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FROM HAKUBA: SNOW MONKEY WINTER TOUR

FROM HAKUBA: SNOW MONKEY WINTER TOUR

Period

Dec 18 - Mar 31

Time

08:20 - 18:30

Meeting Place

08:20 AM @ Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal

Price

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

Highlights

  • Visit the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in the depths of winter and learn all about what makes the resident monkeys so unique
  • Visit Zenko-ji, one of Japan’s oldest and most important Buddhist temples
  • Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and experience Nagano’s renowned food culture
  • Try ‘sake’ with a tasting and learning experience all led by your guide (non-alcoholic options also available)

 

This tour operates every day from December 18th 2019 until March 31st 2020. 

 

Description

 

In the snow and cold of winter, this tour takes in some of Nagano’s most famous highlights in an enjoyable day of discovery. Your English-speaking guide will meet you at the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal at 08:20 (the guide will be waiting from 08:10 onward), followed by an additional stop at JR Nagano Station at 9:35*, from there head to Zenko-ji. As a registered National Treasure, the temple is the most important cultural site in Nagano and one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in the entire country! A place of true historic importance, full of legends and myths, you will be guided around the temple before (time permitting) your guide will give you the opportunity to explore the surrounding precinct of smaller temples, shops, and food by yourself.

 

zenko-ji temple with snow

 

It`s then time for lunch! Depending on the time of year we use different restaurants, each serving cuisine highlighting the best of Nagano`s renowned food culture. In the midst of winter, we provide a delicious selection of either beef, chicken, or vegetarian hot pot in combination with mixed sushi plates.**

 

tour lunch 4

 

Home to a huge number of breweries, Nagano is synonymous with sake and no visit to the region is complete without delving into this rich and warming world! Over lunch your guide will also offer you the chance to sample some local sake and explain the brewing process, terminology, and appreciation of Japan’s most celebrated drink (non-alcoholic options also available).

 

Well-fed and warmed by sake it`s time to head-out of Nagano, as you are transported to the Snow Monkey Park. Your guide will take you along the forest trail which leads to the park and into Jigokudani – 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.

 

snow monkeys in bath snow

 

 

In the deep snow of winter, the monkeys like nothing more than a long, warming soak in the hot spring. Your guide will introduce these truly curious creatures and provide you time to enjoy the unique experience of observing them in close proximity. Make sure to bring your camera as you`re going to need it!

 

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By visiting the park in the afternoon when visitor numbers are lower, we aim to provide our guests with the best possible experience and more space and time with the monkeys. Your guide will then accompany back along the trail and soon have you onboard the tour bus and heading back toward Nagano/Hakuba, the perfect time to sit back, relax, and look through all those monkey photos before the tour returns to Nagano Station at around 17:30 and Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal at approximately 18:30.

 

*This tour includes the option of pick-up and drop-off at either Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal and JR Nagano Station, including the ability to start from point and end at the other. Please choose your preferred pick-up and drop-off point on the booking form, and if you are carrying luggage or ski/snowboard, please include that information in your booking.

 

**On rare occasions we may need to use an alternative restaurant and the tour lunch might differ from the description/image above.

ITINERARY

08:20 09:35 Pickup at Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal
Pickup at Nagano Train Station
10:00 Arrive at Zenko-ji and be guided around the near-1400 year old temple precinct before (time permitting) exploring the area for yourself.
11:30 Meetup with your guide and head to lunch.
11:45 Enjoy a warm winter lunch complemented by a sake tasting experience led by your guide.
13:00 Depart Nagano and head toward the Snow Monkey Park.
14:10 Arrive at Kanbayashi Onsen and walk a long the forest trail that leads to the park.
14:50 Arrive at the park and enjoy observing the monkeys in close proximity.
15:50 Depart the park and walk back out along the trail.
16:30 Board the tour bus and begin the journey back toward Hakuba.
17:30 18:30 Arrive at Nagano Station
Arrive at Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal, where the tour concludes.

NOTES

Included:

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

 

Excluded:

  • Bullet train tickets
  • Entry into additional attractions/paid areas of Zenko-ji Temple

 

Other Information:

  • Please wear suitable shoes for the walking trail and suitable clothing for temperatures potentially below 0°C
  • During the winter it is common to see the Snow Monkeys enjoying the hot spring bath, however from spring up to autumn there will be times where the monkeys play or eat in the water, however please note that the monkeys are wild animals and there is no guarantee that there will be monkeys in the bath.
  • 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.
  • 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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08:20 AM @ Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal

5734 Hakuba-mura Ooaza Hokujo, Kita Azumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture, 39909301 JAPAN

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