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Art, History, and Onsen in Nagano! (2 Nights)

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68,000 JPY - 95,500 JPY

*Charge per one Adult

Tour code : 0051N
From US$618

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Zenko-ji Temple
Built approximately 1,400 years ago in Nagano, Zenko-ji Temple is quite unique compared to other temples in the fact that it has never belonged to any particular sect of Buddhism. The main hall, now designated as a national treasure, is a large-scale wooden structure which features traditional elements of Japanese architecture such as shumoku-style ※1 and hiwadabuki thatched roofs ※2. One of the main attractions is the tunnel known as “Okaidan Meguri”’ which runs under the temple’s main hall. It is said that if, whilst making your way through the pitch black corridor, you can find and lay your hands on the padlock known as “the key to the Land of Happiness” you are promised a long life in this world and will enter the Land of Happiness in the afterlife.
How about trying your luck at finding the padlock and taking away your share of its lucky charm?

※1 Shumoku-style roofs are T shaped, much like the shape of a wooden bell hammer (shumoku). This style is used in temples.
※2 Hiwadabuki thatched roofs are roofs composed of cypress bark layers.

Shojin ryori
For lunch, we give you the unique opportunity to enjoy shojin ryori in an authentic shukubo. Shukubos are temple lodgings, run by the monks themselves on the temple grounds. Shojin ryori is a type of vegetarian cuisine, based on the Buddhist precepts that animal produce or ingredients※ which stimulate worldly desires shall not be used. With the continuation of the Buddhist traditional of providing pilgrims with hospitality and a place at the table, you can enjoy the delicate flavors of authentic shojin ryori at the shukubo of Zenko-ji Temple.

※ In shojin ryori, spring onion, leek, garlic etc are said to increase worldly desires and thus not consumed by monks.

Jigokudani Monkey Park
Located 850m above sea level, the park is a paradise for wild monkeys. As such, it is also easy for visitors to watch the monkeys. They are known for entering the hot springs in the winter, but many of them also soak in the springs in the summer. Also in the summer, visitors can observe the monkeys in their natural habitat, grooming each other slowly and leisurely.

Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen ski resort is renowned for being the birthplace of skiing in Japan, after Austrian Hannes Schneider introduced the sport for the first time in 1930. Nozawa’s reputation, however, goes back long before this when it established itself as a hot spring town under the reign of Emperor Shomu (724-749). There are 13 public baths spread across the resort all with no entrance fee. These so-called Sotoyu or outdoor baths are in fact 100% natural hot springs that are housed inside buildings dating back to the Edo-period. As the bathhouses are all within walking distance of each other, taking a leisurely stroll from one to another whilst wearing your yukata robes is a fun way to pass some time either before or after dinner. When you have finished soaking in the hot springs, why not enjoy a cup of local sake or a pint of craft beer? Finally, you cannot go home without trying the famous hot spring steamed buns.
The hot spring street has a fun stamp collecting activity. If you collect more than 10 stamps, you can exchange them for a precious souvenir to take home!

Gansho-in Temple
Hokusai Katsushika (1760-1849) was a Japanese ukiyo-e master whose works at the end of the Edo period (1603-1868) greatly influenced French impressionist artists. Hokusai was invited to the town of Obuse by local merchant Kozan Takai and completed the masterpiece of Gansho-in Temple known as ‘The Phoenix Staring in Eight Directions’, at the age of 88! The beauty of the gold leaves and abundance of other vibrant colors used in this large-scale ceiling painting is enough to overwhelm you.

Hokusai-kan Museum
The Hokusai-kan Museum exhibits the works completed by the artist during his stay in Obuse. The festival floats that can be admired at the end of the exhibit were created during a time when Christianity was still banned in Japan. Despite this, if you look closely you can find small angels hidden among the floats architraves. This gives us a unique insight into Hokusai’s temperament as an artist.
The museum shop is also an experience in itself and is a great place to find a unique souvenir.

Tanaka Honke Museum
The Tanaka Honke Museum is the original residence of wealthy merchants during the Edo-era, the Tanaka family, and was often visited by the haiku poet, Issa Kobayashi. The museum is not only host to a collection of over 20,000 astonishing art works, but also lacquerware, clothing items, toys and other everyday items of the time. The collection is often referred to as the Kinsei-no-Shoshoin or “Treasure House”. The site is spread over 3,000 tsubo or roughly 9,900 square meters. It features Izumi style gardens (Japanese garden with a pond in the center), as well as many other traditional Japanese gardens with beauty that can be enjoyed during all four seasons of the year.

Togakushi
Togakushi-jinja Shrine boasts more than 2,000 years of history since it’s conception. Recently, it has been regarded as a power spot. The road leading to the temple is lined with cedar trees more than 400 years old, lending an air of mystery. The tour will guide you to the heart of the grounds(Togakushi-Chusha), as well as the rear shrine(Togakushi Okusha). As the rear shrine(Togakushi Okusha) is a 2km walk, please wear comfortable shoes. In addition, since Togakushi is famous for ninja history, you can visit a nearby ninja museum if time permits.

