Get a chance to see one of Japan's most photogenic animals, the Japanese macaque, with this winter-exclusive, one day tour of the Jigokutani Onsen. Commonly called "snow monkeys," these fascinating creatures spend most of their days either playing in the powdery snow in the area or soaking themselves in the hot springs, their red faces sticking out from the white snow. Begin the tour by meeting up with your tour group at Shinjuku Station's West Exit, then take the bus to Nagano Prefecture, near the Japanese Alps. Hop off the bus and enjoy a delicious sukiyaki lunch that's sure to warm you up and energize you for the forty-minute walk to the onsen, filled with sights of the stunning mountains. Once you're at the onsen, you're free to spend time watching the monkeys relax and take photographs, but remember not to feed them as they might get too excited! This will be the last stop of the tour if you're only visiting the onsen, but if you chose to stop by Zenkoji Temple, you'll get to spend an hour at one of the most popular temples of Japan before you head back to Shinjuku.
Map to Coccoon Tower