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Itinerary
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, the Fall Season and the Winter Season.
  • Spend a full-day in Nagano exploring the city and enjoying what this quaint town has to offer. 
  • 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. Once you enter the park, have some hot tea before spending time with 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 hometown of Japan's most famous artist and creator of the "Great Wave", Hokusai Katsushika. Enjoy lunch in the area (at your own expense) 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, as it stores the first Buddhist statue ever to be brought into Japan when Buddhism was first introduced in the 6th century. Learn about the temple and how the locals pray for good fortune.
  • As an option, at the end of the day, enjoy an onsen experience in Shibu Onsen (a hot spring resort that has 1,300 years of history). Step back in time while walking through this historic Onsen Town.

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
Locations visited
Zenkoji Temple
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Shibu Onsen
Overview
Explore the magnificent temples and natural wonders of Nagano on a full-day tour and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the famous Zenkoji Temple and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy lunch (own expense) in Obuse Town, then soak in the hot springs at Shibu Onsen.
Highlights
  • Full-day private Nagano tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Visit the stunning Zenkoji Temple and the traditional town of Obuse
  • See Snow Monkeys in their natural habitat at the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
  • Relax with a soak in a traditional onsen (hot spring)
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup and round-trip transport
  • Ideal tour for first-time visitors to Nagano or those short on time
  • Private tour ensures a personalized experience and the undivided attention of your guide
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Day!

We ( me and my husband) only had one day in Nagano and this tour was the perfect way to spend it. Our tour guide Fan was brilliant. She met us in the station and then accompanied us for the whole day. We were driven...More

1  Thank kirstyjs2017
Reviewed April 29, 2018
Lovely day with beautiful sightseeing and very friendly guide

We had a lovely day! Our guide, Weiwei Fan, was waiting for us at the station and took us on a private tour to the Monkey park, the town Obuse, Sakura trees and the Zenkoji temple. Our guide was very friendly and taught us a...More

5  Thank Pascal C
Reviewed April 16, 2018
ONe of our best experiences in Japan

We had Ilhom as our tour guide in Nagano and he was simply fantastic. He took us to see the monkeys play, which was just adorable, but went above and beyond after, taking us to specialty shops that we would not have found on our...More

2  Thank David_Sackett
Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile
Great day trip for first-timers in Japan

We had a great day trip with our guide in Nagano. Our Ryokan was close to the temple, therefore he picked us up and gave us an overview of the history and symbolism. We visited the Monkey Park which was amazing, luckily it was feeding...More

2  Thank cmb42017
Reviewed March 17, 2018
Great day trip from Tokyo

We booked our trip through Viator, to the Snow Monkey park, which included travel from Tokyo to Nagano by Shinkansen and a private car in Nagano. Our guide was Ilhom, who was very friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable about the area. Booking was easy. Lisa, at...More

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Ckyy
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Response from kirstyjs2017 | Reviewed this property |
To go in the guides vehicle it is groups of 2 to 4. For groups of five or more you give this information when booking and a bigger hire vehicle is provided. I don’t know if there is an extra charge for this.
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