Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Zenkoji Temple Visit (Departs from Nagano)

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Embark on a unique experience of seeing snow monkeys soak in hot springs surrounded by snow at Jigokudani Monkey Park. Then, explore the impressive Zenko-ji Temple with an informative guide and take delight in a scrumptious lunch of authentic Japanese cuisine.

Highlights
  • A fully-guided tour of two of the must-visit sites in Nagano Prefecture
  • See the snow monkeys soaking in the natural hot springs of Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Visit Zenko-ji Temple, one of the most important and popular temples in Japan
  • Enjoy a lunch of soba buckwheat noodles, a delicious local specialty

Description

Meet up with your guide at Nagano Station and then enjoy a 30-minute bus ride to Zenko-ji Temple. One of the most important and popular temples in Japan, this pilgrimage site was founded in the 7th century and houses the first Buddhist statue ever to be brought into the country. Led by your friendly and informative guide, stroll through the temple gate to visit the main hall, a stunning wooden structure of impressive size which houses other Buddhist statues.

After your temple visit, stop for a lunch of delicious soba buckwheat noodles, a local specialty.

Then, hop on a train and enjoy a scenic ride to Yudanaka Station. You'll be transferred to Kanbayashi Onsenguchi which is a 35-minute walk to Jigokudano Monkey Park, known as the only place Japanese macaques or snow monkeys can be seen enjoying hot springs. Savor the sight of this close-knit group of snow monkeys as they soak in the spring-fed pools at the park. Watch them relax, play or even swim in the hot spring, ignoring and obliviously impressing their human guests.

At the end of the tour, follow your guide to back to Kanbayashi Onsenguchi where you will be picked up and driven to Yudanaka Station for a 1-hour ride by local train to Nagano Station.

This product requires booking at least 6 business days in advance.

  • The recreational trail between Kanbayashi Onsen-guchi and Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (1.6 kilometers/1 mile, one-way) will be slippery after snowfall due to surface freezing. Please wear non-slip soles or snow shoes (available at any sporting goods stores), warm clothes and gloves.

  • Children 5 years old and below are free of charge provided no meal is consumed but will be required to purchase admission ticket to Jigokudani Monkey Park. Please inquire for the price.

  • Lunch will include soba (Nagano's specialty). Participants with soba (buckwheat) allergies may not be able to enter the restaurant. Lunch may also be moved at an earlier time.

  • The itinerary is subject to change depending on public transportation schedule adjustments and weather conditions.

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.

  • Full name on passport per participant will be required upon booking.

  • The behavior of wild monkeys cannot be predicted. The park will be closed to visitors in case the monkeys do not come down to the park from the mountains. In this case, the tour will be canceled.

Includes

  • Lunch

  • Admission

  • Train fare

  • English-speaking guide
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Review Rebate: One Day Snow Monkey Tour from Nagano

Duration: 6:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Wed and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Lunch / Admission / Train fare / English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 09:30

    Meet at Nagano Station

  • 09:40

    Depart from Nagano Station

    Meet up with the guide and participants at the arrival area at Nagano Station and make way to your bus.

  • 10:10

    Zenkoji Temple (40 min)

    Stroll around Zenkoji Temple and find something tasty to eat for lunch. Tour the main hall of this historic temple which was founded 1,400 years ago and is a National Treasure.

  • 11:00

    Lunch (40 min)

    Savor a delicious bowl of buckwheat soba noodle, known to be a specialty of Nagano.

  • 11:40

    Depart from Zenkoji Temple

  • 12:30

    Arrive and Walk From Roman Museum Parking Lot (50 min)

    Upon arrival, take a 40-minute walk from the parking lot to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. During the winter months, the path may be frozen or slippery. Please note that assistance will not be provided for small children or participants with difficulty in walking.

  • 13:20

    Jigokudani Monkey Park (50 min)

    Irresistibly cute! This spot is internationally renowned as the only place wild monkeys can be seen enjoying hot springs. Seeing the monkeys' curious behavior up close is sure to bring a smile to each visitor's face.

  • 14:10

    Depart from Jigokudani Monkey Park (50 min)

    After spending time watching the cute monkeys, return to your walk back to the parking lot to catch your bus back.

  • 15:00

    Depart from Roman Museum Parking Lot

  • 16:00

    Tour Ends at Nagano Station

Adult ( Age & over ) From Child ( Age & over ) From Infant ( Age & over ) Free
One Day Snow Monkey Tour from Nagano

Duration: 6:30 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Wed and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Lunch / Admission / Train fare / English-speaking guide

Schedule

  • 09:30

    Meet at Nagano Station

  • 09:40

    Depart from Nagano Station

    Meet up with the guide and participants at the arrival area at Nagano Station and make way to your bus.

