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Snow Monkeys

The sight of wild Japanese Macaques or 'Snow Monkeys' taking a leisurely soak in an onsen surrounded by snowy steep cliffs is truly an unforgettable sight. On this journey, you will be accommodated in traditional style inns surrounded by inviting hot spring pools. Other highlights include a visit to the historical town of Obuse to experience Japan's famous Edo period woodblock prints in the Hokusai's museum. You will learn the art of snow shing as you hike through an amazing winter landscape with a local naturalist guide in Togakushi. Saki breweries, roasted chestnut vendors and temples that are set amongst beautiful forests are what the Nagano area is famous for.

Inclusions

4 breakfasts and 4 dinners
A mix of comfortable hotels/traditional 'ryokan' inns on a twin share basis
Sightseeing and entry fees as listed in itinerary
Expert bilingual guide
Medical kit
Transportation as listed in itinerary
Use of snowshoes on day 4
Hightlights
Experience staying in traditional ryokans
See Japan's famous snow monkeys
Enjoy the old world charm of Obuse
Experience an exhilarating snow shoe hike in Togakushi
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
5
Price From
AUD $3,560
Start Location
Tokyo, Japan
End Location
Japan
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
2 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
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01 Nov 201905 Nov 2019AvailableAUD $3,560
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ItineraryExpand
Day 1
Your tour leader will meet you at the Hirokouji exit of Ueno station at 08:00am. If you choose to stay at the Parkside Hotel pre tour accommodation, the guide will meet you at the foyer at 7.45am and walk you to the station. We then take the bullet train to Nagano (1.5hr) where the 1998 Winter Olympics were held. Normally Nagano is 5 - 10 degrees celsius colder than in Tokyo, so be sure to bring warm clothes. We first visit Zenkoji temple, a Buddhist temple constructed in 7th century. Nagano city itself was built around the temple and the locals are now strong believers of Buddhism. After a visit to Zenkoji, we will head to Yudanaka, a small but famous hot spring area where we will be staying tonight. Enjoy a traditional dinner served at your accommodation. Overnight: Yorozuya Yurakukan
Day 2
In the morning we see the famous snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park, a hot spring paradise for monkeys (scientific name : Macaque Fuscata) set deep in the forest! We must walk about 30 min after getting off at the nearest bus stop. It may be snowing, so please bring waterproof shs and pants. In the afternoon we will explore the nearby and charming Shibu to rest our legs in one of the Yudanaka Onsen’s foot spas. Overnight: Yorozuya Yurakukan
Day 3
Today we visit the town of Obuse, known for woodblock prints by Hokusai, Japan’s famous Edo period woodblock print artist. We will visit the Hokusai Museum and admire some the artist’s great prints and also visit the Takai Kozan Memorial Hall, home of local tycoon Takai Kozan, a friend and supporter of Hokusai. Both are linked by the Kuri no Komichi, a small pathway paved with blocks of chestnut wood. The town itself has well preserved Japanese houses and shops which will take you back to Japan’s yesteryear. We will try Obuse’s local specialty – chestnut – in various forms and visit one of Obuse’s four sake breweries. If time permits, there are also a number of temples and art museums in Obuse worth a visit. Overnight: Yorozuya Yurakukan
Day 4
Today we will travel from the Yudanaka area to Togakushi Highland Ski Resort via Nagano. The journey on the bus from Nagano to Togakushi will take approx. 70min. Surrounded by high mountains, this is a popular destination for winter sports. We will enjoy a snow sh hike through an amazing winter landscape with a local naturalist guide. This evening we stay at Togakushi and enjoy the local cuisine and a soak in hot more spring waters. Overnight: Pension Azelia
Day 5
We depart Nagano and head back to Tokyo this morning. The trip will conclude today after arriving at Ueno station.