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Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano - with unbiased reviews

Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano

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This action-packed Nagano adventure has it all—a historic temple, a sake tasting, and snow monkeys. Avoid the hassle of figuring out local public transport schedules, and opt for a much more relaxed form of sightseeing—an organized tour with transfers between sights and entry tickets included. Visit the beautiful Zenko-ji temple, have a guided sake tasting, and go to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to see monkeys bathing in hot springs.
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    Zenko-ji Temple
    Stop: 90 minutes -
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  • 2
    MONZEN TERRACE ENYA
    Stop: 80 minutes -
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  • 3
    Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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Highlights
  • Avoid long ticket lines—entry to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is included
  • Visit a Buddhist sight the dates back to the 7th century—Zenko-ji temple
  • Travel with ease between dispersed sites—transfers are included
  • No need to bring food with you—a delicious lunch is provided
Important Information
Departure Point
Nagano Station, Japan, 〒380-0921 長野県長野市大字栗田59 Happo Bus Terminal & Information, Japan, 〒399-9301 Nagano, Kitaazumi-gun, Hakuba, Happō, 大字北城八方5734-1
Duration
8h
Return Details
Nagano Station, Japan, 〒380-0921 長野県長野市大字栗田59 Happo Bus Terminal & Information, Japan, 〒399-9301 Nagano, Kitaazumi-gun, Hakuba, Happō, 大字北城八方5734-1
Inclusions
  • Transportation fee from Nagano to the Snow Monkey Park and between activities/attractions
  • Lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available, please try to let us know in advance)
  • Sake tasting
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entry/Admission - Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Exclusions
  • Shinkansen/bullet train tickets
  • Entry to paid attractions at Zenko-ji
  • Additional food, snacks and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour includes a reasonable amount of walking including to and from the monkey park along a 1.6km (1 mile), unsealed forest trail. Please sure your footwear is approriate and you are dressed accordingly for the season.
  • Guests are required to follow the Snow Monkey Park rules at all times. Guests are not permitted to touch, hold, feed or bathe with the monkeys at any time. There are no barriers separating the monkeys from visitors to the park. Please ensure you keep a minimum distance of 1 to 2 meters between yourself and the monkeys. Your guide will explain the rules prior to entering the park.
  • There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case we will provide an alternative activity.
  • Infants (0-5) are welcome to join the tour free of charge and as such, do not receive lunch. If food is required, please order and pay directly at the restaurant.
  • This tour includes lunch at Monzen Terrace Enya. On rare occasions it may not be possible to use this restaurant in which case we would switch to another, comparable location.
  • The start and finish of the tour are arranged according to the bullet train (called Hokuriku Shinkansen) timetable. See below for specific timetables on the bullet train departure and arrival times to/from Nagano Station.
  • Departure Tokyo Station – Arrival Nagano Station: Tokyo: 07:20 – Nagano: 08:43 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only) * Tokyo: 07:24 – Nagano: 09:14 – Asama Tokyo: 07:52 – Nagano: 09:30 – Hakutaka
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Departure Nagano Station – Arrival Tokyo Station Nagano: 17:55 – Tokyo: 19:20 – Kagayaki (reserved seats only) Nagano: 18:22 – Tokyo: 20:00 – Hakutaka
  • This tour is scheduled to conclude at JR Nagano Station by 17:30. However, due to weather and road conditions in winter we cannot guarantee the end time. For guests booking shinkansen tickets to travel to Tokyo after the tour in winter, we ask that you do not book any service earlier than the 17:55 Kagayaki (reservation only) or our recommendation of the 18:22 Hakutaka. For guests booking onward tickets to other destinations we also recommend doing so for times of 18:00 or later.
