As Nagano’s No.1 tour operator, Snow Monkey Resorts continues to welcome new and old friends into the region, as more and more people discover the seasonal beauty of Central Japan. There’s never a bad time to visit and always a good reason to stay!
As we move into another lush green season, we are happy to announce a range of new group tours to destinations including the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route, Kamikochi, Takayama, Kiso Valley and the Nakasendo Trail, Matsumoto, Azumino, Mount Fuji, and all the way to Tokyo!
Along with our most established and popular tours including our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour, all of our green season tours can be booked by themselves or in combination with other tours to create multiday itineraries.
Tours can be combined to match your needs and interests, creating multiday packages which capture the highlights and essence of the region as you move to and from your desired destinations. Whether you are starting, ending or passing through Nagano, we offer the flexibility needed to create your own itinerary and get the most out of your time in Central Japan.
Tours nearby Nagano City
Locally-based in Nagano, Snow Monkey Resorts operates all year round and continues to offer these well-established favorites to our guests…
Our most popular tour – 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake – operates everyday (other than Tuesday and Friday) through June until the end of September, and everyday from October 1st through autumn and winter. Combining a visit to Nagano’s world-famous Snow Monkey Park with exploration of Zenko-ji Temple, along with lunch and sake tasting, this fun 1-day tour can be booked by itself or combined with the tours below to create 2 and 3-day schedules.
Guests wanting to take it a little slower and indulge in one of the region’s best ‘ryokans’ (traditional hotel) can do just that with our 2-Day Snow Monkeys, Luxury Ryokan, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour. Including accommodation at Senjukaku – renowned for its ‘kaiseki’ meal service and relaxing natural hot spring – this 2-day tour includes a visit to Zenko-ji and the Snow Monkey Park on Day 1, followed by a self-guided itinerary on Day 2. Also operating everyday (other than Tuesday and Friday) through June until the end of September take the time to unwind and experience the best of traditional Japanese service.
Located within easy reach of Nagano, Matsumoto is another popular regional destination – one best discovered on our new 1-Day Matsumoto Castle & Local Food Experience Tour. Operating every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this tour gets hands-on with a visit to Daio Wasabi Farm, soba-making and a tour of Kametaya Sake Brewery before exploring Matsumoto’s famous castle – one of the few remaining original castles in Japan and a registered National Treasure.
Ready to explore a little further? Join one of our regional tours!
We are very happy to announce the following new tours, as we continue to introduce this beautiful to many new and old friends…
This season we were happy to announce our first 1-Day Snow Walls of Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route Tour! Starting and ending at JR Nagano Station, this tour transports you high above – to the ‘Roof of Japan’! – and the iconic Snow Walls of Tateyama-Kurobe. Operating every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until June 19th, this tour is already proving a hit with guests as they discover one of Japan’s most dramatic alpine landscapes!
For guests wanting to experience the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route as they head north, our 1-Day Nagano to Kanazawa: Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route Tour starts at JR Nagano Station and ends at JR Kanazawa Station. Operating every Monday and Thursday this is a great way to include one of Central Japan’s most stunning experiences as we transport you from Nagano to Kanazawa, all led by an English-speaking guide.
Our 1-Day Nagano to Takayama: Highlights of Central Japan Tour is another that really captures the essence the region by transporting high into the Northern Alps and the alpine valley of Kamikochi. This stunning mountain oasis is quickly becoming a must-see destination for international visitors and when combined with your final destination of Takayama and is beautiful old town, this tour will capture the imagination – every Monday and Thursday.
Running through the beautiful Kiso Valley, the Nakasendo Trail follows the Edo Period trade route which linked Tokyo to Kyoto and more recently is a popular walking course for both Japanese and international visitors. Starting and ending at JR Nagano Station, our 2-Day Historic Nakasendo Walking Tour includes one night’s accommodation in the post town of Magome and also operates every Monday and Thursday through the green season and into autumn.
Finally, for guests headed back to the capital, our 1-Day Nagano to Tokyo: Japan’s Iconic Mt Fuji Tour includes visits to the Suntory Hakushu Distillery and Itchiku Kubota Art Museum before reaching the nation’s most iconic mountain, Fuji. Operating every Monday and Thursday and ending at JR Shinjuku Station, this tour can be easily combined with many others to create an immersive and memorable itinerary in Central Japan.
