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【Snow Monkey Day Trip】A Deep Dive into the Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano

Venture into the heart of Nagano with the Zenko-ji Temple and Snow Monkey Day Trip – an enchanting experience that seamlessly blends spirituality, history, and the playful antics of Japan’s famous snow monkeys.

A Deep Dive into the Zenko-ji Temple and Snow Monkey Day Trip

What’s included?

Snow Monkeys, Zenkoji Temple & Sake Day Trip

✅Snow Monkey Park entrance fee


✅Personal tour guide

✅Transportation between attractions

✅Sake tasting

✅Hakuba shuttle service (winter only)

Bullet train ticket

Optional attraction entrance to Zenko-ji Temple

Tour Duation:8hours


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Zenko-ji Temple – A Spiritual Oasis:

Embark on a spiritual journey at Zenko-ji, a revered Buddhist temple dating back to the 7th century. Home to the Amida Buddha replica, this sacred site invites visitors to explore its historic halls and engage in traditional rituals.

A symbol of Nagano’s rich cultural heritage, Zenko-ji exudes a serene atmosphere, drawing pilgrims and tourists alike to seek spiritual solace.

Why It’s Popular:

Zenko-ji’s historical significance as one of Japan’s oldest and most significant Buddhist temples makes it a must-visit. Pilgrims flock here to partake in spiritual practices, while tourists are captivated by the architectural beauty and cultural richness that permeate the temple grounds.

Scenic Stroll and Cultural Immersion in Nagano City:

Following the spiritual exploration, the journey continues through Nagano’s picturesque landscapes. A leisurely stroll through the park’s scenic surroundings offers a harmonious blend of nature and wildlife, allowing for a breather before the cultural immersion awaiting in Nagano City.

The city’s bustling streets, local cuisine, and historic districts weave a vibrant tapestry that beckons you to explore. 

Why It’s Popular:

The combination of natural beauty, wildlife encounters, and cultural exploration makes this part of the tour immensely popular.

Guests are drawn to the diverse experiences, from the serene snow monkey park to the vibrant streets of Nagano City, creating a well-rounded and enriching day trip.

Jigokudani Monkey Park – Snow Monkey Encounters:

The journey reaches its climax at Jigokudani Monkey Park, where the famous Japanese macaques indulge in the warmth of natural hot springs. Witness the playful antics of these snow monkeys against the backdrop of a snowy wonderland.

The park allows for an up-close encounter with these endearing creatures, offering a unique and heartwarming experience.

Why It’s Popular:

The Snow Monkey Park is a natural wonder that attracts visitors year-round. Tourists are mesmerized by the adorable behavior of the monkeys in their hot spring habitat, creating lasting memories of wildlife encounters amid the stunning winter scenery.

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Expert Guidance and Hassle-Free Experience:

Throughout the day, expert guides accompany visitors, providing insights into Nagano’s cultural, historical, and natural facets. The thoughtfully planned itinerary ensures a seamless and stress-free adventure, allowing travelers to immerse themselves fully in the experience without worrying about logistics.

Why It’s Popular:

The convenience of having an expert guide enhances the overall experience, providing valuable context to the cultural and historical significance of each destination.

The hassle-free nature of the tour allows visitors to focus on enjoyment, creating a memorable and educational journey.


Embark on the Nagano Zenko-ji Temple and Snow Monkey Day Trip for a holistic exploration of Nagano’s wonders.

From spiritual reflection at Zenko-ji to the endearing encounters with snow monkeys and the vibrant cultural exploration in Nagano City, each section of the tour contributes to a balanced and enriching experience. Book your adventure now to uncover the secrets of Nagano!

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