Title:
Snow Monkeys | Guide to Yudanaka Shibu Onsen area
URL:
http://www.yudanaka-shibuonsen.com
Description:
My advices for traveling to Snow Monkey park, Yudanaka Shibu onsen traditional Japanese village full of hot springs and Shiga Kogen.
Keywords:
yudanaka, shibu onsen, snow monkey, nagano, accommodation
Language:
en
Author/a:
atypic.sk
Contributor/a:
Zeno
Publisher/a:
Zeno
Intellectual property rights:
Zeno
Creation date:
2014-04-01
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Itinerary samples

1. Arrival at Yudanaka station morning or lunch time

2. Arrival at Yudanaka station around check in time

First what you have to think about:

  • Check in is in most of Ryokan Hotels 3PM and check out 10AM
  • Pick up and Drop off at Yudanaka station is ONLY around the Chek in and Check out time
  •  Snow Monkey park is open until 4PM during Winter time

1. Arrival at Yudanaka station morning or lunch time

1st. Day

  • Check in is 3PM in most of Ryokans
  • Monkey park are closing 4PM during Winter time.
  • You should go to see monkeys before check in 3PM. You can leave your bags at Reception of the ryokan you stay. (Let them know in advance and in this case, they will not pick you up at Yudanaka station - take Public bus or Taxi to the ryokan)
    Direction of the bus is Kanbayashi bus stop where you get of and then walk 30min to the Monkey park
    Other option is to walk from ryokan – it takes around 40-50min.(2,5km) from Shibu Onsen. (its very nice walk trough forest)
  • After check in and before dinner I advice to enjoy 100% hot spring bathing culture, as all Ryokans in Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen have hot spring baths. Also on the streets are Public hot baths which you can try for free. This place is well known in Japan as Healing Spa Town for hundreds years.

2nd. Day

  • Breakfast is usually around 8 – 8.30AM
  • Check out 10AM
  • Ryokan give you lift to Yudanaka station around 9:45 AM and you can continue in your jurney
  • or you can leave your bags at ryokan and go to see Snow Monkeys one more time or get around and back to Yudanaka station on your own.

2. Arrival at Yudanaka station around check in time

1st. Day

  • Check in is 3PM in most of Ryokans
  • Monkey park are closing 4PM during Winter time, so you have no chance to make it this day.
  • After check in and before dinner I advice to enjoy 100% hot spring bathing culture, as all Ryokans in Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen have hot spring baths. Also on the streets are Public hot baths which you can try for free. This place is well known in Japan as Healing Spa Town for hundreds years.

2nd. Day

  • Breakfast is usually around 8 – 8.30AM
  • Check out 10AM
  • If you book one of recommended Ryokans on Zeno's Guide, ryokan give you lift to Snow Monkey park for sure. Please discuss the timing at the Reception.
  • After you come back and pick up your bags at the ryokan,  you have to get to Yudanaka train station on your own.


I advice to stop in Zenko-ji temple in Nagano city  where you arrive by Shinkansen. Whatever its on the way here or on the way back from Snow Monkey area. 
Its one of the oldest and biggest wooden buildings in whole Japan! Zenko-ji is in nice garden together with many temples and one nice pagoda. Before the entrance gate is long street full of old japanese houses, trees and souvenier sops...This place is one of my favorite places in Japan Its the atraction nr. 1 in Nagano prefecture.


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