Mix, Match & Combine Your Ideal Getaway In Nagano
Our products can be mixed, matched and combined into a package that suits your needs and interests. Want to add accommodation to one of our tours? No problem! Want to combine two of our tours or mix their contents over two days? Get in touch and we’ll see what we can do!
We are a registered travel agent, tour and charter operator allowing you greater flexibility when booking with us. We know that everyone’s needs, interests and budget are different and as such, our products are designed to be tinkered with and combined in ways that works best for you.
+ CHOOSE YOUR ACTIVITIES
You can combine our winter tours, including splitting the activities of one or more tours over two days with accommodation to create a customised package including accommodation; or package your tour with accommodation and ski passes at one of Nagano’s best resorts into a multi-day ski / snowboard getaway in Nagano.
As an example, you could combine our always popular 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour with accommodation followed by skiing or snowboarding in Shiga Kogen the following day:
The choice is yours! Choose any of our winter tours or specific activities over multiple days to include with accommodation – as detailed below – and then click the INQUIRY button to get in touch with what you need.
+ CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION
We can combine your tours or chosen activities with accommodation nearby the Snow Monkey Park / Kanbayashi Onsen, Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen, Shiga Kogen Ski Resort or Nagano City. It’s just a matter of which area and hotel works best for you:
SNOW MONKEY PARK / KANBAYASHI ONSEN AREA
Kanbayashi Onsen is a small hot spring village within walking distance best-known for the Jigokudani Monkey Park, which is within walking distance of all guesthouses in the area. A handful of traditional guesthouses offer some excellent accommodation, each with their own hot springs. Busy during the day thanks to the monkeys, the village is quiet at night making the option of eating at your guesthouse an attractive option. Both Shibu Onsen and Yudanaka Onsen can be reached in under 5-minutes drive, allowing guests to enjoy an evening meal and drink in those towns which have more going on at night. Only 20 to 25-minutes drive to Shiga Kogen Ski Resort, Kanbayashi Onsen is a good option for visitors wanting to enjoy a traditional hotel or guesthouse and some of the region’s best hot springs. For accommodation listings, see our ‘Kanbayashi Onsen Area’ hotel page. If staying there appeals to you, we recommend choosing:
+ HOTEL SENJUKAKU
Hotel Senjukaku is one of the best hotel’s in the region within easy walk of the Jigokudani Monkey Park and around 25-minutes drive to Shiga Kogen. A favourite hotel with members of the Japanese Royal Family, this elegant hotel is known for its exceptional service, traditional comforts, indulgent ‘onsen’ (hot springs)and outstanding ‘kaiseki’ (multi-course) meal service. Guests can choose between Japanese rooms with on-floor ‘futon’ bedding or mixed rooms featuring traditional Japanese design and Western-style bedding. Several rooms also include their own hot spring bath with all guests having access to the hotel’s large indoor, outdoor and private ‘onsen’.
SHIBU ONSEN AREA
Shibu Onsen is a historic hot spring town blessed with numerous water sources feeding the many hotels and guesthouses concentrated within a small area. Most guesthouses have their own hot springs with town also boasting nine ‘public’ onsen that can be used free of charge by anyone staying overnight in Shibu. A quaint town with some good dining options and a couple of bars, Shibu Onsen has retained more of its historic character and charm then Yudanaka Onsen and has a lot more going on than Kanbayashi Onsen. For accommodation listings, see our ‘Shibu Onsen Area’ hotel page.
YUDANAKA ONSEN AREA
Spanning-out from Yudanaka Station – the nearest train station to the monkey park and Shiga Kogen – Yudanaka Onsen offers a variety of accommodation ranging from high-end to budget. Local bus services run to Shiga Kogen from the station while a free shuttle bus also operates to Ryuoo Ski Resort, the most popular resort in Kita-Shiga Kogen. Many hotels and guesthouses have their own ‘onsen’ (natural hot springs) and serve traditional ‘kaiseki’ (multi-course) dinners allowing guests to completely unwind at the end of each day. Yudanaka doesn’t have the charm of Shibu and the town showing its age but if that doesn’t bother you, its a good option for visitors prioritising ease of access via the train station and lots of accommodation options. or accommodation listings, see our ‘Yudanaka Onsen Area’ hotel page.
