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HOW TO: GETTING TO NAGANO FROM TOKYO BY SHINKANSENUsing the shinkansen (bullet train) services is by far the easiest way to get yourself around Japan including to Nagano. While super-efficient, using the shinkansen system – choosing which pass or...
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...
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...
THE 3 BEST ‘ONSENS’ (HOT SPRINGS) NEAR THE SNOW MONKEY PARKThe snow monkey region is famous for its numerous 'onsens' (natural hot springs) that bubble to the ground throughout the mountains. Mainly found in the town of Yudanaka, Shibu, and Kanbayashi Onsens,...
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: A PERFECT DESTINATION FOR NATURE LOVERS & PHOTOGRAPHERSShiga Kogen is situated in a broader mountain range known as Joshinetsu Kogen National Park; a vast area that spans Nagano, Gunma, and Niigata prefectures. The region has long been known for its beaut...
SHIGA KOGEN: INTRODUCING THE HIGASHITATEYAMA SKI AREA & GONDOLAConveniently located in the central area of Shiga Kogen, the Higashitateyama Ski Area offers visitors some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the region. As the host venue for the 1998 Winter Olym...
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...
SNOW MONKEYS & CHERRY BLOSSOM TOUR: THANK YOU TO ALL OUR GUESTS & LOOKING FORWARD TO CHERRY BLOSSOM TOURS IN 2019!As spring continues to warm this year’s cherry blossom season has come to an end. During April, Snow Monkey Resorts welcomed many guests to the region on our 1-Day Snow Monkeys and Cherry Blossom Tou...
NAGANO’S YUKEMURI EXPRESS SIGHTSEEING TRAIN: TURNING YOUR JOURNEY TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK INTO AN EVENT!There are several transport options when visiting the Snow Monkey Park from JR Nagano Station including train (and local bus) or express bus. All of these services are operated by Nagano Dentetsu (Na...
GETTING TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK: UPDATED TRAIN TIMETABLE AS OF APRIL 2018One of the most popular ways to access the Snow Monkey Park is using the Nagano Dentetsu (Nagaden) train line from JR Nagano Station. The train affords you an easy and comfortable journey to Yudanaka...
2018/4/19 NAGANO CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATEThe blossoms are now coming into full bloom across Nagano including at Yamanouchi and Kanbayashi Onsen - home to our favorite furry residents, the snow monkeys! The small and quiet streets of Kanbaya...
2018/4/12 NAGANO CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATECherry blossoms, known locally as 'sakura', play an important role in Japanese society. Blooming sometime between late-March (at the earliest) and early-May (at the very latest), these beautiful flow...
2018/4/5 NAGANO CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATEIn Japan the season of spring is heavily celebrated. The most famous habit the Japanese display is sitting under colorful cherry blossoms and just watching the blossoms bloom while drinking a beer, et...
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 ...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEYS IN FEBRUARYThe beginning of February was still very cold and saw quite a few monkeys taking a bath or rummaging around for barley. The monkeys in the two photo's below were exactly doing that; digging in the sno...
1-DAY SNOW MONKEYS, ZENKO-JI TEMPLE & SAKE TOUR: PICKUP/DROPOFF POINTS IN SHIGA KOGENFor guests joining our winter 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour from Shiga Kogen we are happy to announce 6 convenient pickup points spread through Shiga Kogen, to cater for those st...
HOW TO: JR HOKURIKU ARCH PASSWhat is the Hokuriku Arch Pass: The Japan Rail company has a new pass that could make your travel through the country of the rising sun even more comfortable and convenient. The new pass is called ...
SHIGA KOGEN SNOW UPDATE: DECEMBER 15TH 2017It's been snowing steadily in the Snow Monkey area and even more up in the mountains of Shiga Kogen. The slopes are slowly all opening up, with the higher altitude slopes already fully open. The ar...
SHIGA KOGEN: BEST VIEWS YOU CAN WITNESS IN SKI SAFARIShiga Kogen, with its high altitude, has a few spots where you can really see some spectacular views. The massive amount of snow in winter only adds more beauty to the mountainous scenery. If you want...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN OCTOBERIt's October! The temperature has gone down quite a bit compared to September and this is noticeable in the behavior of the monkeys. Some of them have started to get into the hot spring to warm themse...