Available period Throughout the year

Fees(Adult)
68,000 JPY - 95,500 JPY
Tour date
Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday only
Minimum number of participants
1 Persons
Departure point
JR Nagano Station East Entrance

* Price for one Adult
(prices as seen on our booking sites. If you book through other services, the price may vary)

*Included in the tour price

・One night accommodation in a charming and welcoming hot springs resort hotel. Try collecting stamps around the area in the stamp rally!
・Delicious evening meal.
・Breakfasts each morning. A good way to start the day!
・Accommodation in a conveniently located hotel near Nagano Station.
・Two traditional washoku lunches. They taste as good as they look!
・All taxi fares. Your taxi is air conditioned and the driver is friendly!
・One of a kind experience. A chance to see animals in the wild!
・Incredible natural beauty.
・A chance to meet a ninja!
・Admission fee to Zenko-ji Temple (including the inner chamber, underground passage, and history museum.
※Admission to Sanmon gate is not included.
・Admission fee to tourist locations including Gansho-in Temple, Jigokudani Monkey Park, and the Tanaka Honke Museum.


※Please note: Admission ticket to Zenkoji temple (NAIJIN-KEN Ticket) is normally 500 yen. This fee is covered in the overall tour price.

Reservation deadline
10 days before the tour starts
Cancelation charge
Company name
RIELA

* Depending on weather and road conditions changes to the tour without prior notice can be possible.

Assembly Point
JR Nagano Station East Entrance
access
[Train Station] JR Nagano Station East Entrance
・From Tokyo or Kanazawa - approx. 1.5 hrs by Shinkansen
・From Sendai - approx. 2.5 hrs by Shinkansen(transfer required at Omiya station)
・From Nagoya - approx. 3 hrs by Wide View Shinano
・From Kyoto or Osaka - Arriving in Nagano on the previous day via Nagoya or Kanazawa

・Taxi tour service is available from Haneda Airport or Narita Airport (for an extra fee). Contact us for more details.

Assembling time
10:00am
Ending place
JR Nagano Station East Entrance
Time required
2 nights, 3 day

Schedule

Private Tour Plan
Shared Ride Plan


Private Tour Plan

Day 1
10:00 Meet at JR Nagano station A taxi driver holding a white Authentrip flag will be waiting for you at JR Nagano Station.
10:15 Zenko-ji Temple We recommend heading to the ordination platform early as it may get crowded. One unique feature of this temple is that it is not affiliated with a particular sect of Buddhism. Admire the architecture and atmosphere that has been here for over a millennium. You can see how lucky you are by entering a dark tunnel and searching for a padlock called “the key to the land of happiness”. Maybe you will be lucky!
12:15 Traditional Buddhist vegetarian lunch Enjoy Shojin Ryori for lunch in an authentic temple lodge called Fuchinobo. This style of cooking adheres to Buddhist principles so it uses vegetables, wild plants and tofu while avoiding animal products. You will feel nourished and spiritual when you eat this meal.
14:15 Jigokudani Monkey Park Walking around this park is so much fun. There are wild monkeys around so look out for them. See how monkeys live in the wild. The walk to the park from the parking area is about fifteen minutes. Please note that the park is not accessible to wheelchairs, strollers for babies or other wheeled items because of uneven surfaces, unpaved roads, and steps.
16:00 Nozawa Grand Hotel After you check in to the Nozawa Grand Hotel, you can have fun collecting in the Stamp Rally around this hot spring town! If you get ten stamps, you will win a gift! Happy collecting.
Day 2
10:30 Leave the Hotel The taxi driver will be there to pick you up.
11:20 Gansho-in Temple The renowned artist Hokusai painted an incredible painting in this temple which you can see for yourself! It’s a mythical phoenix but it’s so alive with color that it looks like it might fly away! Why not lie down on the tatami mat and take it all in.
12:10 Charming Obuse Town The town of Obuse is famous for its association with Hokusai. We recommend visiting Hokusai-kan museum to see his woodblock prints and some amazing festival floats. You can enjoy the local specialty of chestnuts in Obuse-do Honten.
14:20 Tanaka Honke Museum Incredible artwork and artefacts collected by the Tanaka family over many generations are on display. The gardens are vast and can be enjoyed in spring, summer, winter or fall. You can see centuries of history and heritage collected here.
15:30 Arriving at JR Nagano Station You will stay at Hotel Sanroute Nagano Higashiguchi. It is just a minute walk from Nagano Station East Entrance. Please make your way to the hotel and check in.
Day 3
10:30 Depart from JR Nagano Station East Entrance A taxi driver holding a white Authentrip flag will be waiting for you at JR Nagano Station East Entrance.
11:30 Togakushi-Jinja Shrine (Chusha) So many people pray at this shrine for so many different reasons – academic or business success, better health and a safe life, or to ward off evil spirits. The shrine building ceiling was restored in 2003. There is a painting on it by Kawanabe Kyosai, a master of the Kano school of painting. It is a must see!
12:50 Togakushi Ninja Museum and Trick Mansion The genius of the ninjas tricks are everywhere in this mansion.. Will you be caught by their sneaky traps? Will you even be able to escape?? If you manage to make it out, you can get a hands on ninja experience. There are even shuriken and other weapons to try in the Ninja Dojo!
14:10 Kagami-ike Pond Behold the breathtaking views at the Togakushi plateau. The mountains and lake surface come together in a spectacular view that will leave you lost for words.
15:30 Arrival at JR Nagano Station Our tour ends when we arrive back at JR Nagano Station.

