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Full-Day Jigokudani Monkey Park, Zenko-ji & Sake Brewery Tour in Nagano

By Snow Monkey Resorts
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7h 55m
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Highlights

  • Full-day trip out of Tokyo to see Nagano's best attractions

  • Chance to snap up-close shots of bathing snow monkeys

  • Steaming hot springs & quiet forested trails of Jigokudani

  • Zenko-ji temple, which holds Japan's first Buddhist statue

  • Opportunity to try samples of authentic sake at a brewery

About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guided tour of Jigokudani Monkey Park, Zenko-ji, and a sake brewery

  • What's included

    Admission to Jigokudani Monkey Park

  • What's included

    Lunch

  • What's included

    Sake tastings

  • What's included

    Live tour commentary provided in English

  • What's excluded

    Admission to Zenko-ji

  • What's excluded

    Transportation between Nagano and Tokyo

Know Before You Book

  • Children 5 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult.

  • You must be 20 years of age or older and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol.

  • Snow monkey sightings are not guaranteed.

  • If the Jigokudani Monkey Park is closed, you will visit the hot springs or visit another location instead.

  • This activity begins at Nagano Station in Nagano, which is approximately 80–100 minutes from Tokyo by bullet train. You must make your own way to the meeting point.

  • Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

What you can expect

Running throughout the year, this tour takes in some of Nagano’s most famous highlights in an enjoyable day of discovery. Your English-speaking guide will meet you at JR Nagano Station at 09:35 (the guide will be waiting from 09:20 onward) and from there head to Zenko-ji. As a registered National Treasure, the temple is the most important cultural site in Nagano and one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in the entire country!
A place of true historic importance, full of legends and myths, you will be guided around the temple before (time permitting) your guide will give you the opportunity to explore the surrounding precinct of smaller temples, shops, and food by yourself.

It’s then time for an early lunch! Depending on the time of year we use different restaurants, each serving cuisine highlighting the best of Nagano’s renowned food culture. From delicious and warming beef, chicken, or vegetarian hot pot in the winter months, to mixed sushi plates and Nagano-style chicken or seasonal grilled vegetables through spring to autumn, meals are designed to match the season and complemented with a guided ‘sake’ tasting experience, led by your guide.

Home to a huge number of breweries, Nagano is synonymous with sake and no visit to the region is complete without delving into Japan’s most famous beverage. Dip you toes into this seductive world as your guide explains the process, terminology, and appreciation of Nagano’s acclaimed sake (a non-alcoholic option is also available).

Well-fed and warmed by sake it's time to head-out of Nagano, as you are transported to the Snow Monkey Park. Your guide will take you along the forest trail which leads to the park and into Jigokudani – rather dramatically translating to “Hell's Valley”. Home to the only troop of monkeys in the entire world known to bathe in hot springs, there are no barriers separating you from the wild monkeys, making this a unique and memorable experience.

Your guide will introduce these truly curious creatures and provide you time to enjoy the unique experience of observing them in close proximity. Make sure to bring your camera as you're going to need it!

By visiting the park in the afternoon when visitor numbers are lower, we aim to provide our guests with the best possible experience and more space and time with the monkeys. Your guide will then accompany back along the trail and soon have you heading.

Location

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Activity Location

  • Multiple Locations Visited
  • Nagano

Meeting/Redemption Point

  • Nagano Station
  • 59
  • 長野市 長野県 380-0921
  • Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal
  • Kitaazumi District 5734-1
  • Hakuba Nagano 399-9301
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