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Sample itinerary for a visit to the Snow Monkey Park (Yudanaka, Nagano)
Bus Trip to Snow Monkey Park (Yudanaka, Nagano)

This is a sample itinerary which shows you how to travel to Nagano and Yudanaka from Tokyo, as well as tips and ways to visit this area
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7:00 am: Take a highway bus from Tokyo

Willerexpress Bus
Travel in the comfort of WILLER EXPRESS from the WILLER EXPRESS bus company and enjoy the ride!
You may depart from Shinjuku Station or Tokyo Station.
*As departure times may be different, please be sure to confirm on the reservation page.

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Highway bus (4 hours)

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11:00 am: Arrival at Nagano Station (Arena Bus Terminal)

Nagano Station (Arena Bus Terminal)
Nagano Station (Arena Bus Terminal) - take the local Nagano railway; the entrance is on the side of Zenkoji from Nagano JR Station.
From the east exit of Nagano JR Station (bus arrival port), there is an underground walkway which will take you to the railway station.
Switch to the Nagano local railway express.
Enjoy the view as you head towards your destination!
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12:10 pm: Switch to Nagano local railway to head towards Yudanaka Station

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Train ride (40 minutes)

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1:00 pm: Arrival in Yudanaka Station

Yudanaka Onsen
Yudanaka Onsen
Address: Yamanuchi-Cho, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture 381-0401

You have now arrived in Yudanaka Onsen, a source of enjoyment and healing which has been around since the antiquity!
Head towards the source of the hot spring and visit the Jigokudani Monkey Park to see the snow monkeys!

You will find "Chamise" 2 minutes on foot from the train station. There, services in English are available. Feel free to get tourism-related information here!
Transportation (in Chinese and English)

Board the bus heading towards Kanbayashi Onsen and get off at the "Kanbayashi Onsen" stop. From there, walk along the mountain path for about 30 minutes
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At about 1:40 pm, board the bus heading to Jigokudani Monkey Park.

Snow Monkey Jigokudani Monkey Park
Snow Monkey Jigokudani Monkey Park
Address: 6845 Hirao, Yamanuchi-Cho, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture 381-0401

Snow Monkeys!
Since its opening in 1964, the Jigokudani Monkey Park has been extremely popular. Here, you can take an in-depth visit and observe Japanese monkeys in their natural surroundings.
See the monkeys bathe in the hot springs surrounded by mountains of snow! Please be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothes as you will need to tread along many snow-covered walkways in this park.

Please note:
The Jigokudani Monkey Park is a Nature Reserve where visitors can observe wild Japanese monkeys in a safe environment. This is a Nature Reserve with highly complex biodiversity. Do not wear flip flops and be sure to dress accordingly. In the winter, expect heavy snowfall; be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothes. A final friendly reminder: the monkeys in the park are not pets.

Do not take out food or feed the monkeys.
Do not touch or act like you are going to touch the monkeys.
Do not stay too close to the monkeys.
Do not use a selfie stick around the monkeys, as it may scare them.
Please be sure to adhere to the above guidelines.

Accommodation: SNOW MONKEY TRIP

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7:00 pm: Stay in your accommodation of choice near the Yudanaka Station area

Accommodation near the Yudanaka Station area
To welcome international visitors, there is a number of excellent sites for accommodation in this area. Don't forget to take a dip in the hot spring for a fully localized experience!

AIBIYA (offers service in English)
ZEN Hostel (offers service in English)
Miyu Onukono (offers service Chinese and English)
Shimaya (offers service in English)
YORODUYA (offers service in English)
Day 2
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9:00 am: Depart from accommodation site near Yudanaka Station

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Take the shuttle bus in front of Yudanaka Station and head towards the Ryu-O Ski Park

Ryu-O Ski Park
For more information on the free shuttle bus to Ryu-O Ski Park, please visit the following website
(In Japanese only)

Free shuttle bus to Ryu-O Ski Park

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10:00 am: Try out a series of snow sports and activities at the Ryu-O Ski Park!

Ryu-O Ski Park
A bus from Yudanaka Station takes about 30 minutes. Enjoy your time at the ski park and experience the uniquely flaky Japanese snow. This is a one-day itinerary.
Check out SORA terrace where you can feast your eyes to a sea of clouds and some of nature's most mystic wonders.

For more information on Ryu-O Ski Park, please visit the following website
(In Japanese only)

Ryu-O Ski Park

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Take shuttle bus back to Yudanaka Station

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4:00 pm: Arrive at Yudanaka Station - end of visit

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