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Full-day Tours

Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Explore the magnificent temples and natural wonders of Nagano on a full-day tour and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the famous Zenkoji Temple and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy lunch (own expense) in Obuse Town, then choose a soak in the hot springs at Shibu Onsen.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Full-day Tours

1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano

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Enjoy fun winter activities and visit the famous Japanese snow monkeys during this 10-hour trip to the Shiga Kogen Highlands in Nagano. Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can observe wild macaques bathing in the area hot springs. After lunch, you’ll have time for sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters, and a lift ride up the 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) slope of a famous area ski resort.Please note: this seasonal tour runs between December 22 and January 10.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Nature & Wildlife

(Spring only) 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms in Nagano

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Check out Japan’s famous cherry blossom blooms and see snow monkeys on a full-day trip from Nagano. After visiting the Jigokudani Monkey Park, you’ll stop for lunch, then visit several different ‘hanami’ spots to admire the cherry blossom trees. This seasonal experience runs from April to the end of May, allowing you to take in the later blooms of the mountainous northern Nagano region.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Historical & Heritage Tours

Nakasendo self-guided walking 2 days

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1 night at a traditional Japanese lodging and 2 days casual walking self-guided tour along the Nakasendo trail between Nakatsugawa and Tsumago.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Day Trips

1-Day from Nagano: Snow Wall of Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

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Experience the dramatic mountain landscape of Chubu Sangaku National Park and visit the immense snow walls of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. This day trip departs from Nagano Station and includes a ticket for round-trip rail transport with your guide. Traveling with a maximum of 15 passengers in your small group ensures an intimate atmosphere.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

Full-day Tours

Jigokudani Monkey Park, Hot Springs and Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano

Snow monkeys, onsens, soba noodles and temples. All are included in this action-packed day trip from Nagano.  Travel by foot, bus and train, and enjoy visits to the 7th-century temple of Zenko-ji, Jigokudani Monkey Park and Yudanaka Onsen — one of the country’s best-known hot springs. Bask in the onsen’s indoor and outdoor springs and saunas, and learn all about each site from your guide. This wintertime tour runs between November and April.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes

Walking Tours

Flying Squirrel Watching Tour

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We will watch a wild Japanese giant flying squirrel, which is endemic to Japan and one of the biggest flying squirrels in the world. Since our professional nature guides know their life style and gliding patterns, the chances of watching their gliding is 97.8% (actual result of this tour in 2018).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Trekking on the Mt. Asama with a great view

It is a trekking tour with an exclusive guide to the summit of the small Asama mountain of the Asama mountain foot. Koasayama is a parasitic volcano on the eastern foot of Mt. Asama at an altitude of 1,655 m. A guide will guide you through the formation and vegetation of Mt. Asama and aim at the summit. As it is about two and a half hours by round trip, if you are new to mountain climbing, you can feel free to participate regardless of age or sex. From the top of the mountain covered by the volcano, the spectacular Mt. Asama and the wonderful prospects await.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.00
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Ski & Snow

Nozawa Onsen Snowshoe

It's not just walking on the untouched snow, but also you will learn about the area, local flora and fauna, history and some hidden sightseeing spots and more !!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

1Day Snow Monkey Tour with Sukiyaki Lunch from Nagano station

◆Meet the popular snow monkey in a landscape where wrapped by snow!◆You can take as many photo as you can with the monkeys soaking in the hot spring pool!◆Visit Zenko-ji temple known as one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Nagano.◆Enjoy Japanese Beef Sukiyaki Lunch at Viande Shinshu Nakano.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Old Nakasendo trekking from Karuizawa-Beyond Sugahi Pass to Sakamoto Hotel-

Walk past Karuizawa inn from the former Nakayama Road to the Sakamoto inn. Sui Hui is a place that was once said to be the most difficult place in Zhongshan Road. At the top of the Usui Pass, you can see the view point of the Kanto plains panoramic view and the Kumano Imperial Shrine, which is famous for its power spots. After that, while going down the borge weir, we aim for Sakamoto inn while passing "Yamanaka teahouse ruins", "Sakamoto inn" with a panoramic view "Nagi". At the end of the trekking we will stop by and guide you to the hot spring "Kotonoyu". Slowly bathe in the hot spring, but if you are on your way back to Yokogawa Station, return to Karuizawa by bus.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

-Snow mountain hiking at the foot of Asama- Karuizawa Snowshoe Tour

A guided tour that uses snowshoe to trek the vast field of Asama.Courses for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students can be selected depending on the level, so anyone of all ages can participate.While looking for traces of wild animals and observing wild birds, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of Mt. Asama and the superb view.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Hiking & Camping

Visit the amazing views and power spots of ...

