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【START FROM NOZAWA/MADARAO】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

【START FROM NOZAWA/MADARAO】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

Period

All Year Round

Time

9:00 - 18:00

Meeting Place

Your hotel in Nozawa/Madarao area

Price

124,000 ~ / group JPY

Highlights:

  • Private tour with private vehicle
  • Visit the Snow Monkey Park during the best season of the year
  • Try sake at the local sake brewery
  • Enjoy a Japanese lunch
  • Explore the historic temple complex of Zenko-ji Temple

 

Description:

 

This tour is conducted for just you and the group members of your choosing. It can be difficult to see the major attractions in Northern Nagano via public transportation from Nozawa Onsen, or Madarao as you have to change trains and buses quite often. Carrying all your luggage around while navigating the train/bus system can be challenging. This tour provides you with a private chartered vehicle which picks you up at your accommodation in theNozawa Onsen/Madarao area, takes you to the Snow Monkey Park & Zenko-ji Temple complexand provide you with a tasting experience of Nagano’s renowned sake!

 

After leaving Nozawa Onsen/Madarao, you will cross the countryside to get to Yamanouchi town where you can find the snow monkeys. A forest walk will take you to the snow monkeys where you will have up to an hour with the animals. You can take photos and wander around the Park during this time. You’ll have a knowledgeable English-speaking guide to tell you all the ins and outs about the furry animals.

 

After quality time with the monkeys you head back on the trail and get to a restaurant in the town for Japanese lunch. Having filled your belly, we will head to the historic temple of Zenko-ji in Nagano City, a temple famous for housing the oldest Buddhist statue in Japan. Before arriving at the temple, we will make a pit-stop at a shop where you can try samples of Nagano’s famous apples.

 

Upon arrival to the temple site, your guide will show you around and tell you about the important features of Japanese Buddhism and of this temple complex in particular. Once you get to the main hall, which is one of Japan’s three biggest wooden temples, you can gain enlightenment by finding your way through a dark tunnel which runs under the temple.

 

After the temple, enjoy free time to explore the variety of shops in the main street to the temple.  Then, meet up with your guide and go to one of Nagano’s oldest sake breweries and sample some of their brand sake, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Learn about the process of sake-making while you try some of the best Japanese rice wine in the region.

 

Having warmed yourself with sake, you will be taken back to your location inNozawa Onsen/Madarao, or other drop-off locations according to your preference.

 

*Please note that Zenko-ji Temple and Sake Tasting can be replaced with other local activities, such as a visit to the Obuse town or private onsen experience, should that be your preference. You can choose your preferred activity in the booking form.

ITINERARY

9:00 Hotel pick-up at Nozawa Onsen/Madarao
10:00 Arrival at Yamanouchi where the Snow Monkey Park is located. Prep for the walk for 30 minutes to the Park.
10:40 Arrival at the Park. Enjoy observing wild Japanese macaques in their winter habit.
12:15 Eat a Japanese lunch.
13:15 Depart the restaurant and head toward Zenko-ji.
14:30 Arrival at Zenko-ji. Explore the historic temple site and enjoy 30 minutes of free time after learning all about the temple.
16:00 Meet-up with the guide and sample some alcoholic and non-alcoholic local sake.
16:30 Your guide will take you back to your private vehicle and say his/her goodbyes to you and your group. Your driver will take you back to your location in Nozawa Onsen/Madarao*

*If you prefer to get dropped-off at a different location we can adjust the itinerary accordingly.
17:30 - 18:30 Arrival back to Nozawa Onsen/Madarao depending on traffic and the pace of the group.

NOTES

Included:

  • Transportation fee from your hotel in Nozawa/Madarao 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

 

Other Information:

  • Please wear suitable shoes for the walking trail and possibly snowy path.
  • There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In that case we will provide an alternative activity.
  • The itinerary is based on the traffic conditions being optimal. We will adjust the schedule according to traffic conditions and pace of the group on the day of the tour.

MEETING PLACE

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Your hotel in Nozawa/Madarao area

FAQ

How should I send a booking request and what is the payment procedure?

Please provide us in the booking form with your preferred start & end time, pick-up & drop-off point, and select your preferred activity following after the snow money park and lunch.

 

Once we receive your booking, we will create a tour itinerary based on the provided information and confirm your booking within 48 hours via email. If you would like to modify the suggested itinerary, please reply to us and we will fix the itinerary according to your preference.

 

I’d like to go to a different place/ski resorts after the tour. Instead of Nozawa/Madarao, could you take us to that place?


We are happy to arrange other/more distant drop-off points with pricing adjusted accordingly. Such drop-off points and prices are listed in Extras section of the booking field. Please check the box of the appropriate destination should it apply to you in order to set the pricing. Other pickup/drop-off points such as Tokyo is quoted separately. In such a case, please contact directly us via “Request a Quote” button.

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