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[AUTUMN ONLY] 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS & AUTUMN LEAVES

[AUTUMN ONLY] 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS & AUTUMN LEAVES

Period

Oct 7 - Oct 19 (excl Oct 12-14)

Time

9:35 - 18:30

Meeting Place

JR Nagano Station Information Board

Price

Adult (13+) 15,500 JPY
Child (6-12) 11,000 JPY

Highlights

  • Visit the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and learn all about what makes the resident monkeys so unique
  • Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and experience Nagano’s renowned food culture
  • Spend an afternoon wandering through the ‘koyo’ or autumn leaves of Nagano, as you are transported to some of the region’s most colorful landscapes to enjoy the most Japanese of autumn activities

 

Description

 

Known as ‘koyo’ in Japanese, the stunning colors of the autumn leaves capture the imagination and imbue the landscape with a special beauty. Perhaps best experienced in the mountain and valleys of Japan’s alpine heartland, this tour combines a visit to Nagano’s world-famous Snow Monkey Park with a leisurely afternoon strolling through an autumn landscape of amber, gold and orange.

 

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The tour begins at JR Nagano Station at 9:35, where your English-speaking guide (who will be waiting for you from 9:20) will greet you and quickly have you on your way out of Nagano and headed toward the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Arriving nearby the park, your guide will take you along the forest trail which leads you to the Jigokudani Valley – rather dramatically translating to `Hell`s Valley`. Home to the only troop of monkeys in the entire world known to bathe in hot springs, there are no barriers separating you from the wild monkeys, making this a unique and memorable experience.

 

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From there, it’s time to head to lunch at a nearby restaurant. As one of Japan’s largest food producing regions, Nagano’s food culture is renowned and your guide will always be happy to talk all things food as you sit down to an enjoyable autumn lunch around 13:00.

 

Well-filled by lunch you then head to the hills for an afternoon of wandering among the autumn leaves or ‘koyo’. Known for their beautiful array of colors – gold and amber, brown, red, and yellow – the leaves are synonymous with autumn and the treasured by many Japanese who practice ‘momoji-gari’ or ‘autumn leaf viewing’.

 

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Sites are selected based on where the leaves are in best condition on the day of your tour with potential destinations including Joshinetsu Kogen National Park/Shiga Kogen, the Shinto shrines of Toguakushi, and the rural villages of the Matsukawa Valley.

 

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As the afternoon draws to a close your guide will have you board the tour bus and begin your journey back to Nagano Station, where the tour is scheduled to conclude between 17:30-18:30*.

 

*Tours will end at slightly different times depending on the chosen location for each day’s autumn leaves. We monitored the condition of the leaves at various sites to select the best possible location for each day’s tour.

ITINERARY

09:35 Meet at Nagano station directly in front of the Shinkansen exit at the information board towards the East Exit. Our guide will be there by 9:20. Once all guests have arrived you will head toward the Snow Monkey Park.
10:50 Walk along the forest trail (approximately 25-30 minutes) into the Snow Monkey Park where you will have the chance to observe the monkeys in close proximity.
12:20 Meetup with your guide and walk back out of the park along the forest trail.
13:00 Enjoy lunch at a restaurant nearby the park
13:45 Leave the lunch restaurant and head toward the day's chosen location for viewing the autumn leaves.
We monitor the condition of the leaves at a variety of sites and select the best location to view them for each tour, meaning that the location will vary from day-to-day but is always selected to give guests the best possible experience!
17:30 -18:30 Arrival back to Nagano Station where the tour concludes.

NOTES

Included

  • Transportation fee from Nagano to the Snow Monkey Park and between activities/attractions
  • Snow Monkey Park entrance fee
  • Lunch (vegetarian options are available, please let us know beforehand)
  • English-speaking guide

 

Excluded

  • Bullet train tickets

 

Other Information

  • Please wear suitable shoes for the walking trail.
  • 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.
  • Autumn leaf-viewing sites are selected upon which is in best condition on the day of the tour. Chosen site/s for an individual tour cannot therefore be confirmed until the morning of that tour.
  • If for any reason we are unable to provide this tour, we will instead take you to the Zenko-ji Temple and sake tasting. In that case, we will notify you of the change in itinerary 3 days in advance.
  • Infants (0-5) is free of charge. A infant lunch is not included and the order will be made directly to the restaurant according to your needs.
  • The tour application deadline is 1 day before the tour date at 17:00.

MEETING PLACE

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JR Nagano Station Information Board

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

FAQ

What time should I get on the bullet train 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 for the bullet train departure and arrival times to/from Nagano Station.

 

Departing Tokyo Station – Arriving Nagano Station:

Tokyo: 07:20 – Nagano: 08:43 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only) *

Tokyo: 07:24 – Nagano: 09:14 – Asama

Tokyo: 07:52 – Nagano: 09:30 – Hakutaka

 

* You can still take 07:52 – 09:30 train since JR Nagano Station isn’t big at all and there is only one Shinkansen ticket exit. The tour meet-up is just after the Shinkansen ticket exit so please come straight to there.

 

Departing Nagano Station – Arriving Tokyo Station:

Nagano: 19:03 – Tokyo: 20:23 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only)

Nagano: 19:08 – Tokyo: 20:52 – Asama

Nagano: 19:38 – Tokyo: 21:16 – Hakutaka

 

I am staying in Yudanaka/Shibu/Kanbayashi, can I join the tour?

For guests staying in Yudanaka Onsen and Shibu Onsen or Kanbayashi Onsen, it is possible to join the tour in those areas rather than traveling to JR Nagano Station. Guests staying in Yudanaka and Shibu can meet the tour at Yudanaka Station while guests staying in Kanbayashi Onsen can meet the tour at Enza Cafe in Kanbayashi. This will change the tour start time. Please let us know at the time of booking if you would like to arrange one of these meeting points.

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