NAGANO CITY: INTRODUCING GONDO DISTRICTMost people stay close the Nagano Station when visiting Nagano City. We'd like to propose an alternative course. When staying overnight, stay closer to Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano's main attraction, and c...
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 ...
NAGANO CITY: RESTAURANTS AROUND ZENKO-JI TEMPLEOne of the biggest attractions in Nagano City is the temple complex of Zenko-ji. And with good reason, as the temple is one of the oldest and biggest in Japan. If you're around the pilgrimage site and...
PHOTOBLOG: SNOW MONKEY OF JAPAN IN SEPTEMBERIt is September which means another blog about this month's monkeys! The monkey below was kept on watching the exit of the Jigokudani Monkey Park, and tried to sneak his way into the room...
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 ...
BEST VIEWS OVER NAGANO CITYNagano City lies in a valley, surrounded by mountains from all sides. If you know the right vantage point, you can see all over the plains of Zenko-ji and surrounding areas like Obuse and even up to t...
CASTLE GROUNDS OF MATSUSHIRO, NAGANO CITY’S SAMURAI SUBURBNagano City is bigger than most people imagine, with suburbs going so far out that it will take you 1 hour by car to get there. One of the Nagano suburbs is called Matsushiro, a part of Nagano that is...
NAGANO CITY: FINDING THE KEY TO PARADISE AT ZENKO-JI TEMPLEOne of the main things to do when visiting the temple complex of Zenko-ji, is to find the Key to Paradise. In the main hall of Zenko-ji, under the inner sanctuary and the main altar which holds Japan'...
PHOTOBLOG: 2017 SNOW MONKEY BABIESThe page is completely dedicated to the adorable snow monkey babies. The last baby has been born last month in the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, so we thought it was time to introduce you to some o...
NAGANO CITY: GET BLESSED AT ZENKO-JI’S BUDDHIST MORNING RITUALThe morning service, also called "o-asaji" at Zenko-ji Temple, is one of the most interesting activities that you could partake in while you are in Nagano City. What's "o-asaji"?  ...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEYS IN AUGUSTThe month August has started and the heat is still continuing. Slowly but surely though, the temperature is going down and becoming more comfortable. The monkeys now sometimes dare to go from their sa...
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...
PHOTOBLOG: THINGS TO SEE/DO IN SHIBU ONSENShibu Onsen is famous for its variety of hot springs and its lovely streets. If you're in the Snow Monkey area for a visit to the Jigokudani Monkeys, don't miss out on a stroll through the picture...
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 ...
PHOTOBLOG: 2017/4/28 CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATEThe blossoms are finally blooming in the town of Yamanouchi, the town closest to the Snow Monkey Park. Here are a few photo's to give you an impression of the colorful trees. Here you...
SNOW MONKEY AREA CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATE: APRIL 21ST 2017Most of Japan have now seen the last of the sakura blossoms. The cherry flowers in places like Tokyo and Kyoto have fallen from the trees. The trees in Yamanouchi (also known as the snow monkey area) ...
PHOTOBLOG: SUNNY MONKEYS IN APRILThe sun is out and the monkeys are here for the sunshine! While many people think that the monkeys only appear in winter, they are here all year round. Spring is a lovely time to see the Japanese maca...
CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON/SITES IN NORTHERN NAGANOWhen you ask people to name three things that define Japan they usually name Mount Fuji, geisha, and cherry blossoms. Nagano Prefecture is quite far from Fuji and we would advise you to go to Kyoto to...
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...
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...
ABOUT THE CITY OF NAGANOThe city of Nagano has a long history and was formally established as a city on April 1, 1897. It was the first established city within Nagano Prefecture and the 43rd city in Japan. Nagano City is loc...
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...
BE LIKE A MONK AT ZENKO-JI TEMPLEThere are many Buddhist temples in Japan and tourists, both Japanese and foreign, enjoy taking photos of these holy places. But one remains on the fringes of Buddhism by just taking photos. There are ...
TOGAKUSHI SHRINE OKUSHAShinto is the religion indigenous to Japan and its rituals play a big part in everyday life. Unlike the majority of religions the Shinto religion has no official scripture. Japanese people who practic...
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, ...
TOP 5 SOUVENIRS AT ZENKO-JI TEMPLEWhen you visit Zenkoji-temple, the third largest wooden temple in Japan and one of the most historical temples since the Buddhism arrival in the 7th century, you will pass through the main pilgrim...