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1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands NaganoDay Trips

1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Snow Fun in the Shiga-kogen Highlands Nagano

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Enjoy fun winter activities and visit the famous Japanese snow monkeys during this full-day trip to the Shiga Kogen Highlands in Nagano. Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can observe wild macaques bathing in the area hot springs. After a warm, delicious lunch, you have time for sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters, and a lift ride up the 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) slope of a famous area ski resort.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey ParkDay Trips

Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Explore the magnificent temples and natural wonders of Nagano on a full-day tour and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the famous Zenkoji Temple and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy lunch (own expense) in Obuse Town, then choose a soak in the hot springs at Shibu Onsen.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Flying Squirrel Watching TourNature and Wildlife

Flying Squirrel Watching Tour

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We will watch the wild Japanese giant flying squirrel, which is endemic to Japan and one of the biggest flying squirrels in the world. Since our professional nature guides know their life style and gliding patterns, the chances of watching their gliding is 97.8% (actual result of this tour in 2019).
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Nagano Full-Day Cycling Tour with Snow Monkey, Obuse Town, Apple OrchardsDay Trips

Nagano Full-Day Cycling Tour with Snow Monkey, Obuse Town, Apple Orchards

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Experience the nature and culture of beautiful Nagano on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, head out with an informative local guide and bicycle through apple orchards along the Chikuma River, watch macaques bathe in their natural habitat at Snow Monkey Park, relax in a hot spring at Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen villages, and treat yourself to delicious chestnuts in Obuse.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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(Spring only) 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms in Nagano Day Trips

(Spring only) 1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys & Cherry Blossoms in Nagano

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Check out Japan’s famous cherry blossom blooms and see snow monkeys on a full-day trip from Nagano. After visiting the Jigokudani Monkey Park, you’ll stop for lunch, then visit several different ‘hanami’ spots to admire the cherry blossom trees. This seasonal experience runs from April to the end of May, allowing you to take in the later blooms of the mountainous northern Nagano region.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Private Ski or Snowboard Lesson EnglishWinter Sports

Private Ski or Snowboard Lesson English

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Private lessons are the ultimate, personalized instruction / guiding experience for all ages and abilities. Ski the terrain you want, with an instructor of your choice, focusing on the technique you wish to improve at your own pace! If you are a beginner Keen to try a new sport, we have the perfect instructor / coach for you. In a private lesson, you will enjoy the exclusive attention of your instructor who will develop your strengths and focus on improving your skills. We recommend you book in advance for private lessons, especially if you want to request a specific instructor. (Ex.English speaker or Chinese speaker or Advanced Class Instructor)
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Nagano Ski BuffetDining Experiences

Nagano Ski Buffet

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Experience the best of Japan - the thrill of deep powder, the beauty of an unique culture, and the fun of a great guided tour. Enjoy some of the most amazing snow on planet earth, stay in a truly authentic Japanese ski village where you are the minority, visit mom and pop restaurants and mix with the locals, be entertained by Geisha, Taiko Drum, Shimansen Guitar, Lion Dance and Karate performances, visit the world famous Snow Monkeys, walk through ancient castles, temples and shrines and relax in natural hot pools. Where other companies may talk up the cultural aspects of Japan we include them in our tours so you get a truly authentic Japanese ski experience. And best of all you get to share this all with a group of like minded ski and snowboard enthusiasts, all hosted by instructor/guides who are just plain passionate about what they do for you as our testimonials attest to. And don’t forget our hidden gems that we leave as a surprise for you on your journey with us at JPC Tours.
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  • 10 days
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Relax and refresh in Karuizawa Forest! Shinanoji down trekking around two peopleHiking

Relax and refresh in Karuizawa Forest! Shinanoji down trekking around two people

Shinanoji Nature Trail is a hiking course about 10km in length, which is almost a descent from the peak teahouse. Walk about 7,5 km to the hot spots in Oze, which has many attractions. A downhill trek is relaxed while being healed by the colorful miscellaneous trees and larch forest. You can also see the two famous Karuizawa waterfalls (Shiraito Falls and Dragon Falls) along the way. This course is recommended for people who are not always confident in their physical fitness, and young and old alike, since the entire trip is almost a descent. From Oze Onsen, it is also possible to return to the peak chaya parking lot by bus or directly to Karuizawa Station.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Nagano Winter Special Tour Winter Sports

Nagano Winter Special Tour "Snow Monkey and Snowshoe Hiking"!!

