DAY TOUR

Together with local historical culture, natural hot springs and a variety of culinary delights, you will have the time of your life in this winter wonderland.
Check our day tour selections to experience a different Hakuba!

  • Snow Monkeys and Zenkoji Temple Tour
  • Japanese Cultural Experience Tour
  • Japanese Hand-Rolled Sushi Making Tour
  • Snow Monkeys and Zenkoji Temple Tour
  • Japanese Cultural Experience Tour
  • Matsumoto City Culture Experience Tour
  • Itoigawa Seafood Gourmet Tour

Snow Monkeys and Zenkoji Temple

Snow Monkeys
Date Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
From 19th Dec 2016 - 17th Mar 2017
(except 29th Dec - 3rd Jan 2017)
Pick up time 8.00am
Price 10,000 yen / per adult (aged 12 or above)
8,000 yen / per child
Pick up place Hakuba Tokyu Hotel, Happo Information Centre
Itinerary8:00amPick up
10:00amSnow Monkey Park
12:30pmLunch at Obuse
3:00pmFree time at Zenkoji Temple
5:00pmArrive at Hakuba
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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

Arrive at Kambayashi Onsen in Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park- It is a 30 minute walk from the car park area to the snow monkey location. Since 1964, Jigokudani yaenkoen loved by many people in all over the world. Jigokudani Yaenkoen as a place where the interesting the mode of life of the Japanese Macaque can be observed nearby.
Jigokudani Monkey Park is located in the valley of Yokoyu-River that flowing from Shigakogen area of the northern part of Nagano-Prefecture. At 850 meters in elevation, it is a harsh environment where snow covers the ground for one-third of the year.
People called Jigokudani (Hell's Valley) because they could see the spectacle that looks like the hell that steep cliff, spring out boiling water from the surface of the earth. But this place is a paradise for monkeys. Two groups of monkeys are living in naturally at present.

Japanese course lunch at Obuse – Suzuhana Resturant

Obuse (oh-boo-say) is a small but dynamic town located in Nagano Prefecture. Obuse blends culture and the arts with an atmosphere of camaraderie, for good food, sake, and the company of friends is appreciated. For Lunch there is a choice of Japanese fish or meat as well as a choice of local Obuse wine or sake. (*Advance booking is required for vegetarian customers.)

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Zenkoji Temple

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One of the most visited temples in Japan, Zenkoji was founded 1400 years ago and stores, what many believe to be the first Buddhist statue ever brought to Japan. A copy of the statue is shown to the public every six years for a few weeks. The next opportunity will in 2015. Most recently rebuilt in 1707, Zenkoji's main hall has a tunnel in its basement in which visitors are trying to find and touch the "key to paradise" in complete darkness. The key is attached to the wall and grants enlightenment to anybody who touches it.

Tour Guide

Sumi is our guide who is capable of speaking fluent English and Japanese. Her cheerful and helpful attitude has gained a good reputation from many customers year and year. Enjoy our popular Snow Monkey Tour with our lovely guide!

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Japanese Cultural Experience Tour Kimono Dressing, Japanese Paper Craft & Tea Ceremony

Kimono Dressing
Date Every Thursday
From 5th Jan 2017 - 23rd Feb 2017
Pick up time 9:30 am – 9:50 am
Price 8,000 yen / person
Minimum of 2 guests required to run the tour.
Available only for women
Pick up place Your accommodation (Pick-up place is subject to the number of bookings)
Itinerary9:30 - 9:50amPick up time
10:00amKimono Dressing
11:30amOrigami & Tea Ceremony
12:00pmLunch time (Japanese lunch)
1:15pmArrive at your accommodation
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Shouya Maruhachi

This building was the residence of the Yokosawa family, a local wealthy merchant. It was built at the end of the Edo period and was reconstructed and remodeled several times during the Meiji, Taisho and Showa eras.
This traditional Japanese family residence with its earthen floors and ‘irori’ hearth is the setting for tourists from overseas to interact with local residents and others.

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Experience the real Japan kimono dressing

There are lots of colorful and elegant kimono outfits available for your option. The professional kimono teacher will help you choose the best one suitable for you. Talking about kimono, the obi (sash) is the most important part of kimono dressing. There are different undersashes and ribbons worn underneath the obi. The obi itself often requires the use of stiffeners and ribbons for definition of shape and decoration. Even the obi with ready-made ribbon knots are also gaining in popularity, our professional kimono teacher will make the ribbon knots by her hands during the activity, letting you experience the real Japan kimono dressing.

