From Nagoya: How To Get To The Snow Monkey Park

From Nagoya: How To Get To The Snow Monkey Park

Nagoya is one of Japan’s largest cities and a convenient transport hub when moving from east to west Japan, or vice versa. One of the country’s major ports and manufacturing cities – notably, the home of Toyota – Nagoya is a sprawling, modern metropolis from where it’s an long but easy journey to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. On this page you will find the following information:

Where is the Jigokudani Monkey Park?

Directions to the Park from Nagoya

Accessing the Park via Nagano Station

Recommended Accommodation in Nagano City

Monkey Park General Information

25 Things to Do Around the Monkey Park & Where to Stay

Tours & Charters from Nagoya to the Monkey Park

In recent years, Nagoya has developed a reputation for good food and being a worthwhile destination in itself. Home to Nagoya Castle, the Japan Railways Museum, Legoland, and Nagashima Resort, the popularity of the city continues to grow for international visitors. As the largest city in Central Japan, Nagoya is also a convenient launching point from where you can explore some of the region’s most enjoyable destinations including the historic Nakasendo Trail, Matsumoto Castle, Kamikochi and of course, the Jigokudani Monkey Park. For suggestions of what’s on offer, see our ’25 Things To Do Around Nagoya & Where To Stay’ page.

Based in Nagano and operating all year round, we are the region’s No.1 tour and charter operator. Our group tours run throughout the year, including multiple tours to the monkeys. We can also arrange private tours and charters to the park along with any destination in the region, and as a registered travel agent, we can package transport, accommodation and more together so you save and get the most out of your time at the park, Nagano and beyond – scroll to the bottom for details.


The Jigokudani Monkey Park – often referred to as the Snow Monkey Park – is around 35KM / 50-minutes to the north-east of central Nagano City and approximately 300KM / 3.5 hour drive north-east of Nagoya. Open every day, the monkeys come to the park through the year making it one of Nagano’s most popular attractions. When heading to the park using public transport from Nagoya via Nagano Station, from where an express bus runs directly to Kanbayashi Onsen – where the park is located – or alternatively, you can take the Nagano Dentetsu railway to Yudanaka Station – the nearest train station to the park – and from there, take a local bus to the park. Both options take around 50 to 55-minutes in total to get there – and a total journey time of around 4.5 to 5.5-hours from Nagoya. The park is located in the small hot spring village of Kanbayashi Onsen, which itself is located in the wider region of Yamanouchi – a region including the park, multiple hot spring villages, Shiga Kogen Ski Resort, the smaller ski resorts of Kita-Shiga Kogen and Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. Within easy reach of Nagano City, visiting the monkey park as a day-trip is easy while also providing lots of reasons to stay in the area on a multi-day visit.



To reach the monkey park from Nagoya is a two-stage journey via Matsumoto and onto Nagano*. From Nagano, you then make the onward journey to the park:

1 / From Nagoya Station, take the Limited Express Shinano bound for Nagano Station. Regular services run throughout the day and take approximately 175 minutes / JPY6,930 to reach Nagano via Matsumoto. The daily train schedule can be found on our ‘Limited Express Shinano Line Timetable’ page.

2 / Once at Nagano Station, follow the directions below.

*This line/service is covered by the Japan Rail (JR) Pass.



Once at Nagano Station, you have two choices to reach the park – express bus or train*:

1 / Use the Nagaden Snow Monkey Express Bus directly from the station to the monkey park

2 / Take a train on the Nagano Dentetsu Line followed by a Nagaden local bus to the park

Starting from Nagano Station, the express bus costs JPY1,800 each way and takes 45 minutes (to the park) and 55 minutes (back from the park). In comparison, the express train from Nagano Station to Yudanaka Station takes around 45 minutes and costs JPY,1290, followed by an 8 minute local bus ride, costing JPY310 – meaning that the option of an express train + local bus will cost a total of JPY1,600 and take at least 55 to 60 minutes (depending on train and bus timetables). Please note, the Nagaden express bus, train and local buses are not covered by the Japan Rail (JR) Pass, JR East Pass or JR Hokuriku Arch Pass.

*Not sure which option is best of you? See our ‘How To Get To the Jigokudani Monkey Park’ main page for suggestions of what works best.


The Nagaden Snow Monkey Express Bus operates from Bus Stop No.23, on the east side of the station. Simply line-up for the bus and once onward you buy your ticket directly from the driver – JPY1,800 each way – and payable by cash or credit card with the tap to pay feature. To check the bus schedule, please refer to our ‘Nagaden Express Bus Timetable’ page.


Using limited express services on the Nagano Dentetsu Line, the journey takes approximately 45 minutes and costs JPY1,290. Local services from Nagano to Yudanaka are only slighter cheaper – at JPY1190 – but take substantially longer and require passengers to transfer trains. As such, we always recommend using an express service to reach Yudanaka. For the train schedule, please refer to our ‘Nagano Dentetsu Line Timetable’ page.

Once at Yudanaka Station you need to jump-on a Nagaden local bus for the final leg of your journey to the park. Two local bus lines – the Kanbayashi Line and Shiga Kogen Line – head to stops nearby the monkey park. The ride is only around 8 minutes and costs JPY310 per adult and JPY160 per child. The ride back from the park takes a little longer – around 15 minutes – due to a different route and stops. Yudanaka is a small station and the buses operate from directly outside. You can’t miss them! For the local bus schedule, please refer to our ‘Nagano Dentetsu Local Bus Timetable’ page.



Given the distance and time taken to reach Nagano from Nagoya, we recommend staying in Nagano City for at least one night, from where you can explore destinations including Togakushi and the Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. When staying in Nagano City,we recommend Hotel Kokusai 21. One of Nagano’s most established international hotels with a reputation built on attentive service, in-house services, Western-style amenities and English-speaking staff, Kokusai 21 is our recommendation for guests wanting the convenience, comfort and service of an international hotel in the heart of the city.



Open every day of the year, the Jigokudani Monkey Park is one of Nagano’s most popular destinations. Our ‘Snow Monkey Park Information’ page has everything you need to know including opening times, prices, the park rules, FAQs and more. We hope you enjoy your visit with our favourite furry friends.



Often referred to as the Snow Monkey Park, you’d be forgiven for thinking the park is only open and the monkeys only venture there in winter. While it’s true they are most famous for their winter antics, the monkeys come to the park all year round and there are just as many reasons to visit in spring, summer and autumn. Located in the beautiful rural enclave of Yamanouchi and within easy reach of Nagano City, visiting the park can be easily combined with plenty of nearby destinations and activities, as a day-trip or multi-day visit. Our ’25 Things To Do Around The Jigokudani Monkey Park & Where To Stay’ page has lots of tips and suggestions of what’s on offer and the best area to stay when visiting the monkeys.



At the moment, we unfortunately do not have any tours starting from Nagoya which head to the Monkey Park due to the distance and time involved. However, we do offer Private Charter services which connect you with the Monkeys in Nagano! With pick up available from wherever in Nagoya you would like, our clean and well maintained vehicles are ready to bring you straight to the Monkey Park – or another location of your choice. For more information on pricing and availability, please click the above link.

If you are able to make your own way to the Nagano City Area (using the Shinano Express), then we would love to have you on our group tour of Zenkoji Temple and the Snow Monkey Park! With lunch, sake tasting, and transport during the tour included, this experience is the best way to see what Nagano City and its surroundings have to offer. Suitable for all ages, we are sure that you and your group will have a great and informative day with your guide.

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