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SNOW MONKEY ESSENTIALS

Trip Includes

  • 3 nights accommodation at 4 star ryokan

  • All meals

  • All activities, guiding, entrance fees, rental equipment and transportation within tour

Trip Excludes

  • Airfare to/from Japan

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Travel insurance, medical coverage, etc.

  • Transportation to/from Yudanaka Station

trip type

Group Tour

or

Private Tour

dates

activities

Snowshoeing

Hiking

Snow Monkeys

Soba Making

and more...

location

Nagano

ITINERARY

Day 1: Saturday, February 16th

Shibu Onsen

This morning, Daniel will meet you at Nagano Station at the time of your arrival. We go from here to Zenkoji Temple, a beautiful zen buddhist temple located in the heart of the city and have lunch. We drive 45 minutes to Yamanouchi after lunch, stopping on the way for apple tasting in an area known for its fruit. You will have some time in the afternoon to walk around the 1300-year old hot spring village, before we have a kaiseki (banquet) style dinner in our traditional Japanese inn. A hot spring bath at the end of the day caps it all off.

*Note: Japanese style accommodation means sleeping on a comfortable futon mattress laid on top of a tatami mat floor. All the rooms will have showers but this inn has hot springs if you want to try soaking in them.

Hotel: Sakaeya Ryokan
Contact: +81 269-33-2531
Website: http://www.e-sakaeya.jp/
Facilities: Japanese-style Accommodation

 

Day 2: Sunday, February 17th

Snow Monkeys, Soba Making, Sake Tasting

This morning we drive 5 minutes to the world famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani. The walk is 30 minutes through a mostly flat, though sometimes slippery forest trail. We go from the snow monkeys to a traditional Japanese farmhouse, where we make our own soba noodles that we eat for lunch. In the afternoon, we visit a 200+ year old sake brewery where we learn about the sake making process and try different varieties. Their line of craft beers is also on the menu! We return to the ryokan for a rest before going out to a mom and pop restaurant for dinner.

Hotel: Sakaeya Ryokan
Contact: +81 269-33-2531
Website: http://www.e-sakaeya.jp/
Facilities: Japanese-style Accommodation

 

Day 3: Monday, February 18th

Snowshoeing, Mountain Onsen

This morning we drive 45 minutes to Lake Hokuryuko, a beautiful lake/shrine area near Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort. Here, we snowshoe around the lake and into the beautiful cedar lined avenue leading up to Kosuge Shrine. We eat lunch at Satowa Cafe, a farm to table farmers market serving up some of the local produce. The afternoon features a beautiful mountain hot spring onsen with picturesque vistas. If you would like, we can go for a final activity of making washi paper in the late afternoon, before going out to dinner in a local sushi restaurant.

Hotel: Sakaeya Ryokan
Contact: +81 269-33-2531
Website: http://www.e-sakaeya.jp/
Facilities: Japanese-style Accommodation

 

Day 4: Tuesday, February 19th

Departure

After breakfast, Daniel will help you get on the train for Hakone.

PACKING LIST

Attire & Equipment

  • Clothing – Pack for 4 days of outdoor snow activities. Laundry service is not available at the hotels

  • Waterproof pants/jacket

  • Gloves

  • Long underwear

  • Thick socks

  • Shoes – Good hiking shoes or snow boots that have been worn in. Please wear your shoes before bringing them on a trip

  • Protection from the Sun – Hat, Sunscreen, Goggles, Sunglasses, etc.

Additional Items

  • Passport – Please make sure it does not expire within 6 months of our trip and that you have at least one blank page

  • We also recommend bringing a photocopy of your passport in case the original is lost or stolen

  • Credit Card – Many businesses in Japan will accept major credit cards (although there may be an international transaction fee)

  • Cash – For the places that don’t, we recommend bringing at least $200 ~ $300 per person.

  • Debit Card – Along with your PIN number for cash withdrawals in case you run out

  • Important Documents – We recommend having a copy of your passport, travel insurance, and medical insurance policies

  • Camera – Don’t forget your charger or extra batteries

  • Toiletries – Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, nail clippers, and whatever else you need!

  • Medication – Please inform us beforehand if there is anything we should know in regards to your medications

CANCELLATION

  • 60 ~ 31 Days Prior to Arrival: 20% of the Total Costs

  • 30 ~ 4 Days Prior to Arrival: 50% of the Total Costs

  • 72 Hours or Less Prior to Arrival: 100% of the Total Costs