SHIGA KOGEN SKI RESORT
The nearest resort to the monkey park, Shiga Kogen Ski Resort is also the largest and highest resort in the country. Shiga boasts Nagano’s longest season and most reliable snow, making it an ideal destination for visitors wanting to enjoy a multi-day winter getaway within easy reach of Nagano City and the region’s best winter destinations. Accommodation is dotted throughout the resort, ranging from large hotels to small, family-run lodges. Which hotel suits you depends on your budget, needs and intended activities as given the size of the resort, the distance of accommodation from destinations such as the monkey park varies greatly. Here’s a couple of recommendations:
+ HOTEL GRAND PHENIX
Hotel Grand Phenix Okushiga is the premier hotel in Shiga Kogen, combining European-style accommodation and comfort with traditional Japanese service, outstanding facilities, and ski in/out convenience. Guests will be stuck by the hotel’s European character with many of the materials and design imported from the continent and imbuing the Grand Phenix with cozy atmosphere with old-world trimmings. The hotel’s spacious lounge with open fireplace is a notable and much-loved feature of the Grand Phenix, an ideal space to look-out upon the surrounding scenery and directly onto the Okushiga ski fields in winter. Offering multiple types of rooms, fine dining, a spacious lounge with open fireplace, relaxing mens and womens communal baths, sauna and heated indoor swimming pool, Grand Phenix affords guest the highest quality stay available in Shiga Kogen Ski Resort.
+ HOTEL SUNNY SHIGA
Ideally located in Shiga Kogen’s central Takamagahara, Hotel Sunny Shiga offers guests everything needed in a family-friendly ski hotel in the heart of the resort. Rooms come in a variety of sizes and styles – some with private bathrooms – including both Western and Japanese ‘futon’ (on-floor) bedding. Catering to single travelers, couples, families and larger groups the hotel is well-appointed for short or longer stays. The in-house restaurant offers both breakfast and dinner, which can be included with your accommodation while the hotel’s comfortable communal lounge and bar is open for use by all guests and the spacious in-house ‘public’ bath (for the exclusive use of hotel guests), offers the perfect refuge and place to unwind after a long day on the mountain.
NAGANO CITY AREA
Nagano City boasts lots of accommodation options, most of which are centred around Nagano Station – a stop on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line running from Tokyo to Kanazawa. Other train lines, tours, local buses and taxis all operate from the station making the area around it, the most convenient place to stay when exploring the region. The area immediately around the station has plenty of large hotels catering to international visitors. Prices for accommodation are typically good with many hotels offering Western-style rooms and amenities, in-house restaurants and English-speaking staff. Around 15 to 20-minutes walk from the station, the area around Zenko-ji Temple has smaller guesthouses including many ‘shukubo’ (temple lodgings) in the surrounding streets. For accommodation listings, see our ‘Nagano City Area’ hotel page. When staying in Nagano City, we recommend:
+ HOTEL KOKUSAI 21
Located between Nagano Station and Zenko-ji Temple, Hotel Kokusai 21 is the city’s most established 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 in-house restaurants including daily breakfast service and English-speaking 24-hour reception. Within easy walking distance of the station and the city’s most popular attractions and dining areas, Kokusai 21 offers unmatched comfort, convenience and professional service in the heart of Nagano.
HOW IT WORKS
It’s simple. Find the tours, activities, hotels or ski resorts that you like plus your preferred accommodation and then get in touch by clicking on the INQUIRY button below or contact us at email@example.com, let us know what you’re interested in, and we’ll get back to you with a package and price. Or want some suggestions of the best activities and accommodation to combine together this winter? We’re happy to do that too. So contact us now and let’s starting planning your ideal winter getaway together!
WHY CHOOSE US?
Based in Nagano and operating all year round, we are a registered travel agent, tour and charter operator. We have the expertise and experience to help you get the most out of your time in the region and can package your trip to Nagano and Central Japan including group and private tours, ski packages, accommodation, private charters, restaurants, ticketing and more! 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.