See the mischievous snow monkeys as they soak in the natural hot-spring pools in Nagano!
Nagano Zenkoji - Snow Monkey 3-day Package (NA002-NGN)
Nagano Zenkoji - Snow Monkey 3-day Package
Starting at 999.00 USD*
* Per person based on twin/double occupancy
Nagano, surrounded by high mountain peaks of the Japan Alps, is situated almost
the geographical center of Japan, which offers various activities for all season.
In this package, you'll visit Zenkoji - one of the most renowned Buddhist Temples
in Japan, and Obuse - historic and picturesque small town, while enjoying your
unique experience making your own Soba noodles in Togakushi village.
Soaking in a hot-spring bath at Yudanaka Onsen, the unspoiled hot-springs located
in secluded area, and visiting Jigokudani Yaen-Koen where you have a chance to see the mischievous snow monkeys as they soak in the natural hot-spring pools are
the highlights of your Nagano adventure that won't soon forget.
Togakushi is situated in the north of Nagano within the Joshinetsu National Park just a 45-minute drive from the city of Myoko or Nagano.
This volcanic area has an altitude of 1,200 meters, and is located at the foot of the two volcanoes, Togakushi and Iizuna.
The village nestles amongst 900 year old cedars, and is not only a beautiful place to visit but it's famous for the village of Togakure which some consider to be the birthplace of a school of ninjutsu founded eight hundred years ago.
Togakushi Soba Museum
Togakushi village is also famous for it's soba (buckwheat noodles) production throughout Japan, which come in a variety of sizes.
It started its history there as sustenance for monks during their severely austere religious training; these monks ate soba powder dissolved in water, or took grilled soba powder into the mountains when they went for training.
Here in the Togakushi Soba Museum, you can learn the history and its nutritional value of Soba noodles, as well as making your own buckwheat soba noodles under the guidance of a master chef to enjoy your very own soba for lunch.
Zenkoji is one of the most magnificent temples in Japan, which was believed to have been founded in the mid-7th century, so its history spans 1,400 years. It consists of 39 buildings including Dai-hongan and Dai-kanjin, with grounds measuring 59,000 square meters.
The temple is open to everyone regardless of their Buddhist denomination, and it is believed that a visit there once in a lifetime will ensure passage into the Land of Happiness.
The temple has grown on the basis of this popular belief from ancient times, and is bustling with visitors even today.
Obuse is a small town located 20 km northeast of Nagano. During the Edo period, the town prospered as a center of trade in Kita-Shinano (Northern Nagano) area, and was even called the small Kyoto of Shinshu.
Nowadays, the town is famous among tourists for its sweet chestnuts, wines, sake breweries, and museums, where you can reach most of the sites within easy walking distance.
The center of the town features the Hokusai-kan museum, the Masuichi-Ichimura sake brewery, and the Takai Kozan Memorial Hall as major sightseeing spots in Obuse with its sophisticated atmosphere.
Yudanaka-onsen, loved by Kobayashi Issa (regarded as the greatest haiku poet), has a long history of approximately 1,350 years.
It is a unique hot-spring village that has springs close to the ground surface, which can be found everywhere in town.
Many shrines are also spotted here, and each one preserves and treasures "stones" demonstrating the ancient history of Japan.
After taking a bath, you can relax your soul and body while strolling through the village.
Jigokudani Yaen-koen (Snow Monkey Park)
Jigokudani Yaen-koen, home of the world-famous "snow monkeys," is situated in the valley of the Yokoyu River, just 2.5 miles upriver from Yudanaka hot-springs.
About 200 Japanese Macaque monkeys inhabit the area, and despite the harsh conditions (snow-covered for one-third of the year) and the rough cliffs and hot-springs bursting from the ground (hence the Jigokudani “Hell’s Valley” name,) the area is paradise for the monkeys.
Here you have a chance to watch closely the monkeys enjoying bathing in hot-spring pools as it appears blissfully relaxed just like what we humans do while indulging in the hot-springs.
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