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Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano

  • Follow a beautiful forest trail to the home of the area's world-famous snow monkeys
  • Explore the tranquil grounds and historic Buddhist statue at Zenko-ji
  • Get a taste of tradition with a local Sake tasting
Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano
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Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano
From US$142.37
See two of the top attractions near Nagano on this 8-hour excursion, including a visit to the area’s famous snow monkeys and a stop at the serene Zenko-ji temple. Travel along a beautiful forest trail to the home of the snow monkeys of Jigokudani, a group of local macaques known for their willingness to live in the snow and bathe in the local hot spring. Then, enjoy a break for a tasty lunch before continuing to the tranquil grounds of Zenko-ji, a lovely religious site known for its historic Buddhist statue. Finally, indulge in a sake tasting nearby, for a taste of Nagano.
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Stop At: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, Chubu

Established in 1964, Nagano's world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is home to the only troop of monkeys in the entire world known to bathe in hot springs. With no barriers between you and the monkeys (don't worry, they are very calm) this is a unique opportunity to observe these curious creatures in close proximity as the walk about you, wrestle with each other, endlessly groom, and of course, soak in their favorite hot spring! Your guide will introduce you to everything that makes them so unique and famous while giving you plenty of time to explore for yourself.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, Chubu

As one of the oldest, largest, and most important Buddhist temples in Japan, Zenko-ji is the spiritual heart of Nagano. A registered National Treasure, the temple's near-1400 year history is full of legend and myth which your guide will help you unlock as they guide you around the temple precinct followed by time to explore for yourself (time-permitting).

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Patio Daimon, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, Chubu

Nagano is Japan's second largest producer of 'sake', meaning no trip to the region is complete without sampling some of the local breweries. Your guide will introduce to the complex and warm world of sake with a guided tasting - the perfect way to end your tour.

Duration: 30 minutes
Reviews (86)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Snow monkeys in March

Great day with beautiful trail to monkey park and great time watching behavior of monkeys. Highly recommend to outdoor and animal lovers.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Flaborn123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great day

Having a break while being skiing in Hakuba, this was the perfect option. The snow monkeys are nice to watch and the castle very pretty. We were here on a Sunday and consequently quite busy. But this tour can be highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank S. R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
This was a fantastic day!

Very organized and gorgeous trip and - our tour guide from the Netherlands (Her name is Luki) was fantastic! The weather did start to produce snow by the time we got to the onsen area - the snow monkeys were out and had plenty of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tdizzlydog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
LOVED observing the snow monkeys

This tour was very well organized! Totally enjoyed the day. Although there was a lot of distance to cover, the day was appropriately divided up between three stops. Our tour guide Luki (from Netherlands) was an wonderful guide!!! she was informative, enthusiastic and very sweet!...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank trendywendy67
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
A great day out

I really enjoyed the snow monkey tour - I was a little hesitant to book it because I don’t like big groups and I couldn’t find information about how many people would be in the group. However, we had twenty people and it surprisingly wasn’t...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank megan_hanna16
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Yuhan L
28 February 2019|
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Response from Tim Z | Reviewed this property |
They meet you at Nagano Station and then we walked to a waiting Van that drove us to the Monkey Park.
7 January 2019|
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Response from TerryN42 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. They have two meal options that you choose on the bus ride out to the mountain. Vegetarian and traditional Japanese. Your son could have the soup and the vege bits + rice. Perhaps you could also pack some prepackaged... More