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  • Snow Monkey &
    Diamond Mt. Fuji Photography Tour
  • Nagano / Yamanashi , Japan
  • See the only wild monkeys in the world to bath in the hot springs and
    enjoy catching a sight of Mt. Fuji that can only be see in the wintertime.


  • Snow Monkey
    The only wild moneys in the world that bathe in hot springs. Widely loved by people from all over the world, this is a unique experience where you can observe the wild Japanese macaques up close. We will spend the entire day here to give you plenty of time to observe and shoot photos of the monkeys up close.
  • Diamond Fuji
    Mt. Fuji, the symbol of Japan, is always beautiful, but you should take the opportunity to see the ‘Diamond Fuji,’ which is only visible a few times a year. ‘Diamond Fuji’ is the name of the phenomenon at the moment when the sun rises or sun sets just on the top of the peak of Mt. Fuji and you might be lucky enough to see the mountain shining like a diamond. It is actually quite a rare occurrence that can only be seen when various natural conditions overlap, and many people attempt to see it at least once in their life. It is not always possible to see it, so it requires careful planning and research in advance. There are two types of Diamond Fuji, one from the east with the sunrise, and one looking at it from the west with the sunset. This limited time tour allows two chances for seeing it, aiming for the guests to see Mt. Fuji both from east and west.
  • Snowy Mitsutoge by Jeep
    The top of Mount Mitsutoge is accessible by a 4-wheel drive Jeep in the snow, so even those with concerns about stamina and hiking in the snow can participate in this tour. Also, from the lodging Mitsutoge Sanso, you can enjoy a magnificent snowy view of Mt. Fuji and the Japanese Alps, from the evening to dawn.


  City Summary
1 JR Nagano St. Arrive at any time during the day and enjoy exploring the area on your own, until the evening welcome meeting where you will meet your tour leader who will assist you during your stay.
Overnight at Nagano St.| Meal Included: Dinner

JR Nagano St.
Yaen Koen

A full day for the photography of Snow Monkeys. In the morning we will head up to Yaen Koen (Snow Monkey Park) by a taxi. We will start with a walk up the trail to the park entrance gate, with your camera gear and other equipment you will need for the day. After spending the whole day at the park, we will return to hotel.
**To see the snow monkeys, visitors must walk 2 km (1.2 miles) one way along a path that can be slippery and muddy in winter.
Overnight at Yudanaka | Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
3 Nagano
Lake Kawaguchi
Mt. Mitsutoge
By private car drive to Lake Kawaguchi. After some photos there, continue to Mt. Mitsutoge trailhead, where we will transfer to a jeep for the snowy drive to the top of the mountain.
Overnight at Mt. Mitsutoge | Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
4 Mt. Mitsutoge
Lake Shibire
Enjoy the early morning light coming over Mt. Fuji as day breaks. Afterwards, descending the mountain by jeep, we will have another view of Fuji from Lake Yamanaka and can enjoy a sunset Diamond Fuji at Hana no Miyako Park. The view of Mt. Fuji that is printed on the 1,000 yen bill, can be seen from Lake Shibire, a secret view we will go to via Lake Motosuko.
Overnight at Lake Shibire | Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner
5 Lake Shibire
JR Kofu St.
Walk to a famous place known for a sunrise Diamond Fuji, before breakfast and get some photos. Walk back to Lake Shibire and enjoy some free time on your own before heading out. If the weather is nice, you can even try hiking up Mt. Hirugatake (2 hours round trip). From the top, you can see another view of Mt. Fuji as well as the Southern Alps topped silver-white with snow. On the way back, we will guide to you a hot spring with a superb view of the Japanese Alps and Yatsugatake. The trip will conclude at Kofu Station.
Meal Included: Breakfast
** We offer other tours within Japan and can accommodate customized packages and quotes in combination with this one. Please feel free to inquire for more information from our agent.


Season: December to February
  Price per person
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**Price is for reference only.Price will vary depending on the actual travel dates,hotels to be used,etc.Please contact us for a quote.
** This is a general guideline for the tour. We welcome any changes in the types of activities included, duration of the tour as well as upgrades in accommodations, as you request.
** Tour price listed is per person, based on sharing twin rooms; please inquire for price quotes if your group is more or less than the group size limit mentioned.

Including :

4 Nights of Accommodations | English Speaking Guide with driver | Private Vehicle | Meals (4 breakfasts, 4 dinners) | All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

Exclusive of :

Transportation to/from Japan | Domestic flight within Japan | Travel & Medical Insurance (Mandatory) | Daily Lunches & Additional Snacks | Personal Expenses (Souvenirs and Alcoholic Beverages, etc.)

Fitness Level 1 out of 5

Suitable for people of all ages who are in fair condition. There is no vehicle access to the snow monkeys and it is an uphill 2 km (1.24 miles) footpath through the forest walk (about 20-30 mins). If it is a snowy day, please know that the path will be very slippery and muddy.
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