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Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park

Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park


As the only place in the world where wild monkeys freely enter and bathe in hot springs, visitors from all over the world come to the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park to see the humorous sight of the “snow monkeys” enjoying a warm, luxurious bath amid the snowy landscape.

Website http://en.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/
Address 6845, Hirao, Hirao, Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture
Contact Tel: +81 269-33-4379
Fax: +81 269-33-8521
E-mail:webmaster@jigokudanbi-yaenkoen.co.jp
Open All year round
Hours Summer 8:30-17:00
Winter 9:00-16:00
Public Transport from Iiyama / Parking Iiyama Station – Nagaden Express Bus Shiga Kogen Line (35 min) – Snow Monkey Park (Kanbayashi Onsen Entrance) – on foot (30 min) – Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park
Car parking 50 spaces
Nearby sightseeing spots Shibu Onsen (hot springs)
Yudanaka Onsen (hot springs)

Shiga Highlands

Shiga Highlands

   

Surrounded by mountains over 2,000 meters and including over 70 lakes and ponds of various sizes, Shiga Highlands is a truly magnificent highland park. With about 20 ski resorts, it is one of the leading ski areas in Japan and was host to the 1998 Nagano Olympic alpine ski and snowboarding events. Of course, the winter activities here are superb, but in the green season, you can enjoy trekking, hot springs, and more, making this a great place to enjoy the grandeur of nature all year round.

Website http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/
Address Shiga Highlands Gateway Station
7149, Hirao, Yamanouchi, Nagano 381-0401
Contact Shiga Kogen Tourist Association
Tel: +81 269-34-2404
Fax: +81 269-34-3188
E-mail: info@shigakogen.gr.jp
Open All year round
Public Transport from Iiyama / Parking Iiyama Station – Nagaden Express Bus Shiga Kogen Line (1 hr) – Hasuike (Shiga Highlands)
Car parking Available
Bus parking Available
Nearby sightseeing spots Oku-Shiga Highlands
Kita-Shiga Highlands
Shiranekazan
Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane

Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park

 

 Myoko-Togakushi Renzan National Park


The mountain range between Nagano and Niigata Prefectures contains everything from volcanoes such as Mt. Myoko, to the religiously venerated sites of Mt. Togakushi. In winter the ski resorts of Myoko Highlands are popular, while in the green season, Lake Nojiri offers water sports, and a chance to learn about the Prehistoric Palaeoloxodon naumanni, or Naumann Elephant, whose fossilized remains were discovered at the lake.

Website http://www.env.go.jp/en/nature/nps/park/myokotogakushi/index.html
Address Myoko Kogen Visitor Center
2248-4 Sekigawa, Myoko, Niigata 949-2112
Sasagamine Visitor Center
Sasagamine, Suginosawa, Myoko, Niigata 949-2113
Contact Tel:+81 255-86-4599 (Myoko Kogen Visitor Center)
Open Myoko Kogen Visitor Center
All year round (Myoko Kogen Visitor Center)
Hours 9:00 – 17:00 (Myoko Kogen Visitor Center)
Public Transport from Iiyama / Parking Iiyama Station – Nagaden Express Bus Kurohime Line (1hr 30 min) – Kurohime Station – Echigo Tokimeki Railway (10 min) – Myoko Kogen Station – Bus/Taxi (10 min) – Myoko Kogen Visitor Center
Car parking 100 spaces
Bus parking 6 spaces
Nearby sightseeing spots Ikenotaira Onsen (hot springs)
Akakura Onsen (hot springs)
Togakushi
Kurohime Highlands
Madarao Highlands
Lake Nojiri
Sasagamine
Naena Falls

Nozawa Onsen (hot springs)

 

Nozawa Onsen (hot springs)

 
 

Nozawa Onsen (hot springs) has over 30 sources of bubbling, volcanic hot spring water and 13 places to enjoy taking a hot spring bath. Whether you are witnessing the local delicacy, nozawana pickles, being prepared and sold in the marketplace, or the spectacular Himatsuri (fire festival), Nozawa is packed with Japanese culture to enjoy. In Winter, the ski resort is very popular with foreign tourists.

Website http://nozawakanko.jp/english/
Address 9780-4 Toyosato, Nozawa Onsen, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano
Contact E-mail: info@nozawakanko.jp
Public Transport from Iiyama / Parking Iiyama Station – Nozawa Onsen Liner Express Bus (30 min) – Nozawa Onsen
Car parking Available
Bus parking Available
Nearby sightseeing spots Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort

The Shin’etsu trail

 

The Shin’etsu trail

The Shin’etsu trail has 80 km of trails following the ridge of the mountain range stretching from Nagano to Niigata Prefectures. You can experience nature and culture (you will doubtless encounter locals foraging for delicious mountain vegetables or mushrooms) on a genuinely long trekking course, rarely found in Japan.

Website http://www.s-trail.net/english/index.html
Address 9780-4 Toyosato, Nozawa Onsen, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano
Contact Tel:+81 269-69-2888
Fax: +81 269-69-2288
E-mail: office@s-trail.net
Public Transport from Iiyama / Parking Iiyama Station – Iiyama City Community Bus Madarao Line (30 min) – Madarao Kogen Hotel – on foot (10 min) – Trailhead
Car parking Available (depending on the trailhead)

Shibu/Yudanaka Hot Springs

 

Shibu Onsen (hot springs),Yudanaka Onsen (hot springs)

With their well-preserved architecture, these two hot spring areas maintain the air of traditional hot spring towns. You will feel right at home in a yukata bathrobe and wooden geta sandals walking in the paved streets past the old wooden buildings. Many people drop in here on their way back from visiting the Snow Monkey Park.

Website http://www.info-yamanouchi.net/english/index.html
Address Hirao, Yamanouchi, Nagano
Contact Tel:+81 69-33-2138
Fax:+81 269-33-4655
E-mail: renmei@info-yamanouchi.net
Public Transport from Iiyama / Parking Iiyama Station – Nagaden Express Bus Shiga Kogen Line (30 min) – Michinoeki (roadside station) Yamanouchi – on foot (20 min) – Shibu/Yudanaka Onsen
Car parking Available
Bus parking Available

Iiyama

 

Iiyama Tourou festival


Only 1 hour and 40 minutes from Tokyo and conveniently linked with all the major sights, Iiyama City is the hub of the Shin’etsu Shizenkyo Nature Park. Thanks to the world-beating snowfalls, the Snow Festival and Kamakura (traditional Japanese snow hut) festivals are held each winter. Forests and nature abound. Moreover, being dotted with over 20 temples, Iiyama has earned the name of “Temple Town”. This, combined with the remnants of the former castle and retaining some of the layout of a castle town, means Japanese traditional culture is strongly in evidence here.

Website http://www.iiyama-ouendan.net/en/
Address Iiyama, Iiyama, Nagano
Contact Shinshu-Iiyama Tourism Bureau
Tel:+81 269-62-3133
Fax:+81 269-81-2156
E-mail: info@iiyama-ouendan.net
Open All year round
Public Transport from Iiyama / Parking Iiyama Station – Nagaden Express Bus Shiga Kogen Line (30 min) – Michinoeki (roadside station) Yamanouchi – on foot (20 min) – Shibu/Yudanaka Onsen
Car parking Available
Nearby sightseeing spots Iiyama Station Shin’etsu Shizenkyo Activity Center
Iiyama Castle Ruin Park
Togari Onsen (hot springs)
Kayanotaira Highlands
Kijimadaira
Tsubame Onsen (hot springs)
Maguse Onsen (hot springs)
Kiriake Onsen (hot springs)
Mt. Naeba

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