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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.
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
Loved this, loved the monkeys, well worth your time
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.
Mariko was a superb guide on this day trip. A real taste of the Japanese countryside!
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...
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
Overall the trip was a pleasant way to spend the day. The tickets for the bullet train were somewhat confusing as we had never ridden the train before. The guide did not seem to know much about the Zenko-ji Temple so that portion of the tour was not very interesting. Lunch was extremely good. The walk to the Snow Monkey Park was very icy and at times dangerous. The distance was not difficult but if the bus could have parked at the actual lot so we did not have to walk on the road up to the parking lot it would not have been as icy. The monkeys were really the stars of the show.
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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