Nagano: 1-Day Snow Monkey & Cherry Blossom Tour in Spring

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Activity provider: Machinovate Japan Ltd.

Nagano: 1-Day Snow Monkey & Cherry Blossom Tour in Spring

Activity provider: Machinovate Japan Ltd.

From US$ 117.81 per person

This tour will take you up to the famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani where you can enjoy observing the monkeys in close proximity, followed by lunch and an afternoon enjoying the best cherry blossom spots in the region.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Visit to the famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani
  • Enjoy a well-deserved Japanese lunch
  • Discover some of the best cherry blossom spots in northern Nagano
Full description
This tour takes you from JR Nagano Station to the world-famous Jigokudani snow monkeys and to some of the most beloved cherry blossom viewing spots in Nagano. Seeing the blooming cherry blossoms (called hanami in Japanese) is one of the most Japanese things one can do whilst being in the land of the rising sun. Located in a chilly, mountainous region, northern Nagano’s blossoms start blooming later than those in cities like Tokyo or Kyoto. Every year, the blossoms normally come into bloom from the middle of April. Nagano is not as famous as an aforementioned city but has many lovely places where you can see the brightly colored flowers. If you wish to get off the beaten track and see the wild monkeys and cherry blossoms on the same day, this tour is perfect for you. First, you will be taken to Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can observe the wild Japanese macaques at an incredibly close distance. April is generally the month when newborn babies arrive to the Jigokudani monkey troop. Usually there are 20 to 30 babies born every spring, and it’s endearing to see the newborns taking their first step and climb. After being filled by a Japanese lunch, the tour will take you to the hanami spots where cherry blossoms can be seen. The spots are selected depending on the degree of bloom of the blossoms on the tour date. Each spot has different types of cherry blossoms with overall more than 500 to 1000 sakura trees. Experience the yearly tradition to welcome spring in full. After enjoying the cherry blossoms, you will be taken to the train that takes you back to JR Nagano Station. The tour is scheduled to conclude at JR Nagano Station by 6:30 PM. Don’t miss this special opportunity to witness Japan’s beautiful spring.
  • Transportation fee from Nagano to the Snow Monkey Park and between activities/ attractions
  • Snow Monkey Park entrance fee
  • Lunch (vegetarian options are available, please make this known beforehand)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Bullet train tickets

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Meeting point

Nagano JR Station, in front of the Information Board directly opposite the shinkansen (bullet train) gates.

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  • Please wear suitable shoes for the walking trail
  • If the cherry blossoms are not in bloom, an alternative afternoon visit to Zenko-ji Temple with sake tasting will be provided. You will be notified of the change in an itinerary 3 days in advance.
  • During the winter, it is common to see the monkeys in the hot spring, however, while the monkeys may play in the water from spring to autumn, there is no guarantee that they will be in the hot spring
  • There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such a case or if the park is closed, you will be provided an alternative activity.
  • Confirmation email of your reservation will be sent to you within 48 hours after booking
  • Infants (up to 5) are free of charge. An infant lunch is not included and the order should be made directly to the restaurant according to your needs.
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April 22, 2019

April 21, 2019

How about one word - awesome!

Guides were great very informative and chill. I loved the relaxed atmosphere, we hung out with monkeys til we were ready to leave. No pressure to get going as we had to keep a schedule. Cherry blossoms were just beautiful. I can't get enough of them.

April 26, 2018

Product ID: 91935