If you have a clear-cut idea of what you want to see or do in the Snow Monkey region, then a private tour might be right up your alley. We can customize the tour to fit your preferences and make you experience all you want to experience. The tour could last for as many days as would be needed for you to see all on your bucket list. Feel free to ask any and all questions you might have in regards to the private tour.

See below for the basic cost of a private tour, a English-speaking guide, lunch and a list of activity options.


Basic costs:


¥95,000 per group up to 8 people – These costs are for the use of a private vehicle within northern Nagano + an English-speaking guide. Please note, if your itinerary includes destinations outside of northern Nagano, like for example Matsumoto, or the mountain areas of Shiga-kogen Highlands, the group fare will be calculated differently.

¥2,000 per person – a Japanese lunch





The Snow Monkey Park (All Year Round)

Duration: 2.5 hours

The Snow Monkey Park is a must-visit when in the area. Enjoy seeing the snow monkeys frolicking around and taking baths in the hot spring.


Hot-Spring Onsen Experience (All Year Round)

Duration: 1 hour

One of the most beloved things to do for the Japanese is to bathe in a hot spring, or onsen as they are called in Japanese. Nagano Prefecture is famous for its various types of onsen so if you’re wanting to visit one, we can introduce you to some of the best onsen in the area. With our private tour,  you can visit to a private onsen (there is rental towel service available).


Zenko-ji Temple (All Year Round)

Duration: 2 hours

Zenko-ji temple was the first established Buddhist temple in Japan and is rich in history and folk tales. Stroll around and learn all there is to know about the temple complex. Visit to the sake brewery, where you can taste various kinds of Japanese sake, can also be included without extra charge.


Explore the Town of Obuse (All Year Round)

Duration: 2 hours

Take a walk through Obuse, where Hokusai Katsushika, the world-known ukiyoe artist, spent his last years, and get to see his last masterpiece. Afterwards, enjoy sake samples at some of the local breweries.


Snow Mobile Ride (End of December – March)

Duration: 30 min / 1 hour

The area of snow monkeys has some of the richest snowfall in Japan, which makes for the perfect setting for various snow activities. Snow mobile ride in Shiga-kogen Highland, the cite of Nagano Olympics in 1998, is a popular attraction for all ages from adults to children. Both single ride and tandem ride are available. ¥20,000 will be added to the private vehicle fee for this option due to the fact that the snow field is located in the middle of the snow mountain of Shiga-kogen.


Snowshoes & Snow Fun (Jan – March)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Snowshoe hiking or sledging down the hill are some of the popular activities during the winter. Also, if you wish to ski/snowboard in the region, we have overnight tour options available.


Cycling in the Snow Monkey countryside (April – November)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Enjoy a mostly downhill cycle through the region’s countryside, eat some of the local snacks and rest your feet in a foot bath at the end of the cycle. Children from 8 years old can join the tour.


Ryuoo Rope-way & Sora Terrace (May to October)

Duration: 1.5 hour

The Ryuuo Rope-way is one of the longest rope-ways in Japan and can carry up to 160 people to the top in one go. The rope-way takes you to Kitashiga, one of the skiing areas during winter season, where you have a panoramic view of the entire region when the sky is clear as well as a sea of clouds when you are lucky.


Togakushi Nature Hike & Ninja House (May – November)

Duration: 8 hours

Visit one of Shinto’s most well-known shrines in Togakushi and enjoy a hike through nature to get to the Ninja House where you can experience being a ninja. Please note that this tour is available only as a full-day option.


The Shiga-kogen Highlands Hiking (June – October)

Duration: 4 hours

The Shiga-kogen Highlands were the scene for the 1998 Winter Olympics and have an huge range of ski slopes. During the green season the mountains in their vast green glory are revealed and are lovely for hiking. It is one of the most popular half-day activities during the green season after visiting the monkey park.



Tour Fare Example: 

1. Snow Monkey Park + Zenko-ji Temple + Sake – 5 adults

  • ¥95,000 – 1 day private car + English-speaking guide
  • ¥10,000 – lunch (¥2,000 / a person)
  • ¥4,000 – Snow Monkey Park entrance fee (¥800 / a person)

     Total – ¥109,000




What is the booking and payment procedure after I submit an inquiry? 
We will respond to your inquiry within 48 hours. Then, once your tour itinerary and tour fare are confirmed on both ends, we will send you an electric invoice to the email address. Once you have received the invoice, please click on the inserted link and complete payment either via credit card or Paypal. We will then send you a tour contract voucher after completion of the payment.