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1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS & SNOW FUN IN SHIGA HIGHLANDS

1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS & SNOW FUN IN SHIGA HIGHLANDS

Highlights:

  • Play around in the snow of the Japanese mountains.
  • See the snow monkeys in their wintry habitat.
  • Have lunch nearby the Snow Monkey Park.
  • Go up to the ski resorts of the Shiga-kogen Highlands.
  • Enjoy your preferred snow activity: snow sledging or ski/snowboarding.

 

*This tour is limited to groups of 2 people and more.

 

Description:

The tour starts from 8:45 at Nagano Station from where you will be taken to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. There you get to see the Japanese macaques warming up their bodies by bathing in hot springs. Our guide will tell you interesting facts about the park and the snow monkeys while you stroll around the park. After having spent some time with the snow monkeys, we head back for a delicious lunch at the restaurant nearby the Snow Monkey Park.

 

After lunch, we will be ready for the snow part of the tour. We will head all the way up to a ski resorts of the Shiga-kogen Highlands, one of the biggest ski areas in Japan. This mountainous area was the scene for the 1998 Winter Olympics and every year a huge amount of snow comes falling down from the heavens and makes for an amazing scenery.

 

We will take you to the Ichinose ski area, which lies in the middle of the Shiga-kogen Highlands. These ski fields offer slopes with levels from beginner to intermediate, with lengths ranging from 300 to 600 meters (1,000 – 2,000 feet), exist.

 

At Ichinose you can enjoy the snow activities you want to do. The options available are visiting the snow park where you can slide down the slopes by snow sledge, or going up the slope by ski lift and enjoying ski/snowboarding. There may be some additional costs that can be incurred with discounted price if you are in need of rental gears or winter outfits (for more information about the rental price, please see below).

 

 

This tour will take you to the highlights of the Japanese winter. Join us on this snowy adventure!

ITINERARY

08:45 Meet at Nagano station directly opposite of the Shinkansen exit at the information board towards the East Exit. Our guide will be there by 8:30.
We will first go to the Snow Monkey area by public transport. We have to get moving by 8:50, so please don't be late!
10:00 Welcome to the Snow Monkey area! We will get to Yudanaka from where we will head to the Snow Monkey Park. After a 30 minute walk through a beautiful forest trail we will have arrived at the Snow Monkey Park.
10:50 Arrival to the Snow Monkey Park, enjoy Japanese wild macaques bathing in onsen or frolicking around the park.
12:15 Have a lunch nearby the Snow Monkey Park.
13:00 Leave the lunch restaurant and go up to the snow-covered mountains of the Shiga-kogen Highlands.
13:45 Arrival at the ski resort. After preperations, you can enjoy your preferred snow activities as sledging & ski and snowboarding.
16:00 The end of snow activity. Prep for departure.
17:40 Arrival at Yudanaka Station. A train back to Nagano Station leaves Yudanaka at 17:50.
19:00 Arrive back to Nagano Station.

NOTES

Included:

  • Transportation from Nagano Station to the Snow Monkey Park  and to Shiga-kogen Highlands Ski Resorts
  • Entrance fee to the Snow Monkey Park
  • Lunch (vegetarian options are available)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Snow activity fee of either below according to your choice of snow activity
    • Entrance fee to the snow park & sledge rentals, OR
    • Ski lift tickets worth for 5 rides (for ski/snowboard)

 

Excluded:

  • Bullet train ticket
  • A full set of ski/snowboard rentals: ¥2,000
  • Snow wear rentals (snow jackets, pants, gloves): ¥1,500
  • The additional lift tickets from more than 6 times and up (¥200 per a ride)

* The child and adult fare of the listed fees above are the same.

* Please let us know if you require rental gears at the time of the booking.

 

Other information:

  • The temperature of winter months in Shiga-kogen Highlands is cold and can be minus 5 – 10 degrees. Please be dressed in warm & waterproof clothing.
  • Confirmation of your reservation will be sent to your email address within 48 hours after booking.
  • Children from 3 years old and up can join this tour.

MEETING PLACE

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JR Nagano Station Information Board across the Shinkansen Exit

Kurita, Nagano-shi, Nagano, 380-0921, Japan

FAQ

What time should I book the bullet train to arrive in Nagano on time?

The start and finish of the tour are arranged according to the bullet train (called Hokuriku Shinkansen) timetable. See below for specific timetables on the bullet train departure and arrival times to/from Nagano Station.

 

From Tokyo Station to Nagano Station:

Departing Tokyo 06:28 – Arriving Nagano 08:06

Departing Tokyo 06:52 – Arriving Nagano 08:40

Departing Tokyo 07:20 – Arriving Nagano 08:43

 

From Nagano Station to Tokyo Station:

Departing Nagano at 19:38 – Arriving Tokyo at 21:16

Departing Nagano at 19:59 – Arriving Tokyo at 21:19

 

What is the payment procedure after I submit a booking request?
Once your booking request is confirmed on our end, we will send an electric invoice to the email address you submit in the reservation form. Once you have received the email, please click on the inserted link and complete payment either via credit card or Paypal.

 

I am staying in (Yudanaka/Shibu) can I join the tour?
There definitely is a possibility, depending on the situation, to take this tour when staying in the Yudanaka or Shibu area. Please note that the meeting point will be Yudanaka Station. The time of meeting will change as well as the time of return. Please make sure to let us know at the time of booking as to where you are staying so we can inform you.

Period

Everyday - Jan 1 to Mar 31

TIME

8:45 am - 19:00 pm

Meeting Place

JR Nagano Station Information Board across the Shinkansen Exit

PRICE

Adult (13+)17,800JPY
Child (6-12)14,800JPY
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