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  1. Japan
  2. Nagano Prefecture
  3. Nagano
  4. Jigokudani Monkey Park

1 Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen

Product ID: 102137
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This day tour brings you to the snow monkeys, followed by lunch and snow fun activities. The snow fun part of the tour takes place in the mountainous Shiga Highlands, the biggest ski resorts in Japan. See the highlights of Japanese winter on this tour.
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Play around in the snow of the Japanese mountains
  • See the snow monkeys in their wintry habitat
  • Have Japanese lunch nearby the Snow Monkey Park
  • Go up to the ski resorts of the Shiga Highlands
  • Have fun sledging, snow-scooting, snow-biking, or riding a ski lift to go up to the mountain top
Full description
Tour starts at Nagano Station and from there you will be taken to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. See the Japanese macaques warming up their bodies by bathing in hot springs. Your guide will tell you interesting facts about the park and the snow monkeys while you stroll around the park. After some time with the snow monkeys, head back for a delicious lunch at the restaurant near the Snow Monkey Park.

After a well-deserved lunch, get ready for the snow part of the tour. Head up to one of the ski resorts in the Shiga Kogen highlands, the biggest ski area in Japan. This mountainous area was one of the scenes for the 1998 Winter Olympics and every year this area receives a huge amount of snow, making for some incredible scenery.

Head to the snow activity slope, where you can play in the snow. Take advantage of the snow sleds, snow scooters, snow bikes and more. Those who have no experience skiing or snowboarding can find plenty of other things to do on the ski slope. After having fun on the slope, ride a ski lift up the ski slope to an altitude of 1950 meters (5850 feet). Enjoy the panoramic scenery of the entire northern Nagano area.

9:35 - Meet with the guide at Nagano Station. 
11:00 - Arrival at Yudanaka Station. 30-minute walk through a beautiful forest trail to the Snow Monkey Park.
11:30 - Arrival at the Snow Monkey Park, enjoy Japanese wild macaques bathing in onsen or frolicking around the park.
13:00 - Have lunch nearby the Snow Monkey Park.
13:45 - Leave the restaurant and travel to the snow-covered mountains of Shiga Kogen.
14:30 - Arrival at the ski resort. Free time to play with fresh snow.
16:00 - Leave the snow fun area and take a ski lift up the mountain. Enjoy views of the mountainous scenery of Nagano and take some extra photos.
16:30 - The end of the snow activity. Preparations for departure.
17:15 - Arrival at Yudanaka Station. The train back to Nagano Station leaves Yudanaka at 17:45.
18:30 - Arrive back at Nagano Station.
  • Transportation from Nagano Station to the Snow Monkey Park and to the Shiga Highlands Ski Resorts and back to Nagano Station
  • Entrance fee to the Snow Monkey Park
  • Lunch (vegetarian options are available)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Snow activity fees in the Shiga Highlands
What’s Not Included
  • Bullet train tickets

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

At 9:35 at the Information Board of JR Nagano Station, across from the Shinkansen exit/entrance.

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Important information
Know before you go
Confirmation of your reservation will be sent to your email address within 48 hours after booking.

Children from 3 years old and up can join this tour. Rentals for small sizes are available as well.

Infants (3-5) are free of charge. (No tour meal is included. Please order foods directly to the restaurant.)
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4.7 / 5
based on 7 reviews
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Organized by

Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Product ID: 102137