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Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in NaganoDay Trips

Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano

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See two of the top attractions near Nagano on this 8-hour excursion, including a visit to the area’s famous snow monkeys and a stop at the serene Zenko-ji temple. Travel along a beautiful forest trail to the home of the snow monkeys of Jigokudani, a group of local macaques known for their willingness to live in the snow and bathe in the local hot spring. Then, enjoy a break for a tasty lunch before continuing to the tranquil grounds of Zenko-ji, a lovely religious site known for its historic Buddhist statue. Finally, indulge in a sake tasting nearby, for a taste of Nagano.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Nagano Private Two Day Tour Cultural Tours

Nagano Private Two Day Tour

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Discover Nagano’s many highlights on this private 2-day tour. Save time planning transport, as a driver and private vehicle is included. You’ll have a guide to show you around on the first day, and then free time to explore on the second day. Overnight stay in a Japanese Ryokan, entrance fees to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Zenko-ji Temple, and a private onsen experience is included, making it the ultimate hassle-free tour.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

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

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

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5-Day Only Event: Takato Castle Park Cherry Blossom TourDay Trips

5-Day Only Event: Takato Castle Park Cherry Blossom Tour

・Visit Takato Castle Park – one of Japan’s Top 3 cherry blossom-viewing spots ・Experience ‘hanami’ (flower viewing) as you wander under a canopy of an estimated 1500 ‘Kohigan’ trees – known as one of the most beautiful blossom varieties in Japan ・Visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the last remaining original castles in Japan and registered National Treasure ・Enjoy the castle’s Cherry Blossom Festival including evening illumination and traditional music performances Starting from JR Nagano Station, this one-day only tour transports you to Takato Castle Park – one of the Top 3 blossom-viewing spots in all of Japan! Located on the ruins of Takato Castle, the park boasts an estimated 1500 cherry blossom trees – forecast to be in full bloom on the day of the tour. Including a stop at Matsumoto Castle, this tour is a convenient and fun way to enjoy of one of Japan’s most famous blossom-viewing spots in combination with one of the last remaining Japanese castles.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Nagano Like a Local: Customized Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Nagano Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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Pair up with a Nagano local for a private walking tour that’s a new concept in travel. Unlike traditional, pre-packaged tours, it’s like exploring the city alongside a local friend, complete with tips, advice, and insider recommendations. From a pre-tour chat with your Lokafyer guide to the walking tour itself, the experience is completely tailored to your preferences.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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  • 2 to 6 hours
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Nakasendo self-guided walking tour 2 daysNature & Wildlife

Nakasendo self-guided walking tour 2 days

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Over the course of two days of an easy walk (self-guided tour) along the Nakasendo road and one overnight stay at a Minshuku (family run lodging), immerse yourself in Japan's folkloric landscapes between the villages of Nakatsugawa and Tsumago. During Japan's feudal period (1603-1868), the Nakasendo road was one of the five routes that linked the economic hub, Tokyo, to the imperial capital, Kyoto. Unlike the Tokaido road, which was replaced by today's Shinkansen train, the Nakasendo was saved from rampant modernization and still upholds an old-fashioned charm. Created by general Tokugawa in order to assert his political domination, the route spans a distance of 534 kilometers and includes 69 rest stops. Its name literally means "mountain road" and is a means of communication in case of a large flood on the Tokaido: the coastal road. Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
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  • 2 days
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1-Day Matsumoto Castle & Local Food Experience TourDay Trips

1-Day Matsumoto Castle & Local Food Experience Tour

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Japan’s food culture is renowned throughout the world and as one of the country’s primary agricultural regions, there’s no better place to get hands-on and indulge in the local cuisine than Nagano!
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Jigokudani Monkey Park, Hot Springs and Zenko-ji Temple in NaganoDay Trips

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

Jan 15th Only Tour: Nozawa Fire Festival & Snow Monkey from Hakuba & Nagano Day Trips

Jan 15th Only Tour: Nozawa Fire Festival & Snow Monkey from Hakuba & Nagano

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In the middle of the cold winter, there is one festival that will surely keep you warm at night! The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival, called 'Dosojin Matsuri' in Japanese, is one the three great fire festivals in Japan, taking place each winter in the picturesque village of one of Nagano's most popular ski resorts. This lively tour takes you to the Fire Festival in combination with a visit to the world-famous hot spring-bathing snow monkeys of Jigokudani - a day and night that will leave you with burning memories of the tradition, culture, and snow monkeys of Nagano!
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours
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Nagano 5-Day PassMulti-day Tours

