Make your own way to Tokyo station in the morning and climb aboard a Shinkansen bullet train for the scenic 2-hour journey to Nagano (the train ticket will be mailed to you prior to tour departure). On arrival, greet your guide and depart in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach; drive to the sacred and spectacular Zenko-ji Temple to enjoy a guided tour of the Buddhist monument. Gain fascinating insight into the rich history of the structure then revitalize with a hearty lunch of soba, buckwheat noodles, in a local diner.
Sated, head to Zenkojishita station to board a local train heading to Yudanaka, home to the majestic monkey park of Jigokudani, internationally renowned as the only place that snow monkeys can be seen enjoying soothing hot springs. Become mesmerized by the human mannerisms of the monkeys and gaze in awe as they socialize and soak in the steamy baths.
After the park, return to Yudanaka station and take two trains back to Tokyo, where the tour concludes.