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1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano

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Enjoy fun winter activities and visit the famous Japanese snow monkeys during this full-day trip to the Shiga Kogen Highlands in Nagano. Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can observe wild macaques bathing in the area hot springs. After a warm, delicious lunch, you have time for sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters, and a lift ride up the 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) slope of a famous area ski resort.
Perfect for those short on time—explore the Nagano region in just one day
Observe the Japanese macaques bathing in the local hot springs at Jigokudani Monkey Park
Enjoy winter activities—snow sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters—at Japan’s biggest ski resort
Take in the views from the top of a 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) ski slope

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  • Keeping you safe during COVID-19
  • What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Safety precautions are provided by the tour operator and are not checked by Viator
  • for accuracy A note from this tour provider Any vehicles operated by Snow Monkey Resorts, will include a plastic partition in the vehicle that will totally separate the driver from the passengers. The driver will also wear a mask and gloves. More questions? +81 7028087899 Chat now


Itinerary 10 hours (Approx.)

Meet your group at a central location and travel by coach bus to the Jigokudani Monkey Park.

Take a walk down a forest trail, arriving at an area where you can observe the famous Japanese macaques that warm up by bathing in the area hot springs. Warm up and refuel with lunch at an area restaurant (included), then head to a ski resort in the Shiga Kogen Highlands. Known as one of the largest winter resorts in Japan, the area gained further publicity thanks to its hosting role for the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Spend a few hours having fun with some of the ski resort’s different activities which include snow sledding, snow bikes, and snow scooters. You also have time to ride the ski lift up to its highest point at 5,800-feet (1,900-meters), offering panoramic views of the greater Nagano region.
Return back to your original departure point to conclude the tour.

Stop At: Shiga Kogen Ski Area
You will be transported to the central area of Ichinose for a afternoon of snow fun, with an activity area sectioned-off for you to enjoy using snowscoots, snowdrives, and good old-fashioned sleds and tubes
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Admission Ticket Included

Stop At: 穂垂亭 HOTARU-TEI Enjoy a warming winter's lunch in the beautiful surroundings of this 160 year old traditional mansion.
Duration: 45 minutes Admission Ticket Free

Stop At: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park Meet these truly curious creatures and have time to enjoy the unique experience of observing them in close proximity
Duration: 2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Departure & Return Departure Point
1: Nagano Station, Japan, 〒380-0921 長野県長野市大字栗田59
2: Yudanaka Station, Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai District, Nagano 381-0401, Japan
3: Shiga Highland Mountain Station, 7148 Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano 381-0401, Japan
Departure Time 9:35 AM


  • Transportation from Nagano Station to the Snow Monkey Park and to Shiga-kogen Highlands Ski Resorts and back to Nagano Station.
  • Lunch (vegetarian options are available)
  • English-speaking guide
  • Snow activity fees in Shiga-kogen Highlands
  • Entrance fee to the Snow Monkey Park
  • Shinkansen/bullet train tickets
  • Rental boots (if required)
  • Rental clothing including snow jackets & pants (if required)
  • Additional snacks, food & drinks at Shiga Kogen


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Tour's Location

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Additional Info
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
The temperature of winter months in Shiga-kogen Highlands is cold and can be minus 5 – 10 degree. Please be dressed in warm, waterproof clothing and boots for snow activities. There are rentals for snow outfits (snow jackets, pants, gloves, snow boots) available for ¥500 each. You can pay the fee to your guide on the spot.
Children from 3 years old and up can join this tour.
Infants (3-5) are free of charge. (No tour meal is included. Please order foods directly to the restaurant.)
There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case we will provide an alternative activity
Guests are required to follow the Snow Monkey Park rules at all times. Guests are not permitted to touch, hold, feed or bathe with the monkeys at any time. There are no barriers separating the monkeys from visitors to the park. Please ensure you keep a minimum distance of 1 to 2 meters between yourself and the monkeys. Your guide will explain the rules prior to entering the park.

Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
The tour itinerary can be reversed and we may visit the ski resort in the morning followed by lunch and monkeys in the early afternoon, depending on weather and road conditions, and other factors on the day. We do so in an effort to provide guests the best possible experience on the day.
While unlikely, should weather or road conditions make it impossible to access Shiga Kogen, we would switch the activity to a visit to Zenko-ji Temple.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers Operated by KS TRAVEL CO., Ltd.


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