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

Nozawa: Full-Day Fire Festival & Snow Monkey Tour on Jan 15

Product ID: 226570
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Experience the excitement of Nozawa Onsen’s annual fire festival, “Dosojin Matsuri”, and enjoy a visit to Jigokudani before the event to witness the rare sight of Japanese snow monkeys bathing in hot springs.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pick-up service

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the world-famous snow monkeys and learn all about what makes them so unique
  • Enjoy an early dinner at a nearby restaurant and indulge in Nagano’s renowned food culture
  • Witness one of Japan's greatest fire festivals and explore the hot spring town of Nozawa Onsen
Full description
Your tour begin with pickup from one of two locations: Hakuba’s Happo Bus Terminal at 11:45 AM or JR Nagano Station at 1 PM. After meeting your guide, you’ll hit the road and head towards Yamanouchi, home to the only hot spring-bathing monkeys in the world, Japanese snow monkeys. 

After arriving near the monkey park area at 2 PM, your guide will lead you along a snow-covered forest trail to the park itself. Found deep inside Jigokudani, or “Hell’s Valley”, your guide will explain the history and importance of the park and give you plenty of time to enjoy the unique experience of observing the snow monkeys in close proximity, followed by an early dinner at a nearby restaurant where you’ll learn all about Nagano’s renowned food culture.

Next, you’ll head to Nozawa Onsen, where you’ll witness one of Japan’s three great fire festivals. After arriving at around 6 PM, you’ll have ample time to explore the village before the main event begins. Preparations start at 7 PM with singing, drumming, fireworks and more. Then it’s time for the main event, during which the town will converge on a wooden shrine. Fueled by tradition, bravado, and drinking, the mock battle takes place with an explosion of embers. After the gods have been deemed happy and ready to bless the villagers with good luck, harvest, and happiness, the shrine will be set on fire at 10 PM. 

At 10:45 PM you’ll regroup with your guide at the designated meeting point and be transported back to your original pickup point.
Includes
  • Full transportation from Hakuba and Nagano Station to the Snow Monkey park, festival and back
  • Snow Monkey park entrance
  • An early dinner (vegetarian options are available if requested in advance)
  • English-speaking expert guide
What’s Not Included
  • Extra food and drinks (unless otherwise stated)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
Not allowed
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• For those joining the tour from JR Nagano Station, you'll arrive back at your pickup point just before midnight. It's therefore recommended that you stay overnight in Nagano
• The Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal is the single drop-off point in Hakuba
• Please note that this is a cultural tour and not a drinking tour. Alcohol consumption is not allowed on the bus and we ask that guests remain sober during the festival
• Please be aware that burning cinders may fall on you during the festival
• Please note there will be a lot of walking on both paved and unpaved roads
• Please note it will be cold in January in Nagano, there will likely be snowfall and temperatures below zero. As the cold is especially apparent at night, please wear warm clothes and shoes fit for winter
Organized by

Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Product ID: 226570