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

Nagano: 1-Day Snow Monkey & Autumn Leaf Viewing Tour

Product ID: 269377
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This tour combines a visit to Nagano’s world-famous Snow Monkey Park with a leisurely afternoon strolling through an autumn landscape of amber and gold. Learn about Nagano's traditions from your guide and admire the stunning colors of the autumn leaves.
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Observe the famous Jigokudana snow monkeys from in close proximity
  • Explore Nagano's food culture during a well-deserved Japanese lunch
  • Discover some of the best autumn viewing spots in northern Nagano
Full description
This tour takes you from JR Nagano Station to the world-famous Jigokudani snow monkeys and to some of the most beloved autumn leaf viewing spots known for their beautiful array of colors.

After boarding the train and arriving at the destination, your guide will take you along the forest trail which leads you to the Jigokudani Valley. Visit the home of the only troop of monkeys in the world known to bathe in hot springs. Observe the wild Japanese macaques at an incredibly close distance making this a unique and memorable experience.

Then stop at a nearby restaurant for a lunch break and explore Nagano's renowned food culture with your guide. After being filled by a Japanese lunch, head to the hills for a walk through the autumn leaves, which are also known as koyo. Learn about the culture and history of autumn leaf viewing, or how the locals call it momoji-gari. Your guide will take you to the areas where the leaves are in the best condition on the day of your tour with potential destinations including Joshinetsu Kogen National Park/Shiga Kogen, the Shinto shrines of Toguakushi, and the rural villages of the Matsukawa Valley.

After enjoying the autumn leaves, you will be taken to the train that takes you back to JR Nagano Station. The tour is scheduled to conclude at JR Nagano Station between 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM.
  • Transportation fee from Nagano to the Snow Monkey Park and between activities/attractions
  • Snow Monkey Park entrance fee
  • Lunch (vegetarian options are available)
  • English-speaking guide
What’s Not Included
  • Bullet train tickets
  • Additional food, snacks, and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Your guide will meet you at JR Nagano Station at 9:35 AM. The meeting point is in front of the information board, directly opposite the Shinkansen/bullet train ticket gates

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• Autumn leaf viewing sites are selected upon the best condition of the leaves on the day of the tour. Chosen sites for an individual tour cannot, therefore, be confirmed until the morning of the tour
• In case the tour cannot take place due to any unforeseeable reasons, an alternative afternoon visit to Zenko-ji Temple with sake tasting will be provided. You will be notified of the change in an itinerary 3 days in advance.
• There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In that case, you will be provided an alternative activity
• Infants up to 5 years are free of charge. An infant lunch is not included and the order should be made directly to the restaurant according to your needs
Organized by

Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Product ID: 269377