• Location: Nagano, Japan
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • Follow a beautiful forest trail to the home of the area's world-famous snow monkeys
  • Explore the tranquil grounds and historic Buddhist statue at Zenko-ji
  • Get a taste of tradition with a local Sake tasting
  • Enjoy a break for an included lunch

What You Can Expect

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

Nagano's famous Zenko-ji Temple

Customer Reviews

Trevor G Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

This tour was the highlight of our trip. Louki our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Although it was early April when we were there, the snow monkeys were around to see. They were lovely and fun to watch. The visit to the Zenko-ji Temple was good and it was impressive to see. The sake tasting was great and we learnt a lot about sake whilst we were there. Overall it was an excellent experience and we would recommend doing this tour.

rsislam

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

We had a limited time in Japan, but seeing the snow monkeys was something we wanted to make time for. It made for a long day since we came from Tokyo, but we're so glad we went! We loved being outside we went in Feb and had fleece-lined pants, winter coats, snow boots, and hand-warmer packets, which was a nice change of pace from Tokyo. We researched a number of similar tours, but chose this one because visiting the monkeys were scheduled in the morning. The morning definitely had fewer people then compared to when we left. The baby macaques were adorable! The lunch was delicious. We stopped by a fruit market/grocery store and were able to buy a number of treats to take back for our families. The Zenko-ji Temple complex was beautiful. We loved our guide, Peter, he was very informative throughout the tour but not pushy. This tour was fantastic and we highly recommend it. And our friends and family love the pictures!

Lars-olof E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

First we went to see the show monkey, and have shoes that not slip on ice or dirty ice. The monkey did not take a bath when I was there, but get some good pictures anyway. After that lunch at a ryokan that tastes very good., Then take bus and train to Nagano where we visited a famous Buddhist temple where our guide telling us many interesting things. And don't forget to go down in the labyrinth, and trying find the door to enlightenment. After that probably with a little tired feet it's time to go to the last event, sake tasting, there are both alcohol and non alcoholic, so everyone can taste.

Robert C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Very good day. It was certainly worth it to see the snow monkeys and visit the Temple. I thought the temple visit was a throw-in but ended up being more than I expected. If you go in the winter you only Need to visit one days as the monkeys are always there at that time because of the temperatue of the hot springs.

Amanda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was an easy day trip from Tokyo and a fantastic introduction to the Nagano area! The sites were fun, interesting, and inspiring, the multi-course lunch was delicious, and we were entertained all the while by our knowledgeable and charismatic guide, Fred. Highly recommend!

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was a great tour. Plenty of time to see everything. The included lunch was very nice also. Dress warmly and be prepared to walk, although it is a lovely walk through the forest on a very nice trail.

A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A great day out: well organised, entertaining and I learnt a lot! Our Guide was briliant - really knowledgeable and always happy to answer our questions. The snow monkey park was amazing, lunch delicious and the sake some of the best I have tasted. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Xandie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Yuen Fung Jacky C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fun tour! We have an excellent in Peter taking care of us! The monkeys were so cute! Lunch was delicious! The visits to the shrine and the sake tour were great too! Overall japan st a greatly organized tour! Thumbs up!

Cassandra H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a fantastic day. The walk to the snow monkeys is a beautiful, flat 1.6 kms and well worth it. Seeing the snow monkeys up close was amazing. Sake tasting in the afternoon was fun, a really great experience. Our guide Peter, was excellent, as was the other guide Luca. Instructions for the bullet train and where to meet them, was super easy and very detailed for you to plan times of the train.

Peter and Luca, made the tour fun and really engaged with all of the group, throughout the entire day. They knew their history, and customs and you can tell they really love what they do. Peter and Luca are exceptional and made this tour far superior than the other leading tour group in Japan which we tried and hated. Lunch was excellent too.

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