Nagano Day Tour: Zenko-ji Temple, Snow Monkeys, Sake Tasting

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Tour description

Take in some of the highlights of Nagano with this engaging tour; starting with the world-famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani, the only troop of monkeys known to bathe in hot springs, before making your way to Zenko-ji Temple – one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan, and concluding with sake tasting – a drink synonymous with Nagano. Led by an English-speaking guide and including lunch, this tour is a great way to glimpse the essence of the region in combination with your visit to the snow monkeys.

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuEstablished in 1964, Nagano's world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is home to the only troop of monkeys in the entire world known to bathe in hot springs. With no barriers between you and the monkeys (don't worry, they are very calm) this is a unique opportunity to observe these curious creatures in close proximity as the walk about you, wrestle with each other, endlessly groom, and of course, soak in their favorite hot spring! Your guide will introduce you to everything that makes them so unique and famous while giving you plenty of time to explore for yourself.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Zenko-ji Temple, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuAs one of the oldest, largest, and most important Buddhist temples in Japan, Zenko-ji is the spiritual heart of Nagano. A registered National Treasure, the temple's near-1400 year history is full of legend and myth which your guide will help you unlock as they guide you around the temple precinct followed by time to explore for yourself (time-permitting).Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Patio Daimon, Nagano, Nagano Prefecture, Koshinetsu, ChubuNagano is Japan's second largest producer of 'sake', meaning no trip to the region is complete without sampling some of the local breweries. Your guide will introduce to the complex and warm world of sake with a guided tasting - the perfect way to end your tour.Duration: 30 minutes

What's included

  • Transportation fee from Nagano to the Snow Monkey Park and between activities/attractions
  • Lunch (vegetarian and vegan options available, please try to let us know in advance)
  • Sake tasting
  • English-speaking accompanying staff
  • Entry/Admission - Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

What's not included

  • Bullet train tickets
  • Entrance fee to the attraction in Zenko-ji Temple


  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Save on admission to selected attractions
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Lunch included
  • Vegetarian meal option available