Snow Monkeys

Snow Monkeys information and booking

from
$1820
  • Duration
    5 days
    Days
  • Group size
    2-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Adventure touring
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 5 day trip
  • 1 night hotel
  • 3 nights traditional inn
Equipment Required
No specialist gear is required except for a comfortable pair of walking shoes and a day pack (a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Staying in traditional ryokans
  • Japan's famous snow monkeys
  • The old world charm of Obuse
  • A snow shoe hike in Togakushi

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The sight of wild Japanese Macaques or 'Snow Monkeys' taking a leisurely onsen surrounded by snowy steep cliffs is truly unforgettable. Other highlights include a visit to the historical town of Obuse and snow shoeing in Togakushi.

What's included

  • 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • A mix of comfortable hotels/traditional 'ryokan' inns on a twin share basis
  • Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Medical kit

Itinerary

Day 1 Bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano; travel to Yudanaka
Your tour leader will meet you at the Hirokouji exit of Ueno station at 08:00am. If you choose to stay at the Parkside Hotel pre tour accommodation, the guide will meet you at the foyer at 7.45am and walk you to the station. We then take the bullet train to Nagano (1.5hr) where the 1998 Winter Olympics were held. Normally Nagano is 5 - 10 degrees celsius colder than in Tokyo, so be sure to bring warm clothes. We first visit Zenkoji temple, a Buddhist temple constructed in 7th century. Nagano city itself was built around the temple and the locals are now strong believers of Buddhism. After a visit to Zenkoji, we will head to Yudanaka, a small but famous hot spring area where we will be staying tonight. Enjoy a traditional dinner served at the ryokan.
Day 2 Visit the famous Snow Monkeys
In the morning we go see the famous snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park, a hot spring paradise for monkeys (scientific name : Macaque Fuscata) set deep in the forest! We must walk about 30 min after getting off at the nearest bus stop. It may be snowing, so please bring waterproof shoes and pants. In the afternoon we will explore nearby charming Shibu Onsen or rest our legs in one of Yudanaka. Onsen’s foot spas
Day 3 Obuse town sightseeing
Today we visit the town of Obuse, known for woodblock prints by Hokusai, Japan’s famous Edo period woodblock print artist. We will visit the Hokusai Museum and admire some the artist’s great prints and also visit the Takai Kozan Memorial Hall, home of local tycoon Takai Kozan, a friend and supporter of Hokusai. Both are linked by the Kuri no Komichi, a small pathway paved with blocks of chestnut wood. The town itself has well preserved Japanese houses and shops which will take you back to Japan’s yesteryear. We will try Obuse’s local specialty – chestnut – in various forms and visit one of Obuse’s four sake breweries. If time permits, there are also a number of temples and art museums in Obuse worth a visit.
Day 4 Togakushi snow shoe hike
Today we will travel from the Yudanaka area to Togakushi Highland Ski Resort via Nagano. The journey on the bus from Nagano to Togakushi will take approx. 70min. Surrounded by high mountains, this is a popular destination for winter sports. We will enjoy a snow shoe hike through an amazing winter landscape with a local naturalist guide. This evening we stay at Togakushi and enjoy the local cuisine and a soak in hot spring waters
Day 5 Return to Toyko where trip concludes
We depart Nagano and head back to Tokyo this morning.Trip will conclude after arriving at Ueno station.