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Snow Monkeys Day Tour

Zenkoji Temple & Jigokudani Monkey Park by high speed rail

Tokyo 78 Booked

Watch the snow monkeys of Japan huddle together and bathe by the Nagano hot springs to keep themselves warm during the winter on a private day trip from Tokyo

  • Experience the comfort, convenience, and fast-pace of the high speed rail to Nagono
  • Explore the Zenkoji Temple which stores the first Buddhist statue ever to be brought into Japan
  • Come close to the snow monkeys in their natural habitat at Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Watch as the cute monkeys descend from the forest and sit in the warm waters of the hot springs
  • Meet your English speaking guide at the station for a personal and informative day tour
What We Love:

Meet the Japanese macaques - more commonly known as snow monkeys - native to Japan in this up close and personal tour! When you arrive at the Tokyo Station you will be greeted by a professional and informative guide who will be with you throughout the whole day. Tour the Zenkoji Temple - a non-denominational temple with over 1,400 years of history built before Buddhism came to Japan. Enjoy a local cuisine lunch on the shopping street outside of the temple. After lunch, explore the Jigokudani Monkey Park where the popular Nagano hot springs are located. Watch and get up close to snow monkeys as they relax by the hot springs. Make sure to have your camera ready, the cute snow monkeys give you a great photo opportunity!

Activity Details

11 Hours



Meet Up

24 Hours



  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email

Inclusive Of:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Other admission fees and transportation costs included in the tour

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Drinks


  • 7:50am - 8:30am Gather at Tokyo Station and depart from Tokyo Station to Nagano Station via Nagano Shinkansen (110 min)
  • 9:35am Arrive at Nagano Station (If you select package of NAGANO round-trip)
  • 9:10am - 10:00am Arrive at Nagano Station. Meet with the interpreter guide and participants on the "From Nagano" tour at Nagano Station.
  • 10:00am Depart from Nagano Station and head for Zenko-ji Daimon
  • Sightseeing and Lunch at Zenko-ji Temple (60 min)
  • Depart from Zenkoji Station and head to Jigokudani Monkey Park via train,taxi and walk (105 min)
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park (50 min)
  • Depart from Jigokudani Monkey Park and head to Nagano Station via train,taxi and walk (105 min)
  • 4:30pm Depart from Nagano Station and head to Tokyo Station via Shinkansen (110 min) Guide service ends at this point.
  • 6:30pm - 7:00pm Arrive at Tokyo Station

Snow Monkey Precautions:

  • Please don't get too close to the snow monkeys
  • Don't provoke the snow monkeys by looking directly into their eyes
  • Don't touch the snow monkeys so that they remain calm and won't attack you in order to protect themselves
  • Don't feed the snow moneys or let them see any food you bring with you

Additional Information:

  • If the minimum number of participants (2) is not met by 3 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.
  • Please refer to the final itinerary and your tickets for train car numbers and times. The final itinerary will be sent to your accommodations by the day before your departure.
  • If the address for the tickets and final itinerary to be sent to changes after booking, please inform us at least 10 days prior to the tour departure date
  • You may not exchange the Shinkansen tickets for tickets of other trains. Please board the designated Shinkansen.
  • If you must cancel your tour after receiving the Shinkansen tickets, please send the tickets back to the Sunrise Center.
  • The round-trip course from Nagano is recommended for those with a JR Pass.
  • An English-speaking interpreter-guide will accompany the tour from arrival at JR Nagano Station until tour ends at JR Nagano Station.
  • As the space is limited in the Shinkansen, trains and buses, please leave large luggage such as suitcases at your hotel on the day prior to the tour.
  • Times and routes in the itinerary may be changed due to timetable adjustments for Shinkansen, trains, and buses.
  • As public transportation will be used in Nagano Prefecture, seating on trains and buses is non-reserved. Seating is not guaranteed.
  • The meal for lunch includes soba (buckwheat) noodles, a Nagano specialty. As traces of buckwheat flour may be present in the entire shop, those with buckwheat allergy may be unable to enter.
  • A JPY 250 admission fee to Jigokudani Monkey Park is required separately for each 5-year-old child on this tour. Please pay in cash at the location.
  • The behavior of wild monkeys is unpredictable. The park will be closed to visitors in case the monkeys do not come down to the park from the mountains. In this case, the tour will be cancelled. Thank you for your understanding.

Insider Tips:

  • The walking path from Kanbayashi Onsen-guchi to Jigokudani Monkey Park (1.6 km one-way, about 30 min on foot) may be frozen and slippery if there is snow. Please wear winter boots or other non-slip footwear.

How To Use

  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the date and time specified


  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 8 days prior to the activity
  • Refunds will not be issued for no shows or late arrivals

Reviews (1)


The tour guide was friendly. We missed the bullet train and became late for the tour but we got instructions from the JTB of how to meet up with the tour guide.

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