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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

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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 super-speedy Shinkansen bullet train for the scenic 2-hour journey to Nagano. 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

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!

Suddha U USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This tour was amazing!

Jason D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Highly recommended! Both of our guides were extremely patient and eager to make sure we were all as comfortable as possible, and the snow monkeys are something that needs to be experienced as a part of a visit to Japan!

Marion M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

An awesome day trip out of Tokyo. The tour from start to finish was fantastic, the Zenko-ji Temple really is stunning and the Snow Monkeys were incredible to watch! Our guide was wonderful and reccomended to anyone who is interested in seeing the Snow Monkeys or just getting out of Tokyo for something different for a day.

Monica M

4 star rating: Recommended February 2017

While I love this experience there needs to be more said about how strenuous it is. There are many places with stairs only (200+ for the day) and steep inclines walking to trains and at park. My mom is 68 and walks w/ cane and it was very difficult for her to make it. Our tour guide helped a lot!


4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

The snow monkeys were adorable and it was a great trip . Tour guides were really good.Only downside was that as we were staying at Airbnb they couldn't get the tickets to us so they declined when we first booked !! Told that unless we were staying at a major hotel we couldn't go ! After phone calls and numerous emails we made a trip across Tokyo to JTB Sunrise offices we were given tickets which turned out to be only the bullet train passes. Would have been simpler or better to join the trip at Nagano and organised the bullet train ourselves or to have a pick up point at Tokyo Central or some other Central point.

Having said that we are extremely glad that we made the effort -when we think of our trip to Tokyo or hear our son and daughter discussing the trip the snow monkeys feature highly

Kristi H

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better April 2015

The tour was fun, but not really worth the price. My five year old son was given the infant ticket which meant he had to sit on my lap on the train ride and received no lunch. This made my tour less enjoyable. If I had known that this is the infant ticket was, I would have lied about his age.

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