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  • 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




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 the Nozawa Onsen/Madarao area, takes you to the Snow Monkey Park & Zenkoji Temple complex. After the tour, we will drop you off at your location in Nozawa Onsen or another location.


After leaving Nozawa Onsen/Madarao, you will cross the countryside to get to Yamanouchi area 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 in Nozawa Onsen/Madarao*.


*Your drop-off point can be a different location like JR Nagano Station or other ski resorts according to your preference. Please see the FAQ for more detailed information about this.


Cost Breakdown:

1. Private Vehicle & English-speaking tour guide:

Up to 13 people:¥110,000

More than 13 people: calculated per inquiry.


2. Individual Fee (Lunch + Snow Monkey Park Entrance + Afternoon Visits)

¥4,000 per adult (13+)

¥3,000 per child (6-12)

* A child of 0-5 years old is free of charge (No meals will be included at the lunch restaurant. Please order directly to the restaurant according to your needs.)


Tour Fare Example:


If your group consists of 5 adults and 3 children, the total tour fee would be ¥139,000 (base fee: 110,000 + 5 adults: 20,000 + 3 children: 9,000), meaning ¥17,375 per person.

*The above fees include 8% of the consumption tax.


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.



  • 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.
  • Snow monkeys are wild animals, and due to its nature 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.


Google Map

Your hotel in Nozawa/Madarao area


How should I send a booking request and what is the payment procedure?
First, please fill in the application form to which you can access via the “Inquiry” button. We will send you a confirmation email within 48 hours after the submission with a calculated tour fee for your group. Then, we will send an electric invoice to the email address you submit in the reservation form. Once you have received the invoice from us, please click on the inserted link and complete payment either via credit card or Paypal.


I’d like to go to a different place/ski resorts after the tour. Instead of Nozawa, could you take us to that place?
That is certainly possible. It may incur an extra charge depending on the luggage number or distance to your final destination. When sending an inquiry for this private tour, please let us know the name of place you would like to go to. We will check the price again and let you know of any possible changes in price.