Snow Monkey & Cultural Tour from Nozawa Onsen


  • Meet the Snow Monkeys
  • Make Traditional Paper
  • Supermarket Scavenger Hunt
  • Tour the Takahashi Doll Museum
  • Visit a 100 yen Variety Shop
  • Dine at a Revolving Sushi Shop
  • Take it Easy with Free Transport
  • Fully Bi-lingual, Local Facilitator

Full Day   Half Day   Custom / Private

Snow Monkeys, Make Washi Paper, Doll Museum, Supermarket & ¥100 Shop Tour, Conveyor Belt Sushi


FULL DAY ITINERARY

  • 09:00 – 10:00 Pickup and transport Nozawa → Yudanaka
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Snow Monkey Park (50 min round-trip walk)
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Drive to paper craft village w/ stop for lunch
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Make traditional washi paper & explore hamlet
  • 15:00 – 16:00 Takahashi Doll Museum depicting rural life
  • 16:30 – 17:50 Supermarket & ¥100 variety shop tour
  • 18:30 – 19:30 Conveyor-belt sushi or Ramen & stir-fry
  • 20:00 ~ Arrive at Nozawa-Onsen


Highlights:



Snow Monkeys (Japanese Macaques)

Japan's famous "Snow Monkeys" are the northernmost living primate on earth - at least that don't wear clothes. The hot-springs of Jigokudani is frequented by a troop of about 150 Japanese Macaque monkeys where researchers obesrve and learn about the monkey's society. The monkeys are wild, living in the surrounding Joshinetsu National Park, but they visit the hotsprings almost daily, and are accustomed to humans and cameras.

The monkey observation parking area is a one-hour drive from Nozawa Onsen in, passing through small farming villages where you will hear about what life is like for the rural thirty percenty of Japan's population, and why this region of Japan is known as "Snow Country" - one of the snowiest permanently inhabited areas in the world.

(* A round-trip journey with public transport takes 6 hrs and costs 6,000 yen using taxi+train+bus)

From the parking lot, we will take a thirty-minute walk along a beautiful forested trail where you will learn about some of the plants and animals that share this area with the monkeys. The terrain is not steep, but there is snow on the path throughout the winter so you will want to dress accordingly to keep your feet warm.

Once at the monkey obesrvation area you will have plenty of time to explore the immediate area, watch and photograph the monkeys. Because you will be spending much of the time standing outside, it is important to bring an extra layer or two to keep warm. There is also a small heated hut and ranger station where you can enjoy a cup of hot-coffee, tea, or cocoa and read informative books and displays about the monkeys and wildlife in the area.

You can check live snow conditions with the Jigokudani webcam.

Traditional Washi Paper

Uchiyama village is known for its abundance of clean water and snow. Both of these have helped it to become famous for its hand-made traditional paper.

Just one hour from Jigokudani, Uchiyama hamlet was once known for some of the most sought-after paper in Japan. In modern times, there are still a few houses that continue the tradition, but these days it is much more artistic in nature.

Kamisukiya has a wide variety of beautiful paper crafts, and allows you to make your own. You can make your own postcards to send to family and friends back home, artistic posters, stylish, unique business cards, or just experiment for the sake of experimentation and art itself.

The hamlet gives you an excellent opportunity to see rural snow-country life outside of the ski-resort. Like many of these areas in rural Japan, it is a very close-knit aging society. Also, like most of these areas in rural Japan, everyone is eager to meet you and speak - even if it is only in gestures.

Takahash Museum of Doll Art

Visit the Takahashi Museum of Doll art, where Mayumi Takahashi displays her unique dolls that explore and celebrate the rural culture of Japan that is changing, but still very much exists.

The exhibitions bring tears to the eyes of Japanese visitors who are nastagic for the images and depictions of the rural Japan they grew up in and remember. We will explain the details and cultural significance of the exhibits, or you can just enjoy the amazing craft of the artist.

The museum is in Iiyama, known as the "Kyoto of Nagano" because of its high concentration of temples, but unlike Kyoto, there are no swarms of school-children and tourists.

Supermarket Scavenger Hunt & 100 yen Shop

The best way to know a foreign culture is to visit their supermarket. We will explore a large Japanese supermarket where your guide will answer any questions, and help you explore some strange foods that you may, or may not, want to take back to your inn for tomorrow's lunch.

If you are feeling adventurous, we will give you a shopping list of strange and wonderful Japanese foods. Your mission is to at least find them all - whether you want to take them back for tomorrow's lunch, or just feel good that you found it.

