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Full Day Snow Monkey and Snow Tour in the Shiga-kogen Highlands in Nagano

Yamanouchi-machi, Japan
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10 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more


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.
  • Perfect for those short on time— explore the Nagano region in just one day
  • Observe the Japanese macaques bathing in the local hot springs at Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Enjoy winter activities- snow sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters- at Japan's biggest ski resort
  • Take in the views from the top of a 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) ski slope
Meet your group at 9:35am at the Nagano Station’s Shinkansen exit and travel by coach bus to the Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you’ll arrive at 11am.
Take a walk for 30 minutes down a forest trail, arriving at an area where you can observe the famous Japanese macaques that warm up by bathing in the area hot springs. You’ll take a break for lunch around 12:15pm at an area restaurant, then head to a ski resort in the Shiga Kogen Highlands, arriving around 1:45pm. Known as one of the largest winter resorts in Japan, the area gained further publicity thanks to its hosting role for the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Spend a few hours having fun with some of the ski resort’s different activities which include snow sledding, snow bikes, and snow scooters. You’ll also have time at 4:00pm to ride the ski lift up to its highest point at 5,800-feet (1,900-meters), offering panoramic views of the greater Nagano region.
Leave for Nagano Station at 4pm, transferring at Yudanka Station before arriving back at your starting point at 6:30pm. A full itinerary is listed below.


9:35am- Meet at Nagano station directly opposite of the Shinkansen exit at the information board towards the East Exit. Our guide will be there by 9:20am. You will first visit Snow Monkey area by public transport. Your tour has to get moving by 8:50am, so please don't be late!
11am - Welcome to the Snow Monkey area! You will get to Yudanaka from where you will head to the Snow Monkey Park. After a 30 minute walk through a beautiful forest trail you will have arrived at the Snow Monkey Park.
11:30am - Arrival to the Snow Monkey Park, enjoy Japanese wild macaques bathing in onsen or frolicking around the park.
1:00pm - Have lunch nearby the Snow Monkey Park.
1:45pm - Leave the lunch restaurant and go up to the snow-covered mountains of Shiga Kogen.
2:30pm-Arrival at the ski resort. After preparations, you can enjoy your time with various snow fun tools to go down the slope and play with fresh snow!
4:00pm- Leave the snow fun area and then take a ski lift to go up the mountain. Enjoy viewing a mountainous scenery of Nagano and take some extra photos.
4:30pm - The end of the snow activity. Prep for departure.
4:45 - Arrival at the Yudanaka Station. A train back to Nagano Station leaves Yudanaka at 5:10pm.
6:30pm - Arrive back to Nagano Station.


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Geoffrey F
, Jan 2019

We had a brilliant day..our guide Luokie was so attentive and accommodating..we had a 1.8 km walk through snow covered paths, some parts steep, and I struggled a bit (little overweight :( ). She kept checking up on me. We had a traditional Japanese lunch, and then headed off up to the snow for a play ...brilliant, it snowed on us, freezing but brilliant. We are Aussies from Nth qLD so we had a ball!!!

Kady Michelle W
, Feb 2018

The snow monkey park was a fun and interesting way to spend the morning. The lunch was better than we had expected for a tour and we all thoroughly enjoyed it after the hike. The afternoon spent at the Shiga-Kogen Highlands made the day though! We had way more fun than we thought we would and we all agreed that had we just done the snow monkey park alone, the day wouldn't have felt complete. We got lucky and had a really strong snow day during our tour. Our guides were great and we couldn't have asked for a better day.

Melanie R
, Jan 2018

A fabulous tour for the whole family! Our tour guide was great, the snow monkeys amazing to see, lunch was delicious and the snow fields were such great fun my kids have never seen snow before. I highly recommend!

, Jan 2018

The best day trip. Guides and staff were so friendly and keen to make our day enjoyable. Peter our guide to the Snow Monkeys was so attentive to all of his guests and had great knowledge about the area. The lunch venue was superb and having every ready for us in advance was so amazing. Shinji and Kana apologies spelling our guide and driver for the snow tour were also amazing. They bent over backwards to ensure we had the best time and really made our kids feel special. They were so friendly that we have decided to return to Nagano over skiing in Korea. Ensure that you keep all of these 3 staff. All of the staff at the snow area were awesome. Japan service is truly world leading.

, Jun 2017

We had so much fun especially on the snow tour at the Highlands. Kenji was a very good tour guide and speaks fluent English.

Daniel T
, Mar 2017

We had the best time, highly recommend this tour! Guides Shinji and Sjaak were fantastic. Snow monkeys were amazing, it was freezing cold day so there were lots of them in the onsen. Snow play was so much fun too, we went on Snow-scooters and Snow-drives out at Shiga Kogen and they were awesome!

Katie M
, Jan 2017

Our guides, Sjaak and Shinji, were fantastic- kind, knowledgable, professional, and spoke perfect English! Lunch was at a local restaurant with a variety of dishes to enjoy - sushi, chicken, soup and much more - we were asked about dietary restrictions at the start so I imagine they are able to accommodate any special needs. Overall, we truly had a wonderful day with the snow monkeys and on the slopes - this is a great tour!

Product code: 9582P13

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