The world famous Jigokudani wild monkey hot-springs is home to about 200 wild monkeys who spend their days soaking in the natural hotsprings, keeping warm from the harsh winter. The park was opened in 1964 and is considered to be the only places in the world to see snow monkeys bathing in the wild. The hike to the hot-springs takes about 20 to 30 minutes each way. Departing from the Kambayashi Onsen we make our way to the historic town of Obuse, home to the famous Japanese artist Hokusai and the museum dedicated to his works.
Enjoy a traditionally cooked superb Japanese set menu lunch (various options available) at thZenkoji Templee Masuichi Club Restaurant, which is an open style country restaurant and see the beautifully preserved 240 year old Masuichi Sake Brewery Hokusai Museum& of coarse enjoy many different types of Japanese Sake.
The next stop is Nagano City home to Zenkoji Temple designated a national treasure and has a history of over 1400 years. It is one of Japan's most revered temples and house the first image of Buddha brought to Japan in the 7th century. The streets surrounding the temple are lined with lantern lit shops and tierd roofed stalls, souvenir shops, restaurants and galleries.
This is a full day tour departing at 8.00am and arriving back in Hakuba at 5.30pm. Full Day Tour Cost - 10,000 yen per person. Children 8,000 yen (3 to 11 years) includes entry into the Jigokudani wild monkey hot-springs, lunch & Zenkoji Temple costs.
Link to Snow Monkey webcam