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Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

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    Pass By: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, 6845 Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401 Nagano Prefecture

    The Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑, Jigokudani Yaen Kōen) offers visitors the unique experience of seeing wild monkeys bathing in a natural hot spring. The park is inhabited by Japanese Macaques, which are also known as Snow Monkeys.

    Pass By: Shibu Onsen, 2211-1 Oaza Hirao, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401 Nagano Prefecture

    Shibu Onsen (渋温泉) is a historic and attractive hot spring town in Yamanouchi, which has retained a traditional atmosphere. Nestled in a small valley, Shibu Onsen is spread out on a gentle slope beside the Yokoyugawa River, with Yudanaka Onsen located below and the Jigokudani Monkey Park above.

    Pass By: Zenko-ji Temple, I-491 Motoyoshicho, Nagano 380-0851 Nagano Prefecture

    Zenkō-ji is a Buddhist temple located in the city of Nagano, Japan. The temple was built in the 7th century. The modern city of Nagano began as a town built around the temple.

    Pass By: Japan Awaits, Tokyo Prefecture

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    Pass By: Tokyo Station Gallery, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda 100-0005 Tokyo Prefecture

    Tokyo Station is a railway station in the Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan. The original station is located in Chiyoda's Marunouchi business district near the Imperial Palace grounds.

    Pass By: Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Togakushi, Nagano 381-4101 Nagano Prefecture

    Togakushi Shrine (戸隠神社, Togakushi Jinja) consists of a lower, a middle and an upper shrine in the forested mountains northwest of Nagano's city center. The shrines are related to an important story in Japanese mythology in which the Sun Goddess hid herself in a cave in present day Takachiho on Kyushu after her brother had misbehaved, thereby bringing darkness to the world.

    Pass By: Matsushiro Castle, Matsushiro, Matsushiro-machi, Nagano 381-1231 Nagano Prefecture

    Matsushiro Castle is a Japanese castle located in former Matsushiro town, now part of the city of Nagano, northern Nagano Prefecture, Japan. At the end of the Edo period, Matsushiro Castle was home to the Sanada clan, daimyō of Matsushiro Domain.

    Pass By: Togakushi Shrine Okusha, Togakushi, Nagano 381-4101 Nagano Prefecture

    Located in Nagano, Togakushi, this is a celebrated Shinto shrine dating back 2,000 years set among towering cedars on a mountain.

    Pass By: Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, 1-4-4 Hakoshimizu Zenkoji Higashidonari Shiroyama Park Nai, Nagano 380-0801 Nagano Prefecture

    Located a short walk from Zenkoji Temple, the Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum (長野県信濃美術館, Nagano-ken Shinano Bijutsukan) stages rotating exhibitions of fine art with different themes.

    Pass By: Yudanaka Onsen, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401 Nagano Prefecture

    Yudanaka Onsen (湯田中温泉) has a long history as a hot spring resort, dating back hundreds of years like the neighboring Shibu Onsen.

    Pass By: Sanada Treasure Museum, 4-1 Matsushiromachimatsushiro, Nagano 381-1231 Nagano Prefecture

    The Sanada Treasure Museum is located in Nagano Prefecture. This museum primarily exhibits armor and documents related to the lords of the Matsushiro region, the Sanada clan.

    Pass By: Nagano Chausuyama Zoo, 570-1 Shinonoiutabi, Nagano 388-8016 Nagano Prefecture

    City zoo with panoramic views, animals on display, a botanical garden & a kids' play area.

    Pass By: Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, 22184-10 Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9211 Nagano Prefecture

    Bustling ski resort known for its tree runs, scenic backcountry areas & varying slope levels.

    Pass By: Old Battlefield of Kawanakajima, 1384-1 Oshimadamachi, Nagano 381-2212 Nagano Prefecture

    Large park on the site of a 1500s battlefield, with historical exhibits, paths & leafy picnic areas.

