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長野市, Japan
1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour

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icon9 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Enjoy fun winter activities and visit the famous Japanese snow monkeys during this full-day trip to the Shiga Kogen Highlands in Nagano. Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can observe wild macaques bathing in the area hot springs. After a warm, delicious lunch, you have time for sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters, and a lift ride up the 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) slope of a famous area ski resort.
  • Perfect for those short on time—explore the Nagano region in just one day
  • Observe the Japanese macaques bathing in the local hot springs at Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Enjoy winter activities—snow sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters—at Japan's biggest ski resort
  • Take in the views from the top of a 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) ski slope
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Transportation from Nagano Station to the Snow Monkey Park and to Shiga-kogen Highlands Ski Resorts and back to Nagano Station.
Lunch (vegetarian options are available)
English-speaking guide
Snow activity fees in Shiga-kogen Highlands
Entrance fee to the Snow Monkey Park
Shinkansen/bullet train tickets
Rental boots (if required)
Rental clothing including snow jackets & pants (if required)
Additional snacks, food & drinks at Shiga Kogen
  • Nagano Station , Japan, 〒380-0921 長野県長野市大字栗田59

    In front of the Information Board at 09:20 Nagano Station across the Shinkansen ticket gates. Your guide will be wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag and guide ID. The tour will need to depart by 09:30 so please ensure you are at the meeting point in advance of the meeting time.

  • Kokusai 21 , Japan, 〒380-0838 Nagano, 大字南長野県町Agatamachi−576

    The meetup point is at the entrance of Hotel Kokusai 21 at 09:00. Please note that this is a group tour and not a private tour. Your guide will not have time to wait or call up to your room so please ensure you are at the hotel entrance in advance of the meetup time so that the tour is not delayed.

  • Yudanaka Station , Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai District, Nagano 381-0401, Japan

    For guests joining from Yudanaka Station: your guide will meet you at Yudanaka Station at 10:40. Your guide will be wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag and guide ID. The tour will need to depart immediately so please ensure you are at the meeting point in advance of the meeting time.

  • Shibu Onsen , Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai District, Nagano 381-0401, Japan

    The meetup point is in front of the Shibu Onsen Visitor Centre at 10:45. Please be sure to look for the guide wearing a SNOW MONKEY RESORTS tour tag and please be waiting before the meetup time as the tour will depart by on-time.

  • Kanbayashi Hotel Senjukaku , 1410 Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai District, Nagano 381-0401, Japan

    The meetup point is at the entrance of Hotel Senjukaku at 10:50. Please note that this is a group tour and not a private tour. Your guide will not have time to wait or call up to your room so please ensure you are at the hotel entrance in advance of the meetup time so that the tour is not delayed.

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Meet your group at a central location and travel by coach bus to the Jigokudani Monkey Park.

    Take a walk down a forest trail, arriving at an area where you can observe the famous Japanese macaques that warm up by bathing in the area hot springs. Warm up and refuel with lunch at an area restaurant (included), then head to a ski resort in the Shiga Kogen Highlands. Known as one of the largest winter resorts in Japan, the area gained further publicity thanks to its hosting role for the 1998 Winter Olympics.

    Spend a few hours having fun with some of the ski resort’s different activities which include snow sledding, snow bikes, and snow scooters. You also have time to ride the ski lift up to its highest point at 5,800-feet (1,900-meters), offering panoramic views of the greater Nagano region.

    Return back to your original departure point to conclude the tour.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Shiga Kogen Ski Area
    You will be transported to the central area of Ichinose for a afternoon of snow fun, with an activity area sectioned-off for you to enjoy using snowscoots, snowdrives, and good old-fashioned sleds and tubes
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
    Meet these truly curious creatures and have time to enjoy the unique experience of observing them in close proximity
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • The temperature in Shiga Kogen is cold and could be as low as -5°C to -15°C. Please be dressed in warm, waterproof clothing and boots for snow activities. If required, clothing including snow jackets, pants, gloves and snow boots can be rented at the Snow Monkey Park. Please note that there is limited availability for snow outfits, so if you have waterproof, warm clothes fit for snow activities, please bring these with you on the day of the tour.
    • Guests are required to walk in and out of the monkey park along a 1.6km / 1 mile trail. In winter, the trail and park will be affected by snow and ice. This walk should not be attempted by anyone who is mobility impaired, in a wheelchair or cannot confidently walk an extended distance over snow and ice. Snow fun activities also require guests to be of reasonable fitness and mobility to enjoy. If you have concerns about your or a member of your groups ability to handle the conditions, please contact us to discuss prior to booking. Rental boots (JPY500) are available close to the monkey park, if required. Crampons (metal spikes that attach underneath your shoes/boots) can also be purchased, if required.
    • The transport used for this tour depends on the size of the tour group. For smaller tours groups, we will use the express train service from Nagano Station to Yudanaka Station followed by a private vehicle to and from the ski resort. For large groups, we may arrange our own transport i.e. small tour bus, from / to Nagano Station and all listed destinations.
    • The tour itinerary can be reversed and we may visit the monkeys first followed by lunch and Shiga Kogen, depending on weather and road conditions and other factors on the day. We do so in an effort to provide guests the best possible experience on the day.
    • This tour is not wheelchair accessible and may not be suitable for mobility-impaired travels. Should you have any concerns about your ability to join the tour, please contact us to discuss prior to booking.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • This tour does not include skiing or snowboarding, nor is there the time to arrange your own skiing and snowboarding while at the resort.
    • There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park or that the monkeys leave the park early. While this is unlikely to happen, it is possible and is outside of our control.
    • While unlikely, should weather or road conditions make it impossible to access Shiga Kogen, we would switch the activity to a visit to Zenko-ji Temple. As we cannot confirm weather conditions until the day of the tour, we would not be able to notify guests of the change in advance.
    • The minimum age to join this tour is 3. Infants (3-5) can join free of charge. No tour meal is included. Please order food directly to the restaurant.
    • This tour is insured however as the guest, you are required to have your own travel insurance which covers snow activities including riding chairlifts and using snowdrives, snowscoots, sleds, and tubes. Please confirm that your insurance policy covers this activity prior to the tour.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Machinovate Japan Ltd.
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen Tour.

