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1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano

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長野市, Japan

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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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
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

Departure Point

1: Nagano Station, Japan, 〒380-0921 長野県長野市大字栗田59
2: Yudanaka Station, Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai District, Nagano 381-0401, Japan
3: Shiga Highland Mountain Station, 7148 Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano 381-0401, Japan

Departure Time

9:35 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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:  
穂垂亭 HOTARU-TEI
Enjoy a warming winter's lunch in the beautiful surroundings of this 160 year old traditional mansion.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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 of winter months in Shiga-kogen Highlands is cold and can be minus 5 – 10 degree. Please be dressed in warm, waterproof clothing and boots for snow activities. There are rentals for snow outfits (snow jackets, pants, gloves, snow boots) available for ¥500 each. You can pay the fee to your guide on the spot.
  • Children from 3 years old and up can join this tour.
  • Infants (3-5) are free of charge. (No tour meal is included. Please order foods directly to the restaurant.)
  • There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case we will provide an alternative activity
  • Guests are required to follow the Snow Monkey Park rules at all times. Guests are not permitted to touch, hold, feed or bathe with the monkeys at any time. There are no barriers separating the monkeys from visitors to the park. Please ensure you keep a minimum distance of 1 to 2 meters between yourself and the monkeys. Your guide will explain the rules prior to entering the park.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The tour itinerary can be reversed and we may visit the ski resort in the morning followed by lunch and monkeys in the early afternoon, 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.
  • 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Machinovate Japan Ltd.

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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 Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano?
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 Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano?
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 Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano.

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Tour46551366689
, 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!!!
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THE. BEST. DAY!
Camper50025046766
, Jan 2019
This tour was amazing and great value! Guides were knowledgable and friendly. Could not recommend more!
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The snow monkey park was a fun and...
Kady Michelle 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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Our guides, Sjaak and Shinji, were...
Katie 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!

Product code: 9582P13

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