Nagano 5-Day Pass

Nagano 5-Day Pass is a ticket that allows you to fully enjoy the trains in the surrounding area including Nagano, Shinano, Ueda, Matsumoto. Nagano Prefecture is located in the central part of Honshu, Japan, and is called the roof of Japan. Take a trip to Nagano, one of Japan's most precious spas and treasures of history and culture. You can also observe wild monkeys enjoying hot springs in Jikkudaniya Enkoen during the winter season. ----------------------- Coverage Area: ----------------------- [[Shinano Electric Railway (しなの鉄道)]] -- Karizawa Station (軽井沢駅) - Shino noi Station (篠ノ井駅) -- Nagano Station (長野駅) to Myogogo Kogen Station (妙高高原駅) [[Nagano Electric Railway (長野電鉄)]] -- Nagano Station (長野駅) - Yudanagawa Station (湯田中駅) -- Ueda Electric Railway (上田電鉄) [[Ueda Station (上田駅) - Bessho Onsen Station (別所温泉駅)]] -- Matsumoto Station (松本駅) - Shinshigashima Station (新島々駅)
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  • 5 days
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Tour with a dedicated car! Visiting the basic tourist spots in Karuizawa (half-day course / English / Chinese guide)Bus Tours

Tour with a dedicated car! Visiting the basic tourist spots in Karuizawa (half-day course / English / Chinese guide)

We recommend visiting Karuizawa sightseeing spots for those who want to go around sightseeing spots in Karuizawa efficiently in a short time, or for the first time in Karuizawa. A local taxi driver guides you through the sights. Karuizawa is a course where you can experience the history, culture, and nature of Karuizawa, starting with the former Karuizawa area, which is the birthplace of Karuizawa, to the power spot "Kumano imperial shrine" and the scenic spot "Kumoba Pond".
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Snow Monkey Tour (from Tokyo,Kyoto,Nagoya,Nagano,Kanazawa)Day Trips

Snow Monkey Tour (from Tokyo,Kyoto,Nagoya,Nagano,Kanazawa)

Fantastic memories with wonderful service. We will meet you and take you to the famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park Your guide is licenced and very professional We can plan your arrival from Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Nagoya and Nagano, as well as other cities, and we will meet you at Nagano station. The time at the Monkey Park can be up to 2 hours, and your time with the guide is 4-6 hours. We can send a guide or a car to meet you for an extra fee in a different city.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Wasabi Farm Discovery - Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Wasabi Farm Discovery - Private Tour

The Daio Wasabi Farm near Matsumoto is one of Japan's largest wasabi farms. Wasabi is an essential element in Japanese cooking, but a lot of Japanese do not even know how it is grown. Wander through the Wasabi fields and discover all the secrets of the Wasabi culture. You will also be able to taste different Wasabi-flavored products that we can recommend, such as Wasabi ice cream, Wasabi beer, Wasabi sausages or a Wasabi Burger.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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BTF Furusato Cycling TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

BTF Furusato Cycling Tour

Great way to experience a beautiful countryside of Japan and visit popular sightseeing spots around Iiyama city. The rural landscape with lush mountain scenery is dotted with traditional old houses. You will feel like you have gone back in time and see a simple life of local people in Japan countryside. - Friendly and informative local guide. - Exploring beautiful, yet completely different scenery with Japan's distinct four seasons. - Stopping at cherry blossom spots during the blossoming season. - Total cycling distance is 15km/9.3miles - Mostly flat route, easy for riders of basic fitness. - Visiting Buddhist Alter Street and historical temples. - Discover unique traditions and life styles in a harsh winter.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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5 Nights Shine-Etsu Trail Hike - Nozawa Onsen | JapanHiking & Camping

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
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  • 6 days
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2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano to Takayama via MatsumotoOvernight Tours

2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano to Takayama via Matsumoto

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Situated between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, the mountainous of region of Nagano is the literal heart of Japan and a road less travelled by many international visitors. This tour combines some of the region’s most iconic destinations - including the world-famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani, the 1400-year old Zenko-ji Temple, Matsumoto Castle, and the historic old town of Takayama - with the unforgettable experience of being driven through Japan’s Northern Alps, a place of high mountain peaks and rarefied beauty. With English-speaking guide, lunch, and full-service accommodation on Day 1 followed by hotel pick-up and transport to Matsumoto and Takayama, including hotel drop-off, on Day 2, this tour captures the history and beauty of central Japan with the convenience and comfort of one easy package.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Tour with a dedicated car! Visiting the basic tourist spots in Karuizawa (half day course / Japanese guide)Bus Tours

Tour with a dedicated car! Visiting the basic tourist spots in Karuizawa (half day course / Japanese guide)

We recommend visiting Karuizawa sightseeing spots for those who want to go around sightseeing spots in Karuizawa efficiently in a short time, or for the first time in Karuizawa. A local taxi driver guides you through the sights. Karuizawa is a course where you can experience the history, culture, and nature of Karuizawa, starting with the former Karuizawa area, which is the birthplace of Karuizawa, to the power spot "Kumano imperial shrine" and the scenic spot "Kumoba Pond".
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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~ Touch the villa culture and history of Karuizawa ~ Karuizawa town walk tourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

