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Nagano: Snow Monkeys, Zenkoji Temple & Sake Day Trip

1. Nagano: Snow Monkeys, Zenkoji Temple & Sake Day Trip

A great tour for all seasons, this is a 1-day guided tour of the most famous attractions of Nagano City and Jigokudani or “Hell’s Valley”, home of the Snow Monkeys. Take a scenic route to see the cutest monkeys in the world, then experience the tranquility of Zenkoji Temple and lively Nakamise shopping street. For guests traveling from Hakuba, from December through March, your journey can begin with a shuttle from Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal at 7:55 AM; otherwise, meet your guide at Nagano Station at 9:35 AM (please be at your chosen pickup point in advance of the meetup time as the tour needs to depart on-time). Famous for being the temple to hold the first Buddhist statue in Japan. Zenkoji Temple has a special energy and welcomes people of all faiths and religions. The temple grounds are beautiful and tranquil; there are hidden gems to explore, such as the dark tunnel running under the temple, said to be where you can gain enlightenment by finding the “Key To Paradise”. After lunch, return to Nagano Station again by public transport and take local bus from there to the Snow Monkeys. World-famous for their rare habit of soaking in the hot spring and living in the snow, these amazing macaques will let you get really close to them for some great photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience. After saying goodbye to the snow monkeys, stroll back along the tranquil forest trail to a delicious lunch at the restaurant near the trail exit. After seeing the Snow Monkeys, head to the local Japanese sake brewery to try various types of sake maybe even find a nice souvenir for yourself.

From Nagano: Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

2. From Nagano: Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route

Meet your guide at JR Nagano Station and board the tour bus to begin your journey to the fabled Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route. Arriving at Ogisawa Station around 10:15, prepare for your ascent before boarding the Kanden Tunnel trolley bus at 11:00, the first of a variety of mountain transports you will utilize to reach the summit. Your first stop is the Kurobe Dam. Constructed between 1956 and 1963, this immense structure required the labor of up to 10 million people and is Japan's highest dam. A source of national pride and emblematic of man's attempts to conquer nature, enjoy some time to admire the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains before starting the next leg of your journey toward the summit. Next, head to the Tateyama Ropeway. Spanning 1700 meters, you will be transported upward to the final stop of Daikanbo, before taking the final trolley bus to Murodo. At 2450 meters, this is Japan's highest station – an isolated outpost in an inhospitable, dramatic landscape. Stroll through the iconic snow corridor which rises up 20 meters above you. Enjoy 1.5 to 2 hours of free time to stroll around the area, with enough time to visit the museums before beginning the journey back to Nagano.

Hakuba: Private transfer from/to NRT Airport by minibus

3. Hakuba: Private transfer from/to NRT Airport by minibus

This is a private transfer from Narita airport to Hakuba. Our minibus is max for 9 people and 12-14 suitcases. Please refer to the photos to confirm. We will pick you up at Narita airport and the hotels and airbnbs around Nairta airport, and drop off you at Hakuba. You can choose the departing time after discussing with us. It is very flexible and comfortable for a group of ski guests. If you want to depart from Hakuba to Narita airport, you can also book this product.

Monday, Thursday departures only 2Day Snowboarding in Hakuba

4. Monday, Thursday departures only 2Day Snowboarding in Hakuba

Experience the ultimate thrill of snowboarding in a vast wilderness. Equipment hire is included, so you can focus on your adventure while you're light on your feet. After an exhilarating ride down the slopes, relax and refuel at a traditional Japanese inn. Here, you can enjoy a variety of authentic local dishes and soak in the natural hot springs, known for their healing properties. What's more, your stay includes an unlimited lift pass, allowing you to enjoy the resort's pristine slopes and panoramic views to the fullest. The full adrenaline rush of excitement is now here! Create unforgettable memories that will last long after your visit to this winter wonderland." Day 1: Meet at 6:30 at the Shinjuku Metropolitan Government Building's large bus parking lot. Departure at 7:10. Arrive around 11:40 at Hakuba Goryu Ski resort Free time upon arrival. For changing clothes or storing luggage (at a fee), please use the Escal Plaza at the ski resort. Accommodation: Breakfast: × Lunch: × Dinner: 〇 Day 2: Please use the paid coin lockers for your luggage. Free time until departure time. Departure from Hakuba Goryu at 17:00 (16:30 on Sundays) - Disband around 21:30 in the Shinjuku station area. Breakfast: 〇 Lunch: × Dinner: ×

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based on 56 reviews

I'd do this tour again in a heartbeat. The tour of the temple was great, as was learning about the history of the area. The sake tasting was interesting and lunch was quite nice.

A very memorable trip.. December is good timing to visit!! would recommend everybody to join..

The guide was fantastic. Good humoured and knowledgeable!