Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake 1 Day Tour

Explore Nagano City, Jigokudani and come face to face with some cheeky Snow Monkeys!

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Full Day
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
8:45 am
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
FromJYP ‎¥15500
Children: JYP ‎¥11000
+ bullet train ticket & Zenko-Ji entrance
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What's Included

  • Take photos with the world-famous snow monkeys
  • Explore the famous Zenkoji Temple
  • Shop at Nakamise street
  • Taste Japanese sake at the local sake brewery
  • Enjoy lunch at Snow Monkey Park  (vegetarian options available) 
  • Transportation fee from Nagano to the Snow Monkey Park and between activities/attractions included
  • Snow Monkey Park entrance fee included 
  • English-speaking guide

What's excluded

Bullet train tickets and fees for the attractions in Zenko-ji Temple.

Why do we love this

This is a great chance to see some of Nagano's most iconic sights and experience Japanese culture. You get a little taste of everything - nature, culture, shopping and sake! 







This tour is a terrific taste of all that stunning Nagano has to offer. Explore the temple town of Nagano City and meet snow monkeys in Jigokudani - "Hell's Valley"! Travel through breathtaking Japanese scenery, relax at peaceful Zenkoji Temple and shop til you drop at the bustling Nakamise shopping street.

Your adventure begins early at 8:45 am and after meeting your guide at Nagano Station, it's time to head to the Snow Monkey Park. Take a  30-minute stroll through beautiful forest and surrounds and try and spot monkeys as you go. You'll be able to watch Japanese wild macaques bathing in onsen (hot springs) or frolicking around the park.

After watching the monkeys play, it's time for a delicious lunch, and then - time to get tranquil at Zenko-ji Temple!

Explore the temple precinct with an expert guide, and learn about the history and culture of this Buddist temple.  Take a wander around the beautiful grounds and discover hidden gems like the tunnel under the temple where you can gain enlightenment by finding the “Key To Paradise”.

Next, you'll be able to explore Nakamise Street, famous for its shopping and deals, with 30 minutes free time! Try some Japanese Sake at a local brewery and pick up some souvenirs to take home.

After trying the delicious sake, it's time to head back to Nagano Station. 

This tour is a full day trip, starting at 8:45 am and ending at 5:00 pm.

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The start and finish of the tour are arranged according to the bullet train (called Hokuriku Shinkansen) timetable. See below for specific timetables on the bullet train departure and arrival times to/from Nagano Station.


Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagano Station:

Tokyo: 06:28 – Nagano: 08:06 – Hakutaka
Tokyo: 06:52 – Nagano: 08:40 – Asama
Tokyo: 07:20 – Nagano: 08:43 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only)


Departing Nagano Station – Arriving Tokyo Station:

Nagano: 17:34 – Tokyo: 19:12 – Hakutaka
Nagano: 17:55 – Tokyo: 19:20 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only)
Nagano: 18:22 – Tokyo: 20:00 – Hakutaka

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There definitely is a possibility, depending on the situation, to take this tour when staying in the Yudanaka or Shibu area! This also goes for those staying at the Shiga-kogen area, but only during the winter months. Please note that the meeting point will be Yudanaka Station for the former two and for the latter it will be Hasuike bus terminal. The time of meeting will change as well as the time of return. Please make sure to let us know at the time of booking as to where you are staying so we can inform you.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • Please wear suitable shoes for the walking trail.
  • During the winter it is common to see the Snow Monkeys enjoying the hot spring bath, however from spring up to autumn there will be times where the monkeys play or eat in the water, however please note that the monkeys are wild animals and there is no guarantee that there will be monkeys in the bath.
  • There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case the park is closed and we will provide an alternative activity.
  • Confirmation email of your reservation will be sent to you within 48 hours after booking.
  • Infants (0-5) is free of charge. A infant lunch is not included and the order will be made directly to the restaurant according to your needs.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Charges

No. of days before Tour start date

Cancellation fee as a % of Tour price

11 days before


10 - 8 days before

20% of the price 

7 - 2 days before

30% of the price 

1 day before

40% of the price 

Day of the tour

50% of the price

After tour has started/No Show

100% of the price


FromJYP ‎¥15500
Children: JYP ‎¥11000
+ bullet train ticket & Zenko-Ji entrance
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