Delicious Japanese cuisine with a great surprise

Shoya Maruhachi restaurant especially offers a unique Japanese style Obento lunch box for this tour. There are 4 different plates of local traditional cuisine in the lunch box, together with rice, soup and seasonal fruits or sweets. You’ll never know what you get until you open it! Enjoy our delicious cuisine with a great surprise!

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Japanese Hand-Rolled Sushi Making Tour

Sushi
Date Every Wednesday
Pick up time 9:30 am – 9:50 am
Price 6,000 yen / person
Minimum of 2 guests required to run the tour.
Pick up place Your accommodation
Itinerary10:30am -10:50amPick up time
11:00amStart Cooking
12:00pmEnjoy your very own creative lunch
13:00pmDepart from restaurant
13:15pmArrive at your accommodation
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Experience the real Japanese culture by making sushi & traditional homemade dishes

In Japanese culture, Sushi is considered to be an art form because its appearance is just as important as how it tastes. Now, you have a chance to learn the making hand-rolled sushi and local homemade meals at Lodge KAZE Hakuba which is in Wadano, Hakuba. You can enjoy your very own sushi creations for lunch. The Japanese classes require a minimum of two guests. It is best to join us with a couple or family.

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Japanese Taiko Drum Tour

Taiko Drum
Date Every Thursday
From 22th Dec,2016 - 12th Jan 2017
(except 29th Dec 2016 - 5th Jan 2017)
Price 2,000 yen / person (aged 6 or above)
Including snack and drink
Minimum of 3 guests required to run this tour.
Pick up time 19:00 pm - 19:20 pm
Pick up place Your accommodation in Hakuba
Itinerary19:00-19:20pmPick up time
19:30pmEnjoy watching the performance with snack and drink
20:00pmPlay the drum together with the team
20:40pmDepart
21:00pmArrive at your accommodation
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Experience the real Japanese culture by making sushi & traditional homemade dishes

Taiko drumming is an indigenous part of Japanese culture dating back more than 1400 years. You not only have chance to experience the awe-inspiring sound of local taiko drumming performed by a local professional team called Otari Daiko Performer, but also play the taiko drum together with them. Let’s enjoy making music and receiving a good physical workout at the same time.

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Otari Daiko

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Otari village is situated next to Hakuba and has flourished as one of the popular ski resorts. Otari Daiko performers consist of various members from the elementary school students to the seniors. Their aim is to encourage more people to be happy and smile. It would be a great option to join the tour when you have a day off from the ski slopes of Hakuba.

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LOCAL TRAIN & CULTURE EXPERIENCE TOUR

LOCAL TRAIN
Date 15th Jan – 19 Mar 2017
Every Sun
Price 8,000 yen / person (aged 6 or above)
Minimum of 2 guests required to run the tour. Tour will be held at Omachi, 40 mins away from Hakuba.
Pick up time 9:30 am
Pick up place Hakuba JR Station
Itinerary9:30amPick up time
10:45amArrive at Shinano Omachi (by tlain)
11:00amCultual Experience at Chojiya Museum
(Japanese traditional dressing / Playng traditional crafts)
1:00pmLunch at Wachigai
2:30pmFree time at Omachi
3:08pmDepart from Shnano Omachi (by train)
3:48pmArrive at Hakuba JR Station
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Chojiya Museum

This building was built in 1890, and was used as a salt wholesale house.
It has a traditional structure of pillar, and you can see Japanese traditional facilities such as a fireplace called “Irori”, earthen floor called “Doma”, and a drawing room with tatami.
And of course, it has a Japanese style warehouse used for storing salt.

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Wachigai

Like when you come back home,Wachigai is the place where you enjoy peaceful and soothing moment away from daily busy days.
This transitional house, built with typical Kyofu-Machiya (type of architecture design developed in Kyoto) in Edo period, keeps the good old-days ambiance. The name “Wachigai” is taken after the Yago, the traditional name of the house.
We are really glad to bring passion and excitement back to this house after long absence of people, and to create new life along with tradition, and to you, who come from far away.
When you want to take a rest, please come and feel relax in this warm atmosphere and enjoy the fine local cuisine.