Tour highlights:A long time ago, it was said that it was the most difficult place on Nakasendo. In this tour, we will aim for a scenic spot from the former Karuizawa Ginza through the boardwalk of the Suigaki Pass. The trail through the wooded villa has a promenade, and it takes about 1 hour to arrive at the viewing station. From the view point, the scenic views of Mt. Asama and Mt. As it is a simple hiking course, you can participate regardless of age and sex. As it will be disbanded freely at the view point, you can stop at Kumano Imperial Shrine and take a break at a teahouse and the like. On the way back, you can either return on the way you came, or take the bus back to the old Karuizawa.Travel time:Former Karuizawa Ginza ⇒ (碓 峠 promenade) 見 Mikarudai (local dissolution) * For each return trip, either return on the way or go to old Karuizawa by bus.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Nature Tour in Karuizawa

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10% Off For Only First 3 Groups! Let's go to many beautiful spots in Karuizawa!There are nice cafes, beautiful ponds, famous churches, big parks and mountains. I will take you to these places by my car like where you can't go on foot:)And also if you want to go the specific places, please let me know. I can arrange the tour for you!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours

Cultural Tours

8 Nights Shin-Etsu Trail Full Track Hike - Nozawa Onsen, Japan

The 80km Shinetsu trail, the best woodland trail in Japan, runs over the ridges of the Sekida mountains at about 1,000 meters above sea level, forming a boundary between Nagano and Niigata prefectures. It is one of the few long trails in Japan. This area is blessed with a rich ecosystem nurtured by Japanese beech tree forests. Historically, there were 16 passages connecting Nagano with Niigata. The forests are perhaps best known for their beech trees. The tall, well-shaped beech trees form a corridor of nature along the path. The earth-packed trail also makes it easy to walk. Spring (from mid-June to the end of July) and autumn (from mid-September to the end of October) are great seasons to visit the trail. In the spring, the last traces of snow can be seen among new greenery and flowers bursting into bloom. In the fall, hikers can enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn leaves.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation

Ski & Snow

7 Nts Ski Nozawa Onsen, Japan | Save $400 December Special

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort offers a fairly even mix of all levels of slopes and interests to suit everyone with 36 Ski Runs, the longest around 10km with 21 Lifts and Gondolas operating. After Breakfast, the lifts open around 8.45am hit the slopes. After a big day skiing it's time to experience the Onsens (hot springs) for which Nozawa is famous for dating back way back in the 8th Century. That evening try one of the many fantastic places to eat during your stay. The meals are sensational and cheap, the restaurants are a lot smaller and chances are it’s run by just two or three people!Exclusive to our guests staying at a distance from the slopes is the use of the Ski Locker – located just below the main Nagasaka Gondola. Free overnight Ski and Snowboard storage (boots to be stored in your lodge dry room) Can click in over the road and ski down to Karasawa connection lift or just walk up to the Gondola. The team is on site mornings and evenings if any assistance is needed.
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  • 8 days
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  • 8 days

Cultural Tours

The Japan Alps Trek, Nagano

The Alps in Nagano are renowned as the Mecca of hiking in Japan. This region is abundant with high altitude mountains and world famous ski resorts, while low altitude terrain flourishes with snowmelt feeding the flora and fauna, creating crystal clear streams, waterfalls, and swamps. Our four day trek ascends from Kamikochi and will follow a 3000m high open ridge connecting Japan's highest mountains with endless 360 degree views. The mountain scenery in the Northern Alps is like nowhere else in Japan.This hike makes the most of the Alps in these warmer months when the weather is balmy. We will also be traveling lightweight by staying in mountain lodges. These world class facilities are comfortable and provide freshly cooked meals, while providing a space to meet other hikers and learn from your guide. You will be among the few international visitors to experience the spectacular alpine hiking.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$895.00
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation

Bike & Mountain Bike Tours

Nagano iiyama japanese countryside Cycling tour and Apple picking experience

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Let's go to “FURUSATO Cycling tour” by NTA Farm !! If you want to enjoy cycling in Nagano. Our friendly English-speaking guide makes your time more enjoyable, with cycling tour in Nagano! Perfect experience for JR pass holders! Most tourist-friendly farm located in the North of Nagano, directly accessible from Tokyo and Kanazawa.[Contents of the course](9:45) Meet an English-speaking guide at JR Iiyama Station!(10:00) Start!(10:30) That is the landscape of "FURUSATO (Japanese country)". Cycling between the lush rice fields. Japan ’s tranquil countryside surrounded by preserved nature.(12:00) Arrive at NTA FARM. Let ’s enjoy sweet apple picking experience!(12:30) JR Iiyama Station Goal![Please bring] Comfortable clothes and shoes, rain gear, drink, towel snacks, and backpack. [In case of tour cancellation]This tour may be canceled depending on the weather and other conditions.* Participants must be 13+
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Ski & Snow

