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Travelling from Yamanouchi to Jigokudani Monkey Park

16 days ago

I want to know if hiring a car is not possible, how do we get to the monkey park?

3 miles
9 replies
Mexico
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14 days ago

I think it's possible to rent a car if you have an international driver's license but if you rather prefer public transport. The bus stop is Kanbayashi Onsen. From there it's a 30 to 40 minutes walk to the monkey park

Australia
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14 days ago

Thanks so much for your help 😀

Australia
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14 days ago

Hi Kathryn? We’ve been traveling to the Shigakogen ski area for 15 years and Monkey Park is just down the road so I have a bit of experience. It’s possible to hire a car from Nagano Station and drive approximately an hour to monkey park but public transport by bus from Nagano Station is really easy via the Nagaden Bus situated on the east exit of Nagano Station. You can take a tour bus but that is more expensive and not worth it. So if you’re coming from Tokyo, take the Shinkansen to Nagano station and find a connecting bus to Shigakogen or Snow Monkey Park and it’s an easy walk up the the Park. There are lovely cafes nearby which serve great food and drink. Whilst you’re there, please make an effort to continue to shigakogen which has about 19 ski villages in the Joshen’etsu National Park and the scenery and snow is amazing. If you’re going in spring or summer, the hiking trails and lakes are also good! enjoy!

Australia
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14 days ago

Thanks so much for the info. We are actually staying at the ryokan at the monkey park for night and realised after we booked that you can’t take luggage. So trying to work out transport is hard. That’s a good tip for the bus. We are arriving one night earlier so Do you think it would be a good idea to book a hotel in Nagano and then take the bus? We are skiing at Hakuba after that ( shigakogan was booked out) thanks for your help it’s much appreciated 😊

Australia
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13 days ago

Hi Kathryn, you can either stay in Nagano or Yudanaka (nearest train station to Monkey Park the night before and leave your luggage in the lockers at either station.
Or if you want an adventure, there's a really quaint ski lodge where we normally stay which is one stop after monkey park (20 min further in the National park. The lodge is called Villa Alpen, Sun Valley and you can call and say that I recommended it. Their normal min. stay is 3 nights but if they have room, I'm sure that they will be able to make an exception. You can ski in the morning at Shigakogen and catch the bus to monkey park in the afternoon. You can leave your luggage at Villa Alpen for a night.

Australia
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13 days ago

Wow thanks so much! your so kind in sharing your knowledge and experience of the area. I will look in to what you suggest - sounds really good. 🙏🏼😊

Australia
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13 days ago

Pleasure, yell if you need any more info.

Australia
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13 days ago

Thanks Joyce

United States of America
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13 days ago

We stayed in Yudanaka / Yamanouchi four years ago and took a local bus to a drop off point and walked through a lovely forest for about a half and hour to get to the monkey park. Plan to do it again this April. The ryokan owner has driven guests to the drop off point. Ask where you are staying the best way to get there.