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ZENKO-JI OMOTESANDO ILLUMINATION: A GREAT WAY TO EXPLORE NAGANO AT NIGHT!Running from November 24th to December 25th, the Zenko-ji Omotesando Illumination burst into light over the weekend, warming the city’s heart with the golden glow of winter lights. Nagano is at...
INTRODUCING OUR NEW 2-DAY SNOW MONKEY TOUR: NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA via MATSUMOTONagano and the surrounding regions that make-up central Japan are a place of natural beauty, typified by high mountain peaks, and deep culture found in its historic towns, temples and castles. Often o...
3-DAY ITINERARY: NAGANO PREFECTURE HIGHLIGHTSNagano Prefecture is one of the biggest prefectures in Japan. Widely known for its high mountains, apple orchards, and rice production, Nagano offers plenty to discover. See below for an itinerary tha...
COMBINE THE SNOW MONKEYS WITH AUTUMN LEAVES IN SHIGA KOGEN AND LUXURY RYOKAN VISITViewing autumn leaves, called koyo in Japanese, is after cherry blossom-viewing the most beloved seasonal activity for the Japanese. If you're planning on visiting the Snow Monkey Park in fall, we rec...
MATSUKAWA VALLEY: NAGANO’S BEST KEPT SECRETLess than an hour from Nagano Station, there is a place of tranquillity where orchards and farmlands lead to ravines, waterfalls and mountains beyond, and quiet communities go about their lives un...
Sales of Snow Monkey Pass for 2018 Green Season finishes on Sep 30.Sales of "Snow Monkey Pass" for 2018 Green Season finishes today (Sep 30th). For winter season, it will be re-sold from the beginning of December (Dec 1st, if it will be as has happened in the past...
AUTUMN FRUIT-PICKING IN NAGANO: AN EASY DAY TRIP FROM NAGANO STATIONNagano is synonymous with apples. Ripening to perfection each autumn, apple-picking directly from local orchards is an enjoyable (and delicious!) activity that can be done with family and friends with...
INTRODUCING OUR NEW SNOW MONKEY WINTER TOUR FROM HAKUBA!Snow Monkey Resorts is excited to announce a new day tour from Hakuba for the coming 2018/19 winter season - our Snow Monkey Winter Tour! This tour combines visits to the famous hot spring-ba...
AUTUMN FRUIT-PICKING IN NAGANO: 6 APPLE VARIETIES, ALL YOU CAN EAT!Just ten minutes from JR Nagano Station via the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, Iiyama is a rural hub known for the quality of its vegetables and fruit - most famously, apples! Each autumn, apple-picking di...
VISITING ZENKO-JI: ONE OF JAPAN’S MOST ACTIVE & WELCOMING TEMPLESNagano’s Zenko-ji Temple is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist complexes in Japan with a near-1400 year history. A place of true religious significance, legend, and myth, Zenko-ji is the he...
NAGANO CITY NIGHTLIFE: AFTER DARK AROUND ZENKO-JI TEMPLEMost visitors to Nagano will take the time to head up the hill from the station and visit the city’s most famous attraction, Zenko-ji Temple. With a near 1400-year history, the temple embodies a seduc...
NAGANO’S ‘ENNICHI’ SUMMER FESTIVAL: EAT, DRINK, DANCE!Summer in Japan is synonymous with heat, humidity, and more enticingly, festivals! While ‘matsuri’ (festivals) take place throughout the year and for countless (often obscure) reasons summer is the se...
ZENKO-JI OMOTESANDO ILLUMINATION: NAGANO’S FAMOUS TEMPLE COMES TO LIGHT!Founded in 642, Nagano’s Zenko-ji Temple is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan. As the nucleus of the city we know today, Nagano grew out from the temple, with Zenko-ji...
SHIGA KOGEN: 79 COURSES, 51 CHAIRLIFTS/GONDOLAS & 18 SKI AREAS COVERED BY 1 COMMON TICKETThere are many reasons to choose Japan for your winter sports holiday. Numerous resorts, reliable snow conditions including world-class powder, friendly locals, great food, all the cultural trimmings,...
