Snow Monkey Resorts is happy to announce our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour has been recognized as one of Japan’s best tour experiences winning a 2019 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award. Named one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan based on bookings and reviews by our generous guests using Tripadvisor, we thrilled that our longest running tour is such a popular experience for our guests and that we are contributing to their enjoyment of Nagano and Japan!
Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travelers worldwide, with multiple categories including the coveted Top Experiences in Japan. Awarded as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan for 2019, our longest running and most popular tour now brings thousands of guests into the region each year, to enjoy some of Nagano’s most unique and memorable experiences.
With multiple pickup points in Nagano City and led by a locally-based, English-speaking guide, the tour first visits Zenko-ji – one of the oldest and most important temples in Japan and without doubt, the most important cultural site in Nagano. Established in 642, the temple is dedicated to the first known Buddhist statue brought to Japan – now hidden in the main temple, never to be seen again.
As the spiritual and historic heart of Nagano, it’s the perfect place to start the tour before heading to lunch at nearby Monzen Terrace Enya and ‘sake’ tasting. As one of Japan’s major agricultural regions and the second largest producer of ‘sake’, the tour includes a seasonal menu highlighting the regions renowned food cultural and a guided ‘sake’ tasting experience*.
Whether in the heat of summer or cold and snow of winter, we pride ourselves in making sure our guests are well-fed, refreshed and ready for their final stop, the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.
As home to the only troop of monkeys in the entire world known to bathe in hot springs, the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is one of Japan’s most unique experiences – and one that we take great pleasure introducing our guests to all year round. With no barriers between you and the monkeys, you can observe these truly curious creatures in close proximity as they go about their lives foraging, wrestling, grooming each other, and of course, soaking in the hot spring.
Most famously seen in the deep snow of winter, the monkeys are there all year round and through 2019 and into 2020 we will continue to welcome many new and old friends to Nagano on this and many other tours!
Snow Monkey Resorts takes great pride in the tours we provide to our guests, knowing that we have the opportunity to enhance to their experience of Nagano and Japan. We are always striving to provide our guests with the best possible experience and therefore thrilled that our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour has been awarded as one of Japan’s Top 10 Experiences for 2019 based on the generous reviews of our guests. Thank you and we look foward to delivering even better tours in future!
*On rare occasions we may not be able to access Monzen Terrace Enya and might need to use a different restaurant with a different menu. The venue for sake tasting can also vary on rare occasions.