As Nagano’s No.1 tour operator, Snow Monkey Resorts continues to welcome new and old friends into the region, as more and more people discover the seasonal beauty of Central Japan. There’s never a bad time to visit and always a good reason to stay!

    As we move into another lush green season, we are happy to announce a range of new group tours to destinations including the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route (pictued above), Kamikochi (pictured below), Takayama, Kiso Valley and the Nakasendo Trail and more!


    Along with our most established and popular tours including our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour, all of our green season tours can be booked by themselves or in combination with other tours to create multiday itineraries.

    Bathing Baby Monkey in a Hot Spring

    Tours can be combined to match your needs and interests, creating multiday packages which capture the highlights and essence of the region as you move to and from your desired destinations. Whether you are starting, ending or passing through Nagano, we offer the flexibility needed to create your own itinerary and get the most out of your time in Central Japan.


    Based in Nagano, Snow Monkey Resorts operates all year round and continues to offer these well-established favorites to our guests…


    Named one of Japan’s Top 10 Experiences in 2019, our most popular tour – 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake – operates every day through summer.


    Combining a visit to Nagano’s world-famous Snow Monkey Park with exploration of Zenko-ji Temple, along with lunch and sake tasting, this fun 1-day tour can be booked by itself or combined with the tours below to create 2 and 3-day schedules.


    Guests wanting to take it a little slower and indulge in one of the region’s best ‘ryokans’ (traditional hotel) can do just that with our 2-Day Snow Monkeys, Luxury Ryokan, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour.

    Including accommodation at Senjukaku – renowned for its ‘kaiseki’ meal service and relaxing natural hot spring – this 2-day tour includes a visit to Zenko-ji and the Snow Monkey Park on Day 1, followed by a self-guided itinerary on Day 2. Also operating everyday through summer, take the time to unwind and experience the best of traditional Japanese service.


    Ready to explore a little further? Join one of our regional tours!


    We are very happy to announce the following new tours, as we continue to introduce this beautiful to many new and old friends…


    Located within easy reach of Nagano, Matsumoto is another popular regional destination – one best discovered on our new 1-Day Matsumoto Castle & Local Food Experience Tour. Operating every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday this tour gets hands-on with a visit to Daio Wasabi Farm, soba-making and a tour of Kametaya Sake Brewery before exploring Matsumoto’s famous castle – one of the few remaining original castles in Japan and a registered National Treasure.

    This season we are again happy to offer our 1-Day Snow Walls of Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route Tour! With pickup in both Nagano City and Hakuba, this tour transports you high above – to the ‘Roof of Japan’! – and the iconic Snow Walls of Tateyama-Kurobe. Operating every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through April and June, this tour is unlocks one of Japan’s most dramatic alpine landscapes!


    Inaccessible through winter, the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route is carved anew each spring. In doing so, the road passes below snow walls rising 20 meters above. A sight that must be seen to be believed and truly one of Japan’s most remarkable experiences!

    In 2020, we also happy to announce our new 1-Day Matsumoto Castle & Kamikochi Alpine Valley Tour. Operating every Tuesday and Thursday from May until November, this convenient day-trip combines visits to two of the region’s most iconic destinations – Matsumoto Castle and Kamikochi.

    Starting and ending at JR Nagano Station, this tour first visits Matsumoto and its famous castle. As one of the few remaining original castles in Japan, it is a registered National Treasure and iconic heart of the city. From there you head high into the Northern Alps and into Kamikochi – the stunning alpine valley which is quickly becoming a must-see destination when in Central Japan. Led by an English-speaking guide, this convenient one day tour is a great way to get the most out of your time in Nagano!

    Our 2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano To Takayama via Matsumoto this tour includes a guided first day tour with visits to Zenko-ji Temple and the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, before enjoying a self-guided second day with visits to Matsumoto Castle and onto Takayama and its famous old town.

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    Can’t find the combined group tour you’re looking for? No problem! Just get in touch with us at, let us know what you’re after and we’ll get back to you!