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Nagano
Zenkoji Temple
Kawanakajima Kosenjo
  • Shinjuku
  • Nagano

Adults 3,200JPY, Children 1,600JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 3h 40min)

  • Nagano
  • Shinjuku

Adults 3,200JPY, Children 1,600JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 3h 40min)


About Nagano area

Nagano city is located basically in the north of Nagano prefecture which is surrounded by significantly tall mountains, known as the nickname of the "Roof of Japan".
In 1998, Nagano hosted the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The world-class snow resorts of Hakuba, Shiga Kogen Heights and Nozawa Onsen continue to attract winter sports lovers every year. Besides that, Nagano has many popular sightseeing spots such as Zenkoji Temple and Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park which is the only place in the world you can see wild monkeys bathing in an onsen. In addition, Nagano has convenient rail/bus and expressway access to Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and other major cities.


Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

The Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park (altitude 850 meters) is located in the Valley of Yokoyu River sourced from Shiga-Kogen of the Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park in northern part of Nagano prefecture. Because of the very steep cliffs and the steam coming out of the springs in everywhere, ancient people called this valley "Jigokudani (Hell valley)".
This area is covered with snow almost one third of the year.
However, such severe environment is a paradise on earth for monkeys to live in. The troops of wild Japanese macaque (they are popularly known as snow monkeys) inhabit here naturally through the ages. Since the establishment of Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in 1964, it has been a worldwide popular place for watching the bathing monkeys in a hot spring and observing its unique ecology for researchers and photographers.

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park official website

Access to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park from Shinjuku Station

Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal (Expressway bus Reservation) → Nagano Station

It can be reached from Nagano Station in 2 ways.
Route 1. Ltd. Exp. + Local bus
Nagano Station (Nagano Electric Railway Ltd. Exp. "Snow Monkey" : Approx. 38 minutes / 1,260 yen) → Yudanaka Station (Nagano Dentesu Bus : Approx. 15 minutes) → Kanbayashi Onsen bus stop (35 min. walk) → Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
Route 2. Expressway Bus
Nagano Station (Nagano Dentesu Express Bus for Shiga-kogen(Shiga Highlands) : Approx. 41 minutes / 1,400 yen) → Kanbayashi Onsen bus stop (35 min. walk) → Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

  • Shinjuku
  • Nagano

Adults 3,200JPY, Children 1,600JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 3h 40min)

  • Nagano
  • Shinjuku

Adults 3,200JPY, Children 1,600JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 3h 40min)


 Why don't you travel further from Nagano to Kamikochi?
  • Nagano
    (Nagano Station East Exit)
  • Kamikochi

Adults 2,900JPY - 3,400JPY,
Children 1,450JPY - 1,700JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 2h 40min)

  • Kamikochi
  • Nagano
    (Nagano Station East Exit)

Adults 2,900JPY - 3,400JPY,
Children 1,450JPY - 1,700JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 2h 40min)


About Zenkoji Temple

About Zenkoji Temple

Zenkoji Temple has been primary center of Buddhist faith in Japan for 1400 years. The non-sectarian temple sometimes referred to "Shinshu Zenkoji Temple" to differentiate from other temples named Zenkoji. As believed that a visit there once in a lifetime will ensure a passage into the Land of Happiness, it attracts a number of pilgrims all over the world.
It is worth visiting in Nagano to see the majestic Buddhist architecture of Edo period which has been registered as the National Treasure of Japan.

  • Shinjuku
  • Zenkoji Daimon

Adults 3,200JPY, Children 1,600JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 3h 50min)

  • Zenkoji Daimon
  • Shinjuku

Adults 3,200JPY, Children 1,600JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 3h 50min)


Visiting Zenkoji temple at night is another way to enjoy the temple.
The temple is lit and presents mysterious look.
Shops in the temple are all closed, but you can still purchase good luck charms at a vending machine.

  • Zenkoji temple
  • Zenkoji temple

About Kawanakajima Kosenjo (Kawanakajima historic battlefield)

About Kawanakajima Kosenjo (Kawanakajima historic battlefield)

Kawanakajima Kosenjo is considered as a historic battlefield that Takeda force of the Province of Kai was laid its headquarter for the battle with Uesugi force of the Province of Echigo. A statue in the park replicate the moment in which Uesugi Kenshin attacked Takeda Shingen from horseback. It is highly recommended for history lovers.
[Opening hours] 8:30 a.m. - 5:50 p.m.

  • Shinjuku
  • Kawanakajima Kosenjo

Adults 3,200JPY, Children 1,600JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 3h 30min)

  • Kawanakajima Kosenjo
  • Shinjuku

Adults 3,200JPY, Children 1,600JPY
(Travel time: Approx. 3h 30min)