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.
• 8 hours
Enjoy tasting a variety of local food and saké in Takayama on this 2.5-hour tour. Visit local shops that you can’t find on your own to taste and learn about the culture and history related to them. A local guide will explain the culinary culture and history that developed in Takayama due to its isolated location. Explore the old town with an exotic atmosphere. Soak-up the daily lives of people in Takayama and discover the special fascination of the rural Japan.
• 2.5 hours
This full-day tour brings you to the snow monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park followed by lunch and snow fun activities. The snow fun part of the tour takes place in the mountainous area of Japan, Shiga Kogen - the biggest ski resort in Japan - and capture the highlights of the Japanese winter! Please note: this seasonal tour runs between December 22nd and January 10th.
• 10 hours
Enjoy a 2-day, 1 night trip in Nagano where you will spend one full day with an English-speaking guide with a private vehicle taking you around the city—enjoying attractions such as snow monkeys, the famous Zenkoji Temple and later relaxing at a traditional onsen (hot springs) and enjoying a traditional Japanese multi-course (kaiseki) dinner at a traditional Japanese ryokan (hotel).On the second day after checking out of the hotel, spend the free day snowboarding/ skiing or spend more time exploring the city on your own (without tour guide), or book one of the add-on second-day tours with us on the checkout page.
• 8 hours
Nagano prefecture is widely known as the hometown of the Japanese Alps and the host of the Winter Olympics in 1998. This tour will take you to some of the highlights in the northern part of the prefecture. You can take the tour anytime, but the most scenic views you can see during the winter when the snowy landscape creates an unforgettable experience! Don't miss a chance to visit one of the most famous mountain sightseeing spots in Japan. Enjoy seeing the only bathing snow monkeys in the world.
• 4 hours
Enjoy a full day 8-hour tour after getting picked up at the Nagano station or at your Hotel in Central Nagano. Travel with an English-speaking tour guide in a private vehicle taking you around the city. Immerse yourself in the city's culture and visit major Nagano attractions such as Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, the famous Zenkoji Temple, Chikuma River, Obuse Town, and relax in a traditional onsen/ hot spring (optional).
• 8 hours
This is a sake tasting activity for international travelers in English. You can learn what the difference is between different types of sake, how to make sake and how to pair food with sake. Through this activity, you will understand the basics of sake and be able to choose your favorite sake after joining the activity. The sake tasting is held in Kanoya restaurant, a cozy Japanese restaurant.
• 1 hour
Shirakawa-go is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site for being a village with houses made in the historical "gassho-zukuri" architecture (thatched roof house). This is an area where you can feel the magnificent nature and old lifestyle culture with Hirase-onsen where the onsen source comes from the foot of sacred mountain Hakusan. This private tour will help to make your trip an unforgettable one.
• 7 hours
This class is based on this idea of learning the way of life that locals lead and learning about the dishes that are specific to that region. This cooking class will allow you to feel how locals live by first escaping from the big city of Takayama to the rural Hida Furukawa. When you arrive, you will enter a local's house that will host your cooking class. You can learn how to make local food and ask questions about not only food but also locals' lives and culture.
• 3 hours
This tour takes you from JR Nagano Station to the world-famous Jigokudani snow monkeys and to some of the most beloved cherry blossom viewing spots in Nagano. Seeing the blooming cherry blossoms (called hanami in Japanese) is one of the most Japanese things one can do whilst being in the land of the rising sun. Located in the cooler, mountainous region of northern Nagano, cherry blossoms tend to bloom later in this region than those in cities like Tokyo or Kyoto. Every year, the blossoms normally come into bloom from middle of April. Nagano is not as famous as aforementioned cities but has many lovely places where you can see the brightly colored flowers. If you wish to get off the beaten track and see the wild monkeys & cherry blossoms on the same day, this tour is perfect for you.
• 8 hours