Go To Deals: Private Snow Monkey Tour
PLEASE NOTE – the government has announced that the suspension of the ‘Go To Travel’ campaign will be extended to March 7th 2021 – for further information regarding this announcement, see our ‘What is Japan’s ‘Go To Travel Campaign?’ page. This product is therefore no longer eligible for the Go To Travel discount until at least March 8th 2021. Despite the suspension, we are still operating and there are still great deals available in Nagano this winter – see our ‘Hello’21! Nagano Winter Deals’ page for details!
OPERATING DATES: Available everyday
As Nagano’s No1. tour and charter operator, Snow Monkey Resorts offers the convenience and flexibility of customized tours designed to suit your itinerary, needs and interests.
Our vehicles and drivers are fully accredited and all vehicles are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety, and get the most out of your time in Nagano.
Starting from any location in central Nagano City – or Yudanaka / Shibu / Kanbayashi Onsen, we will pick you up from your accommodation or Nagano Station and return you there at the end of your tour. To be eligible for the ‘Go To Travel’ discount, the tour must start and finish at the same point.
This price above is indicative of 4 adults, starting and ending at Nagano Station and including a visit to the monkeys and Zenko-ji Temple, lunch and sake tasting. Please note that the price will vary according to number of guests and inclusions.
What’s typically included?
As an example, a one-day tour (typically) 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**
One additional activity of your choice – options include Zenko-ji Temple & sake tasting, historic Obuse & Hokusai, and snow fun in Shiga Kogen (winter only)- see below for details
Option of accommodation – see below for details
*Please note, ‘Go To Travel’ is scheduled to run until the end of January 2021. Go To prices are only available until Jan-31 2021.
A popular itinerary is as follows:
The itinerary provided above is indicative of a typical running schedule however the order of activities can be reversed if you prefer to head to the monkeys first and you can choose to include another activity that suits your interests. Popular choices include (but are not limited to):
Zenko-ji & 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. Be guided through the precinct and learn of its unique history followed by ‘sake’ tasting.
Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen (Winter Only) – 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. 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.
Historic Obuse & Hokusai (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. The world-famous artist spent some of his final years in Obuse and painted his final masterpiece here.
HOW CAN I BOOK A TOUR WITH THE ‘GO TO’ PRICE?
It’s easy! Simply send us an enquiry using the button below with:
— Your intended dates of travel
— Total number of guests – including adults, children and infants
— The tour itinerary including additional activity you’re interested in
— (If required) your preferred hotel and room type
— Any special requirements
That’s it! We’ll get back to you asap with a proposed itinerary and quote for your consideration. Please note – deals under ‘Go To Travel’ are only available to Japanese citizens and foreign residents of Japan – see our ‘What is Japan’s ‘Go To Travel’ Campaign?’ for details.
SAVE EVEN MORE! PACKAGE YOUR TOUR & ACCOMMODATION
As a participating travel agent with the ‘Go To Travel’ campaign, we can package your private tour with accommodation, allowing you to save more! For tours staring in Nagano City, we recommend Hotel Kokusai 21.
Situated in the heart of Nagano City, Hotel Kokusai 21 is Nagano’s premier international hotel. Known for its blend of modern amenities and attentive Japanese service, Kokusai 21 offers guests spacious Western-style rooms with private bathrooms, multiple inhouse restaurants including daily breakfast service and English-speaking 24-hour reception.
Hotel Kokusai 21 is approximately 15 to 20-minutes walk from Nagano Station.
JAPAN RAIL DEALS: DISCOUNTED TICKETS & TRAVEL PASSES
With ‘Go To Travel’ in full swing, Japan Rail has come to the party by offering some outstanding deals for residents of Japan. With discounts of up to 50% available when purchasing online, our ‘Discount Shinkansen Tickets: How to Buy Online’ page includes an English step-by-step guide of how to register an account and purchase tickets online.
In addition to discounted tickets, JR East are offering a 3-day Welcome Pass for use foreign passport-holders. Only JPY12,000 for adults, the pass covers multiple shinkansen lines and other major train routes – a fantastic deal and great option for getting yourself to Nagano quickly and cheaply.
When combined with any of our ‘Go To’ travel packages, there’s never been a better time to plan, book and save on your next trip to Central Japan!