~ Touch the villa culture and history of Karuizawa ~ Karuizawa town walk tour

Tour highlights: A town walk tour that touches the history and culture of Karuizawa, focusing on the historical area of the former Karuizawa. Karuizawa local guides guide you through the deep history and culture of Karuizawa while walking along the narrow path of the back street that is not listed in the guidebook. The whole process, walking on a flat road, can be attended by people of all ages. Travel time: Former Karuizawa Rotary Departure-St. Paul's Church (visit to the church of the historical building of Antoni Raymond's Karuizawa)-Through the way of a water wheel to the back of the former Karuizawa-Show Memorial Chapel / Show House Memorial Hall Visit the oldest church in Karuizawa built by the missionary AC show said and visit the memorial hall of the first Karuizawa villa)-Walk on the back street of the former Karuizawa, the show street-the path of the comet- Visit the villa that you spent)-Vory's Lane-Walk on tennis court street-Karuizawa meeting hall / Union Church / Karuizawa association tennis court (Architect who worked on many buildings in Karuizawa, Vorries's meeting hall, Union church, Emperor Emperor Visit the Karuizawa Association tennis court, famous for the romance tennis courts of the Empress.-Hatta Villa (No. 1 Japanese villa, former Naval Colonel Colony Tour of the villa of Hatta HiroshiJiro / appearance only) to Old Karuizawa Ginza rotary dissolution
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Old Nakasendo trekking from Karuizawa-Beyond Sugahi Pass to Sakamoto Hotel-Hiking & Camping

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
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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1-Day Snow Monkeys & Zenko-ji Winter Illumination TourDay Trips

1-Day Snow Monkeys & Zenko-ji Winter Illumination Tour

Combining a visit to Nagano’s world-famous Snow Monkey Park and evening exploration of the Zenko-ji Illumination Festival, this enjoyable 1-day tour captures the magic of Nagano of in winter. Including lunch and dinner at two favorite Nagano restaurants – Hotaru-tei and Monzen Terrace Enya – this is one tour rich in the festive spirit of winter! Your day begins with a warming winters lunch before visiting the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. It's then onto Zenko-ji, one of the oldest and most important temples in Japan, and the cultural heart and Nagano. This is a rare opportunity to explore the temple precinct at night, as it is bathed in color - purple, yellow, red and gold – a representation of the Buddhist paradise on earth. This peaceful evening festival is a memorable way to enjoy the city – and its famous temple – in the crisp winter night, all led by an English-speaking guide and capped-off with the Winter Illumination Dinner Course at Monzen Terrace Enya.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Matsumoto Full-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed GuideDay Trips

Matsumoto Full-Day Private Tour with Government Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally/state licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Matsumoto! Matsumoto is an attractive, cosmopolitan city featuring a superb castle, pretty streets, galleries, and cafes. Matsumoto is a great stepping stone on your way to the Northern Alps, or you can simply enjoy the city's fresh air and dramatic scenery of the nearby mountain peaks. Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: Nationally and State Licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

... Touching the traditional culture of Karuizawa ... Country registered tangible cultural property Luxury Tours

... Touching the traditional culture of Karuizawa ... Country registered tangible cultural property "Amusu Sanso" special visit and Karuizawa carving experience

A trip that touches the history and traditional crafts of Karuizawa. Karuizawa Carving Shibasaki The 4th master, Mr. Amagasaki will introduce you to the history and tradition of Karuizawa while visiting historical buildings such as Voryes architecture in the former Karuizawa area. With a special tour of "Abu Nasu Sanso" not usually open to the public. After taking a walk, you will experience Karuizawa Carving's stars and create an original Karuizawa Carved Card Stand. Please make Karuizawa carved card stand just as a souvenir. It is a premium experience tour to experience the history and tradition of Karuizawa.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Matsumoto Castle Tour & Samurai ExperienceHalf-day Tours

Matsumoto Castle Tour & Samurai Experience

What better place to have your samurai experience than in a city with a real castle from the feudal era? You will first visit the Matsumoto Castle, one of five castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ and the oldest five-tiered, six-story castle tower remaining in Japan. During the visit, you will discover Matsumoto city's samurai history. Then, you will be given the chance to experience a samurai sword fighting activity! You will be able to choose your outfits that consist of a yukata (light kimono), hakama (wide-leg pants), and obi (belt) as well as select your swords! The staff will dress you like a real samurai. After covering the moves, you can have your stage combat recorded. The decoration and atmosphere will make you feel like you’ve stepped foot onto a movie set. Become the star of your own samurai story! Activity available in English and French.
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  • 3 hours
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Aug 14th Only: Azumino Fireworks Festival & Snow MonkeysDay Trips

Aug 14th Only: Azumino Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkeys

Set against the beautiful Northern Alps, the Azumino Fireworks display is one of best events on Nagano’s summer calendar – a spectacular event quickly bringing this picturesque rural locality to ever greater attention! This tour combines reserved seating at the fireworks with a visit to Nagano’s world-famous Snow Monkey Park – home to the only troop of monkeys in the entire world known to bathe in hot springs – and late lunch at a nearby restaurant. With around 10,000 fireworks lightning-up the summer sky, this is a grand event but on a very local scale!
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  • 12 hours
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