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Explore Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park with a Knowledgeable Local Guide

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Yamanochi, Japan
Explore Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park with a Knowledgeable Local Guide

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Japan’s Nagano prefecture is widely regarded as the country’s winter capital, due to its snowy landscapes and premium ski spots. Visit one of Japan’s most famous winter spots on a 3.5-hour tour of Jigokudani Monkey Park from Shimotakai-gun. Marvel at red-faced Japanese macaques as they bathe in steaming ‘onsen’ (hot springs) and follow walking trails rife with flora and fauna.
  • 3.5-hour tour of Jigokudani Monkey Park from Shimotakai-gun
  • Escape the city and explore one of Japan's most famous winter spots
  • Marvel at furry Japanese macaques as they bathe in steaming onsen
  • Follow walking trails surrounded by local flora and fauna
  • Sample sake and beer manufactured at a local brewery
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people
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Departure Point

Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai District, Nagano 381-0401, Japan

The guide will waiting for you at the ticket gate of Yudanaka station.

Departure Time

12:55 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your tour begins outside the ticket gate at Yudanaka station at 1pm, when you’ll greet your guide and complete the short journey to Jigokudani Monkey Park.

On arrival, you’ll follow a walking trail and learn about local flora and fauna from your guide. Observe the red-faced, fur-covered Japanese macaques (aka snow monkeys) as they bathe in the steaming waters of natural hot springs.
Stop At:  
Yudanaka Station Tourist Information Center
The tour starts from this station.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Yudanaka Station Tourist Information Center
This tourist information center is pretty small, but interesting and has quite good information for tourists. You can take a map or brochure for free.
Stop At:  
Jigokudani Funsen
Jigokudani Fountain is blowing high. Jigokudani means Hell Valley in Japanese, Jigokudani Fountain is designated as a national natural monument. The hot spring that gushes from the bottom of the river is a natural fountain that can be up to 20 meters high. It’s dynamic landscape is also great!
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Located in the Yokoyu River Valley at an altitude of 850m, the Jigokudani Yaen Koen is known as "Hell Valley" due to the steep cliffs and steam emitting from the springs. It's buried in snow for a third of the year but is a paradise for the monkeys of Nagano area as they enjoy bathing in the hot springs to warm up.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Shibu Onsen
Shibu Onsen is a historic and attractive hot spring town in Yamanouchi, which has retained a traditional atmosphere. Nestled in a small valley, Shibu Onsen is spread out on a gentle slope beside the Yokoyugawa River, with Yudanaka Onsen located below and the Jigokudani Monkey Park above.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please join us wearing shoes that are easy to walk in and do not bring heavy baggage because you will walk the mountain paths
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Trip Designer Inc.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Our guide was delightful, she was...
Leslie F
, Jul 2017
Our guide was delightful, she was very informative and her English is excellent. We really enjoyed the stroll through the trees where the clear water gushed alongside, very refreshing but the monkeys stole the show, there were so many of them just going about their business as if they hadn't even seen us. We saw several youngsters and really cute babies. We'll certainly remember our visit and would highly recommend it.
We found the overall experience to...
Rachel F
, Jul 2017
We found the overall experience to be just 'okay'. We thought this tour, would be all inclusive. To be clear, you are paying all that money just to have someone walk with you. When you get off the train, you pay for your bus ticket, you pay for your park entry, you pay for your meal. I was under the impression that the tour had a rest stop, or office to put your things, or some kind of behind the scene experience. It was not, literally someone just accompanies you from the train station to the park. I mentioned this to the guide and she said that it says it's not inclusive in the fine print. I went back and re-read everything and could not find where it said that. Travelers could easily do this themselves with no requirement for a guide. The tour seemed extremely rushed trying to make it back to the train station in time, which ended up being extremely stressful with 2 children. However, our guide was very friendly and so accommodating. She did a great job leading us around and answering our questions. She was even generous enough to give me a pair of her socks when mine had gotten wet. There is no question, that she was perfect. It was obvious that she was just doing what her boss had instructed her to do. It was a totally mediocre experience.
Michiko is a wonderful guide. She...
Jerry H
, Apr 2017
Michiko is a wonderful guide. She took us on a great tour of the Snow Monkey park in Jigokudani, helped us with the transportation and made us feel more like friends than just clients. We saw many monkeys up close - even within a foot or two or our legs. They are not at all afraid of humans. In addition to the pictures we took, Michiko took some of us and send us links to them. That was very thoughtful. We enjoyed the Sake tasting and the hot foot baths at the end of the tour. It was well worth the trip from Tokyo.
Michiko was super nice and it was...
Heidi G
, Feb 2017
Michiko was super nice and it was nice to have a guide take us to the monkey park. We were the only people on the tour which was great because we didn't have to wait for anyone else. I think this tour is best for people who are very new to Japan or not so frequent travellers, avid travellers can figure out this tour on their own with some online research. The cost doesn't include the entry into the park or the bus fare so keep that in mind. The monkey park itself it truly fantastic, the only thing that knocks a star is that I wish we had more time to take photos, 30 minutes went by so fast considering it takes about 45 minutes to walk there and another 45 to get back. The walk is beautiful though especially if it's been snowing lately, I would recommend snow boots if you have them as it can get icy and muddy, but I wore addidas and was fine too.
I have traveled the world from...
, Oct 2016
I have traveled the world from China, Egypt, Prague, Italy, Cuba and I have to say that visiting the Nagano Snow Monkey Park, with your guide Takeshi, was one of the most fabulous experiences of my life. I hope to return in the winter someday!
Truly Exceptional. That's the...
Anurag G
, Mar 2016
Truly Exceptional. That's the only sentence to describe the place. I arrived by train and my local guide was right there. She planned the trip so well that we did not waste a minute and I really enjoyed being at the park with Snow Monkeys. Although, there was no snow and wasn't too cold for monkeys to bath in the hot water pool but we saw monkeys real close. I got a chance to take a lot of pictures and videos of monkeys in their natural habitat. Also, a selfie with monkey . I like the way that they did not modernize the place to be tourist friendly but it is monkey friendly. One caution, if you do not like walking then this tour is not for you. To see the monkeys you'll have to walk over a mile one way then back same distance. So prepare to walk. Also, make sure to have rubber boots or hiking boots as it becomes muddy during wet days and if it snowed previous night it would be slippery as well. After our visit to the park we walked to local Sake factory, which offers tasting their own creation of Sake in various varieties. I liked unfiltered one and bought couple of bottles for gifting back home. Lastly, I would like to give 5 star rating to my guide who was very knowledgeable and very active and the funny thing is, I was the only member in the group so she acted like my personal guide o.

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