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Snow Monkey Resorts Tours
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Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple...
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Snow Monkey Resorts takes you on experiences in the Northern Nagano region. Our tours show you the most beloved attractions and the best hidden secrets in this area. Tours include visits to the Snow Monkey Park, the Zenko-ji Temple, snow fun in the Shiga Highlands, Japanese cherry blossoms, countryside cycling, and mountain experiences. Besides group tours, we have customized private tours as well.
Reviewed April 5, 2018

On a holiday to Japan, we took the Shinkansen from Tokyo. Our guide, Shiniji , was there at the station at the exact spot as per the instructions send to us after booking the tour. From there to another station to take the train to Nagano. A transfer by a SUV to the Snowmonkey resorts and then its a walk. Need to be a little careful of the slippery slopes but our guide was expertly taking care of us. He gave us the history of the Snow monkey and then it was very nice to see these Snow monkeys at close quarters. A lot of photographs later we went back and walked to a hotel for a traditional Japanese lunch. It was excellent!!! From there to the Shinkoji temple and then for a quick sake tasting. We then took a bus to the station. Our guide, Shiniji , was with us till he dropped us at the station. He was very friendly and very professional. Thank you. I would definielty recomend snowmonkey resorts tour.

Thank roshan_kuruvilla
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

This EXCELLENT tour included a trip to the Jidokudani Snow Monkey Park via bus from Nagano Station, Japanese style lunch, a rail journey from Yudanaka station and a visit to the Zenko-ji temple precinct in Nagano. This is a full day with plenty of walking and stair climbing.
Some key advice.
1. The winter walk to the snow monkeys can be slippery and difficult for the less than agile. Boots can be hired at the park gate and crampons purchased (about Y500) for better grip.
2. Do not feed, engage with or touch the Monkeys otherwise, you may incur the displeasure of a park ranger. Plus hide attractive items or anything that may look like food.
3. Some of our party caught the Shinkansen from Tokyo and booked the 1720h return - this can be done but let your guide know at the start of the tour so this is accommodated.
OK onto the tour - this was an excellent (English speaking) tour that was hosted by Peter (formerly of Melbourne Australia). Peter lives locally, married to a Japanese lady and is a guide as an occupation (not fly-in/fly-out). He has taken the time to inform himself fully of the region and attractions.
We took a bus ride to the park from Nagano; however, I understand this may sometimes be done by train followed by a shorter bus ride. The Monkey Park is not a natural feature and has been progressively built to attract the monkeys in the area - who effectively have territories in the surrounding mountains. The walk to the park gate (just under 2km), after an initial moderate to steep road/footpath climb, is basically level with walkers only needing to take care of slippery areas. Surprisingly I saw one woman in two-inch stiletto style shoes and another in pumps - definitely not recommended. The walk ends in a viewing area where you can take pictures and simply watch the monkeys. There is a longer story behind the monkeys which I will not share as it may spoil the tour - needless to say people do not need to fear the monkeys they are friendly and quite often will walk around you. Plenty of photo/film opportunities.
The walk was followed by a traditional Japanese lunch at a local restaurant - depending upon taste this was excellent and palatable - I happen to love Japanese food of all types.
The next stage of the journey was a bus/rail ride back to one stop prior to Nagano and a walk up to the Shinto Zenko-ji Temple precinct. This area is absolutely fascinating and well maintained - compared to some others I have seen in Japan. Apparently, they are well funded by donations and gifts. Although your guide will explain various aspects I would suggest a bit of pre-reading would not go astray and would actually help in understanding and appreciation of the Temple precinct.
The tour was booked through TripAdvisor/Viator and is described as Snow Monkey and Zenko-ji Temple tour or similar.
Recommended.

Thank Quejinok
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

Snow monkey tours was perfect. They were prompt in replying- gave us lots of different ideas to choose from- even set up a bus from/to Tokyo with interesting stops along the way (there was my huge extended family of 11, with even huger suitcases!) The snow monkeys didn't have any snow, unfortunately at the end of march- but the kids still loved the hike, made up songs, and found the onsens amazing. They are still talking about the all you can eat strawberry farm we visited. Our guide Louki made the whole experience easy, fun and she really went above and beyond to help us, take us to a few other places along the way (apples, sake, toaster) and was super polite in listening to the kids sing 'Moana' on the way back to Tokyo. Thank you for giving us a great Japanese experience!

Thank Nicole S
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

we were on a holiday to Japan and decided to do a day trip to Nagano to see the famous Snow monkeys . We booked our program with Snow monkey resorts tours. right from the start with booking we had great experience. .Shiniji was there at Nagano station to meet us . very professional and at the same time warm and genuine, he took great effort to make our experience enjoyable. I would recommend a visit to snow monkey park zenko-ji temple Nagano....It was definitely worth every minute. snow monkey tours did a great job.

Thank mdkCochin
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous day! You couldn’t have a better guide - Peter. Balanced information with the experience. Very personal (we were lucky to have a total of 4 on the tour) providing well informed answers to our many questions. He really enjoys his job!

The snow monkey experience- many monkeys captivated us for ages. We had plenty of time there. It was unusually windy and cold - carry a beanie/jacket. The walk about 1.2 kms is gentle but wear walking shoes.

Lunch was lovely bento box with vegetarian option. I’m wheat free and they easily catered for this with advance notice.

Back to Nagano and a walk to Zenkō-ji temple. Lovely opportunity to walk through part of Nagano. The temple was really brought alive with Peter’s commentary.

We finished with the tasting at the Sake brewery and miso facility. Certainly was enjoyable and very informative.

We came away think we had gained much more than we had expected from the day! We overnighted in Nagano which was a good choice after the early start and full day!

Thank CrispyB
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