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

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長野市, Japan
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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

See two of the top attractions near Nagano on this full-day excursion. Explore the tranquil grounds of Zenko-ji, a lovely religious site known for its historic Buddhist statue. Enjoy a sake tasting and lunch before heading down a beautiful forest trail to the home of the snow monkeys, a group of local macaques known for their willingness to live in the snow and bathe in the local hot spring.
  • Explore Zenko-ji, one of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples
  • Take a break from sightseeing to enjoy a sake-tasting experience
  • Learn about snow monkeys in their natural habitat at the Snow Monkey Park
  • Enjoy a traditional Japanese lunch at a restaurant near Nagano
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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano.
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What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano?
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This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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  • "Dress warmly and be prepared to walk, although it is a lovely walk through the forest on a very nice trail." See review
  • "The monkeys were all over, so don't worry about not seeing any (even during the summer or off season)." See review
  • "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." See review

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Shrines, Sake, Snow Monkeys
Jordan_W
, Mar 2020
An excellent day with great company! The snow monkeys were a treat. The temple tour was very comprehensive and the sake tasting plus lunch were very good. Highly recommended.
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wonderful trip!
millim1682
, Jan 2020
that was a really fun day for me. lunch was yummy. the temple visit is really interesting. The tour guides were extremely helpful and excited to take us around
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Fantastic
Nomad369814
, Dec 2019
I had an amazing time on this tour. The temple was especially beautiful, the monkeys were as full of monkey-ness as anyone could hope, and the guides added so much depth to the experience, while still giving plenty of space to explore on our own (a trickier balance to achieve than it might seem). Really thoughtfully arranged.
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Amazing experience
mlgunder13
, Dec 2019
We had an incredible time on this full day tour. Our guide was nice, informative, and really enjoyable to spend the day with. The temple visit was interesting and beautiful, and the time we were able to spend with the monkeys was a once in a lifetime experience. It was December which meant the monkeys were out in huge numbers, but not many were bathing. Would love to come back in deep winter to see them truly in snow. We even got to stop in to taste local fruit and buy some snacks for the road. Absolutely would recommend this tour.
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Snow monkeys!
Deirdre O
, Dec 2019
Even though it was off season, this was a great tour. There was only 2 of us and we had the guide to ourselves for the day. He was a very nice Australian fella who has lived there for years and has a great knowledge and enthusiasm for the area. The temple tour, sake tasting and lunch we had at the start were very enjoyable but the highlight was definitely the monkeys who we were lucky enough to see for a great length of time even though it was off season. Our guide had a great knowledge of the monkeys and was able to identify individuals, their different personalities and how they affect the group's behaviour. The guide also had many suggestions for what we could do for the rest of our time in the area. All in as all this was a great tour with a great guide and we would highly recommend it!
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Monkeys rock
7ilkkar
, Nov 2019
Our tour guide was fantastic! She able to gave us a deeper understanding of what we were experiencing! Although we were told No monkeys many times, 7 male monkeys came down to eat. We were a couple feet from them. Wow. Monkeys made the experience!
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Fun time, lots of Monkeys
Curiosity05506132729
, Oct 2019
Great tour guide, one of the best from our trip. She was helpful, informative, and willing to take photos. The monkeys were all over, so don't worry about not seeing any (even during the summer or off season). It was a great experience that definitely made our Japan trip more enjoyable. Highly recommended. Even the walk/train ride there was fun. We did go when it was warm outside. We might want to try again when it's colder to get some more iconic pictures of the snow. The monkeys did go for a swim despite the heat, plus we got to see a lot of baby monkeys around this time of year.
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Amazing
syoung3315
, Oct 2019
Zenko-Ji is a superb example of a Buddhist temple and the sake tasting was informative and fun. The highlight of the trip was the Snow Monkey Park. I was slightly concerned that there were warnings that the monkeys may not make an appearance in Autumn. Fear not! There was one sitting on the entrance building and the whole troup of around 150-160 monkeys were around the river and the hot spring. Lots of babies as well - brilliant! And our guide Mai was great - lots of good information and superb English!
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A great tour
overcc
, Sep 2019
Our tour guide Peter made sure this would be a tour to remember for the best of reasons. From beginning to end it was obvious that customer experience was the goal. Clear concise arrival/meeting/departure information. Made for a stress less arrival from Tokyo. Good decision to do temple in the cool of morning. We were a small group and it was obvious Peter had great local and cultural knowledge as we asked a lot of questions. Good amount of free time. Temple was beautiful, bonus got a good fortune. Sake tasting with local no pressure to buy, devine lunch at local restaurant. Then in to see the monkeys a leisurely stroll with a few steps through the forest was pleasant even in the light rain. Peter has made it clear that they are wild animals and they may not be there but they were much to our delight. We have no hesitation in recommending this tour Peta and Phil
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Monkeys are AWESOME
NorthStar05281071699
, Jul 2019
I can't really say enough good about this day. Asuka was a wonderfully pleasant guide for the day. The monkeys were incredibly cool. The Nihonshu was tasty! Even though the forecast was for mostly cloudy, the morning was blue sky and HOT, so we worked up a good sweat walking to and around Zenko-ji. Next was Nihonshu tasting and lunch. Then you go on a decent length of a train ride + mini-bus up to the Snow Monkeys. You do have to walk for another 20ish minutes along both paved and non-paved incline, but it was very easy and I had some great conversation with the guide on the way. Then the monkeys! When you get into the main area, they are everywhere! They walk amongst you, though you cannot touch them. There were baby monkeys with their mommas. There were kid monkeys playing with each other. There were all kinds of other monkeys doing monkey things. We stayed for about an hour or so and I enjoyed every minute of it. The afternoon we went was rainy, so there were very few people there...maybe 6-8 other humans. The guide said it is usually much more crowded. Couldn't recommend this activity enough. Even with the Shinkansen day trip from Tokyo, it was well worth it. At the end of the day, grab some sushi from the local market at the train station and settle in for the ride back to Tokyo without much of a care except remembering your experience with the monkeys!

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