  • This tour does not include bullet train/shinkansen tickets. For guests traveling to Nagano from Tokyo, Kanazawa or other hubs, please check the train schedule and pricing in advance of the day of your tour to avoid unexpected delays and costs.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Agnes C wrote a review Yesterday
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Loved the tour and would definitely do it again. So much to see and its a great experience for first timers to Japan. Our tour guide Chieko speaks really good English too! And the lunch was SO SO GOOD, one of the best meals my friend and i had on our trip.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Supranee wrote a review Yesterday
11 contributions
Tour was overpriced, the temple part of the tour seemed tacked on just to justify the high price. The same can be said about the restaurant. The sake tasting was just an exercise to get us to buy it from the shop. The mini bus ride to the monkey park was rough, we were in the
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Date of experience: January 2020
chantellehh24 wrote a review Feb. 15
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This tour is one for the bucket list. It truly exceeded all our expectations. Myself and my family joined another 5 tourists along with our guide, Haruna. Haruna was really sweet, friendly and knowledgeable and endeavoured to make sure we all had a fantastic day. She answered
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Response from Snow_Monkey_Resorts, Front Office Manager at Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for taking the time to review Haruna's tour and for choosing us! We have passed your review on to Haruna. Your feedback and kind words are greatly appreciated. It sounds as though you enjoyed every aspect of your tour, so we are thrilled to hear that! We are always striving to deliver the best possible experience for our guests and always appreciate when someone takes the time to share their thoughts about their tour. Thanks for choosing us and enjoy the rest of your time in Japan!
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Grace N wrote a review Feb. 15
5 contributions2 helpful votes
Visiting Snow Monkey Park was fabulous! Sylvain, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and a definite plus was that his English was excellent.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Response from Snow_Monkey_Resorts, Front Office Manager at Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano
Responded 2 days ago
Thanks for reviewing our tour and we are very happy to hear you enjoyed your day-out in Nagano! We have passed your comments on to Sylvain. We always appreciate guests who take the time to write a review. Thanks for choosing us!
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Susan G wrote a review Feb. 14
199 contributions56 helpful votes
My husband and I did this tour from Hakuba. Michelle was our guide and she did a great job keeping us informed and on time. We did a variety of things from Temple tour, Sake tasting, a lovely lunch and of course the amazing snow monkeys. It is quite a walk into to see the
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Response from Snow_Monkey_Resorts, Front Office Manager at Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano
Responded 2 days ago
Thanks for taking the time to write a review Susan! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your day-out in Nagano with Michelle. We have passed your review on to her. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Enjoy the rest of you time in Japan and again, thanks for choosing Snow Monkey Resorts!
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Agnes C
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Snow Monkey Tour in Nagano
Loved the tour and would definitely do it again. So much to see and its a great experience for first timers to
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Supranee
Bangkok, Thailand
10
Snow Monkey day tour with temple, sake tasting and lunch.
Tour was overpriced, the temple part of the tour seemed tacked on just to justify the high price. The same can be
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chantellehh24
Sydney, Australia
11
Really special day
This tour is one for the bucket list. It truly exceeded all our expectations. Myself and my family joined another
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Grace N
San Francisco, California
52
Nagano - Snow Monkey Park
Visiting Snow Monkey Park was fabulous! Sylvain, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and a definite plus was
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Agnes
11
Family trip - 1 day fun ski & snow monkey park
Wonderful experience with Snow Monkey Resorts. They response to emails promptly and give good advice. Peter, our
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Susan G
Melbourne, Australia
18956
Great day
My husband and I did this tour from Hakuba. Michelle was our guide and she did a great job keeping us informed and
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Suzanne Garrett
11
Perfect Day!
The tour was amazing! #1-Every meal catered to my gluten free needs, and they were prepared ahead of time. We had
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Safari33283457137
31
Family trip
We had the best day, heaps of fun. Well worth it. Heaps of Snow monkeys and the snow fun was just that. FUN
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Kristian R
11
Girlfriend loved this Christmas present!
Bought this tour as a Christmas present for my partner, as I had already seen the snow monkeys. We both had an
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SMH6
Canberra, Australia
1211
Outstanding experience
This tour exceeded our expectations. Our tour leader was Kieren . He is terrific: knowledgeable, friendly,
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