Private Ski or Snowboard Lesson English

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Private lessons are the ultimate, personalized instruction / guiding experience for all ages and abilities.Ski the terrain you want, with an instructor of your choice, focusing on the technique you wish to improve at your own pace!If you are a beginner Keen to try a new sport, we have the perfect instructor / coach for you.In a private lesson, you will enjoy the exclusive attention of your instructor who will develop your strengths and focus on improving your skills.We recommend you book in advance for private lessons, especially if you want to request a specific instructor.(Ex.English speaker or Chinese speaker or Advanced Class Instructor)
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$187.00
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

5 Nights Shine-Etsu Trail Hike - Nozawa Onsen | Japan

The 80km Shinetsu trail, the best woodland trail in Japan, runs over the ridges of the Sekida mountains at about 1,000 meters above sea level, forming a boundary between Nagano and Niigata prefectures. It is one of the few long trails in Japan. This area is blessed with a rich ecosystem nurtured by Japanese beech tree forests. Historically, there were 16 passages connecting Nagano with Niigata. The forests are perhaps best known for their beech trees. The tall, well-shaped beech trees form a corridor of nature along the path. The earth-packed trail also makes it easy to walk. Spring (from mid-June to the end of July) and autumn (from mid-September to the end of October) are great seasons to visit the trail. In the spring, the last traces of snow can be seen among new greenery and flowers bursting into bloom. In the fall, hikers can enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn leaves.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$534.00
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation

Hiking & Camping

Relax and refresh in the Karuizawa Forest! Shinanoji down trekking around 2 people bomb

Shinanoji Nature Trail is a hiking course about 10km in length, which is almost a descent from the peak teahouse. Walk about 7,5 km to the hot spots in Oze, which has many attractions. A downhill trek is relaxed while being healed by the colorful miscellaneous trees and larch forest. You can also see the two famous Karuizawa waterfalls (Shiraito Falls and Dragon Falls) along the way. This course is recommended for people who are not always confident in their physical fitness, and young and old alike, since the entire trip is almost a descent. From Oze Onsen, it is also possible to return to the peak chaya parking lot by bus or directly to Karuizawa Station.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nature & Wildlife

Local guides guide you! Karuizawa pottering tour

While cycling, I potted the standard spots of Karuizawa (cycling slowly). If you rent a bicycle in front of Karuizawa Station, first go to Karuizawa's first scenic spot "Kumoba Pond". After taking a walk for a while after getting off the bicycle, I will go through the villa area of the grove to the old Karuizawa. While visiting the narrow streets of the old Karuizawa back street, we will guide you to the staple spots such as the St. Paul's Society, the show memorial chapel, and the Karuizawa tennis court, famous for the romance of the Emperor and Empress. Along the way, you will be guided to gourmets and shopping spots that you know only because it is Karuizawa Local. I will guide you to the unknown Karuizawa not listed in the guidebook. It's a flat road, so everyone, young and old, can join. There is also a tandem (two-seater) unique to Karuizawa for parents and children and couples!
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Day Trips

Nagano Cycling Adventure

It’s a Cycling tour around north Nagano's Satoyama landscape and the Myoko Togakushi Renzan National Park.During the cycling tour, we will stop by the beautiful lake, waterfall, very old local shrine, or maybe some farmer's house.Since the area used to be a post town along the Hokkoku Kaido, very old road which connect Edo (Tokyo) to Kanazawa, there are many historical monuments remained around the area.I will take you to a secret place where never on a guidebook!Participants can feel an authentic life style,history and nature of snowy rural area in Northern Nagano.MORE: https://wow-u.jp/tours/391
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes

Nature & Wildlife

Snow Monkey in "Jigokudani Yaen-koen" & Obuse Town

You will go around famous sightseeing spots in Hokushin (Northern Nagano) area. First, you will see the Jigokudani Wild Snow Monkey Park worldly known for its snow monkeys. Then you will go to Obuse Town, which is reputed for its town renewal project vitalizing the historical heritages such as Hokusai Katsushika.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation


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