2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano to Takayama via Matsumoto

Situated between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, the mountainous of region of Nagano is the literal heart of Japan and a road less travelled by many international visitors. This tour combines some of the region’s most iconic destinations – including the world-famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani, the 1400-year old Zenko-ji Temple, Matsumoto Castle, and the historic old town of Takayama – with the unforgettable experience of being driven through Japan’s Northern Alps, a place of high mountain peaks and rarefied beauty. With English-speaking guide, lunch, and full-service accommodation on Day 1 followed by hotel pick-up and transport to Matsumoto and Takayama, including hotel drop-off, on Day 2, this tour captures the history and beauty of central Japan with the convenience and comfort of one easy package.
* Duration: 2 days
* Starts: 長野市, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




Situated between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, the mountainous of region of Nagano is the literal heart of Japan and a road less travelled by many international visitors. This tour combines some of the region’s most iconic destinations – including the world-famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani, the 1400-year old Zenko-ji Temple, Matsumoto Castle, and the historic old town of Takayama – with the unforgettable experience of being driven through Japan’s Northern Alps, a place of high mountain peaks and rarefied beauty. With English-speaking guide, lunch, and full-service accommodation on Day 1 followed by hotel pick-up and transport to Matsumoto and Takayama, including hotel drop-off, on Day 2, this tour captures the history and beauty of central Japan with the convenience and comfort of one easy package.

Itinerary

Day 1: Zenkoji Temple – Snow Monkey Park

Stop At: Zenko-ji Temple, I-491 Motoyoshicho, Nagano 380-0851 Nagano Prefecture
Explore Zenko-ji – a National Treasure and one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in Japan
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, 6845 Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401 Nagano Prefecture
Visit the world-famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani and learn all about what makes them so unique

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Hotel in Nagano City including Western-style bedding and private bathroom.

Day 2: Matsumoto Castle – Takayama

Stop At: Matsumoto Castle, 4-1 Marunouchi, Matsumoto 390-0873 Nagano Prefecture
Visit iconic Matsumoto Castle – a National Treasure and one the last remaining original castles in Japan

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Ishii Miso, 1-8-1 Uzuhashi, Matsumoto 390-0813 Nagano Prefecture
One of Nagano’s oldest and most acclaimed miso producers – followed by a quick tour of he brewery itself
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Takayama Jinya, 1-5 Hachikemmachi, Takayama 506-0012 Gifu Prefecture
Make your way to Takayama through the beautiful Northern Alps. Your driver will stop along the way for a break and to allow you to soak in the alpine atmosphere.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.