Departing from Wadano, Happo Bus Terminal, Echoland or Hakuba Goryu Bus Stop, you'll arrive at the famous Jigokudani Wild Monkey Hotsprings park. A short 20-30 minute hike will bring you face to face with around 200 monkeys. Here you will watch them bathe in natural hotsprings, warming themselves from the winter cold. Opened in 1964, the park is one of very few places in the world where you can get up close and personal with snow monkeys in the wild.
From Kambayashi Onsen you'll make your way to Obuse, an historic town which was the home of Hokusai, a famous Japanese artist, and now features a museum dedicated to his work. It's then on to the open-style country restaurant of the Zenkoji Temple Masuichi Club Restaurant for a delicious, traditionally-cooked Japanese set menu lunch. You'll also visit the 240 year old, beautifully preserved Masuichi Sake Brewery for tastings of many different kinds of Japanese sake.
It's then on to Nagano City to visit designated national treasure, Zenkoji Temple. Dating back more than 1400 years, the historic temple is one of the most revered in Japan and housed the first ever image of Buddha introduced to Japan during the 7th century. Around the temple, the streets are lined with souvenir shops, latern-lit shops, galleries, restaurants and tiered roofed stalls. At the end of the day you'll be returned to Hakuba.
Operates: December to March
Departs: 8.00 am from Rhythm Snowsports Wadano, Happo Bus Terminal, Echoland Hakuba Base Camp or Hakuba Goryu Bus Stop
Duration: approximately 9.5 hours
Children: 3-11 years are charged at the child rate. Children under the age of 15yrs must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Note: Tour requires minimum number of people to operate
Operated by: Ski Japan Holidays