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Cultual Experience (Japanese traditional dressing / Playng traditional crafts)

Let’s have a Japanese cultural experience at a traditional old folk house “Shiono-Michi Choji-ya” in Omachi.
Why don’t you take a “Cosplay” picture with Japanese costume in a traditional folk house?
You can wear Samurai costume or “Yukata” kimono (a light cotton Kimono).
In such a traditional folk house, you can experience wearing Japanese costume and having powdered green tea.
Japanese old playing experience such as “Ken-dama” (Japanese bilboquet), “Menko” (game of slapping cards down to overturn opponent’s) and “Ote-dama” (beanbags for juggling) are free of charge.

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Matsumoto City Culture Experience Tour

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Date 19th Dec 2016 – 31 Mar 2017
Daily
Pick up time 8:50 am
Pick up place Hotels in Hakuba
Price 2-3 pax : 72,000 yen / group
4-8 pax : 105,000 yen/ group
Itinerary09:00amPick up
10:00amDaio Wadabi Farm
11:00amMatsumoto Castle
〜14:00pmLunch break (Self-pay) & Free time
14:15pmKametaya Sake Brewery
15:40pmKurakyu
(Japanese Fried Dough Cookies)
17:30pmArrive Hakuba
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Matsumoto Castle

With 400 years of history, Matsumoto Castle is a National Treasure that every Japan visitor should see. Formerly called Fukashi Castle, it was a branch castle of the Ogasawara family during the long period of the warring states. It is located in the city of Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture. Matsumoto Castle is a flatland castle (hirajiro) because it is not built on a hilltop or amid rivers, but on a plain. Its complete defences would have included an extensive system of inter-connecting walls, moats and gatehouses. The most interesting part of the castle is the main donjon/keep (tenshukaku) completed in the late 16th century, and which maintains its original wooden interiors and external stonework.

Kametaya Sake Brewery

The Kametaya brewery is definitely worth a visit. Seeped in history, the brewery occupies one of the original farm houses of the area and if you are prepared to travel a little further, you will find it nestled in the foothills of the mountains and surrounded by trees. The long straight road leading up to the brewery is the original road used by the merchants of yesteryear.
After the tour visitors are invited to try some of the brewery’s sake, and are free to browse the little shop where visitors can purchase gift boxes of various blends to take home to relatives and friends.

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Daio Wasabi Farm

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Daio Wasabi Farm is Japan’s largest wasabi farm covering 15 hectares. It's natural water springs 120,000t per day that is to enable their annual yield of 150t of wasabi. It is located in Hotaka, Azumino, 32km north from the center of Matsumoto. It was established in 1915 and is a popular tourist spot due to its beautiful watermills and for the magnificent view of the Alps. Its restaurants offer not only the popular soba noodles along with freshly picked wasabi, but also wasabi-flavored ice cream and lots of other wasabi-themed products.

Itoigawa Seafood Gourmet Tour

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Date Every Saturday
From 14 January 2017 – 18 March 2017
Price 8,000 yen / person
Minimum of 2 guests required to run the tour
Pick up time 10:00 am / 10:05 am
Pick up place Tokyu Hotel / Happo Information Center
Itinerary10:00amDepart Hakuba
11:15amKaganoi Shuzou (Sake Brewery)
11:45amIkkoku Seafood Product Shop (Tasting)
12:05pmLunch time (Seafood lunch)
02:00pmVisit Hakusan Shrine
02:40pmFish Market (Shopping)
04:30pmArrive in Hakuba
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No Japan holiday is complete without trying a fresh sashimi or seafood meal. Itoigawa city is just one hour away from Hakuba Valley by bus. You can not only indulge in seafood in abundance but also try the famous Kaganoi Sake at the oldest Japanese sake brewery of Niigata prefecture. What’s more! You may buy the fresh seafood souvenirs for your beloved one. Get ready to experience this gourmet tour like never before!

Kaganoi Sake Brewery

Kaganoi Sake Brewery is the oldest Japanese sake brewery in Niigata prefecture since 1650. Due to Niigata’s clear water and natural environment, it produces good quality of rice and Japanese sake (Kaganoi Sake) which is famous among the Japanese. You may try the best Niigata’s local sake there.

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Seafood Lunch

Let some fresh seafood to fill your stomach! The chef will choose the seasonal seafood to make the best lunch for you. You will be served with a warm seafood soup and a blow of rice with various seafood on the top. I believe it will make your mouth water.

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Ikkoku Seafood Product Shop & Fish Market

‘Kamaboko’ is a Japanese processed seafood product made by the pureed fish. You will have a chance to try this delicious processed seafood product. Or if you want to buy some fresh seafood for souvenirs, you may also choose them at Itoigawa Fish Market.

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