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

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

    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, dependin...

    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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What people are saying about Shiga Kogen Ski Resort

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 9 reviews

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!

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.

Excellent value tour!

We felt well taken care of. Lunch was superb. There was clothing equipment rental for the unprepared. The timing of activities was excellent. We all had a fantastic time in our group!

Excellent one day Nagano tour.

Quick and easy booking. Reasonable price and value. Very courteous and helpful tour guide.

I had so much fun at Shiga Kogen thanks to our great tour guide!