This exciting one-day tour combines a visit to the famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani with a morning of fun in the deep powder snow of Shiga Kogen – Japan’s largest ski resort! With lunch included and led by a locally-based, English-speaking guide, this tour follows a simple equation: snow monkeys + lots more snow = big fun in Shiga Kogen!
This tour has multiple meetup points in Nagano City along with Yudanaka, Shibu, and Kanbayashi Onsen. Your guide will have guests board the bus quickly on its way high into the mountains. As Japan’s largest and highest ski resort, Shiga Kogen’s proximity to the monkey park makes it the perfect destination to experience Nagano’s powder snow! You'll be transported to the ski fields of Maruike – one of Shiga Kogen’s many ski areas – for a morning of snow fun, with an activity area sectioned-off for you to enjoy using snowscoots, snowdrives, and good old-fashioned sleds and tubes. Suitable for the whole family, guests who get their confidence up have the option of heading up the nearest ski run accompanied by the guide, who will race you back to the bottom. While there, you’ll have time to have lunch at a nearby restaurant, looking onto the ski area. Your guide will provide you with a lunch coupon which can be used to select your lunch at the restaurant with options including katsu curry, katsudon, hamburger steak, pizza, sansai soba, and different types of udon. You'll have plenty to choose from to warm yourself up before heading out of the mountains and toward your next stop, Kanbayashi Onsen – home of the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Arriving at Kanbayashi around 14:15, your guide will lead you along the forest trail in the monkey park, where you’ll be introduced to these curious creatures. As the only troop of monkeys in the world known to bathe in hot springs, the monkeys of Jigokudani have reached global fame and observing them go about their monkey business – foraging, wrestling, grooming and of course, soaking in the hot spring – is a must see when in Nagano! You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy with the monkeys before heading out of the park and boarding the bus around 16:45. The tour concludes back at Nagano Station at around 17:30 with drop-off at Yudanaka Station (if required) along the way (please note, due to weather and road conditions in winter, tour end times cannot be guaranteed).