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    star-5
    Great fun in the snow
    Mercedes_S
    , Jan 2021
    It was fun to ride the snow bikes down the mountain and the snow monkeys were adorable. Sometimes they will pose for the camera for you.
    icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
    Thanks for taking the time to review our tour and we are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your day-out in Shiga Kogen and Nagano! Thanks for choosing us!
    star-5
    Snow Monkey Tour
    Geoffrey_F
    , Jan 2019
    We had a brilliant day..our guide Luokie was so attentive and accommodating..we had a 1.8 km walk through snow covered paths, some parts steep, and I struggled a bit (little overweight :( ). She kept checking up on me. We had a traditional Japanese lunch, and then headed off up to the snow for a play ...brilliant, it snowed on us, freezing but brilliant. We are Aussies from Nth qLD so we had a ball!!!
    star-5
    THE. BEST. DAY!
    Kayla_C
    , Jan 2019
    This tour was amazing and great value! Guides were knowledgable and friendly. Could not recommend more!
    star-5
    The snow monkey park was a fun and...
    KadyMichelle_W
    , Feb 2018
    The snow monkey park was a fun and interesting way to spend the morning. The lunch was better than we had expected for a tour and we all thoroughly enjoyed it after the hike. The afternoon spent at the Shiga-Kogen Highlands made the day though! We had way more fun than we thought we would and we all agreed that had we just done the snow monkey park alone, the day wouldn't have felt complete. We got lucky and had a really strong snow day during our tour. Our guides were great and we couldn't have asked for a better day.
    star-5
    A fabulous tour for the whole...
    Melanie R
    , Jan 2018
    A fabulous tour for the whole family! Our tour guide was great, the snow monkeys amazing to see, lunch was delicious and the snow fields were such great fun my kids have never seen snow before. I highly recommend!
    star-5
    The best day trip. Guides and staff...
    ELIZABETH A
    , Jan 2018
    The best day trip. Guides and staff were so friendly and keen to make our day enjoyable. Peter our guide to the Snow Monkeys was so attentive to all of his guests and had great knowledge about the area. The lunch venue was superb and having every ready for us in advance was so amazing. Shinji and Kana apologies spelling our guide and driver for the snow tour were also amazing. They bent over backwards to ensure we had the best time and really made our kids feel special. They were so friendly that we have decided to return to Nagano over skiing in Korea. Ensure that you keep all of these 3 staff. All of the staff at the snow area were awesome. Japan service is truly world leading.
    star-5
    We had so much fun especially on the...
    hazelmangio
    , Jun 2017
    We had so much fun especially on the snow tour at the Highlands. Kenji was a very good tour guide and speaks fluent English.
    star-5
    We had the best time, highly...
    Daniel T
    , Mar 2017
    We had the best time, highly recommend this tour! Guides Shinji and Sjaak were fantastic. Snow monkeys were amazing, it was freezing cold day so there were lots of them in the onsen. Snow play was so much fun too, we went on Snow-scooters and Snow-drives out at Shiga Kogen and they were awesome!
    star-5
    Our guides, Sjaak and Shinji, were...
    Katherine_M
    , Jan 2017
    Our guides, Sjaak and Shinji, were fantastic- kind, knowledgable, professional, and spoke perfect English! Lunch was at a local restaurant with a variety of dishes to enjoy - sushi, chicken, soup and much more - we were asked about dietary restrictions at the start so I imagine they are able to accommodate any special needs. Overall, we truly had a wonderful day with the snow monkeys and on the slopes - this is a great tour!

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