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Nagano Full-Day Cycling Tour with Snow Monkey, Obuse Town, Apple Orchards

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    Enjoy a full day guided 8-hour tour of Nagano while cycling with your English-speaking tour guide and small group. Immerse yourself in the city's culture, visit major Nagano attractions by cyclying through farm villages, apple orchards, along the Chikuma River, and see the Nagano Olympic Area, Snow Monkey Park, Shibu Onsen and Obuse Town.
    Cycle through farm villages, apple orchards, along the Chikuma River, and see the Nagano Olympic Area, Snow Monkey Park, Shibu Onsen and Obuse Town. 
    • On this tour, spend a full-day getting in touch with both the nature and city daily life of Nagano while cycling with your English-speaking tour guide and small group.
    • Begin your journey at 9 AM, where the tour guide will pick you up at your hotel or at Nagano Train Station (if you are coming from Tokyo or another city).
    • Start with cycling on high-quality bicycles along the Chikuma River. Journey through apple orchards, rice fields, rustic farming villages and charming ancient avenues, helping you to discover the true unique beauty of Japan.
    • This tour will also take you to the world-famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, where you will find monkeys bathing in the hot spring and in their natural habitat. After observing the monkeys up close, we will visit Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen villages, which are located at the base of the Jigokudani mountains. These villages have a long history as hot spring resorts, with records of people visiting the onsen as far back as 1300 years ago. People come from far and wide to try the various 100% natural onsen made up of healing minerals. There are 9 outdoor baths that make up the famous hot spring area of Yamanouchi Town, and you can enjoy a regular bath or just a foot bath (optional) before continuing on the cycling tour to Obuse Town. Obuse Town is famous for its chestnuts, with many traditional shops offering delicious chestnut treats and delicacies, as well as being the hometown of famous Edo-period painter, Katsushika Hokusai (known for his various ukiyo-e artworks).
    • This tour is ideal if you are looking for a short getaway from busy cities to immerse yourself in the Japanese countryside with stunning natural and rural scenery, and excellent local food. The tour course is approximately 25 km, and 70% of the course is downhill while the rest mainly consists of flat roads. It is a relatively easy course with no prior cycling experience necessary.
    Seasonal Recommendations for This Tour:
    Spring Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Viewing: Mid-April to Early-May
    Summer Green Fields: June to mid-July
    Autumn Foliage (Koyo) Viewing: Early-September to Late-November
    This scenery is particularly lovely in the Spring, when nanohana (rapeseed blossoms) and sakura (cherry blossoms) bloom, and even in the Summer and Autumn.
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    Reviewed 1 June 2019 via mobile

    Definitely a must if you’re visiting Nagano in the summer. Very high quality bikes, knowledgeable and flexible tour guide, awesome scenery throughout entire bike ride, and we stopped at all the best spots in Nagano. One thing to note is that it isn’t the most...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    1  Thank Jesus L
    Reviewed 6 February 2019

    This was one of our favourite memories from our 4 week stay in Japan. Ilhom was a brilliant guide, very clear English speaking and incredible knowledge of the area. We went on a beautiful long ride through orchards where Ilhom found us an amazing apple,...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    1  Thank benwilliams89
    Reviewed 27 October 2018

    We ha a great bike tour from Nagano to the Snow Monkeys park. The bikes were great (a Kona Dew and Cannondale Quick4) and our guide, Ilhom was wonderful. We rode along river to the Snow Monkey park. Most of the trip is on a...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    1  Thank dbstuhl
    Reviewed 22 August 2018

    This was such a hidden gem. The company Japan Awaits just started offering this tour so I was lucky to be one of just three people on the tour (the other two was a couple). It was actually really fun and interesting getting to know...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank SerenaSmith88
    Reviewed 18 August 2018

    I am very active and I always book cycling tours when I visit new cities. I booked this since I wanted to see more of the landscape and countryside of Japan. I had always heard great things about Nagano and this cycling tour really allowed...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
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    JapanAwaits, Guest Relations Manager at Japan Awaits, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

    Thank you, Rebecca! We're excited for the launch of this new cycling tour in Nagano and we're happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing the Nagano countryside. Please let us know if you are in Japan again, and we hope you'll be able to join...More

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    Response from benwilliams89 | Reviewed this property |
    as long as you have a pretty basic level of fitness you will be fine. Our guide adapted the speed we wanted to go and while the total time cycling was long the pace was maybe 4/10 at it's worst.
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    31 March 2019|
    Response from benwilliams89 | Reviewed this property |
    Definitely,Nagano is basically the vegetable capital of Japan due to its mountainous location. They make the most amazing vegetable dumplings that have incredible flavour and a huge range. Our favourite were the mountain... More
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