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From Takayama: 2-Day Tour to Nagano and Snow Monkey Park

Product ID: 269432
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Travel from Takayama to Nagano across the dramatic Hida Mountains, all led by an English-speaking guide, and take in the best this region has to offer, from snow monkey parks to ancient Buddhist temples.
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the stunning alpine valley of Kamikochi
  • Admire Matsumoto Castle – one of Japan’s last remaining original castles
  • Explore Zenko-ji, one of Japan’s oldest and most important Buddhist temples, and home to the first known Buddhist statue in Japan
  • Visit the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Full description
Day 1
Departing from Takayama station in the morning, travel into the beautiful Northern Alps. Head to the Kamikochi valley, famous for its pristine natural state, beautiful rivers and ponds, lush forests, and dramatic mountain peaks rising to over 3000 meters. Discover the area's many walking trails and highlights with the help of your expert guide.

Visit breathtaking sites such as the Asuza River, Taisho Pond, and the iconic Kappabashi (Kappa Bridge). You can access these easily via the area's walking trails and, if you wish, your guide will be happy to accompany you.  

Afterward, begin your journey toward Matsumoto. Explore the historic grounds and building of Matsumoto Castle, one of the last remaining original castles in Japan and a registered National Treasure. Head to Nagano in the afternoon, where you will spend the night. 

Day 2
Get picked up from your hotel in the morning and head to Zenko-ji, a registered national treasure and the most important cultural site in Nagano. Enjoy a guided tour of the temple followed by some free time to explore the surrounding precinct of smaller temples and shops by yourself before heading for lunch. Savor a delicious meal showcasing the best of Nagano's food culture, from sushi to hotpot and Nagano-style chicken with grilled vegetables.

No visit to Nagano is complete without delving into Japan’s most famous beverage. Dip your toes into this seductive world as your guide explains the process, terminology, and appreciation of Nagano’s acclaimed sake (non-alcoholic options also available).

Well-fed and warmed by sake, leave Nagano and travel to the Snow Monkey Park. Follow the forest trail which leads to the park and into Jigokudani. Get up close and personal with these curious creatures and observe them in close proximity before heading back to Nagano in the evening.
Includes
  • All transportation
  • Matsumoto Castle entrance fee
  • Accommodation on day 1
  • Snow Monkey Park entrance fee
  • Lunch on Day 2 (vegetarian options are available)
  • Sake tasting
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch on day 1 and any other food, snacks, and drinks
  • Entrance fee to the inner sanctuary of Zenko-ji
  • Bullet train tickets

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

JR Takayama Station, next to the exhibit entrance, directly opposite the shinkansen/bullet train ticket gates at 09:00 am.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Please wear suitable shoes and clothing for alpine walking in Kamikochi and the Snow Monkey Park.
• Please note that this tour starts and ends in two different cities.
• Kamikochi is located at 1500 meters above sea level and the weather can change quickly. Please ensure you wear clothing suitable for changing conditions including rain and cooler temperatures (7 to 22℃).
• Please note that as the monkeys are wild animals, there is no guarantee that they will be in the bath.
• There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such cases, an alternative activity will be provided.
• Infants aged 0-5 years old go free of charge on this activity. An infant lunch is not included and the order will be made directly to the restaurant according to your needs.
Organized by

Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Product ID: 269432