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Hakuba Snow Monkeys Tour

Visit the Snow Monkey Hot Springs & Zenko-Ji Temple with traditional Japanese lunch at the historic town of Obuse.

Snow Monkeys

The world famous Jigokudani wild monkey park is home to about 200 wild monkeys who spend their days soaking in the natural hot springs, keeping warm from the harsh winter.

The park was opened in 1964 and is considered to be the only place in the world to see snow monkeys bathing in the wild. The hike to the hot-springs takes approx. 30 minutes each way.

Departing from the monkey park we then make our way to the historic town of Obuse, home to the famous Japanese artist Hokusai and Masuichi Sake Brewery.

Lunch is a delicious set course traditional Japanese meal with a choice of main courses including dessert and glass of Sake.

The next stop is Nagano City home to Zenkoji Temple, designated a national treasure and has a history of over 1400 years.

It is one of Japan's most revered temples and houses the first image of Buddha brought to Japan in the 7th century.

The streets surrounding the temple are lined with lantern lit shops and tiered roofed stalls, souvenir shops and galleries. 

Snow Monkeys Tour

Operation Dates

  • EVERY Day - Dec 14th 2019 to Feb 29th 2020 (except Jan 1st )
  • EVERY Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - in March

Pick up Locations

  • Wadano – at Rhythm Rentals
  • Happo – at Happo Bus Terminal
  • Echoland – at Hakuba Base Camp
  • Goryu – at Goryu Bus Stop

Pick up locations

Bus Departure Times

Snow Monkeys Tour timetable

Second bus and Third bus will accept bookings once first or second bus is fully booked.

Customers can board the bus at Rhythm Rentals Wadano from 07:45 after the sign-in and processing.

Customers are requested to be at their selected bus departure location no later than 15 min. prior to the bus departure. (At Goryu bus stop please arrive 10 min. before bus departure)

Tour Schedule

  • 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

2019 / 20 Prices

Snow Monkeys Tour Pricelist

Tour is inclusive of all transportations to & from place of original pick up location, English speaking guide throughout duration of the tour, entry fee of Monkey Park, and set lunch menu as chosen by customer.

Any other expenses or access/entry to other areas whilst customer is on the tour are to be paid by the customer.

Zenko Ji Temple

What to Bring

The walk along the forest path to the Monkey Park takes approximately 30 minutes each way.

Make sure you have non-slippery shoes/ winter boots, warm clothing, gloves & beanie, as you are walking over snow and it can get VERY COLD.

Snow cleats and winter boots can be available at the monkey park souvenir shop.

Not Included in the Tour

Entry to the underground passage at the Zenkoji Temple, Entry To Hokusai Museum at Obuse


Lunch is at a Japanese restaurant in the historic town of Obuse. For the Japanese set menu, adults have the choice of Beef, Fish or Vegetarian.

Fuji apples and a sample of sake is also included for you to try some local taste.

Children’s meals are mixture of western and Japanese style set menu, vegetarian option is also available upon request.

Please inform any food allergies ahead of time and we will do our best to cater to them.

Minimum numbers of participants

17 passengers

*In case the minimum number of participants has not been reached by 5:00 p.m.one day before the tour date, the tour will be cancelled, and customers may choose refund or allocation to another date.

Cancelation Policy

If notice of cancellation is received 3 days or more prior to the tour date: No charge

If notice of cancellation is received 1-2 days prior or on the day of the tour (12am onwards) or no show: 100%

If you are ready to make a booking request, please fill out the booking request form below:

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