Experience Hanami on a Guided Tour
Our 1-Day Takato Castle Park Cherry Blossom Tour transports you to Takato Castle Park – heralded as one of the Top 3 blossom-viewing spots in all of Japan! Located on the ruins of Takato Castle, the park was first opened to the public in 1875 and now boasts an estimated 1500 cherry blossom trees – forecast to be in full bloom on the day of the tour.
While the original castle no longer stands, the original foundation walls and reconstructed curved bridge and drum tower capture the historic nature of the park and are popular photo spots that hint at the past glories of the former castle. Located on the top of a hill the park affords a beautiful view of the snow-capped Northern Alps and promises to be a highlight of your visit to Japan. With food vendors both inside and outside the park, and nearby restaurants selling meals and seasonal snacks including sakura mochi, tea, and sakura ice cream, you can stroll through the park or sit and just soak in the atmosphere.
Also including a stop at Matsumoto Castle to enjoy the evening illumination of the surrounding blossom trees, this tour is a convenient and fun way to enjoy of one of Japan’s most famous blossom-viewing spots in combination with one of Japan’s few remaining castles.
For visitors wanting to combine their hanami experience with a visit to the world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park, our 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms in Nagano Tour is always popular. Starting and finishing at Nagano Station, the tour first heads to the monkey park where you can enjoy a relaxing morning observing the monkeys go about their lives. Your guide allows plenty of time for the walk to and from the park, setting a leisurely and relaxing pace for the tour.
Your visit to the monkeys is followed by lunch at a popular nearby restaurant before heading to your chosen blossom-viewing site for an afternoon of hanami. We monitor a variety of sites – some famous, some secret and local – and choose those in the best condition of bloom on the day of your tour. Each spot has its own unique atmosphere, variety of trees and types of blossoms – availing this tour, perhaps more than any other, with its own uniqueness as venues vary from one day to the next. Rest assured, you won’t be left disappointed as we select the best possible sites!
Both tours are popular, family-friendly, and suitable for guests of all ages. Led by a locally-based, English-speaking guide, tours are designed to take the hassle out of getting to and from some of the region’s best sites, allowing you to focus on what matters most – loving every moment of your own hanami experience in Nagano.
Nagano’s No.1 Tour & Charter Operator
For guests wanting the comfort and convenience of their own vehicle and guide, we can also arrange private transport to and from recommended hanami sights. Private tours and charters are customizable to fit your needs, starting and ending at any destination.
Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations, in combination with any activity that suits your interests and schedule.
Why choose us?
Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – Snow Monkey Resorts is Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator.
Got a question about the blossoms including the best places to find them? Feel free to contact us and let’s get planning together!