Zenkoji Temple
Join a Tour & Discover the Fascinating Story of the Zenko-ji

Join a Tour & Discover the Fascinating Story of the Zenko-ji

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At its heart, Nagano is a temple town. Established in 642, the story of Zenko-ji is entwined with that of Nagano. The two are inseparable and synonymous with each other meaning that no visit is complete without visiting the majestic temple.


Zenko-ji is one of Japan’s most open and welcoming temples, meaning that visitors can enter and move around the historic precinct with ease.


Yet to fully appreciate this history and importance of the temple, visiting the temple on a guided tour is a great option for visitors who seek a more immersive, informative experience.

As Nagano’s No.1 tour operator, all of our guides are locally-based and relish the chance to accompany guests to Zenko-ji and tell the story of this ancient temple. Our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour operates throughout the year and combines a morning visit to the temple with lunch and guided sake tasting experience, followed by a visit to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.


Our guides focus on introducing guests to the temple in a fun, informative and engaging manner – explaining why Zenko-ji is so important while also highlighting aspects and meanings repeated at other temples.


In doing so, we hope our guests enhance their understanding of not just Zenko-ji and Nagano, but Japanese culture and the important role of Buddhism within it.


Private Tours & Charters to Zenko-ji


For guests wanting the comfort and convenience of their own vehicle and guide, we can also arrange private transport to Zenko-ji and any destination in Nagano.


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 temple? Feel free to contact us at and let’s get planning together!


Adult: JPY15,500 / Child: JPY11,000