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Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

  • Full-day private Nagano tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Visit the stunning Zenkoji Temple and the traditional town of Obuse
  • See Snow Monkeys in their natural habitat at the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park
From US$189.43
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This private tour will begin at Nagano Station (without transportation from original destination to Nagano). The tour guide will meet you at Nagano Station between 9 to 9:30 AM.
From US$189.43
Private tour (w/ Tokyo train)
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.
From US$351.80
Explore the magnificent temples and natural wonders of Nagano on a full-day tour and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the famous Zenkoji Temple and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy lunch (own expense) in Obuse Town, then soak in the hot springs at Shibu Onsen.
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, Fall and Winter seasons.
  • Spend a full-day in Nagano exploring the city and enjoying what this quaint town has to offer with an English-speaking tour guide in a private vehicle
  • 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. Once you enter the park, have some hot tea before spending time with 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 hometown of Japan's most famous artist and creator of the "Great Wave", Hokusai Katsushika. Enjoy lunch in the area (at your own expense) 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, as it stores the first Buddhist statue ever to be brought into Japan when Buddhism was first introduced in the 6th century. Learn about the temple and how the locals pray for good fortune.
  • As an option, at the end of the day, enjoy an onsen experience in Shibu Onsen (a hot spring resort that has 1,300 years of history). Step back in time while walking through this historic Onsen Town.

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)
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Reviewed yesterday
Highlight of Our Japan Visit

So Spectacular! Our guide, Ilhom took my husband and I on a private tour to see the snow monkeys. I was so surprised to find that the baby monkeys would run around our feet and the adults would pose for us to take cute family...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Laura L
Reviewed 12 November 2018
Such a good tour!

My husband and me were on this tour with our guide, Ms Weiwei and the experience was very positive. We were very pleased with the tour's schedule, greeting, given information about monkeys (even that unfortunately they decided not to appear this day) & Nagano area...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank Voyager58870790439
Reviewed 7 August 2018
Amazing Day!

We ( me and my husband) only had one day in Nagano and this tour was the perfect way to spend it. Our tour guide Fan was brilliant. She met us in the station and then accompanied us for the whole day. We were driven...More

Date of experience: July 2018
3  Thank kirstyjs2017
Reviewed 29 April 2018
Lovely day with beautiful sightseeing and very friendly guide

We had a lovely day! Our guide, Weiwei Fan, was waiting for us at the station and took us on a private tour to the Monkey park, the town Obuse, Sakura trees and the Zenkoji temple. Our guide was very friendly and taught us a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
5  Thank Pascal C
JapanAwaits, Guest Relations Manager at Japan Awaits, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

Thank you for your kind review, Pascal! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed this Nagano tour, and we hope to see you in Japan again in the near future! :)

Reviewed 16 April 2018
ONe of our best experiences in Japan

We had Ilhom as our tour guide in Nagano and he was simply fantastic. He took us to see the monkeys play, which was just adorable, but went above and beyond after, taking us to specialty shops that we would not have found on our...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank David_Sackett
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peter t
3 November 2018|
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Response from kirstyjs2017 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure as we did the tour from Nagano. However I can definitely recommend the Japan Rail hotel next to the station. Also I do know it is better when travelling on trains in Japan to be booked on a seat so I think if... More
9 August 2018|
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Response from kirstyjs2017 | Reviewed this property |
To go in the guides vehicle it is groups of 2 to 4. For groups of five or more you give this information when booking and a bigger hire vehicle is provided. I don’t know if there is an extra charge for this.
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