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Facilities are spread the length of the valley, close to the various ski areas, with popular Happō and the Hakuba Station area around mid-valley.

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$184.26 Cultural & Theme Tours


The tour begins with pick-up at two alternative points - Hakuba's Happo Bus Terminal at 11:45 or JR Nagano Station at 13:00*. Your guide will greet guests at both pick-up points and then hit the road, heading toward Yamanouchi - home to the only hot spring bathing monkeys in the world!Arriving in the monkey park area at 14:00, your guide will lead you along the forest trail to the park and introduce you to these truly unique creatures. Your guide will explain the history and importance of the park and provide you time to enjoy the experience of observing the snow monkeys in close proximityYour visit to the monkey park is followed by an early dinner at a nearby restaurant, where your guide will explain your options and is always happy to discuss Nagano’s renowned food culture.It's then time to head to nearby Nozawa Onsen where you'll witness one of Japan's three great fire festivals. As the village servicing one of Nagano's most popular ski resorts, Nozawa is always lively with a multitude of hot springs and foot baths to use for free. The atmosphere in the town is cheerful, with most villagers having imbibed their fair share of sake and other drinks to purify themselves in readiness for the festival!Preparations start at 19:00, with singing, drumming, fireworks and more. Then it's time for the main event! The town converges on a wooden shrine, defended by men the ages of 25 and 42, said to be in unlucky years, while other villagers storm the structure with flaming bales of hay intent on its destruction. Fueled by tradition, bravado, and booze, the battle takes place with embers falling over the crowd. After the gods have been deemed happy and ready to bless the villagers with good luck, a bountiful harvest, and happiness, the shrine is set on fire at 22:00.At 22:15, meet-up with your guide at the designated meeting point, board the transport, and make your way back to first JR Nagano Station followed by Hakuba.*Please refer to Important Info - Additional Info for how to nominate your preferred pick-up/drop-off pointItinerary:11:45 Pick-up at Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal13:00 Pick-up at the JR Nagano Station Information Board across from the Shinkansen ticket gates14:00 Arrival at the trail entrance to the monkey park from where you'll start walking along the forest trail to the park itself15:30 Having spent time observing the monkeys, depart the park and walk back to the tour vehicle 16:30 Dinner at nearby restaurant18:15 Arrival at Nozawa Onsen19:00 Early festivities begin with the main events from 20:00 to 22:0022:00 Meet with your guide at 22:15 and depart Nozawa23:30 Arrive Nagano Station followed by Hakuba at 0:45. Multiple drop-off points will be arranged in Hakuba for the convenience of guests