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[AUG 14TH ONLY] 1 DAY AZUMINO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL & SNOW MONKEYS TOUR

[AUG 14TH ONLY] 1 DAY AZUMINO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL & SNOW MONKEYS TOUR

Period

August 14th

Time

11:00 - 22:30

Meeting Place

JR Nagano Station Information Board

Price

Adult (13+) 20,500 JPY
Child (6-12) 16,000 JPY
Infant (0-5) 5,000 JPY

Highlights

  • Experience one of Nagano’s most spectacular fireworks display – the Azumino Fireworks Festival – including reserved seating for an uninterrupted view of this stunning event!
  • Visit Nagano’s world-famous Snow Monkey Park – home to the only hot spring-bathing monkeys in the entire world!
  • Enjoy Nagano’s renowned food culture with a late lunch at a nearby restaurant
  • Wander the beautiful surroundings of Daio Wasabi Farm and soak in the rural beauty of Azumino

 

Description

 

Set against the beautiful Northern Alps, the Azumino Fireworks display is one of best events on Nagano’s summer calendar – a spectacular event quickly bringing this picturesque rural locality to ever greater attention! This tour combines reserved seating at the fireworks with a visit to Nagano’s world-famous Snow Monkey Park – home to the only troop of monkeys in the entire world known to bathe in hot springs – and late lunch at a nearby restaurant. With around 10,000 fireworks lightning-up the summer sky, this is a grand event but on a very local scale!

 

Your guide will meet you at JR Nagano Station at 11:00-11:10am (the guide will be there from 10:50am) and once all guests have arrived, get the tour started by heading toward the Snow Monkey Park. Accessed via the hot spring village of Kanbayashi Onsen, you will be dropped as close as possible to the park before your guide takes you along the forest trail leading into the park itself (1.6km each way), taking approximately 30 minutes. This beautiful and easy walk builds anticipation before arriving at the park where you will encounter the monkeys – Japanese macaques – and the unique behaviour of soaking in the hot spring. With no barriers between you and the monkeys, you are free to enjoy watching them bathe, play, fed, and endlessly groom each other – remember to bring your camera, you’re going to need it!

 

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From there your guide will take you back along the forest trail and to a nearby restaurant for a well-earned late lunch. Nagano is renowned for its food culture and your guide will be happy to talk all things food as you enjoy a late lunch in a relax atmosphere.

 

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Leaving the restaurant your guide will have you board the tour bus and begin your journey toward Azumino. Set against the dramatic background of the Northern Alps, this beautiful rural area is well-known among Japanese and only now coming to the attention of international visitors.

 

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First stop is Daio Wasabi Farm, to enjoy (and perhaps be surprised!) by the subtlety of flavor and versality of use for real wasabi. This beautiful farm is as famous for its serene setting – featured in the Kurosawa Akira film ‘Dreams’ – as it is for the peppery flavor of its wasabi. You’ll have the chance to stroll and pick your own wasabi, and if so inclined, try wasabi chocolate, ice cream, or even beer!

 

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It’s then time for the main event. Arriving nearby the festival grounds your guide will quickly lead you to your reserved seating and get you comfortable before the first of an estimated 10,000 fireworks bursts into the night sky around 19:00! In the warm summer night you’ll be dazzled as this wonderful display captures the imagination and the crowd reacts to every brilliant burst of light.

 

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The spectacular show will draw to a close around 20:30, after which your guide will have you board the tour bus as quickly as possible, to begin the journey back to JR Nagano Station where the tour has an estimated end time of 22:00 to 22:30*.

 

*Given the late end time of this tour (after the last shinkansen service), guests should choose accommodation nearby JR Nagano Station.

 

For guests wanting to include one nights accommodation in Nagano City on August 14th as part of this tour, we will arrange accommodation at Hotel Kokusai 21 (including  drop-off at the hotel and breakfast on Aug. 15th) for a tour cost of JPY30,500 per adult and JPY23,000 per child.

 

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Should you wish to include accommodation in your tour package, please select the relevant option or email us directly at: snowmonkeyresorts@machinovate.com.

 

ITINERARY

11:00-11:10 Meet up with the guide at the Information Board of JR Nagano Station, across from the Shinkansen exit/entrance. Your guide will be there from 10:50.
12:00 Welcome to the Monkey area! From the entrance we will walk for 30 minutes along a forest trail to get to the Monkey Park.
12:30 Arrive at the park where you can enjoy observing the monkeys in close proximity.
13:30 Depart the park and walk back out along the forest trail.
14:00 Arrive at nearby restaurant and enjoy a late lunch.
15:00 Depart the restaurant and begin the journey toward Azumino.
16:30 Arrive at Daio Wasabi Farm and enjoying wandering around the beautiful farmlands for 30 to 40 minutes.
17:30 Arrive at the festival grounds and be be led to your reserved seating and get set for the fireworks display at 19:00.
20:30 The festival concludes and board your tour bus to begin the journey back to Nagano.
22:00 - 22:30 The tour concludes at JR Nagano Station, or Hotel Kokusai 21 for guests with accommodation option.

NOTES

Included

  • Transportation fee from Nagano to the Snow Monkey Park and Azumino Fireworks Festival
  • Snow Monkey Park entrance fee
  • Reserved seat (Manouku seat) at the Azumino Fireworks Festival
  • Lunch (vegetarian options are available, please let us know beforehand)
  • Sake tasting
  • English-speaking guide

 

Excluded

  • Bullet train tickets
  • Dinner (there are many vendors at the festival so you can choose freely from what is available there)
  • Accommodation (unless tour including accommodation is requested)

 

Other Information

  • There will be a lot of walking on paved and unpaved roads so please wear suitable shoes.
  • There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case we will provide an alternative activity.
  • A infant (0-5) lunch is not included and the order will be made directly to the restaurant according to your needs.
  • This tour has an estimated end time of between 22:30 and 23:00 at JR Nagano Station, after the final shinkansen services. Guests should arrange accommodation nearby the station.
  • The tour application deadline is 5 days before the tour at 17:00.

MEETING PLACE

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JR Nagano Station Information Board

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

FAQ

What time of the bullet train should I ride to arrive in Nagano on time? What time does the bullet train depart back to Tokyo after the tour?

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.

 

Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagano Station:

 

Tokyo: 09:04 – Nagano: 10:39 – Asama

Tokyo: 09:20 – Nagano: 10:46 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only) 

Tokyo: 09:32 – Nagano: 11:05 – Hakutaka*

 

* You can still take the 09:32 – 11:05 (Hakutaka) train since JR Nagano Station is small and there is only one Shinkansen ticket exit. The tour meet-up point is directly opposite the Shinkansen ticket gates so please come straight to that point if using this train.

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