Nagano: Snow Monkeys, Zenkoji Temple & Sake Day Trip
- Duration options: 8 hours - 1 day
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The two guides were both extremely friendly and looked very well after the group. The tour involved a train trip of about one hour, a short bus trip and a 30 minutes walk to the valley, where the snow monkeys live. The snow monkeys are cute fellows, fun to watch and well behaved compared to other monkeys I have come across in South Africa, Singapore and on Bali. After visiting the snow monkeys our group had a delicious lunch at a historic restaurant nearby. The black and white building with the wooden interior and its low doors was magnificent. As Nagano is the apple capital of Japan the restaurant served an apple juice that really lived up to the expectations - probably the best apple juice I’ve ever had. The visit of Zenkō-ji, a wooden Buddhist temple in Nagano was amazing. Thank you to the guides for the many interesting information provided. The Sake tasting took place in a lovely place, was brief, but highly informative. I learned a lout about Sake. Kampai !!
One recommendation: I am 79 years old (nobody believes it) and in great shape but the hike into the Jigoku Dani was treacherous given the weather. In your literature, you say there will be a 'significant amount of walking'. THAT doesn't describe what a person really faces on that walk and could seriously compromise somebody of my age. As it was, I fell twice and Eva was good to take off her crampons and put them on me which was a big help to walk in the snow - which had fallen on a layer of ice. Eva was very warm, caring and full of information. I recommend her highly.
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.
I had excellent guides! It was very well organised & the guides provided me with lots of interesting information. I even got to see some late cherry blossoms, which I had thought I had missed! Lunch was great too! I would definitely recommend this tour!
Great day. Host made you welcome. Temple street has old world charm in Nagano. Lunch delicious. Walk to monkeys a bit hard at first, uphill but levels off with beautiful scenery. Monkeys are something to see. Babies gorgeous with mums.