• Tour code: 2142TYOSUN1GF113
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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See some of Japan’s most incredible creatures in their natural environment on this enriching full-day tour from Tokyo. Board a super-fast bullet train and commence your excursion with a tour of Zenko-ji, a stunning 7th–century temple considered a national treasure. Experience magical moments while watching snow monkeys bathing in hot springs. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group seasonal sojourn, which runs from January to April.


  • Full-day Nagano snow monkey tour by rail from Tokyo, led by an informative guide
  • Tour Zenko-ji Temple, a national treasure and a Buddhist place of worship for centuries in Japan
  • Observe Japanese macaques as they soak in outdoor hot springs at Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Enjoy a lunch of soba noodles, a Nagano favorite
  • Includes round-trip Shinkansen bullet train ticket and public transport by bus and local train
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Nagano Day Trip from Tokyo: Snow Monkeys, Hot Springs and Zenko-ji Temple

Zenkoji Buddhist Temple in Nagano

Make your own way to Tokyo station in the morning and climb aboard a Shinkansen bullet train for the scenic 2-hour journey to Nagano (the train ticket will be mailed to you prior to tour departure). On arrival, greet your guide and depart in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach; drive to the sacred and spectacular Zenko-ji Temple to enjoy a guided tour of the Buddhist monument. Gain fascinating insight into the rich history of the structure then revitalize with a hearty lunch of soba, buckwheat noodles, in a local diner.

Sated, head to Zenkojishita station to board a local train heading to Yudanaka, home to the majestic monkey park of Jigokudani, internationally renowned as the only place that snow monkeys can be seen enjoying soothing hot springs. Become mesmerized by the human mannerisms of the monkeys and gaze in awe as they socialize and soak in the steamy baths.

After the park, return to Yudanaka station and take two trains back to Tokyo, where the tour concludes.

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