You can enjoy to observe lovely wild monkeys bathing in an outdoor hot spring at Snow Monkey Park. Each monkey has different personality and it's quite fun to be able to watch them from very close. After the monkey park, we are visiting an old Shinto shrine called Togakushi shrine which has been one of the most important place for the mountain worship since ancient era. The shrine and precincts forest are all covered with thick snow during the winter season. However,by snowshoeing, it is the perfect opportunity to discover areas that are inaccessible any other time of the year. Frozen bodies of water and a heavy carpet of snow make otherwise untraversable terrain accessible. I will lead you to these undisturbed areas, so you can explore and appreciate the unspoiled nature around you. I'm a National Government licensed guide interpreter as well as licensed mountain trekking guide. Let's have a cup of coffee on the snow made table and chair :)
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Snow Monkey in Day Trips

Snow Monkey in "Jigokudani Yaen-koen" & Obuse Town

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You will go around famous sightseeing spots in Hokushin (Northern Nagano) area. First, you will see the Jigokudani Wild Snow Monkey Park worldly known for its snow monkeys. Then you will go to Obuse Town, which is reputed for its town renewal project vitalizing the historical heritages such as Hokusai Katsushika.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Trekking on the Mt. Asama with a great viewHiking

Trekking on the Mt. Asama with a great view

It is a trekking tour with an exclusive guide to the summit of the small Asama mountain of the Asama mountain foot. Koasayama is a parasitic volcano on the eastern foot of Mt. Asama at an altitude of 1,655 m. A guide will guide you through the formation and vegetation of Mt. Asama and aim at the summit. As it is about two and a half hours by round trip, if you are new to mountain climbing, you can feel free to participate regardless of age or sex. From the top of the mountain covered by the volcano, the spectacular Mt. Asama and the wonderful prospects await.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

All-in-One Crash Course (Ninja, Samurai & Taiko)Martial Arts Classes

All-in-One Crash Course (Ninja, Samurai & Taiko)

There's no better place to experience Japanese history and culture than in a city with a real castle from the feudal era! Come and enjoy three different experiences with this unique workshop! Taiko Drumming: Our passionate instructors will guide you step-by-step as you progress through the many rhythmic patterns that gradually increased in difficulty. Learn how to become a real Taiko Drummer right next door to Matsumoto Castle! Samurai Sword Fighting: Experience for yourself this ancestral fighting art. Learn how to handle a sword and after covering some moves, you can have your stage combat recorded on video. Become the star of your own samurai story! Ninja Experience: A fun experience for all, especially for families with kids. The Ninja Master will teach you three major ninja methods: Ninja Throwing Stars, Ninja Blowguns and Ninja Combat. Receive Ninja training from a Ninja Master and become a real Ninja Warrior! Activity available in English and French.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Ski Lesson in Madarao Ski ResortWinter Sports

Private Ski Lesson in Madarao Ski Resort

We are a group of highly qualified and experienced instructors who are passionate about snow sports and Japan. Next to improving your skills to the best of your ability they will show you the best Japan has to offer.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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 Nagano Snowshoe Hiking TourWinter Sports

Nagano Snowshoe Hiking Tour

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Walking along the 400-year-old lined cedar trees and walking on the frozen lake experience are special experiences that can only be found here. Let's explore the winter of Togakushi, where mountain ascetics have been practicing the mountain worship since ancient times. 樹齢400年の杉の並木と凍った湖を歩く体験は、ここ以外ではできない特別な体験です。古くより修験者が厳しい修行をしてきた戸隠の冬をスノーシューを履いて探検しましょう!
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  • 6 hours
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Local guides guide you! Karuizawa pottering tourNature and Wildlife

Local guides guide you! Karuizawa pottering tour

While cycling, I potted the standard spots of Karuizawa (cycling slowly). If you rent a bicycle in front of Karuizawa Station, first go to Karuizawa's first scenic spot "Kumoba Pond". After taking a walk for a while after getting off the bicycle, I will go through the villa area of the grove to the old Karuizawa. While visiting the narrow streets of the old Karuizawa back street, we will guide you to the staple spots such as the St. Paul's Society, the show memorial chapel, and the Karuizawa tennis court, famous for the romance of the Emperor and Empress. Along the way, you will be guided to gourmets and shopping spots that you know only because it is Karuizawa Local. I will guide you to the unknown Karuizawa not listed in the guidebook. It's a flat road, so everyone, young and old, can join. There is also a tandem (two-seater) unique to Karuizawa for parents and children and couples!
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

-Snow mountain hiking at the foot of Asama- Karuizawa Snowshoe TourHiking

-Snow mountain hiking at the foot of Asama- Karuizawa Snowshoe Tour

A guided tour that uses snowshoe to trek the vast field of Asama. Courses for beginners, intermediates, and advanced students can be selected depending on the level, so anyone of all ages can participate. While looking for traces of wild animals and observing wild birds, you can enjoy a magnificent panorama of Mt. Asama and the superb view.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Wildlife Night DriveNature and Wildlife

