1 Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen

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1 Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in Shiga Kogen

From US$ 157.83 per person

Embark on an exciting, one-day tour. Begin with a morning of fun in the deep, powdery snow of Shiga Kogen, Japan's largest ski resort. Observe the world-famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani. Enjoy an included lunch and insights from your local guide.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Play around in the snow of the Japanese mountains
  • See the snow monkeys in their wintry habitat
  • Have Japanese lunch nearby the Snow Monkey Park
  • Go up to the ski resorts of the Shiga Highlands
  • Have fun sledging, snow-scooting, snow-biking, or riding a ski lift to go up to the mountain top
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The tour begins at JR Nagano Station at 9:00 AM, from where you'll quickly board the tour bus and be on your way toward the mountains of Shiga Kogen, Japan and Asia's largest and highest ski resort. Upon arrival, Shiga Kogen's proximity to the monkey park makes for the perfect opportunity to experience Nagano's fabled powder snow.  From there, stop for lunch at a nearby restaurant, Hotaru-tei. Housed in a traditional mansion, this popular local restaurant is the ideal location to enjoy a warm winter hotpot. Your guide will then lead you along the forest trail in the monkey park, where you'll be introduced to these curious creatures. As the only troop of monkeys in the world known to bathe in hot springs, the monkeys of Jigokudani have achieved global fame and observing them going about their monkey business is a real treat. Return to JR Nagano Station between 5:00 and 5:30 PM, depending on weather and road conditions. This tour is a snow-filled adventure which promises to leave a lasting impression. 
  • Transportation from Nagano Station to the Snow Monkey Park and to the Shiga Highlands Ski Resorts and back to Nagano Station
  • Entrance fee to the Snow Monkey Park
  • Lunch (vegetarian options are available)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Snow activity fees in the Shiga Highlands
  • Bullet train tickets
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Confirmation of your reservation will be sent to your email address within 48 hours after booking.
  • Children from 3 years old and up can join this tour. Rentals for small sizes are available as well.
  • Infants (3-5) are free of charge. (No tour meal is included. Please order foods directly to the restaurant.)
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4.7 /5

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The excursion was worth the day trip from Tokyo!

The drive up to the snow monkeys was interesting as I had never been to Nagano before, the walk to the snow monkeys was a beautiful walk, just make sure you have proper shoes for the half hour trek. Lots of monkeys out on the day. Lunch was exceptional, typical Japanese bento box style, something for everyone. The snow time play was the best! The guide we had was so great, he worked hard the whole time to make sure we were having fun, even gave my son some instruction on the equipment which made it more enjoyable for him. It was a great introduction to skiing in Japan and we will be back next year!

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January 2, 2019

Loved this tour. The guide was excellent. He was great with everyone and particularly with the younger kids and teenagers. Given that there isn't a lot of time available, he certainly gave our kids enough guidance to make their snow activities worthwhile and enjoyable. This tour was a great way to see the adorable snow monkeys and the Shiga Kogen ski area if you only have a few days in the region.

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December 30, 2018

El tour abarca lo suficiente para un día y todavía te da tiempo para visitar algo más de regreso a la ciudad. El guía que nos tocó, Sylvain, fue muy amable y nos explicó muchas cosas más fuera de las pertinentes al tour. La actividad en la nieve es muy divertida y hay distintos niveles de dificultas dependiendo de tu experiencia en la nieve, ellos mismos te rentan el equipo si es que no vamos preparados para el frío. La comida fue muy completa y de buen sabor y la visita al parque de los macacos fue lo mejor, nos tocó la suerte de ver a muchos de ellos y también verlos dentro del onsen, había muchas crías por lo época y son muy juguetones sin miedo a la gente.

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March 14, 2020

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