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Nagano Private Two Day Tour with Guide, Private Vehicle and Overnight at Ryokan

  • Save time and visit multiple dispersed sites in a private vehicle

  • Experience Japanese traditional accommodation—stay overnight in a Ryokan

  • See many Nagano highlights such as snow monkeys, and Zenkoji Temple

Nagano Private Two Day Tour with Guide, Private Vehicle and Overnight at Ryokan
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Private Tour (Nagano Station)Most Popular
This private tour will begin at Nagano Station (without transportation from original destination to Nagano). The tour guide will meet you at Nagano Station between 9 to 9:30 AM.
Private tour (from Tokyo)
This tour also includes round-trip bullet train from Tokyo (must be booked 2 weeks from tour date). The tour guide will meet you at Nagano Station between 9 to 9:30 AM.
Add-on experience in First day
At Dinner on First Day, guest can enjoy one of the highest rated kaiseki dinners in Nagano
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Discover Nagano’s many highlights on this private two day tour. Save time planning transport, as a driver and private vehicle is included. You’ll have a guide to show you around on the first day, and then free time to explore on the second day. Overnight stay in a Japanese Ryokan, entrance fees to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Zenko-ji Temple, and a private onsen experience is included, making it the ultimate hassle-free tour.

What to Expect
Nagano City is well-known for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and while some of the former Olympic facilities can still be viewed in Nagano, the city has since evolved as a temple town revolving around the famous Zenkoji Temple, and is most visited during the Spring Season (for cherry blossoms), the Fall Season (for autumn foliage) and the Winter Season (for winter activities and for seeing the snow monkeys).

On this tour, spend two days in Nagano exploring the city and enjoying what this quaint town has to offer. Your English-speaking tour guide will pick you up with a private vehicle at Nagano Train Station by 9:30 AM. On the route to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape of the Chikuma River, where you may also try local miso soup and see how local people eat in the area. 

Before arriving at the entrance of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy a 30 - 40 minute leisurely stroll through the forest path, where the guide will provide you with interesting facts about the snow monkeys and the park along the way. Once you enter the park, have some hot tea while observing the snow monkeys, many of which are bathing in the hot springs (onsen) to keep warm, especially during the cool months of autumn and winter. After an exciting morning at the park, visit Obuse Town (which is most well-known for being the home town of Japan's most famous artist and creator of the "Great Wave", Hokusai Katsushika), enjoy lunch in the area before walking around to explore the shops and try sake tasting.

After a day at Obuse Town, head to Zenko-ji Temple (one of the most important and popular temples in Japan). Learn about the temple and how the locals pray for good fortune before heading to your traditional Japanese hotel (ryokan) for the night. Just before your scrumptious traditional Japanese multi-course (kaiseki) dinner at the hotel, bid farewell to your tour guide (as you will have a free day to explore without the tour guide on the second day).

Relax in a traditional onsen (hot spring) in the area of your hotel just before heading to bed and getting a good night's sleep. In the morning, enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast before checking out of your hotel and spend your free day (without the tour guide) further exploring the city or snowboarding/ skiing (highly recommended) in one of the nearby resorts. For those who would like to explore neighboring areas such as Matsumoto Castle, Kamikochi, Hakuba, or other neighboring areas with a tour guide and private vehicle, the option is available as an add-on (additional cost) at booking. 

Seasonal Recommendations for This Tour:
Spring Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing: Mid-April to Early-May
Autumn Foliage (Koyo) Viewing: Early-September to Late-November
Winter Festivities: Early-December to Late-March
Reviews (10)
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Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile
Highly recommend!!

We had a fabulous time with Ilhom as our tour guide. We started our day with a tour of the Nagano temple and then tried some delicious dumplings before driving to the snow monkeys. The monkeys were absolutely amazing!! We ate lunch in town (delicious...More

2  Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed March 25, 2018
Snow Monkey Park, Historical Places, visit local Farmer Market and Sake facility

Greatly recommended. Illhom is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide. He took us to places that we were interested and also suggested few additional places. Very enjoyable company. Overnight we enjoyed authentic Japanese hospitality. Very gracious host and warm staff made our stay for the...More

1  Thank AnitaAD2018
Reviewed March 6, 2018
wonderful trip and amazing guide

Upon arrival we were warmly welcomed by our guide Ilhom, he started the tour by introducing himself and we felt welcomed and with such a friendly atmosphere we had a fantastic start! The guide and tour was extremely good, very flexible (appreciate this!) and for...More

3  Thank akrabakra
Reviewed February 16, 2018

Highly recommend this tour. All day at a relaxing pace seeing the Snow Monkey's, and historical places. Then the ryokan was outstanding; 9 different hot pools, the dinner was excellent and the staff bent over backwards to take care of absolutely everything. Only advice I...More

3  Thank Frank P
Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile
Totally unique experience

My wife, her parents, and I had the pleasure of joining our tour guide, Ilhom, on this private tour of the Nagano area. Ilhom was a great guide, conversational, helpful, and genuinely excited to show us what he has come to love about his home...More

7  Thank RarBear
JapanAwaits, Public Relations Manager at Japan Awaits, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2018

Thank you again for joining us on this tour. We really appreciate your detailed review. Your feedback is very important and valuable to us and we will work on adding more details on the tour description to help guests in the future. Thank you again...More

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