Nov 23rd Only Tour: Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkeys
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Nov 23rd Only Tour: Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkeys
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Nov 23rd Only Tour: Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival & Snow Monkeys

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Stop At: Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, 6845 Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401 Nagano Prefecture

Established in 1964, Nagano's world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is home to the only troop of monkeys in the entire world known to bathe in hot springs. With no barriers between you and the monkeys (don't worry, they are very calm) this is a unique opportunity to observe these curious creatures in close proximity as the walk about you, wrestle with each other, endlessly groom, and of course, soak in their favorite hot spring! Your guide will introduce you to everything that makes them so unique and famous while giving you plenty of time to explore for yourself.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: 穂垂亭 HOTARU-TEI, 1398-1 Hirao, Yamanochi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano 381-0401, Japan

Having visited the monkeys, enjoy a well-earned late lunch at Hotaru-tei - one of the region's best restaurants. Housed in a 160 year old historic mansion, the traditional aesthetic of the restaurant is sure to heighten your enjoyment of Japan and Nagano's renowned food culture. Your guide will accompany you to the restaurant and is always happy to talk all things food!

Your meal will be complemented with a guided 'sake' tasting experience. As Japan's second largest producer of 'sake', Nagano is synonymous with the national beverage and no visit to the region is complete without a little indulgence and experiencing the warming world of sake!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Nishinomiya Shrine, 1-17 Shakechō, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 662-0974, Japan

Originally held in 1899 by a small group of local merchants, Nagano's annual Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival has grown into Japan's largest autumn fireworks display, attracting an estimated 430,000 spectators to watch more than 15,000 individual fireworks burst into light in the night sky over the course of two hours. With reserved Ebisu Seating, your guide will get you seated and comfortable, in time for one of Japan's most spectacular annual events.

Duration: 3 hours

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  • Transportation fee from Nagano to the Snow Monkey Park and between activities/attractions
  • Lunch (vegetarian options are available, please let us know beforehand)
  • Sake tasting
  • Reserved seat (Ebisu seat) at the Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entry/Admission - Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
  • Entry/Admission - Nishinomiya Shrine
Not included
  • Bullet train tickets
  • Dinner (there are many vendors at the festival so you can choose freely from what is available there)
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • There will be a lot of walking on paved and unpaved roads so please wear suitable shoes.
  • There are a few days in the year that the monkeys might not come down to the park. In such case the park is closed and we will provide an alternative activity.
  • Guests are required to follow the Snow Monkey Park rules at all times. Guests are not permitted to touch, hold, feed or bathe with the monkeys at any time. There are no barriers separating the monkeys from visitors to the park. Please ensure you keep a minimum distance of 1 to 2 meters between yourself and the monkeys. Your guide will explain the rules prior to entering the park.
  • A infant (0-3) lunch is not included and the order will be made directly to the restaurant according to your needs.
  • There will be a lot of people leaving for places like Tokyo and Kanazawa after the festival. It is expected to be very busy so be sure to book either your Shinkansen tickets or your hotel in/around Nagano in advance. Please look below for Shinkansen options:
  • Departing Nagano Station - Arriving Tokyo Station:
  • Nagano: 21:46 - Tokyo: 23:24 - Hakutaka
  • Nagano: 22:08 - Tokyo: 23:32 - Kagayaki (reserved seats only)
  • Departing Nagano Station - Arriving Kanazawa Station:
  • Nagano: 21:21 - Kanazawa: 22:30 - Kagayaki (reserved seats only)
  • Nagano: 21:54 - Kanazawa: 23:21 - Hakutaka
  • Nagano: 22:28 - Kanazawa: 23:35 - Kagayaki (reserved seats only)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers


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