While the supermarket provides a unique glimpse of Japanese food culture. The 100 yen shop shows you about Japanese lifestyle. Everything in the shop is 100 yen (about $1) and you will be amazed at the variety of items. You may even have trouble packing your luggage for the trip home.

Conveyor Belt Sushi or Chinese Noodle Shop

Great for families, children, adults alike. We will have dinner at a unique innovation that could only come from Japan - the conveyor belt sushi. A fun and unique cultural experience, where every plate is 100 yen, and even have your sushi delivered by a miniature shinkansen bullet train.

Everything from sushi, to soups, to deserts. Free tea and wasabi ;).

If sushi is not your thing, we can stop at the most popular (and very affordable) Chinese style restaurant in the area serving ramen noodles, dumplings, gyoza, set meals with rice, and almost anything you can imagine.

Price:

Register Online 

or
Call: 090-3337-3248 (Ask for Kevin)
Email: tours@onelifejapan.com

13,000 Yen / Adult
9,000 Yen / Child
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM (11hrs)
All Days Except Wednesday

Price Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Bilingual Local Guide
  • Entrance to Monkey Park

NOTE: The schedule is flexible depending on the participants. If everyone agrees, we can adjust accordingly. It's a great opportunity to make new friends that you might meet on the slope the next day.

Full Day   Half Day   Custom / Private

To Reserve

Call: 090-3337-3248 (Ask for Kevin)
Email: tours@onelifejapan.com
Or ask your inn-keeper to make the reservation.

Snow Monkeys, Supermarket Scavenger-Hunt & ¥100 Shop Tour, Conveyor Belt Sushi


HALF DAY ITINERARY

  • 13:00 – 14:00 Pickup and transport Nozawa → Yudanaka
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Snow Monkey Park (Incl. 50 minute round-trip walk)
  • 16:00 – 16:45 Transport to Iiyama City through rural hamlets
  • 17:00 – 18:00 Supermarket & ¥100 variety shop tour
  • 18:00 – 19:00 Conveyor-belt sushi or Ramen & stir-fry
  • 19:30 ~ Arrive at Nozawa-Onsen


Highlights:



Snow Monkeys (Japanese Macaques)

Japan's famous "Snow Monkeys" are the northernmost living primate on earth - at least that don't wear clothes. The hot-springs of Jigokudani is frequented by a troop of about 150 Japanese Macaque monkeys where researchers obesrve and learn about the monkey's society. The monkeys are wild, living in the surrounding Joshinetsu National Park, but they visit the hotsprings almost daily, and are accustomed to humans and cameras.

The monkey observation parking area is a one-hour drive from Nozawa Onsen in, passing through small farming villages where you will hear about what life is like for the rural thirty percenty of Japan's population, and why this region of Japan is known as "Snow Country" - one of the snowiest permanently inhabited areas in the world.

(* A round-trip journey with public transport takes 6 hrs and costs 6,000 yen using taxi+train+bus)

From the parking lot, we will take a thirty-minute walk along a beautiful forested trail where you will learn about some of the plants and animals that share this area with the monkeys. The terrain is not steep, but there is snow on the path throughout the winter so you will want to dress accordingly to keep your feet warm.

Once at the monkey obesrvation area you will have plenty of time to explore the immediate area, watch and photograph the monkeys. Because you will be spending much of the time standing outside, it is important to bring an extra layer or two to keep warm. There is also a small heated hut and ranger station where you can enjoy a cup of hot-coffee, tea, or cocoa and read informative books and displays about the monkeys and wildlife in the area.

You can check live snow conditions with the Jigokudani webcam.

Supermarket Scavenger Hunt & 100 yen Shop

The best way to know a foreign culture is to visit their supermarket. We will explore a large Japanese supermarket where your guide will answer any questions, and help you explore some strange foods that you may, or may not, want to take back to your inn for tomorrow's lunch.

If you are feeling adventurous, we will give you a shopping list of strange and wonderful Japanese foods. Your mission is to at least find them all - whether you want to take them back for tomorrow's lunch, or just feel good that you found it.

While the supermarket provides a unique glimpse of Japanese food culture. The 100 yen shop shows you about Japanese lifestyle. Everything in the shop is 100 yen (about $1) and you will be amazed at the variety of items. You may even have trouble packing your luggage for the trip home.

Conveyor Belt Sushi or Chinese Noodle Shop

Great for families, children, adults alike. We will have dinner at a unique innovation that could only come from Japan - the conveyor belt sushi. A fun and unique cultural experience, where every plate is 100 yen, and even have your sushi delivered by a miniature shinkansen bullet train.

Everything from sushi, to soups, to deserts. Free tea and wasabi ;).

