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

Nagano: Snow Monkeys, Zenkoji Temple & Sake Day Trip

Product ID: 54964
Visit the heart of the region, Nagano's near-1400 year old Zenko-ji Temple, filled with history and legend. Enjoy lunch and a sake tasting at one of the most popular restaurants, followed by an afternoon at the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.
About this activity
Duration: 8 hours - 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
  • Go to Zenkoji, the first temple to house a Buddha statue in Japan
  • Take photos with the world-famous snow monkeys
  • Enjoy lunch at the restaurant nearby the Snow Monkey Park
  • Enjoy the vibrant shopping street of Nakamise
  • Try Japanese sake at the local sake brewery
Full description
A great tour for all seasons, this is a 1-day guided tour of the most famous attractions of Nagano City and Jigokudani or “Hell’s Valley”, home of the Snow Monkeys. Take a scenic route to see the cutest monkeys in the world, then experience the tranquility of Zenkoji Temple and lively Nakamise shopping street.

For guests traveling from Hakuba, from December 18, 2019 through March 31, 2020, your journey can begin with a shuttle from Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal at 8:20 AM; otherwise, meet your guide at Nagano Station at 9:35 AM (the guide will be there from 9:20 AM) before heading to Zenkoji. Famous for being the temple to hold the first Buddhist statue in Japan. Zenkoji Temple has a special energy and welcomes people of all faiths and religions. The temple grounds are beautiful and tranquil; there are hidden gems to explore, such as the dark tunnel running under the temple, said to be where you can gain enlightenment by finding the “Key To Paradise”.

After lunch, return to Nagano Station again by public transport and take local bus from there to the Snow Monkeys. World-famous for their rare habit of soaking in the hot spring and living in the snow, these amazing macaques will let you get really close to them for some great photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience. After saying goodbye to the snow monkeys, stroll back along the tranquil forest trail to a delicious lunch at the restaurant near the trail exit.

After seeing the Snow Monkeys, head to the local Japanese sake brewery to try various types of sake maybe even find a nice souvenir for yourself.
Includes
  • Snow Monkey Park entrance fee
  • Lunch
  • Personal tour guide
  • Transportation between attractions
  • Sake tasting
  • Hakuba shuttle service (winter only)
What’s Not Included
  • Bullet train ticket
  • Optional attraction entrance to Zenko-ji Temple

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that this is not a private tour and you might be together with other travelers, depending on the day
• There will be a substantial amount of walking involved, although routes will be generally flat and easy to walk. In winter the forest trail can get slippery
• Please wear suitable shoes for walking the forest trail (no heels) and a bag that is easy to carry. A small rucksack is recommended
• There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case the park is closed and we will provide an alternative activity
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.9 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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The trip didn’t start as planned as the meeting point is not very clear, meet at Nagano Station, it should actually be more precise and say meet where the Shinkansen trains arrive at Nagano Station we then wouldn’t have missed the first hr. However after a phone call by our hotel a very apologetic guide met us and took us straight to the first stop.

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December 22, 2019

Wonderful guide and wonderful tour

My son and I had a wonderful experience, despite being so hot on that day. Chieko is a wonderful guide, not only knowledgeable, but very thoughtful. She made sure that we are comfortable, even provided us with fans, wipes, etc. :) My son thoroughly enjoyed the conversations with her and the origami making. We were able to just enjoy everything since Chieko made things very smooth for us. The lunch provided was delicious and wonderfully presented! We really appreciate everything she taught us about the area, Zenko-ji temple, monkey park and sake! I highly recommend this tour, it exceeded my expectations!!

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August 14, 2019

Well worth the trip

Had a great day with 3 others. Only down side was as a warm day monkeys weren't in the water - however they certainly were out & about playing & sunning themselves. Traditional lunch was lovely. Info on the temple & area insightful. Restaurant recommendations great. Aussie guide was excellent & knowledgeable.

April 29, 2019

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Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Product ID: 54964