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Zenkoji and Snow Monkeys

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Zenkoji and Snow Monkey Tour

See the Snow Monkeys bathing in the hot springs

A popular hot springs resort, Yudanaka is famous for the Snow Monkeys that live in the area. A special outdoor bath was built for the monkeys, who have become one of the most photographed sights in Japan. Yudanaka also has many temples and historic buildings for you to explore.

Please Note: The best time to see the snow monkeys is during the winter (December-March). This is when the park and the surrounding area is at its most picturesque, covered in snow, and when the snow monkeys come down from the mountains for food and to warm up in the hot springs.

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YOUR TOUR ITINERARY

Zenkoji and Snow Monkeys

3 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Tokyo to Zenkoji

Catch a bullet train to Nagano, where you will be met and taken to Zenkoji Temple for a one night stay. After settling into your accommodation, you will be treated to a typical monk’s dinner.

  • Meals included: Dinner
DAY 2 Zenkoji to Obuse and Yudanaka

Travel to the charming town of Obuse, the final home of the famous Japanese artist Hokusai, for some sightseeing. Continue by train to Yudanaka and check in at the ryokan, where dinner will be served.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3 Snow Monkeys

After breakfast, take the bus from your accommodation to the Snow Monkey Park (Yaen Koen). Created in 1964, the park is a conservation area where the monkeys are free to do as they please, including bathing in onsens. Return to the station for your onward train journey.

  • Meals included: Breakfast

Please Note: The best time to see the snow monkeys is during the winter (December-March). This is when the park and the surrounding area is at its most picturesque, covered in snow, and when the snow monkeys come down from the mountains for food and to warm up in the hot springs.

Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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Sample Accommodation

4★ Issa no Komichi Biyu no Yado, Yudanaka

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What's included:
  • English speaking guide on arrival
  • 1 night temple lodging
  • 1 night Japanese room at ryokan
  • Return bullet train Tokyo – Nagano
  • Meals as specified
  • International flights
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance

Price from £999
(based on 2 sharing, excluding international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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