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

2-Day Nagano to Takayama Tour: Snow Monkeys & Central Japan

Product ID: 241712
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This 2-day tour of Central Japan combines visits to the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Zenko-ji and alpine oasis of Kamikochi in the spectacular Hida Mountains, ending in the historic old town of Takayama. All accompanied by a local guide.
About this activity
Duration 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and learn all about what makes the resident monkeys so unique
  • Explore Zenko-ji, one of Japan’s oldest and most important Buddhist temples, and home to the first known Buddhist statue to be brought to Japan
  • Enjoy Nagano’s renowned food culture – with lunch included on Day 1 – and sample some of the region’s acclaimed ‘sake’
  • Explore the stunning alpine valley of Kamikochi, renowned for its pristine natural state and walk its trails and discover its highlights
  • Discover Takayama and its beautiful old town, acclaimed for its beauty and historic preservation
Full description
You will begin this stunning 2-day tour at JR Nagano Station and from there head to Zenko-ji. As a registered National Treasure, the temple is the most important cultural site in Nagano and you will be guided by a knowledgeable guide and have the opportunity to explore the surrounding precinct of smaller temples, shops, and food by yourself. You'll then enjoy some lunch, which will be different depending on the time of year. You will then head out of Nagano towards the Snow Monkey Park. Your guide will take you along the forest trail which leads to the park and into Jigokudani. Your guide will introduce these curious creatures and you will get to explore the park and its hot springs. You will then head back to JR Nagano Station at around 17:30.

The second day of the tour begins at 8:30 and you will accompany your guide to Japan’s mountainous heartland of the Japanese Alps. Taking approximately 2 hours, you will arrive at the Kamikochi Bus stop by 10:45, before heading into this true mountain oasis. Situated 1500 meters above sea level deep within the Chubu Sangaku National Park, Kamikochi is famous for its pristine natural state, beautiful rivers and ponds, lush forests, and dramatic mountain peaks rising to over 3000 meters. Your guide will accompany you into Kamikochi and make you familiar with its many walking trails and highlights, before setting a meet-up point and time and setting you free to enjoy the next few hours for yourself. 

You'll then head to Takayama, admiring Japan’s most stunning scenery and dramatic mountain views as you descent into the town. You'll arrive in Takayama and be dropped-off in the old town with your guide to explore the historic streets in the late afternoon. Known as ‘Sannomachi’ in Japanese, the distinctive black facades of the Edo Period buildings preserve the historic character of the old town. The tour will end with a a bus back to Takayama station.
Includes
  • Transportation fee from Nagano to Takayama and all between activities/attractions
  • Snow Monkey Park entrance fee
  • Entry to Kamikochi
  • Lunch on Day 1 (vegetarian options are available, please let us know beforehand)
  • Sake tasting
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch on Day 2 and other food, snacks, and drinks
  • Optional entrance fee to the inner sanctuary of Zenko-ji
  • Accommodation
  • Bullet train tickets

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Day 1 Our guide will meet you at the Information Board of JR Nagano Station across from the Shinkansen exit gates at 09:35 (our guide will be there by 09:20). Day 2 Our guide will meet you at the Information Board of JR Nagano Station across from the Shinkansen exit gates at 08:30 (our guide will be there by 08:20).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
Know before you go
• Please wear suitable shoes and clothing for alpine walking in Kamikochi and the Snow Monkey Park.
• Kamikochi is located at 1500 meters above sea level and weather can change quickly. Please ensure you have clothing suitable for changing conditions including rain and cooler temperatures (7 to 22℃). The monkey park is located at 850 meters, with similar outdoor clothing suitable for your visit.
• There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case we will provide an alternative activity.
Organized by

Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Product ID: 241712