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Overview

Travel to rural Japan for a taste of traditional onsen wellness. Discover the mountainous region of Gunma and see the legendary Snow Monkeys up close. Relax at a local onsen as the therapeutic minerals tend to your muscles, joints and skin.

Trip Highlights

Luxury Onsen and Snow Monkeys

Ride the iconic bullet train

Travel first class with speeds up to 320 kmh

Discover Japanese onsen

Stay in an tradition Japanese hotel and experience the therapeutic properties of the local hot springs

Meet the Snow Monkeys

Observe the legendary Snow Monkeys in their natural habitat filled with snow and steaming hot springs

Itinerary

1

Tokyo – Yudanaka

JR Tokyo Station to Shibu Onsen (by train and car): 2.5 h

Meet with the private driver this morning at the hotel and transfer to Tokyo Station. Board the iconic Hokuriku bullet train to Nagano, and travel in style with gran class seats, comparable to first class plane tickets and their elite service. Upon arrival, meet the private driver and transfer to the small town of Yudanaka.

Tonight, experience a stay in a ryokan, a classic Japanese-style accommodation furnished with futon beds, tatami flooring, paper sliding doors, and hot spring baths.

At dinnertime, enjoy a kaiseki, -a Japanese traditional meal, consisting of eleven dishes. Made up of seasonal ingredients, only the freshest local Nagano products are used in its preparation. 

Overnight in Yudanaka at Biyu no Yado 5 Stars (Deluxe)

2

Yudanaka

Biyu no Yado to Jigokudani parking lot: 10 minutes (car) Jigokudani parking lot to Monkey Park: 15 minutes (on foot)Yudanaka to Obuse: 40 minutes (car)

After a rich Japanese breakfast, meet the guide and private driver. Transfer to Jigokudani Park, home to the famous Snow Monkeys. Jigokudani, or ‘hell’s valley’ is named for the clouds of steam and boiling water that shoots from the frozen ground.

It is in these hot spring baths that the endemic Macaques like to soak. Going to the park from the nearest bus stop and parking lot can only be done on foot, requiring a half-hour trek. Comfortable footwear is strongly recommended, along with warm clothes (especially during the colder months).

Observe the monkeys from up close, as they routinely ignore their human guests and go about their business. Living in large social groups, it can be quite entertaining to watch their interactions. Although the monkeys live in the area all year round, they are particularly numerous during the colder months of December until April.

In the afternoon, visit the charming town of nearby Obuse. Over a hundred houses participate in the ‘Open Garden’ project, which means that if a house displays a certain sign, visitors may freely enter the property and enjoy the gardens. A great way to admire the art of Japanese gardening.

Obuse is also the home of Hokusai, the famous woodblock painter who created masterpieces like ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa’ and Masuichi-Ichimura, the local sake brewery that produces high quality sake.

Yudanaka to Obuse: 40 minutes (car)

Overnight in Yudanaka at Biyu no Yado 5 Stars (Deluxe)

3

Yudanaka – Tokyo/Kanazawa

Wake up and have a Japanese breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure until the scheduled departure from Yudanaka approaches.

Important Information

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Bullet train tickets to and from Nagano (Gran Class class)
  • Roundtrip bullet train tickets from Nagano Station to Yudanaka Station
  • Private transportation and English speaking guides as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Exclusive personalized gifts.

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
  • Guides and/or entrance fees
  • Local transport other than mentioned above (e.g. bus)
  • Meals other than mentioned above
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, and other expenditures of a personal nature)
  • Travel insurance (please see below)
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

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