YUDANAKA SUMMER FESTIVAL: PARTY LIKE A LOCAL!You may not know the name but you know the place! Yudanaka Onsen (and the unsurprisingly named Yudanaka Station) is the final stop on the Nagano Dentetsu train and the nearest station to the Snow Monk...
IT’S ALMOST SUMMER & TIME TO CELEBRATE: NAGANO CITY’S BINZURU DANCE FESTIVALAs we head toward summer in Japan, it means one thing – festivals, lots of them! Japanese love a matsuri (festival) and whether you are a visitor to Japan, or living here yourself, there’s no better t...
BACKCOUNTRY SKIING RULES IN SHIGA KOGENBackcountry skiing is one of the great attractions at any resort for advanced skiers. Bursting through pristine snow and the beauty of the forest is an adrenaline rush that gets you hooked. However, b...
VISITING ZENKO-JI TEMPLE: EXPERIENCE 3 ESSENTIAL JAPANESE BUDDHIST PRACTICESNagano City is home to one of Japan’s oldest and most important Buddhist temples, Zenko-ji. Located within an easy 20 minute walk from JR Nagano Station, the temple is one of the most popular attract...
TOGAKUSHI: A BEAUTIFUL AND EASY DAYTRIP FROM NAGANO CITYNestled in the mountains to the west of Nagano City, Togakushi is famous for its natural beauty and spiritual significance. It is a place of dramatic seasonal change experiencing heavy snowfall in win...
SHIGA KOGEN POWDER REPORT: ICHINOSE FAMILY TREE RUNAnother favorite area in Shiga Kogen for lovers of tree runs is a course which runs from the top of Ichinose Family Area down to bottom. It's a little hard to find the course on the map so here is how...
RECOMMENDED NAGANO SKI RESORTSNagano Prefecture is home to the majority of Japan’s highest mountain peaks and an abundance of snow. Just ask the locals, they’ll tell you the snow here is world class! As host of the 1998 Winter Oly...
SHIGA KOGEN POWDER REPORT – TERAKOYA TREE RUNThis winter season (2017/2018) in Shiga Kogen brought a lot of powder snow and many fantastic days of skiing and snowboarding. The early and massive snowfall experienced in December created a good ba...
1998 NAGANO OLYMPICS: SKI RESORTSWith the recent completion of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and upcoming XII Paralympic Winter Games in Pyongyang, South Korea, there is understandable interest in celebrating the 20 the anniversary ...
HOW TO GET TO SHIGA KOGEN BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATIONIf you intend to visit Shiga Kogen - Japan's largest interconnected area of ski fields, renowned powder wonderland, and UNESCO Eco Park - it is quite easily done using the local public transportation ...
INTERESTING SHOPS ON THE STREET LEADING TO ZENKOJI TEMPLEWhen in Nagano, most people stay around the station area for the food and souvenirs. We'd like to suggest somewhere different: The street leading up to the temple complex of Zenko-ji is full of shops ...
SHIGA KOGEN: LAKE HIKING COURSEShiga Kogen has a great number of hiking courses, all different. The most popular one would be the Lake Course, or the Ike-Meguri in Japanese. This blog is to explain the hiking course step-by-step so...
SHIGA KOGEN: WHAT TO DO IN SUMMERThe Shiga Kogen Highlands are most know know as the region that holds the largest ski resorts of all of Japan. Loads of people come to enjoy skiing and snowboarding down the mountains. In summer howev...
BEST WAY TO EXPLORE THE SNOW MONKEY AREA – RENTAL CYCLEIf you want to get a real feel of the area around Yamanouchi, the town of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, we have a recommendation for you: bike rentals. The Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop ...
