Cherry Blossom Tours in Nagano
Based in Nagano and operating all year round, we are a No.1-rated tour and charter operator offering both group and private tours to some of the region’s best destinations and activities – and come spring, that means blossoms!
In the first week of April – exact dates for this year are yet to be confirmed – our 1-Day Takato Castle Park Cherry Blossom Tour transports you to Takato Castle Park – regarded 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 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.
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 ‘hanami’ (flower-viewing) at two of Central Japan’s best blossom festivals.
For visitors wanting to combine their ‘hanami’ experience with a visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park, our 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms in Nagano Tour runs for several weeks through April. 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 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.
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