• 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, a stop at the serene Zenko-ji temple and lunch. Check out the tranquil grounds of Zenko-ji, a lovely religious site known for its historic Buddhist statue. Enjoy a break for a tasty lunch before continuing along a beautiful forest trail to the home of the snow monkeys, a group of local macaques know for their willingness to live in the snow and bathe in the local hot spring. Your trip also includes a guide and transport between attractions.


  • Take a day tour in Nagano to visit Zenko-ji Temple and the famous snow monkeys
  • Explore the tranquil grounds and historic Buddhist statue at Zenko-ji
  • Follow a beautiful forest trail to the home of the area's world-famous snow monkeys
  • Enjoy a break for an included lunch

What You Can Expect

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

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Customer Reviews

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.


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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was an amazing tour, especially our tour guide Peter. Peter is an engaging tour guide and he made sure we had an entertaining and safe tour. The view going up to see the snow monkey was breathtaking and it was amazing how the snow monkeys continue their activities despite human presence. The lunch served in authentic Japanese traditional house enhance the Japanese cuisine served.
The temple tour was interesting and informative with Peter providing nice tidbits to enhance the tour. Tour was nicely capped off with sake and Japanese traditional condiments.
Highly recommend for those who enjoy nature and want a great guide to enhance the tour.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

We had a very enjoyable time. Transport and meal were excellent and the guide extremely knowledgeable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This tour was the best tour we did in Japan. Easy train connection from Tokyo to Nagano and our guide was fantastic.
Snow Monkeys was awesome! Fantastic Japanese lunch in a beautiful old Japanese building, our guide was very knowledgeable
about the Zenko-ji Temple and some Sake tasting to top it off. Perfect tour to do in Japan.

Vj M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Fantastic day out. Plenty of monkeys including one who did a massive bellyflop into the water. Sake tasting was delicious and Zenko temple was beautiful.

The highlight of our day was Peter, our tour guide. Informative, fun and all round good bloke :

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