• 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.

Customer Reviews

Sarah D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

A thoroughly enjoyable trip. Well organised and good instructions to get the train to Nagano by yourself, time to look around the temple and surrounding shops, tasty Japanese lunch and then amazing trip to see the monkeys. The walk through the forest is a little slippery, but beautiful.

Catherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a wonderful guide, who kept everyone on track. I thought the day MAY have felt rushed, but in fact it was perfectly timed. The Snow Monkeys came out to play as well. Sturdy snow boots are definitely a must in winter.

NADIA R P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Loved this, loved the monkeys, well worth your time

Elizabeth T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Our group was small 6 people total, the tour guide was just lovely, and the monkeys were a delight. Lunch was tasty and filling, the train was relatively easy to navigate, and the tour was smooth from start to finish. I would highly recommend. In particular I think our guide was perfect for this trip: low key, informative but unobtrusive, and helpful at every step.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Mariko was a superb guide on this day trip. A real taste of the Japanese countryside!

Ali S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Small trek out to see monkeys...initial small climb of some steps nothing to worry about thou... trek levels out and if icy just take your time...its through trees and parallel with the river which just gives you a feel good factor... Seeing monkeys especially youngsters play around Will make you smile guaranteed...The temple experience is worth seeing as its very important in Japan... From my own point of view once you have seen one temple you have seen them all...but maybe that's just me... Lunch was amazing as a Westerner who thrives on junk food...it was a pleasure to eat healthy for once... and I enjoyed every mouthful... Travelling by bullet train is a must for anyone visiting Japan... All in all this tour does Exactly what it says on the packet... Enjoy ....We did...

Megan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was absolutely exceptional! He made the day go so smoothly and was extremely knowledgable on the area. The Zenko-ji Temple was beautiful, and the snow monkey park was really adorable and fun. I highly recommend taking a day to do this trip!

Victor M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great tour for the monkey lovers!

Janis G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic trip amazing experience, great day!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Oh my goodness - Everyone who goes to Japan should do this tour!!!! Great day out, great lunch, great tour guides and great monkeys!!!!! Not to be missed. Highly recommend this tour - thank you!

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