The Jigokudani Monkey Park is a fantastic place to visit during the winter months when the monkeys use the waters. A day tour is easily arranged as part of a ski or snowboard trip to Hakuba Ski Resort, also located in Nagano prefecture. The Hakuba Valley Lift Pass as well as equipment rental with Central Snowsports allows for 1-2 rest days on your pass to take a break from skiing and enable you to do the day trips guilt free, either at the beginning, middle or end of your stay in Hakuba.
The trip from Hakuba takes about one and a half hours including a rest stop en route. The bus journey itself is part of the appeal, rambling through the scenic mountainous area of traditional Nagano prefecture, as an English speaking guide explains the history of the local farmers and architecture. Upon arrival at the park, it is a 30 minute walk through the forest to where the monkeys reside. Following the monkey park, the tour includes a set lunch at a traditional sake brewery in the historic town of Obuse, followed by a trip to the famous Zenkoji Temple in Nagano city, before heading back to Hakuba.
SNOW MONKEY AND ZENKOJI TEMPLE DAY TOUR
A full-day group cultural tour from Hakuba visiting the world-famous Snow Monkey Hot Springs and Zenkoji Buddhist Temple, with traditional Japanese lunch at a sake brewery in the historic town of Obuse. This Hakuba day tour includes all transportation, English speaking guide, entry fee to Monkey Park, a traditional Japanese set-lunch, and visit to Zenkoji Temple in Nagano city. This tour is not to be missed!
2022-23 Operational dates: TBD
Tour runs daily from December through February except for 1st January. Tour runs every Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat in March
Tour departs: 08:00
Tour ends: 17:30
Lunch menu selection: Vegetarian, Fish, Beef – please select your meal preference when requesting to add the Snow Monkey Tour to your booking. Children’s lunch is set.
8:00 – Depart Rhythm Rentals Wadano
8:05 – Depart Happo Bus Terminal
8:10 – Depart Spicy Rentals Echoland
8:20 – Depart Hakuba Goryu Bus Stop
9:25 to 9:35 – Toilet Stop
10:00 – Arrive Kambayashi Onsen
10:00 to 10:30 – Hiking in to Monkey Hot Spring
10:30~11:30 – Monkey Hot Spring
12:00 – Depart Kambayashi Onsen
12:30 – Lunch at Obuse
15:00 – Arrive Zenkoji Temple
15:00 to 16:00 – Guided Tour of Zenkoji Temple
16:00 – Bus Departs Zenkoji Temple
17:30 – Arrive Rhythm Rentals Wadano