Nagano Prefecture
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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 18, 2019 through March 31, 2020, your journey can begin with a shuttle from Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal at 8:20 AM; otherwise, meet your guide at Nagano Station at 9:35 AM (the guide will be there from 9:20 AM) before heading to Zenkoji. 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 wher...

    Most amazing guide, Mai. Excellent tour. lunch was amazing. I recommend the beef. Sake tasting was excellent for beginners

  • Welcome to Nagano: Private Tour with a Local

    2. Welcome to Nagano: Private Tour with a Local

    Get an exclusive welcome to Nagano on a private tour with a local guide. Transform your way of traveling to make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see.  Follow your friendly local as they share their passion for the place they live. Learn all the tricks to make the most of the city and get tips on the best things to see. Meet in the neighborhood where you are staying to get familiar with the best places to eat and buy groceries. Hear about the easiest ways to get around, and the top things to do. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable and confident navigating the city on your own, secure in the knowledge that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay!

  • Nozawa: Full-Day Fire Festival & Snow Monkey Tour on Jan 15

    3. Nozawa: Full-Day Fire Festival & Snow Monkey Tour on Jan 15

    Your tour begins with pickup from one of two locations: Hakuba’s Happo Bus Terminal at 11:45 AM or JR Nagano Station at 1 PM. After meeting your guide, you’ll hit the road and head towards Yamanouchi, home to the only hot spring-bathing monkeys in the world, Japanese snow monkeys.  After arriving near the monkey park area at 2 PM, your guide will lead you along a snow-covered forest trail to the park itself. Found deep inside Jigokudani, or “Hell’s Valley”, your guide will explain the history and importance of the park and give you plenty of time to enjoy the unique experience of observing the snow monkeys in close proximity, followed by an early dinner at a nearby restaurant where you’ll learn all about Nagano’s renowned food culture. Next, you’ll head to Nozawa Onsen, where you’ll witness one of Japan’s three great fire festivals. After arriving at around 6 PM, you’ll have ample time...

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What people are saying about Nagano Prefecture

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Great day. Host made you welcome. Temple street has old world charm in Nagano. Lunch delicious. Walk to monkeys a bit hard at first, uphill but levels off with beautiful scenery. Monkeys are something to see. Babies gorgeous with mums.

The whole day was fantastic, constant but not rushed. Our guide was brilliant and ensured that we all felted involved, answering our questions and find out the answers if unsure. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Could not be happier! The tour was perfectly paced, the things included were terrific, the food was wonderful, the guides were exceptional, friendly and professional and the monkeys were AMAZING! So happy! Thanks!

well organized tour, knowledgeable guide, enough time at each tour attraction and not felt rushed at all! Delicious food too!

Most amazing guide, Mai. Excellent tour. lunch was amazing. I recommend the beef. Sake tasting was excellent for beginners