Shoveling snow is a drag. But not to everybody, apparently, according to the hopes of a tour company that organized quite an expensive snow shoveling tour for city-dwellers in Japan. "Why don't you sign up for the snow shoveling party?" is an actual question in actual ad.

Akiota, a town in western Hiroshima Prefecture, has only 7000 residents, and a staggering 47% of those are elderly. And every winter, when Akiota gets tons of snowfall, there are not enough people to shovel the snow. So what's a town to do when the snow just keeps piling up? Get your local sightseeing association to organize and promote a snow shoveling tour, of course!

For only 5000 yen, or about 42 dollars, you and your friends can go on the "Heavy Snow Region Experience Tour." That's right. Because if you're born and raised in a big city, and especially one that doesn't get that much snow, when are you ever going to be able to experience what it's like to live in a snowy little town in the mountains? The fee includes transportation, lunch, insurance, shoveling gear, and a trip to the local hot spring after the valuable shoveling experience. The tour has three components, according to the ad. “Assistance with problem solving in the mountainous town, heavy snow experience, which most urban dwellers never experience in their daily lives, and hands-on experience with local people living in a snowy region of Japan." Sounds awesome!

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The ad continues. "You can experience real excitement in Aki-ota, where the original atmosphere of Japan still remains! Come savor the sensation with us!!" 

Now pick up your shovels and get to work.

English advertisement:

You only have to pay 5000 yen to do this!