SHIBU ONSEN: TOURING THE 9 HOT SPRINGSClose to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is a little town called Shibu Onsen. Shibu Onsen is famous for its long history with hot springs (onsen in Japanese). From 600 AC., many Japanese have traveled...
SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE SNOW MONKEY AREAEven though this region is called the Snow Monkey area, we have more than six months without snow. Our Spring, Summer, and Autumn all have their own attractions. In this article we will expand on the ...
SHIGA KOGEN: SKIING IN SPRINGSkiing season in Japan usually ends around the end of March, when the temperature starts rising and the snow starts melting. However, the Shiga Kogen Highlands hold to a different schedule. The...
ATTRACTIONS AROUND NAGANO CITYHaving found your way to this website most likely means that you want to see the snow monkeys. Many people do this as a day trip from Tokyo. They leave Tokyo early in the morning and arrive back to To...
SKI AREAS OF SHIGA KOGEN: YOKOTEYAMA AREA (3/3)Shiga Kogen is the biggest ski resort in Japan with a total of 18 ski areas, 52 working ski lifts and countless slopes. Due to its size it is difficult to look at Shiga as a whole, so we have simplifi...
SKI AREAS OF SHIGA KOGEN: OKUSHIGA & YAKEBITAI AREA (2/3)Shiga Kogen is the biggest ski resort in Japan boasting a total of 19 ski areas, 52 working ski lifts and countless slopes. Due to its size it is difficult to look at Shiga as a whole, so we have divi...
SKI AREAS OF SHIGA KOGEN: CENTRAL AREA (1/3)Shiga Kogen is the biggest ski resort in Japan with a total of 19 ski areas, 52 working ski lifts and countless slopes. Due to its size it is difficult to look at Shiga as a whole. To make it easier f...
COMPARING SKI RESORTS IN JAPANSkiing or snowboarding in Japan is a lot of fun. One reason is the great quality of snow, another is the incredibly high level of service, and last but not least is that a one-day ski pass in most are...
WHAT TO DO WHEN TAKING A BREAK FROM SKIING/SNOW BOARDINGWhen coming to the Shiga Kogen, participating in snow activities is a definite must! But if you've had your fill of playing around in the snow, then a more cultural or entertaining endeavor might be r...
THE REASON WHY SHIGA KOGEN’S SNOW QUALITY IS SO GOODWhen it comes to skiing and snowboarding, people regularly refer to "powder snow" and will do anything to find it! Powder is the most coveted type of snow when you want to bomb down a mountain with th...
SHIGA KOGEN SKI RESORTS – INTRODUCTIONDo you love to ski or snowboard? Then Shiga Kogen (or Shiga) is where you need to go. The fact that the Highlands were the stage for the 1998 Winter Olympics is already testament to the quality of sno...
WINTER IS COMING: SNOW MONKEY VERSIONAutumn is only just starting, but here in Japan's mountainous region winter will come sooner than you think. Some of you reading this might be in the process of planning your trip to the snow monkeys ...
NINJAS AT TOGAKUSHIIn a previous article we talked about Togakushi's Okusha Shrine. Today we would like to introduce to another popular attraction in Togaukshi - the fascinating Ninja Museum! But firstly, who were the...
AUTUMN IN JAPANWatching the reds, oranges and yellows of the autumn leaves is the next best thing to watching the cherry blossoms bloom to the Japanese. When the summer heat of August cools down and ch...
SHIGA KOGEN – INTRODUCTIONOn the basis of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program launched in 1971 with the purpose of establishing a scientific basis for the improvement of relationship between people and their environments, S...
THINGS TO DO AROUND JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARKWelcome to Snow Monkey Resorts in Nagano, Japan ! Here at Snow Monkey Resorts we would like to on top of your great experience with the snow monkeys make your stay in the area, or even your day-trip, ...
WHAT IS SNOW MONKEY RESORTS ?“Snow Monkey Resorts” refers to numerous resorts nestled within northern Nagano prefecture in Japan, home of the world famous Snow Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaen Koen). Our landscape, which...