Wildlife Night Drive

The biggest feature of this tour is the high chance of seeing the wild animals. The encounter rate in our 2018 and 2019 tours was 98.9%. The guides at Picchio are familiar with the ecology of all the wildlife species. They will be able to guide you through the unique aspects of living creatures from an expert perspective, not only from observing the animals themselves but also from observing the surrounding natural environment and ecosystem as a whole.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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The Japanese Alps Trek, Nagano - 6 days | 4 day hikeHiking

The Japanese Alps Trek, Nagano - 6 days | 4 day hike

Picture yourself traversing over 3000m/ 9850ft high ridgelines connecting Japan’s tallest mountains trailing off endlessly into the distance with dramatic 360 degree views. The Alps in Nagano is like nowhere else in Japan. While it is best known to the international community for world famous ski resorts, to the Japanese it is equally known as the Mecca of hiking. While the high altitude mountains offer unrivalled scenery, the real magic is the multi-day hiking experience available to those “in the know”. Thanks to comfortable mountain hut accommodation providing bedding and fresh meals, you are afforded the luxury of travelling light each day & waking up in the clouds. 2020 TOUR DATES August 3 - 8 September 21 - 26 September 28 - October 3 October 5 - 10 October 12 - 17 Join us in October for the brilliant display of colourful autumn leaves at their peak. To learn more about this tour please visit our Quest Adventure Tours website.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation

2 hour private lesson Winter Sports

2 hour private lesson

Japan Snowsports is an international snow school based in Madarao, right on the border of the Niigata and Nagano prefecture on Honshu Island in Japan. We are a group of highly qualified instructors with many years of experience. We teach and guide on skis and snowboard, from first-timers to expert level. We operate all over Japan but mainly focus on the Nagano and Niigata prefecture. You can stay in our lodge in Madarao and we can show you the best resorts Niigata and Nagano have to offer. Or just let us know where you are planning to go and we will come to you!
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Tabi Yoga Yoga Classes

Tabi Yoga

Navigator: Tomoko Yoga Alliance RYT200 Other sports: Rhythmic gymnastics, Shorinji Kempo(Kuro-obi), Aerobics 9yrs experience in meditation Bach/FES flower essence practitioner Art Therapist Access bars practitioner Travel more than 15countries, have lived in U.S.A, Singapore, Australia.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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BTF Rural Japan Mountain Bike Tours

BTF Rural Japan "FURUSATO" Cycling Tour

Great way to experience a beautiful countryside of Japan and visit popular sightseeing spots around Iiyama city. The rural landscape with lush mountain scenery is dotted with traditional old houses. You will feel like you have gone back in time and see a simple life of local people in Japan countryside. - Friendly and informative local guide. - Exploring beautiful, yet completely different scenery with Japan's distinct four seasons. - Stopping at cherry blossom spots during the blossoming season. - Total cycling distance is 15km/9.3miles - Mostly flat route, easy for riders of basic fitness. - Visiting Buddhist Alter Street and historical temples. - Discover unique traditions and life styles in a harsh winter.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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8 Nights Shin-Etsu Trail Full Track Hike - Nozawa Onsen, JapanHiking

8 Nights Shin-Etsu Trail Full Track Hike - Nozawa Onsen, Japan

The 80km Shinetsu trail, the best woodland trail in Japan, runs over the ridges of the Sekida mountains at about 1,000 meters above sea level, forming a boundary between Nagano and Niigata prefectures. It is one of the few long trails in Japan. This area is blessed with a rich ecosystem nurtured by Japanese beech tree forests. Historically, there were 16 passages connecting Nagano with Niigata. The forests are perhaps best known for their beech trees. The tall, well-shaped beech trees form a corridor of nature along the path. The earth-packed trail also makes it easy to walk. Spring (from mid-June to the end of July) and autumn (from mid-September to the end of October) are great seasons to visit the trail. In the spring, the last traces of snow can be seen among new greenery and flowers bursting into bloom. In the fall, hikers can enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn leaves.
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  • 9 days
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  • 9 days
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Nagano Cycling AdventureDay Trips

Nagano Cycling Adventure

It’s a Cycling tour around north Nagano's Satoyama landscape and the Myoko Togakushi Renzan National Park. During the cycling tour, we will stop by the beautiful lake, waterfall, very old local shrine, or maybe some farmer's house. Since the area used to be a post town along the Hokkoku Kaido, very old road which connect Edo (Tokyo) to Kanazawa, there are many historical monuments remained around the area. I will take you to a secret place where never on a guidebook! Participants can feel an authentic life style,history and nature of snowy rural area in Northern Nagano.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Ski Lesson Inn KaruizawaWinter Sports

Ski Lesson Inn Karuizawa

We will provide skiing and telemarking for beginners to intermediate level students in an easy-to-understand and kind manner. You can also change the lesson contents in the morning and afternoon, so please join with your family We recommend Karuizawa, which is slippery from both Tokyo and the station, but it is possible in other areas if you have special needs.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

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