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Japanese Hot Spring Monkey self guided trip

We do recommend you do the trip by tour (¥12,000). It is a 2 hr bus trip each way, and you go past some amazing places such as Zenkoji temple and the historical town of Obuse. It would be a pity to drive right past these places and miss them completely.

Doing the trip by yourself

By the time you add up your bus fare, your park ticket and some lunch money you are looking at ¥6,000/person to do it by yourself. Option 1. Bus from Happo Bus Terminal then bus to the park. o 8 departures a day o Bus from Happo Bus Terminal to Nagano for ¥1,900 each way. o Bus from Nagano to the park ¥1,400 each way (8 departures a day. Option 2. Direct Alpico bus from Happo Bus Terminal to the park o 2 departures a day leaving at 8.45 and 9.45 am. o Return 13.00 or 14.30 pm o Takes 2 hrs. o Costs ¥3,900/adult or ¥1,950 child (6-11 yrs) o Children 5 yrs or less free if no seat required. o Does not run Dec 29-Jan 3.
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Specialists in Hakuba Ski Holidays

Japanese Hot Spring Monkey self

guided trip

Most people have seen the snow monkeys on TV bathing in the hot springs at Jigokudani about 1& 1/2 hours from Hakuba. If you want to see the real thing it is very easy to do so on a day tour from Hakuba. You do need to allocate a full day though and to give up a day on the mountain. This will set you back at current rates ¥12,000 a person (¥8,000 for children). The tour usually includes transport, the park entry fee, lunch at a restaurant, a trip to the historical town of Obuse and a trip to the 1,400 yr old buddhist Zenkoji Temple. To get to the monkeys is a 30-45 minute walk along a forest trail (take sturdy shoes and warm clothing). The tours typically leave around 8am and get back at 5pm. The following are 2 companies that run the snow monkey tour and that can be recommended.

Japan Ski Holidays

Runs daily tours from the middle of Dec till the end of Feb, and 4 days a week during March (Mon,Wed,Fri,Sat).

Sanroku Tours

Do tours 4 days/week (Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri) from the middle of December till the middle of March.

Doing the trip by yourself

Another option is to do it yourself with public transport. Entry fee to the park is only ¥500 but it will cost a lot more for the transport. Option 1. Bus from Happo Bus Terminal then bus to the park. o 8 departures a day o Bus from Happo Bus Terminal to Nagano for ¥1,900 each way. o Bus from Nagano to the park ¥1,400 each way (8 departures a day. Option 2. Direct Alpico bus from Happo Bus Temrinal to the park o 2 departures a day leaving at 8.45 and 9.45 am. o Return 13.00 or 14.30 pm o Takes 2 hrs. o Costs ¥3,900/adult or ¥1,950 child (6-11 yrs) o Children 5 yrs or less free if no seat required. o Does not run Dec 29-Jan 3.
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