) and at spots in downtown Tokamachi. If you can collect 5 stamps you can get a Neige picture book. 10 stamps will get you a free tote bag!
●Bonus 3  【Snow Carnival Passport Holders Zone】
2Passport holders are able to enter the passport holders spectators zone at the Snow Carnival on Saturday 18th.
※Children of elementary school age and younger accompanied by guardians who are in possession of a passport are able to enter the passport holders zone without a passport.

●Bonus 4  Advance Purchase Only【Chance to Take a Photograph with Snow Carnival Performers】※Deadline has passed.
If you apply in advance with the application number inside your Passport, you could be one of the lucky winners who gets to take a souvenir photograph with the performers at the Snow Carnival.

This opportunity is only available to those that are able to come to the carnival site at the specified time on February 18th.
※We are unable to accept requests for photos with individual performers.
For more details, click → here (Japanese)

●Bonus 5  【Snow Sculpture Tour Discounted Ticket】
2February 17th (Fri) and 18th (Sat): 1,500 yen discount on the snow sculpture tour.

Snow Sculpture Tour: Friday 17th Feb 18:30 to 21:30 / 3,000 yen
Winner's Works Tour: Saturday 18th Feb 13:00 to 16:00 / 3,000 yen
※ You need to apply at least 2 days in advance. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis.
≪Applications & Inquiries: Kyoritsu Kankou Co., Ltd TEL:025-752-4128≫ 
To apply online, click here →Snow Sculpture Tour

●Bonus 6  【Free Rides on Festival Bus Services】
The passport allows you to ride both of the festivals bus services for free. These bus services are the best way to move between festival hiroba.
For information on each bus service please see the following:City Circle Route BusHiroba Mini Tour Bus.
※ Please note that these bus services are unable to take you to the Snow Carnival venue.

●Bonus 7 【Discount for Day Passes at Tokamachi City Ski Resorts】
The passport comes with discounts to ski lifts at slopes across the Tokamachi region.
Participating ski slopes:
・Joetsu Kokusai Ski Resort Atema  ・Nakasato Kiyotsu Ski Resort
・Matsudai Family Ski Resort  ・Matsunoyama Onsen Ski Resort
●Bonus 8  【Omotenashi Services】
Passport holders have access to a number of discounts and special offers at stores and onsen facilities in and around town.

Please click the link below for further information.
List of participating establishments (PDF) here (Japanese)

Where Can I Buy a Passport?

  • 7-Eleven, Lawson, FamilyMart, Circle K and Mini Stop Convenience Stores Nationwide. Also, at JR East Japan's "View Plaza" and "Midori no Madoguchi" ticket offices.
    ※ Not all "Midori-no-Madoguchi" ticket offices are selling the passport.
    ※ If you buy a Passport at the stores above, you will receive a coupon which you will need to exchange for the actual Snow Festival Passport. You can do this exchange at the Tokamachi Tourist Information Center, or, at a number of Snow Festival information points set up around town on Saturday 18th (09:00 to 16:00).
    ※ Please use the codes below to search for the passport at 7-Eleven, Lawson, FamilyMart, Circle K and Mini Stop Convenience Stores.
     Advance Sale・・・「0245086」 (Until 16 Feb 2017)
     Day-of Sale・・・「0245087」 (17th Feb 2017 to 19th Feb 2017)
  • Vendors located in Tokamachi City
    Snow Festival HQ (Tokamachi Tourist Information Center) / City Hall Branches: Kawanishi, Nakasato, Matsudai, Matsunoyama / Chuo Community Center / Community Centers: Gejo, Kawanishi, Yoshida, Nakajo, Mizusawa, Kawanishi, Tobitari, Matsudai, Matsunoyama / Cross-10 / Kinare / Kyoritsu Kankou / Bungukan Takizawa / Sennen no Yu / 7-Eleven Stores / Lawson Stores / AEON Tokamachi
  • Vendors Outside of Tokamachi City
    Yuzawa Onsen Tourist Information Center (Yuzawa Town) / Niigata Prefecture Tokyo Tourist Information Center (Omotesando・Niigatakan N'ESPACE) / Tourist Information Center inside Echigo Yuzawa Station (Yuzawa Town).

    Sale Period: Until 16:00pm on Sunday 19th February 2017
    ※ Passport sale begins on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

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