Meet at Nagano Station. From the station, we will move to Zenkoji temple by bus (or taxi). After visiting Zenkoji temple, return to Nagano station. From there, take a JR train to Matsumoto. (about 50 minutes) In Matsumoto we will visit Matsumoto castle, Nakamachi Street and shops along the street. The tour ends at Matsumoto station.
Nakamachi Street and shops along the street
We will visit Matsumoto castle in Matsumoto which was built in 1593-94. The 5 roofed, six story tower castle is the oldest in existence in Japan. It is designated as a national treasure of Japan. In Nakamachi Street area there are old “Kura” storehouses lined along the street. Some of the highlights of the area include traditional crafts and small cafes.
Zenkoji Temple is one of the most well-known temples in Japan. The temple is believed to be established 1400 years ago.
Sake tasting is also available for those interested.
Travel expenses to/from the place where the guide meets you and his residence in Nagano.
Admission fees to temples/shrines/museums/etc. (you and guide) (apx.1600JPY/person)
Train fees. (you and guide) (apx.4600JPY/person) *For those who have the JR PASS - train ride is covered.
Bus fees. (you and guide) (apx.500JPY/person)
Other actual tour-related expenses (if any).
1) The tour will not be conducted during instances of extreme weather such as typhoons and snowstorms.
2) Warm clothes and shoes are recommended for the walk in winter.
3) Please advise us if you have any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or have other specific requests.
We were lucky enough to have Takeshi share with us his knowledge of the Nagano area and the Snow Monkeys. He is a very calm, kind and interesting guide. We would highly recommend using his services if you are in the Nagano/ Matsumoto area.
Kelton-san, Thank you for your review. I had a very enjoyable time with you while I was guiding. Hope to see you again!
What a memorable day! Takushi shared a lot of interesting information about the snow monkeys and the Nagano region and history. He has a broad knowledge of the Buddhist traditions and the gorgeous Zenko-ji temple. He helped me change my return train ticket efficiently so that I could take an earlier train. Thank you!
Thank you for the review. I am glad you could take the earlier train. The tour day was perfect. We could see the Snow Monkeys in the snowfall. I think it was beautiful. I hope to see you again. Thanks.
On December 24, our family went to Nagano Prefecture for a half day tour at a Ski Resort. Takeshi was our guide and he was very nice and organized. Before the tour day, he constantly communicated with me for everything that we need to know about the resort and what to expect. On the tour day, our family had a great time at the ski resort. My children enjoyed learning how to ski and we were mesmerized by the powdery white snow! Takeshi even arranged an exclusive ride for our family back and forth from Nagano to the ski resort. And in the evening before we went back to our hotel, he extended his time just to look for a good restaurant for our family to have dinner at. I highly recommend Takeshi. And as for our tour, it was one for the book!
Sarah-san, thank you for your review. I was a little worried in the beginning because it did not snow a lot this year. I was very happy when we had snow just one day before our tour day and could enjoy seeing the fresh snow view with your family!
Highly recommended. You won't be disappointed. Our family of 4 had a fantastic day with Takeshi to see the snow monkeys and visit Shibu Onsen. His organisation throughout the day was excellent. Everything was well planned. Conversation throughout the day was wonderful. We learnt a lot and really enjoyed his company. The recommended restaurant near the Snow Monkeys has easily been one of our best meals on our trip so far. Communication before the tour was friendly and great. A truly great guide and great person. Thanking you again Takeshi.
Thank you for your review. How was the Onsen experience. I think you may felt hot in the beginning, because many Japanese prefer to have relatively hot Onsen. I was glad to be able to guide you, Tim-san.