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[FROM/TO YAMADA ONSEN'S FUJIISO] PRIVATE SNOW MONKEY TOUR

[FROM/TO YAMADA ONSEN'S FUJIISO] PRIVATE SNOW MONKEY TOUR

Period

Everyday - Dec to April

Time

9:00 - 17:30

Meeting Place

Fujiiso Ryokan or JR Nagano Station

Price

104,000 ~ / group JPY

Fujiiso is a luxurious ‘ryokan’ (traditional guesthouse) that blends the best of Japanese comfort and service with Western design. Offering both Japanese and Western-style rooms including beds and private bathrooms, Fujiiso’s elegant style extends to its indoor and outdoor communal baths which blend effortlessly into the surrounding landscape to maximize your relaxation.

 

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The guesthouse is equally well-known for its meal service and menu based on the bountiful harvest of the surrounding Matsukawa Valley. For this reason, Fujiiso is one of our recommend hotels and a perfect base from which to explore the region including the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

 

Private / customized Snow Monkey Tours from Fujiiso

 

For guests choosing to stay at Fujiiso, we offer private and fully-customizable tours to and from the hotel including:

  • pick-up and drop-off at Fujiiso
  • pick-up at JR Nagano Station and drop-off at Fujiiso
  • pick-up at Fujiiso and drop-off at JR Nagano Station

 

For the convenience of guests we offer a set private tour itinerary (as detailed below) which includes:

  • Private vehicle/driver for the day – up to 9 hours* and including luggage transport
  • Private English-speaking guide for the day – up to 9 hours*
  • Entrance to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park**
  • Lunch 
  • One additional activity of your choice (examples are included below)

 

*Longer tours can be arranged at an additional charge.

**Your customized tour does not need to include a visit to the Snow Monkey Park if it is not of interest. We are happy to arrange an itinerary tailored entirely to your needs.

 

The tour cost is calculated per person (aged of 6 years and over) with infants (under 6 years of age) included free of charge. Infants are included free of charge and therefore do not receive lunch (if required, please order directly to the restaurant according to your needs).

 

*Please note that the private tour price does not include accommodation at Fujiiso Ryokan. You can book your stay at Fujiiso through their hotel page.

 

The tour itinerary

 

Our set private tour (which can be modified to suit your needs) begins at 09:00, when your guide will collect you from the hotel lobby and have you on your way to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park.

 

Bathing Baby Monkey in a Hot Spring

 

Arriving nearby the park entrance around 10:00, your guide will take you along the forest trail which leads to the park (1.6km / 1 mile) each way and introduce to the world’s most famous troop of monkeys – the only troop known to bathe in hot springs. With no barriers between you and the monkeys, you will be able to observe them in close proximity as your guide answers your questions and explains all about these curious creatures.

 

Snow monkey in a tree

 

It’s then time for lunch! Your guide will accompany you to a nearby restaurant where you can enjoy Nagano’s renowned food culture. Relax, indulge and recharge for your afternoon activity.

 

Nagano is a beautiful and at times wild region, which so much to explore! These are just some of things you might like to combine with your visit to the monkeys:

 

Explore Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tasting (All Year Round) – Duration: 1.5 hours

 

One of the first Buddhist temples to be established in Japan, Zenko-ji is the spiritual and cultural heart of Nagano and as such, is rich in history and folk tales from its near-1400 year history. The main hall of the temple is the third largest wooden temple in Japan and a registered National Treasure.

 

Zenko-ji temple in Nagano city

 

Zenko-ji is one of Japan’s most open and welcoming temples, offering activities including ‘Zazen’ (seated) meditation, ‘Shakyo’ (brush) meditation, and ‘Goma’ (fire prayer) services’ available to international visitors.

 

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Be guided through the precinct and learn of its unique history followed by ‘sake’ tasting. As Japan’s second largest producer of sake, no visit to Nagano is complete without diving into the warm and indulgent world of sake. Let your guide introduce you to the best that Nagano has to offer!

 

Explore historic Obuse town (All Year Round) – Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

 

Explore the picturesque town of Obuse and its remaining Edo-style buildings. Known for its historic character, chestnut delicacies and sake breweries, Obuse is most famous as home to the Hokusai Museum, showcasing the life and work of the country’s most influential artist, Hokusai Katsushika.

 

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The world-famous artist spent some of his final years in Obuse and painted his final masterpiece here. As one of the few (if perhaps only) Japanese artist to influence Western art movements, a visit to Obuse is your chance to view and discover the masterful work of a universally acclaimed artist.

 

Snow Fun in Japan’s largest ski resort – Shiga Kogen (End of December – March) – Duration: 2.5 hours

 

Let’s face it. Skiing and snowboarding usually requires a lot of practice and first-timers spend more time on their backsides than they do on their feet! Why put yourself through that when you can enjoy a morning or afternoon of snow fun using a range of snow-specific gear – including snow scoots, sit-down skiing, sleds and tubes! – at Japan and Asia’s largest ski resort – Shiga Kogen.