  • 10:10

    Zenkoji Temple (40 min)

    Stroll around Zenkoji Temple and find something tasty to eat for lunch. Tour the main hall of this historic temple which was founded 1,400 years ago and is a National Treasure.

  • 11:00

    Lunch (40 min)

    Savor a delicious bowl of buckwheat soba noodle, known to be a specialty of Nagano.

  • 11:40

    Depart from Zenkoji Temple

  • 12:30

    Arrive and Walk From Roman Museum Parking Lot (50 min)

    Upon arrival, take a 40-minute walk from the parking lot to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. During the winter months, the path may be frozen or slippery. Please note that assistance will not be provided for small children or participants with difficulty in walking.

  • 13:20

    Jigokudani Monkey Park (50 min)

    Irresistibly cute! This spot is internationally renowned as the only place wild monkeys can be seen enjoying hot springs. Seeing the monkeys' curious behavior up close is sure to bring a smile to each visitor's face.

  • 14:10

    Depart from Jigokudani Monkey Park (50 min)

    After spending time watching the cute monkeys, return to your walk back to the parking lot to catch your bus back.

  • 15:00

    Depart from Roman Museum Parking Lot

  • 16:00

    Tour Ends at Nagano Station

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Schedule

  • 09:30

    Meet at Nagano Station

  • 09:40

    Depart from Nagano Station

    Meet up with the guide and participants at the arrival area at Nagano Station and make way to your bus.

  • 10:10

    Zenkoji Temple (40 min)

    Stroll around Zenkoji Temple and find something tasty to eat for lunch. Tour the main hall of this historic temple which was founded 1,400 years ago and is a National Treasure.

  • 11:00

    Lunch (40 min)

    Savor a delicious bowl of buckwheat soba noodle, known to be a specialty of Nagano.

  • 11:40

    Depart from Zenkoji Temple

  • 12:30

    Arrive and Walk From Roman Museum Parking Lot (50 min)

    Upon arrival, take a 40-minute walk from the parking lot to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. During the winter months, the path may be frozen or slippery. Please note that assistance will not be provided for small children or participants with difficulty in walking.

  • 13:20

    Jigokudani Monkey Park (50 min)

    Irresistibly cute! This spot is internationally renowned as the only place wild monkeys can be seen enjoying hot springs. Seeing the monkeys' curious behavior up close is sure to bring a smile to each visitor's face.

  • 14:10

    Depart from Jigokudani Monkey Park (50 min)

    After spending time watching the cute monkeys, return to your walk back to the parking lot to catch your bus back.

  • 15:00

    Depart from Roman Museum Parking Lot

  • 16:00

    Tour Ends at Nagano Station

  • (For Check-In) Nagano Station (Nagano Station, Japan) Time: 09:30:00

  • (For Check-Out) Nagano Station (Nagano Station, Japan) Time: 16:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Nagano Station (Nagano Station, Japan) Time: 09:30:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Nagano Station (Nagano Station, Japan) Time: 16:00:00

Price & Options

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Notes

Restriction(s)
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  • Infants (ages 0-5) may join for free if they do not require a separate meal or a separate seat. If you would like for them to have a separate seat or meal, please book them as a child.

All Packages
  • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
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  • The walk between Roman Museum parking lot and Jigokudani Monkey Park will be 40-minutes one way. Please wear shoes suitable for walking on frozen or slippery paths. The average temperature is -1 degrees C. It is advised to wear warm clothes.

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  • Walking shoes

Additional Note(s)
All Packages
  • An English interpreter guide accompanies this tour from arrival at JR Nagano Station until the tour ends at JR Nagano Station.

  • Luggage is to be carried by each individual. There is not much space on the train or bus, so please leave large items such as suitcases at your previous hotel.

  • The itinerary may be changed due to timetable adjustments for Shinkansen, trains, and buses.

  • Lunch includes soba buckwheat noodles.. Participants with buckwheat allergies may not be able to enter the restaurant.

  • The behavior of wild monkeys are unpredictable and there may be days where the park will be closed when the monkeys do not come down from the mountains. The tour may be cancelled on the day before departure and a full refund will be issued in such cases.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
Review Rebate: One Day Snow Monkey Tour from Nagano
  • You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 20.

One Day Snow Monkey Tour from Nagano
  • You can book a maximum of 20.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made between 8 business days (18:00:00 local time) to 2 business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made between 2 business days (18:00:00 local time) to 1 business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made between 1 business days (18:00:00 local time) to business days (18:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge a charge of 100% of the total amount.

Change Policy

Please contact Veltra immediately if you make any changes to your booking once it is confirmed, as:

・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 8 business days to 18:00 local time, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 30% of the total amount.
・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 2 business days to 18:00 local time, 1 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 40% of the total amount.
・Any changes made between 18:00 local time, 1 business days to 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
・Any changes made after 1 hours prior to the activity start time will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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