【CUSTOMIZED SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR】
Known of its high mountain peaks, abundant snow, hot springs, and bountiful farmlands, Nagano is a region with so much to offer. Home to ancient temples and castles, historic hiking trails and mountain shrines there’s just too much to include on our standardized tours! If you have a specific destination you want to visit or activity to undertake while in Nagano, we will happily arrange a private tour customized to your needs and interests.
Fully customized to suit your itinerary, we offer part-day, full-day and multi-day tours with the option of alternative pick-up and drop-off points of your choosing. Whether that be directly at your accommodation or a regional train station so you can keep going on your Japanese adventure, we are happy to organize a tour that matches your preferences – the best way to experience this fascinating region and country!
The following information provides an estimated quote for a private vehicle, an English-speaking guide, lunch, Snow Monkey Park entrance fee and a list of optional activities that can be combined to create a fun, easy, and unforgettable tour.
Please costs explained below are intended as a guide and may increase depending on your intended pick-up and drop-off points and activities*. The base cost accounts for 1. private vehicle and 2. an English-speaking tour guide, in combination with 3. lunch, entrance to the Snow Monkey Park, and one additional afternoon activity – to create a full day tour.
If you would like to add an additional activity, please let us know so we can try fit it within a tour itinerary for you. Extra activities can lead to extra costs which will be calculated separately.
*The base cost assumes that pick-up and drop-off is at JR Nagano Station or other central location in Nagano City. We are happy to arrange other/more distant pick-up and drop-off points with pricing adjusted accordingly.
1.Private Vehicle & English-speaking tour guide:
¥95,000 per group*
For the above price, we will charter a vehicle, driver, and private guide just for you and your group of up to 13 people starting from/ending at JR Nagano Station*. We will select the most suitable vehicle for you to travel comfortably and safely according to the size of your group, number of suitcases, and other demands including winter road conditions.
*Inquiries about tours beginning at Tokyo and its airports, Kanazawa, Karuizawa and other locations are more than welcome as well. The price for these tours will be calculated per inquiry according to location and duration.
* If your group consists of more than 13 people, the price for the vehicle will need to be recalculated.
2.Lunch, Snow Monkey Park + 1 of the below activities*
¥4,000 per adult (13+) / ¥3,000 per child (6-12)
Children aged 0-5 years are welcome to be included free of charge (please note that a meal/s will not be included for any infant/s. Please order directly to the restaurant according to your needs.)
Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tasting (All Year Round)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Zenko-ji temple was one of the first Buddhist temples to be established in Japan and as such, is rich in history and folk tales from its near-1400 year history. The main hall of the temple is the third largest wooden temple in Japan and a registered National Treasure. Be guided through the precinct and learn of its unique history. When visiting Zenko-ji we can also arrange sake tasting without additional charge. As Japan’s second largest producer of sake, no visit to Nagano is complete without diving into the warm and indulgent world of sake. Let your guide introduce you to the best that Nagano has to offer!
Hot Spring Onsen Experience (All Year Round)
Duration: 1 hour
Nagano is blessed with numerous ‘onsen’ (natural hot springs) and the odd onsen-bathing monkey. But if you’re a human and would also like to experience this most Japanese of custom, we are happy to arrange a visit to a local hot spring to soak and unwind in the warm thermal waters of this ancient island country. ‘Onsen’ is typically separated by gender in both indoor and outdoor public baths. We are happy to arrange a visit to a public onsen or should you prefer, we can also arrange a private hot spring for you and your group including rental towels (if needed) at the addtional cost of ¥500 per person.
Explore the Town of Obuse (All Year Round)
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Explore the picturesque town of Obuse and its remaining Edo-style buildings. Known for its historic character, chestnut delicacies and sake breweries, Obuse is a popular destination for Japanese as home to the Hokusai Museum, showcasing the life and work of the country’s most influential artist, Hokusai Katsushika. The world-famous artist spent some of his final years in Obuse and painted his final masterpiece here – a glorious phoenix which still decorates the ceiling of Ganshoin Temple. As one of the few (if perhaps only) Japanese artist to influence Western art movements, a visit to Obuse is your chance to view and discover the masterful work of a universally acclaimed artist.
Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen (End of December – March)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Let’s face it. Skiing and snowboarding usually requires a lot of practice and first-timers spend more time on their backsides than they do on their feet! Why put yourself through that when you can enjoy a morning or afternoon of snow fun using a range of snow-specific gear including snow scoots, sit-down skiing or sleds and tubes! Suitable (and fun) for both children and adults alike, this activity is designed for everyone, whether its your first time in snow or you’re a seasoned veteran of the slopes. Sliding down some gentle, tree-lined courses in Japan’s largest ski resort always gets a positive reaction from skiers and snowboarders because it just looks fun!
If the weather is good, your guide will also take you to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy stunning panorama view of the Northern winter Nagano!
Tour Fare Example:
1. Snow Monkey Park + Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tasting – 5 adults
- ¥95,000 – 1 day private car + English-speaking guide
- ¥20,000 – Lunch + Snow Monkey Park entrance fee + Zenko-ji Temple Visit (¥4,000 per person)
Total – ¥115,000
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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.