 

 

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Suitable for both children and adults alike, this activity is designed for everyone, whether it’s your first time in snow or you’re a seasoned veteran of the slopes*.

*This activity includes a surcharge which will be included in your quote.

 

Snowmobiling in Japan’s largest ski resort – Shiga Kogen (December – March) – Duration: 2.5 hours

 

Want to pick-up the pace and go a bit faster? Snowmobiling in Shiga Kogen is an exhilarating way to experience Japan’s largest ski resort. Led by a qualified instructor, you will first be taught how to use the equipment in a safe manner before you are lead around a circuit to enjoy the thrill of controlling your own snowmobile.

 

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With the option of either single or tandem, this activity is a popular and fun inclusion in your winter adventure!

 

*This activity includes a surcharge which will be included in your quote and is subject to availability. Single ride is restricted to participants aged 13 years and above while tandem ride is appropriate for participants aged 6 years and above. Infants – below 6 years of age – are not permitted to participate in snowmobiling.

 

Enjoy the stunning cherry blossoms of Nagano (Spring Only) – Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours

 

Springtime in Japan is synonymous with ‘hanami’ (flower viewing) and no flower captures the Japanese spirit and essence more than the fabled cherry bloom. Known as ‘sakura’ in Japanese the stunning blossoms come into bloom each spring offering visitors one of the most spectacular experiences in Japan.

 

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We choose different viewing sites based on where the blossoms are at their best on the day of your tour with venues ranging from the famous to local including Zenko-ji Temple, Suzaka Garyu Park, Kokugon-ji Temple and many others!

 

*The dates of bloom vary between seasons however is typically at its best in Nagano from the first to third weeks of April. If you would like to include this option in your tour, please let us know and we can discuss your options.

 

Looking for another destination or activity?

 

Not a problem. Just get in touch by following the instructions below.

 

How do I book a customized tour?

 

Simply press the ‘REQUEST A QUOTE’ button and complete the Tour Inquiry Form with you preferred travel date, contact name and details, number of guests and details of what you would like to include in your tour.

 

Need some suggestions? No problem at all! We’re happy to provide some suggestions to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano. Just let us know what you’re interested in seeing or doing, and we’ll get back to you via email within 48 hours.

 

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. Locally-based and operating all year round, we offer the local knowledge, support, and service that you need to get the most out of your winter adventure in Japan.

 

 

We want all of our guests have the best possible time in Nagano, so good, that we hope you’ll come back again! We love our home region and want you to love it to… we’d love to see you here in Nagano!

ITINERARY

9:00 Meet-up with your guide either at the lobby of Fujiiso or JR Nagano Station. From there you will board the tour vehicle and head straight to the Snow Monkey Park.
10:00 Arrive nearby the Snow Monkey Park and walk along the forest trail into the park.
10:40 Arrive at the park and enjoy observing the monkeys in close proximity.
11:40 Depart the park and walk back-out along the trail.
12:20 Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.
13:30 Depart the restaurant and head to the destination for your chosen afternoon activity with options including Zenko-ji Temple and sake tasting, Obuse including the Hokusai Museum and option of sake tasting, snow activities in Shiga Kogen, cherry blossom-viewing in April, or any other activity you would like to include.
16:00 Depart the afternoon venue and begin your journey back to Fujiiso or other chosen end point.
16:30-18:00 The tour concludes at the agreed end point (please note that the exact end time will vary depending on the afternoon activity you choose).

MEETING PLACE

Google Map

Fujiiso Ryokan or JR Nagano Station

(TW) 藤井荘或JR 長野站

FAQ

How should I send a booking request and what is the payment method?

 

Please complete the booking enquiry form by providing your preferred start and end times, pick-up and drop-off points, and your preferred activities. Feel free to ask for suggestions if you aren’t sure. Once we receive your booking, we will create a tour itinerary based on the provided information and confirm your booking within 48 hours via email. If you would like to modify the suggested itinerary, please reply to us and we will fix the itinerary according to your preference.

 

I’d like to be dropped-off at a different location from where the tour begins. Is that possible?

 

Yes. We are happy to arrange a different/more distant drop-off point with pricing adjusted accordingly. Simply include your preferred start and end points in the inquiry field, and we’ll get back to you.

 

I’d like to arrange a multiday tour which starts or ends at Fujiiso and includes visits to destinations further afield and in other regions. Is that possible?

 

Absolutely! We can customize your itinerary and tour details to include destinations further afield including in other prefectures. Tours are fully customizable and can be packaged to include accommodation, meals, or any other feature which suits your needs.