If sushi is not your thing, we can stop at the most popular (and very affordable) Chinese style restaurant in the area serving ramen noodles, dumplings, gyoza, set meals with rice, and almost anything you can imagine.

Price:

Register Online 

or
Call: 090-3337-3248 (Ask for Kevin)
Email: tours@onelifejapan.com

9,000 Yen / Adult
7,000 Yen / Child
1:00 PM - Approx. 7:30 PM (6-7 hrs)
All Days Except Wednesday

Price Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Bilingual Local Guide
  • Entrance to Monkey Park

NOTE: The schedule is flexible depending on the participants. If everyone agrees, we can adjust accordingly. It's a great opportunity to make new friends that you might meet on the slope the next day.

Full Day   Half Day   Custom / Private

To Reserve

Call: 090-3337-3248 (Ask for Kevin)
Email: tours@onelifejapan.com
Or ask your inn-keeper to make the reservation.

Private / Custom Tours


Already seen the Snow Monkeys? Let us work with you to fit your needs and interests



  • Snow Country Photography Tours
  • Foodies: Cooking and Food Culture
  • Remote areas off the Beaten Path
  • Best Onsens of Northern Nagano


Options:



Custom trips can be tailored for photographers, families, and foodies, or just those that want to get away from the tourist tracks and play in the snow. The most remote areas and rural hamlets in the the heart of Japan's Snow Country, with record breaking snowfalls and some of the best undisturbed rural Japan winter scenery. Get away from the crowds with a private escort and no set schedule to some of the smaller hamlets and best lookout points in the area.

Some of the activities you can mix and match from include:

  • Local festivals in rural areas.
  • Visit to any of the regular Full Day destinations
  • Visit to one or several amazing public outdoor baths
  • Make and use traditional snow shoes
  • Traditional meal at local's home
  • Visit local farmers to photograph traditional life
  • Make Soba, mochi rice cakes, or traditional sushi
  • Advanced Japanese food tour with professional chef
  • Supermarket run to gather supplies for your stay in
  • Sledding
  • Snowball fights
  • Making a Snow Fort or Snow Cave
  • Building a Snow Man
  • Hot Chocolate in a Snow Cave
  • Make Snow Shoes and Take a Short Hike
  • Intimate Introduction to Japanese Rural Life
  • Introduction to Rural Japanese Food
  • Traditional Japanese Architecture Museum
  • Souvenir / Supermarket Shopping

These trips usually require advanced booking to ensure that we are free that day. Please call as soon as possible to discuss options. We will cater the trip for you or your families needs.

If you are already in the area, please check this One week weather forecast to help plan the best time for your needs.

Price:

Register Online 

or
Call: 090-3337-3248 (Ask for Kevin)
Email: tours@onelifejapan.com

Call us for a quote depending on your needs, and number of people. General estimates:

12,000 Yen / Person (5-7 Person Group)
15,000 Yen / Person (3-4 Person Group)
20,000 Yen / Person (2 Person Group)

Price Includes:

  • All Transportation
  • Bilingual Local Guide
  • Completely Customisable Itinerary

NOTE: The schedule is flexible depending on the participants. If everyone agrees, we can adjust accordingly. It's a great opportunity to make new friends that you might meet on the slope the next day.

Full Day   Half Day   Custom / Private

To Reserve

Call: 090-3337-3248 (Ask for Kevin)
Email: tours@onelifejapan.com
Or ask your inn-keeper to make the reservation.

Private / Custom Tours


CUSTOM / PRIVATE ITINERARY

Already seen the Snow Monkeys? Let us work with you to fit your needs and interests.

Some examples of custom trips include:

  • Photography Tours
  • Cooking and Food Culture
  • Sledding / Snow Shoeing
  • Remote areas off the Beaten Path
  • Best Onsens of Northern Nagano
  • Ski Trips to Smaller, Less Crowded Ski Areas

Price:

Register Online 

or
Call: 090-3337-3248 (Ask for Kevin)
Email: tours@onelifejapan.com

9,000 Yen / Adult
7,000 Yen / Child
1:00 PM - Approx. 7:30 PM (6-7 hrs)
All Days Except Wednesday

Price Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Bilingual Local Guide
  • Entrance to Monkey Park

NOTE: The schedule is flexible depending on the participants. If everyone agrees, we can adjust accordingly. It's a great opportunity to make new friends that you might meet on the slope the next day.

Full Day   Half Day   Custom / Private

To Reserve

Call: 090-3337-3248 (Ask for Kevin)
Email: tours@onelifejapan.com
Or ask your inn-keeper to make the reservation.

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