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Snow Monkey daytrip from Tokyo

Snow monkey tour from Tokyo
Snow Monkey Tokyo daytrip
Snow Monkeys Nagano

The Snow Monkeys in Nagano are probably the only monkeys in the world that take a dip in the onsen hot spring for warmth. They can be seen on a daytrip from Tokyo. We board the Shinkansen bullet train from either Tokyo or Ueno station for a comfortable ride of less than two hours and get off at Nagano or Iiyama station.

From there, a direct bus will take you to the foot of the mountains where the monkeys live.

Note that there is a 30-40 minute walk (one-way) from the bus stop, though most of it is through a flat path and not overly difficult.

If you have a Japan Rail Pass, or JR East Pass, they will both work for the train ride, though you will have to pay separately for the buses

*Iiyama-Snow Monkey Park ; 1,000 JPY

*Nagano-Snow Monkey Park; 1,400 JPY


40,000 JPY for a group of up to four.


Includes: Fully guided tour plus the transportation charges for the guide

*If you wish to use the Green Car (first class) and would like the guide to join, please pay an additional 3,090 yen one-way.  Or the guide can sit in non-reserved seat without a charge.


Not included: The transporation charges for you. Meals, admission fee (500 JPY) for the park.



10:52 Tokyo bullet train departure

12:44 Iiyama arrival
13:10 Iiyama bus departure
13:45 Snow monkey park bus arrival
16:15 Snow monkey park bus departure
17:10 Nagano arrival
17:46 Nagano departure
19:12 Tokyo arrival


Zenko-ji Main Hall

Optional - Visit to Zenko-ji Temple

For additional 5,000 JPY


A Buddhist temple dating back to the 7th century, the Main Hall is one of the largest wooden structures in the country. A large bell hanging next to the main hall signaled the start of the 1998 Winter Olympics.


The visit will take an additional 90-120 minutes to complete, with easy access by bus from the Nagano rail station.