Nagano prefecture is widely known as the hometown of the Japanese Alps and the host of the Winter Olympics in 1998. This tour will take you to some of the highlights in the northern Read more [...]
Get transported all the way from Nagano Station to the world famous Snow Monkeys and have a wonderful afternoon as well at the historically important Zenko-ji Temple filled with history and urban legends.A great tour for all seasons, this is a one-day guided tour around the most famous attractions of Nagano City and Jigokudani or “Hell’s Valley”, home to the Snow Monkeys.You will take a scenic route to see the cutest monkeys in the world and afterwards experience the peaceful atmosphere of Zenkoji Temple, and the bustling Nakamise shopping street.
Your guide will meet you at Nagano Station at 8:45 am (the guide will be there by 8:30 am). From Nagano Station you and your guide will take public transport to the Snow Monkeys which are world-famous for their rare habit of soaking in the hot spring and living in the snow, these amazing macaques will let you get really close to them for some great photo opportunities. This experience will be unforgettable. After saying goodbye to the snow monkeys you will stroll back along the tranquil forest trail. Then you will have a delicious lunch at the restaurant nearby the trail exit before heading off to Zenko-ji Temple.
After lunch, you will return to Nagano Station again by public transport. From there you will take local bus to Zenkoji. Famous for being the first temple to hold a statue of Buddha, there is much history surrounding this more recent popular tourist destination. Zenkoji Temple has a special energy, and welcomes people of all faiths and religions. The temple grounds are beautiful and tranquil; there are hidden gems to explore, such as the dark tunnel which runs under the temple and is where you can gain enlightenment by finding the “Key To Paradise”.