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Designed to delight nature lovers, this 12-hour day-trip allows you to escape Tokyo’s hustle and observe majestic snow monkeys in their natural environment. Travel to Jogokudani Monkey Park, a collection of outdoor onsen located 2,789 feet (850 meters) above sea level, and see Japanese macaques — characterized by their bright red faces — bathing in the steaming waters of hot springs. A traditional Japanese lunch is included.
Ideal for nature lovers looking to escape the city
For 7:10am, arrive at Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower near Shinjuku station and board a climate-controlled vehicle destined for the Nagano prefecture. Following a 3.5-hour drive, you’ll arrive at the foot of the mountainous monkey park and enjoy a Japanese lunch featuring beef sukiyaki (hot pot). Vegetarian options are also available.
Depending on the season, either make the remaining journey to Jogokudani Monkey Park by bus or in winter, take a relaxing 40-minute walk to the entrance. Once inside, you’ll see red-faced Japanese macaques bathing in steaming hot springs in order to stay warm in the freezing temperatures.
Capture photographs and explore the snow-smothered area, being cautious not to impinge on the monkey’s territoy, before returning to the bus for the 3.5-hour journey back to Shinjuku, where you’ll arrive at around 7am.
I really enjoyed this tour! Pickup was easy and even though the guide didn’t speak English she managed the group very well using a translation system. We were lucky to have beautiful weather and saw lots of monkeys. I totally recommend this tour!
It was a long day but completely worth it. The tour was professionally organised with pick-up and drop-off as scheduled. Lunch was deliciously and transport was comfortable. Although the actual time spent at the Monkey Park could be longer, but given the distance of travel from Tokyo to the park, it was understandable. Overall a unique exprience.
This tour was fantastic! It is a long day but it was well worth the effort to witness naturally occurring Japanese snow monkeys lounging in the hot springs. The time in the park is rather short in comparison to the time to get to Nagano from Tokyo and walking into the park. Again, completely worth the effort! Everything was very well organized - easy communication and directions from our tour guide. The van we traveled in was clean and new. It was very comfortable and had wifi and usb outlets. I loved that we stopped at the very cool rest areas that offered delicious fresh hot food and snacks along with great gift shopping. Our tour guides were very patient and hospitable. They walked us into the park, which is quite icy and slippery and slow going. Always making sure that no one was left behind. Overall it was an unforgettable experience and I couldn't be happier!
This tour was the highlight of my trip. Despite the fact it takes almost 4h to get to the monkey village in Nagano prefecture and another 4 to come back, it was totally worth it. The monkeys were so fun to watch and weren't very bothered about people wondering around taking pictures of them. We were lucky to spot wild boars on the slope of the mountain too. The bath to the monkeys was very slippery so you definitely need hiking boots or shoes that have good grip on the snow. If you don't, there is a place where you can hire them for a fee. Thank you to Misako and Aloysius sorry if I misspelled your names, our two friendly guides who made the trip fun. Overall it was an excellent experience!
Be prepared for very long drive from Tokyo. The walk from the car park to the monkey park is about 45 minutes through ice/snow covered forest path. Wear good shoes. Despite above, I still really enjoyed this tour. Good lunch too.
It was perfect for me, the monkeys were adorable and walked around you as they didn't care you were there. They like the hot springs so much!!! They are harmless!
Just keep your distance when taking pics of them...they also want a little privacy.
It was a little difficult to find the bus to the tour, but if you know the name of the company everything will be fine!
Lunch was nice and very different and the bus driver and the tour guide were very kind and took us to the hotel in Shinjuku. It was such a nice gesture. I definitely recommend this tour!
Great tour, very well organized! It was in japanese but our guide help us with all that we need anyway.
We loved the shabu shabu experience and the monkeys are amazing!
Had a great day out with the snow monkies! It was incredible walking through beautiful forest with freshly fallen snow! A bit muddy and important to be mindful that the path is slippery! The walk is fairly easy and spectacular with the snow! We only had three monkies actually in the hot pool but there were a lot up the mountain side, some in the village just before the hot pool and some along the creek. It is well worth it! We were surprised that the bus did not have WiFi as other bus operators had this feature. It is a long drive but plenty of stops along the way and the lunch was delicious! This tour did not have a tour guide but did have two guys showing us where to go which was fine.
Awesome! Got to see the monkeys up close. Bit concerned about the walk to the park, and also the meeting place. We were not informed of detailed meeting place, so we got lost at Shinjuku station, then almost miss the bus. The walk to the park was nice yet very icy, and we were only told to wear 'comfortable shoes'. Our comfortable walking shoes were a disaster to walk on ice.
I enjoyed my experience with the snow monkey excursion. It was a long day, and it was snowing on the way to Nagano which slowed things down a bit. Unfortunately, once we arrived at the park we only had 30 minutes to walk around and observe the monkeys. On the way back to Tokyo they stopped at a temple and we had 1hr to walk around... I wish we had stayed longer at the monkey park and skipped the temple instead. The bus driver and guide were nice people. The shabu shabu lunch was also good and they also gave us apples on the way out.
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