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.
* Snowshoe hiking with a guide through the snowy mountains at the foot of Asama!
* From the course, you can see the panorama of Yatsugatake and the Japanese Alps!
* Takamine Kogen Hotel has a hot spring and gourmet lunch!
* Includes round-trip transportation from Karuizawa Station!
Enjoy having Oyaki(Japanese Stuffed Dumplings) in front of a traditional Japanese sunken hearth, and also you have local sweets & Matcha tea as we walk through Zenkoji temple's town area in Nagano.
- Taste 2 Oyaki(Japanese Stuffed Dumplings), Miso soup & Soba Tea in a traditional Japanese sunken hearth.
- Explore Nagano's back street area, where is not on your guide book and you see 1400 years history of national treasure temple
- Having a Matcha tea in the traditional Japanese style tea place.
- Learn and practice authentic Japanese eating style and discover other parts of Nagano outside of your guidebook.
- Connect with local business owners to learn the history and local culture.
*Please let us know if you have any food restrictions beforehand*
Learn to make the perfect cup of coffee during this small-group workshop in Karuizawa. Discover the roasting process of coffee beans and use those beans to make your own coffee using the pour-over brewing method, which has been used in Japan for many years. Take home any residual beans that you’ve roasted and learn tips and tricks from your host to ensure you always get a perfect cup of joe.
With this tour you will be able to learn how to make your very own Soba noodles. You will be taught the basics of making soba, afterwards a professional soba chef will instruct you on making your soba. From creating the dough to cutting the dough into noodle slices, you will be able to experience what the soba chef does for a living. Of course after all your hard work, you will be able to eat your very own masterpiece.
This tour combines a visit to the world-famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani with attendance of the Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival - Japan's largest and most stunning autumn fireworks display. With over 15,000 individual fireworks bursting into light over two hours, this annual festival first began as a small local event in 1899 and is now hailed as the grandest autumn fireworks show in Japan, attracting more than 400,000 people to Nagano to witness the spectacle!
Experience the best of Japan - the thrill of deep powder, the beauty of an unique culture, and the fun of a great guided tour.
Enjoy some of the most amazing snow on planet earth, stay in a truly authentic Japanese ski village where you are the minority, visit mom and pop restaurants and mix with the locals, be entertained by Geisha, Taiko Drum, Shimansen Guitar, Lion Dance and Karate performances, visit the world famous Snow Monkeys, walk through ancient castles, temples and shrines and relax in natural hot pools. Where other companies may talk up the cultural aspects of Japan we include them in our tours so you get a truly authentic Japanese ski experience. And best of all you get to share this all with a group of like minded ski and snowboard enthusiasts, all hosted by instructor/guides who are just plain passionate about what they do for you as our testimonials attest to. And don’t forget our hidden gems that we leave as a surprise for you on your journey with us at JPC Tours.
* Hiking the snowy mountains at the foot of Mt. Asama with snowshoes!
* Experience making original ice cream while hiking!
* Recommended for families because there are few up and down courses!
* After the tour, you can also enjoy hot springs and lunch at the Takamine Kogen Hotel!
* A free pick-up car is also available from Karuizawa Station!
Perfect for those who want to visit the best known regions of Japan.
Our tour is designed for people who want to see the most popular places of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima, as well as the opportunity to visit the traditional and authentic places: Kanazawa, Takayama and Matsumoto.
Sake is one of the most famous alcohol in Japan and a part of the Japanese culture.
Sake is mainly made with water and rice. Therefore, a good quality of sake requires a great environment, such as you can find in Nagano Prefecture, and more especially in Matsumoto, blessed with natural mineral-rich water thanks to the surroundings mountains and multiple high quality rice paddies.
Despite Sake is much like tasting wine, the production of sake is more like brewing beers and relies on fermentation.
Discover all the different steps that are involved in producing sake and come to enjoy this sake brewery tour, in English or in French. You will learn about all the secrets of producing sake, and enjoy a tasting of the different local sake.
Please note that regarding Japanese laws, people less than 20 years old are not allow to drink alcohol.
The region of Matsumoto is famous throughout Japan for the quality of its Soba (noodles made with buckwheat flour), thanks to the exceptional quality of the local environment.
Just a few meters away from Matsumoto Castle, you can therefore taste this traditional Japanese dish and even have a go at preparing it yourself.
This soba-making workshop is the perfect opportunity to get more than just a literal bite of this tradition. You will able to step into the shoes of an apprentice and learn from an experienced soba master who will teach you all the basics, plus how to use authentic soba-making tools. 100% hands-on from start to finish, including getting to eat your own noodles at the end!
This is an excellent and enriching experience to share with your family or friends, and an unforgettable way of discovering Japanese gastronomy.
The Soba master can speak English and Japanese.
This tour is only one tour which visit Akiyamago in Winter.
Akiyamago is located northern Nagano near Nozawa onsen, Yudanaka, Shibu onsen, Snow monkey park and Shigakogen.
No public transportation available in Winter because of deep snow and dangerous icy road.
But you would see very beautiful scenery you have never seen.
Learn to make soba noodles from scratch at a Nagano cooking class that includes a traditional meal. You’ll knead, roll out, and cut the dough for soba noodles, then eat them alongside pickled nozawana, spicy daikon radish, and chestnut ‘ohagi,’ a rice ball with sweetened sesame or soybean flour. By preparing soba noodles from fresh dough, you’ll learn essential techniques for recreating soba noodle dishes at home.
House visiting tour that you can experience how Japanese live there. The house is located in a very historical area where people is usually not allowed to come in expect residents. You can enjoy learning Japanese daily life and the story what brought the house owner to Karuizawa. Also, you can experience to make Onigiri (Rice ball) which is Japanese essential finger food with the house owner.
Unlike Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, it will be very difficult to find where the locals go to eat and drink in Nagano. Join our tour for a night out to feel like you are residents. Your local expert guides take a small group of eight or even 1 guest to the nice Izakaya and backstreet bars of Nagano, where you can grab local food and drink to continue the evening.
・Izakaya dinner: taste Japanese pub specialties like yakitori and fried food
＊You can choose to have Soba noodle instead of Izakaya food＊
・One drink included in tour price
・Local expert, personable English-speaking guides
・Hidden bar and introductions.
Please let us know if you have any food restrictions beforehand.
Soba is one of Japan’s most popular dishes—delicious noodles made from buckwheat flour. On this tour, learn to make soba noodles from scratch, from kneading and rolling the dough, to cutting and cooking the noodles. Pick up expert tips and techniques from your instructor, then sit down to enjoy a homecooked lunch including soba noodles and other delicacies such as ‘Ohagi’ (rice balls), ‘Kakiage’ (vegetable tempura), and walnut sauce.
Discover the nooks and crannies of the city.
In order to make your visit of Matsumoto as pleaseant and interesting as possible, you can choose a personalized guided tour of the city with an English/French speaking guide living in Matsumoto.
You will have the possibility to personalize your itinerary according to your desires and the places that you wish to visit, or simply follow the course that your guide will have prepared, depending on your interests and the spots you would like to see.
More than just a guide, this is an opportunity to share a unique and enjoyable moment, both informative and useful, during your stay in Matsumoto!