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Nagano Private Two Day Tour with Guide, Private Vehicle and Overnight at Ryokan

Highlights
  • Save time and visit multiple dispersed sites in a private vehicle
  • Experience Japanese traditional accommodation—stay overnight in a Ryokan
  • See many Nagano highlights such as snow monkeys, and Zenkoji Temple
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Nagano Private Two Day Tour with Guide, Private Vehicle and Overnight at Ryokan
From US$106.20
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Private (Nagano) w/ 3* HotelMost Popular
Private tour begins at Nagano Station (without transportation from original destination to Nagano). Tour guide will meet you at Nagano Station between 9 to 9:30 AM. Overnight stay at 3* ryokan.
From US$295.52
Private (from Tokyo) 3* Hotel
Private tour also includes round-trip bullet train from Tokyo (must be booked 2 weeks from tour date). The tour guide will meet you at Nagano Station between 9 to 9:30 AM. Overnight stay at 3* ryokan.
From US$489.46
Add-on 2nd day Matsumoto
For second day, guests will have an 10-hour full-day private tour to Matsumoto with tour guide in private vehicle.
From US$272.43
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Overview
Discover Nagano’s many highlights on this private two day tour. Save time planning transport, as a driver and private vehicle is included. You’ll have a guide to show you around on the first day, and then free time to explore on the second day. Overnight stay in a Japanese Ryokan, entrance fees to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Zenko-ji Temple, and a private onsen experience is included, making it the ultimate hassle-free tour.
What to Expect
Nagano City is well-known for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympic Games and while some of the former Olympic facilities can still be viewed in Nagano, the city has since evolved as a temple town revolving around the famous Zenkoji Temple, and is most visited during the Spring Season (for cherry blossoms), the Fall Season (for autumn foliage) and the Winter Season (for winter activities and for seeing the snow monkeys).
On this tour, spend two days in Nagano exploring the city and enjoying what this quaint town has to offer. Your English-speaking tour guide will pick you up with a private vehicle at Nagano Train Station by 9:30 AM. On the route to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy the beautiful scenery and landscape of the Chikuma River, where you may also try local miso soup and see how local people eat in the area. 
Before arriving at the entrance of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy a 30 - 40 minute leisurely stroll through the forest path, where the guide will provide you with interesting facts about the snow monkeys and the park along the way. Once you enter the park, have some hot tea while observing the snow monkeys, many of which are bathing in the hot springs (onsen) to keep warm, especially during the cool months of autumn and winter. After an exciting morning at the park, visit Obuse Town (which is most well-known for being the home town of Japan's most famous artist and creator of the "Great Wave", Hokusai Katsushika), enjoy lunch in the area before walking around to explore the shops and try sake tasting.
After a day at Obuse Town, head to Zenko-ji Temple (one of the most important and popular temples in Japan). Learn about the temple and how the locals pray for good fortune before heading to your traditional Japanese hotel (ryokan) for the night. Just before your scrumptious traditional Japanese multi-course (kaiseki) dinner at the hotel, bid farewell to your tour guide (as you will have a free day to explore without the tour guide on the second day).
Relax in a traditional onsen (hot spring) in the area of your hotel just before heading to bed and getting a good night's sleep. In the morning, enjoy a traditional Japanese breakfast before checking out of your hotel and spend your free day (without the tour guide) further exploring the city or snowboarding/ skiing (highly recommended) in one of the nearby resorts. For those who would like to explore neighboring areas such as Matsumoto Castle, Kamikochi, Hakuba, or other neighboring areas with a tour guide and private vehicle, the option is available as an add-on (additional cost) at booking. 
Seasonal Recommendations for This Tour:
Spring Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing: Mid-April to Early-May
Autumn Foliage (Koyo) Viewing: Early-September to Late-November
Winter Festivities: Early-December to Late-March
Reviews (17)
1 - 5 of 12 reviews
Reviewed 16 January 2019
This tour was the best thing we did on our trip to Japan.

While in Japan, we planned to first visit Nagano to commune with the Snow Monkeys (something that had been on my bucket list since I saw them on the cover of Life Magazine in 1970)... but we also wanted to make it to an area...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank kwelld0ne
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile
Enjoying Nagano

Nice walked up the mountain to meet the snow monkey. Great surrounding, and the monkeys were minding their own business while the tourists gathered to snap pictures and we enjoyed the serenity of the forest with the pockets of onsen. The food in the designated...More

1  Thank wee_12
Reviewed 29 December 2018
Amazing tour! An absolute highlight.

We were very impressed with this tour with Ilhom. The monkeys as you can see were perfect! And a definite highlight of our trip so far. We also explored some local spots in Nagano, including a lovely little restaurant that hand-made traditional Japanese dumplings, and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nicky M
Reviewed 7 December 2018
Excellent tour and Ryokan stay ( BUT its not a 2 day tour!)

Best said with our feedback to Viatour: "Hello I just wanted to give you feedback on the tour below we did recently with Japan Awaits. Our guide was fantastic and we really enjoyed the day tour – all aspects. Our guide was very knowledgeable and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank PaulArch2013
Reviewed 29 November 2018
Fascinating tour with a great guide

We had a wonderful time on this tour with Ilhom as our guide. All the parts of the tour that are mentioned as included were great and as advertised. We had a great experience seeing the monkeys and even caught one bathing, despite the milder...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank botisa18
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