FROM NAGOYA: HOW TO GET TO SNOW MONKEY
Nagoya is one of the biggest cities in Japan and is home to the Centrair Airport so quite a lot of people come to Japan via Nagoya. If you want to see the Japanese monkeys running around the Snow Monkey Park, the best way to go there from Nagoya is the following:
To get from Nagoya to Nagano you’d have to take the Shinano Limited Express train. It leaves regularly once an hour from Nagoya Station and costs 7330 JPY (the JR Pass can also be used). You will arrive in Nagano within 3 hours. Check the site Hyperdia for accurate departure and arrival times.
From Nagano, you have two ways to get to the Snow Monkey Park: via train or bus.
If you want to go by train head for the Nagano Dentetsu train line and take the train with as destination Yudanaka.
From Yudanaka Station you take the bus bound for either the Kanbayashi Onsen bus stop or the Snow Monkey bus stop.
If bus is the way to go for you find the Nagaden Shiga Kogen Express Line bus and get off at the Snow Monkey bus stop.
The Snow Monkey Park is 25 minutes by foot away from the Snow Monkey bus stop or the Kanbayashi Onsen bus stop. See here for local and express bus times.