※Please make sure to read our [terms & policies]
↑Schedule Top

Shared Ride Plan

Day 1
10:00 Meet at JR Nagano station A taxi driver holding a white Authentrip flag will be waiting for you at JR Nagano Station.
10:15 Zenko-ji Temple  We recommend heading to the ordination platform early as it may get crowded. One unique feature of this temple is that it is not affiliated with a particular sect of Buddhism. Admire the architecture and atmosphere that has been here for over a millennium. You can see how lucky you are by entering a dark tunnel and searching for a padlock called “the key to the land of happiness”. Maybe you will be lucky!
12:15 Traditional Buddhist vegetarian lunch Enjoy Shojin Ryori for lunch in an authentic temple lodge called Fuchinobo. This style of cooking adheres to Buddhist principles so it uses vegetables, wild plants and tofu while avoiding animal products. You will feel nourished and spiritual when you eat this meal.
14:15 Jigokudani Monkey Park Walking around this park is so much fun. There are wild monkeys around so look out for them. See how monkeys live in the wild. The walk to the park from the parking area is about fifteen minutes. Please note that the park is not accessible to wheelchairs, strollers for babies or other wheeled items because of uneven surfaces, unpaved roads, and steps.
16:00 Nozawa Onsen After you check in to the Nozawa Grand Hotel, you can have fun collecting in the Stamp Rally around this hot spring town! If you get ten stamps, you will win a gift! Happy collecting.
Day 2
10:30 Leave the Hotel The taxi driver will be there to pick you up.
11:20 Gansho-in Temple The renowned artist Hokusai painted an incredible painting in this temple which you can see for yourself! It’s a mythical phoenix but it’s so alive with color that it looks like it might fly away! Why not lie down on the tatami mat and take it all in.
12:10 Charming Obuse Town The town of Obuse is famous for its association with Hokusai. We recommend visiting Hokusai-kan museum to see his woodblock prints and some amazing festival floats. You can enjoy the local specialty of chestnuts in Obuse-do Honten.
14:20 Tanaka Honke Museum Incredible artwork and artefacts collected by the Tanaka family over many generations are on display. The gardens are vast and can be enjoyed in spring, summer, winter or fall. You can see centuries of history and heritage collected here.
15:30 Arriving at JR Nagano Station You will stay at Hotel Sanroute Nagano Higashiguchi. It is just a minute walk from Nagano Station East Entrance. Please make your way to the hotel and check in.
Day 3
10:30 Depart from JR Nagano Station East Entrance A taxi driver holding a white Authentrip flag will be waiting for you at JR Nagano Station East Entrance.
11:30 Togakushi-Jinja Shrine (Chusha) So many people pray at this shrine for so many different reasons – academic or business success, better health and a safe life, or to ward off evil spirits. The shrine building ceiling was restored in 2003. There is a painting on it by Kawanabe Kyosai, a master of the Kano school of painting. It is a must see!
12:50 Togakushi Ninja Museum and Trick Mansion The genius of the ninjas tricks are everywhere in this mansion.. Will you be caught by their sneaky traps? Will you even be able to escape?? If you manage to make it out, you can get a hands on ninja experience. There are even shuriken and other weapons to try in the Ninja Dojo!
14:10 Kagami-ike Pond Behold the breathtaking views at the Togakushi plateau. The mountains and lake surface come together in a spectacular view that will leave you lost for words.
15:30 Arrival at JR Nagano Station Our tour ends when we arrive back at JR Nagano Station.

※Please make sure to read our [terms & policies]
↑Schedule Top
Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.
For customers joining tours during the winter period・Tattoo Warning
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

・Be warned that if you have any tattoo, you may not be allowed to enter a public onsen or sento. If your tattoo is small enough to cover with Band-Aid and you will have no problem. Please ask the staff at the front desk, if you can go in despite your tattoo. Thank you very much for your kind understanding.
Itinerary Changes
・Customers may make changes to their tour itineraries, such as length of stay, etc. if they so wish.
・Please note that any extensions to the length of stay will incur additional charges.
・Additional charges are generally paid on the day, in cash, to the taxi driver.
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.
Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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