    Pass By: Chibikko Ninja Village, 3193 Togakushi, Nagano 381-4101 Nagano Prefecture

    The Kids Ninja Village (チビッ子忍者村, Chibiko Ninja Mura) is a small theme park with ninja related attractions located at Mount Togakushi.

    Pass By: Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery, 1-4-4 Hakoshimizu Zenkoji Higashidonari Shiroyama Park Nai, Nagano 380-0801 Nagano Prefecture

    Nagano Prefecture Shinano Art Museum Higashiyama Kaii Gallery has collections which consist of mainly the works of local artists and landscapes of the Shinshu area.

    Pass By: Garyu Park (Garyu Sakura), 275-1 Ichinomiyamachi, Takayama 509-3505 Gifu Prefecture

    The Garyu Park has been chosen as one of Japan's 100 most famous places for viewing cherry blossoms.

    Pass By: Chausuyama Dinosaur Park, Shinonoiokada, Nagano 381-2225 Nagano Prefecture

    Free-admission city park featuring dinosaur statues, many with built-in slides, plus a picnic area.

    Pass By: Hakuba Goryu Ski Resort / Alpine Garden, 22184-10 Kamishiro, Hakuba-mura, Kitaazumi-gun 399-9211 Nagano Prefecture

    This ski resort offers varied terrain, plus a rental shop, restaurants & a hotel with a hot spring.

    Pass By: Nagano City Joyama Zoo, 2-1-19 Uematsu, Nagano 380-0802 Nagano Prefecture

    No-cost zoo with animals such as sea lions, penguins & monkeys, plus some rides & play equipment.

    Pass By: Kagamiike, Kusatsu, Kusatsu-machi, Agatsuma-gun 377-1700 Gunma Prefecture

    Located in the elevation of 1,200 meters, the pond mirrors the shifting seasons of Togakushi mountain range.

    Pass By: Togakushi Folk Museum Togakushi Ninja Museum, 3688-12 Togakushi, Nagano 381-4101 Nagano Prefecture

    Folklore museum offering exhibits on ninja history, tools & weapons, plus old clothes & furniture.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Nagano Station, Japan, 〒380-0921 長野県長野市大字栗田59
    Departure Time
    8:45 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Private tour with English-speaking (or other available language) tour guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels within Central Nagano only)
    • Transportation within Nagano City
    • Fuel surcharge
    • Food and drinks
    • Onsen (hot spring) fee: 700 JPY per person
    • Other optional activities for guests .
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum of 2 Adults per booking is required
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Wheelchair accessible at most places (not including Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park)
    • For this tour, if we provide train tickets: we will send train tickets to the guests’ hotel in Tokyo (the hotel which guests are staying at before their Nagano trip). Please provide: 1) Hotel Name in Tokyo, 2) Guest Name who booked the hotel, 3) Confirmation Number, and 4) Dates of Stay at the hotel in Tokyo.
    • Snow Monkeys in warmer seasons: The snow starts to melt in March, and the snow monkeys may not bathe as often as they did in the winter to keep warm. Guests may see the snow monkeys taking a swim as the park staff gives them lunch, but unlike winter months, there are definitely days when the monkeys just do not feel like entering the bath. When it is warm and the sun is out, the monkeys tend to be more active and move around the area. The monkeys are more likely to be grooming in the warmer seasons. While Winter is not the only time to see snow monkeys, please note that they are wild animals and it is difficult to predict their behavior. You can still visit the Snow Monkey Park, but seeing the snow monkeys and watching them bathe is not always guaranteed.
    • Guests must provide information (name, age) of each guest. A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Age Requirement: Guests of all ages can attend this tour, but a booking must be made for each person. Adult pricing applies to guests age 12 to 99. Child pricing applies to guests age 6 – 11. Young child pricing applies to guests age 1 – 5. In this private group tour, there must be at least one person that is 18 years or older.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    We had a wonderful day with Fan as our guide. She was so warm and knowledgeable, and really catered to our three year old son, who has been talking about snow monkeys for months. The weather was very snowy, and Fan was an expert navigator and driver. The monkey park was a great
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