How do I combine tours to create a multiday package?
Our tour schedule allows for numerous combinations and to get you started we’ve created these packages with more to come!
Available every Sunday and Wednesday, our 2-Day Nagano to Kanazawa: Snow Monkeys & Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route Tour visits Zenko-ji Temple and the Snow Monkey Park on Day 1 before heading to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route on Day 2. With accommodation in Nagano City included on Day 1, this 2-day tour is a great way to take in the some of region’s most iconic experiences before continuing your journey onto to Kanazawa.
Alternatively, our 2-Day Kanazawa to Nagano: Snow Monkeys & Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route Tour, operates every Tuesday and Friday. Starting in Kanazawa this tour takes you over the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route on Day 1 before heading Zenko-ji Temple and the Snow Monkey Park on Day 2. Accommodation in Nagano City is included on Day 1.
Operating every Sunday and Wednesday, our 2-Day Nagano to Takayama: Snow Monkeys & Highlights of Central Japan Tour combines your visit to Zenko-ji and the Snow Monkey Park on Day 1, with a mountainous adventure through the Northern Alps to Kamikochi and onto Takayama on Day 2. Accommodation in Nagano City is included on Day 1.
Our 3-Day Snow Monkeys & Historic Nakasendo Walking Tour start and ends in Nagano City – every Sunday and Wednesday and includes a visit to Zenko-ji Temple and the Snow Monkey Park on Day 1 before following our Nakasendo walking tour schedule on Days 2 and 3. Including accommodation in Nagano City on Day 1 and Magome on Day 2, this new tour promises to be one of our most popular!
Coming or going to Tokyo? We’ve got you covered!
We are happy to also annouce the following tours from or to Tokyo…
Every Tuesday and Friday through green season, our 2-Day Tokyo to Nagano: Snow Monkeys & Central Japan Tour whisks you away from the hectic pace of the city, stopping at the historic enclave of Kawagoe before reaching the mountain resort town of Karuizawa and onto Mt Asama – one of Japan’s most active volcanoes – and finally Nagano on Day 1, before heading to Zenko-ji and the Snow Monkeys on Day 2. Including accommodation in Nagano City on Day 1, this tour shows you a side of Japan you want find in the bustling capital!
Our 3-Day from/to Tokyo: Highlights of Central Japan Tour takes you to and from the capital and captures the essence of Japan’s mountainous heartland as you visit some of the region’s most popular and unique destinations including Kawagoe, Karuizawa, and Mt Asama on Day1, Zenko-ji Temple and the Snow Monkey Park on Day 2, before returning to Tokyo with stops at Suntory Hakushu Distillery, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum and iconic Mt Fuji on Day 3 – operating every Wednesday. All led by an English-speaking guide and including two night’s accommodation in Nagano, this tour is ideally-suited to those who want to take it a little slower and take the time to discover the true essence of Japan and its wild heartland!
And the following multiday tours take you from Nagoya, Kanazawa or Nagano to Tokyo…
Staring from JR Nagoya Station, our 3-Day Nagoya to Tokyo: Snow Monkeys, Mt Fuji & Nakasendo Walking Tour is available every Tuesday and takes you from Nagoya to the historic Nakasendo Trail on Day 1, Zenko-ji and the Snow Monkeys on Day 2, and ultimately onto Mt Fuji and Tokyo on Day 3.
From guests coming from Kanazawa, our 3-Day Kanazawa to Tokyo: Snow Monkeys & Central Japan Tour starts at JR Kanazawa Station and combines visits to the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route on Day 1, Nagano’s near-1400 year old temple and the Snow Monkey Park on Day 2, and onto to Tokyo on Day 3 – operating every Tuesday.
Finally, the 4-Day Nagano to Tokyo: Snow Monkeys, Nakasendo & Mt Fuji Tour – available every Monday – starts with walking the historic Nakasendo Trail on Days 1 and 2, before visiting Zenko-ji and the Snow Monkey Park on Day 3, and then onto Tokyo on Day 3, stopping at the Suntory Hakushu Distillery, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum, and iconic Mt Fuji.
More information will be uploaded to our website soon, including more multiday package tours, capturing the best of Central Japan.
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