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Myoko guided day tours

Downtown Yudanakah; an authentic Japanese town
Downtown Yudanakah; an authentic Japanese town
Yudanakah is famous for its snow monkeys often found wandering the streets
Yudanakah is famous for its snow monkeys often found wandering the streets
Yadanakah is a great base for Shiga Kogen & many other nearby resorts
Yadanakah is a great base for Shiga Kogen & many other nearby resorts
There are many hot springs (onsens) in and around Yudanakah
There are many hot springs (onsens) in and around Yudanakah
Snow monkey onsen near Yudanakah
Snow monkey onsen near Yudanakah
Yudanakah brews some spectacular sake; visit the local brewery
Yudanakah brews some spectacular sake; visit the local brewery
The hot springs are used for many purposes including cooking
The hot springs are used for many purposes including cooking
The Monkey Onsen near Yudanakah is a must do
The Monkey Onsen near Yudanakah is a must do
Yudanakah has some lovely traditional ryokan-style accommodation
Yudanakah has some lovely traditional ryokan-style accommodation
The streets of Yudanakah are lit up at night time
The streets of Yudanakah are lit up at night time
Shibu Onsen is a traditional Japanese village about 15 mins walk away
Shibu Onsen is a traditional Japanese village about 15 mins walk away
Visiting the onsens is a daily ritual for many people
Visiting the onsens is a daily ritual for many people
One of the many public onsens at Shibu
One of the many public onsens at Shibu
Yudanakah is starting to see many new restaurants
Yudanakah is starting to see many new restaurants
And there are several bars around Yudanakah
And there are several bars around Yudanakah
Yudanakah is a unique Japanese experience
Yudanakah is a unique Japanese experience
Oh and did we mention the monkeys hanging around town
Oh and did we mention the monkeys hanging around town
Another Shibu village onsen
Another Shibu village onsen
This is a great little town for those wanting a more Japanese experience
This is a great little town for those wanting a more Japanese experience

Yudanaka

Yudanaka Japan is commonly known as “snow monkey town” and is one of the areas in Yamanouchi along with Shibu Onsen, Shiga Kogen, and of course the famous Jigokudani Monkey Park that features about 200 snow monkeys that play and keep warm in the onsen. Yudanaka Onsen is also renowned for the many onsen for humans, the traditional Japanese experience on offer, and the easy access it provides to many of the ski resorts around Nagano (and parts of Niigata).

Where is Yudanaka Nagano?

Part of the town of Yamanouchi, Yudanaka (aka Yudanaka Onsen) is the region around the Yudanaka train station. Yudanaka is located in the Nagano Prefecture, 30 km northeast of Nagano City. The adjacent village of Shibu Onsen is 2km from the Yudanaka train station.

Ski Resorts Near Yudanaka

Yudanaka sits at the base of Shiga Kogen, with a 14km windy road that leads up to Sun Valley, the first of the Shiga ski areas. Okushiga-kogen, the most northern part of Shiga Kogen, is 25km from Yudanaka, whilst Yokoteyama at the southern end of Shiga is 20km from Yudanaka.

The drive from Yudanaka Onsen up to the main part of Shiga Kogen takes about 30 minutes. There is also a regular inexpensive bus service from Yudanaka train station to Shiga Kogen, although it takes a long time if you want to head to one of the outer Shiga ski areas because the bus makes many stops.

Yudanaka Nagano also makes a great base to explore the other nearby ski resorts, particularly if you have a rental car or are on a multi-resort tour.

Distances from Yudanaka Japan:

  • Ryuoo – 10km northeast
  • Kijimadaira (Kita Shinshū Kijimadaira), one of the four interconnected Mt Kosha ski resorts along with Yomase Onsen, Yamabiko no Oka, and X-Jam Takaifuji - 14.5km north
  • Nozawa Onsen – 28km north
  • Togari Onsen – 26km north (a little west of Nozawa)
  • Madarao (interconnected with Tangram) – 26km northwest
  • Tangram (interconnected with Madarao) – 32km northwest
  • Togakushi – 46km west
  • Akakura (of Myoko Kogen) – 39km northwest
  • Seki Onsen (of Myoko Kogen) – 50km northwest
  • Lotte Arai - 59km northeast (1 hour)

Getting to Yudanaka

After catching a bullet train to Nagano (see routes, timetables and fares on Hyperdia), you can catch a local train to Yudanaka on the Nagano Dentetsu line. Buy a train ticket at the Nagano ticket office, as this “snow monkey train” is not covered on the Japan Rail Pass. The train from Nagano to Yudanaka takes about 45 minutes. Most of the hotels in town provide a train station pick up service, unless they are just a short walk away. 

Yudanaka Ryokan and Hotel Accommodation

Yudanaka accommodation ranges from inexpensive hostels up to deluxe hotels. There are various traditional Japanese ryokans as well as other hotels with traditional Japanese style accommodation with tatami flooring and futons on the floor. Only a few of the Yudanaka hotels have the option of western style accommodation. Most of the Yudanaka ryokans and hotels have an on-site onsen. Alternatively you can stay in a Shibu Onsen ryokan.

One of our top picks for Yudanaka accommodation is the Ryokan Biyunoyado, which offers tatami rooms, western rooms with a tatami seating area, and luxury suites with a private balcony onsen. All rooms have a private bathroom, or guests can bathe in the lovely onsen (includes open air baths). In addition to the general onsen, other opportunities to indulge in Japanese culture include a rooftop private onsen, traditional Japanese evening meals, taiko drum shows, and a karaoke room.

Another great pick is Hostel Aibiya, which is an upscale hostel with plenty of delightful Japanese décor and touches. The hostel has 4 bed dorm rooms with single beds (no bunks) and private rooms (twin, double, triple) with shared bathroom. There is also a deluxe room with an ensuite. Breakfast is provided and there is a fully equipped kitchen so you can DIY cooking for dinner.

Yudanaka Hotel Listings

Yudanaka Restaurants

There are many Yudanaka restaurants, including soba, udon, sushi, other Japanese dining, a Chinese restaurant, pizza, and a coffee shop. Most of the restaurants are small and cute.

With the influx of foreign visitors, new restaurants & bars are popping up all over the place. See more information here>>

Other Facilities

Near the station there is a small grocery store, a Lawson convenience store, and a post office. There are no ski or snowboard shops in Yudanaka, and if you’re looking for rental equipment you’ll need to organise this at one of the ski resorts.

Activities

In addition to the onsen in the hotels, there are public baths and foot onsen in Yudanaka.

Other local activities include a stroll through the nearby village of Shibu Onsen. You can walk to Shibu Onsen from Yudanaka or there are frequent buses from the train station. This cute historic onsen village features traditional Japanese architecture, ryokans lining narrow cobblestone streets, laneways and little temples. Here you may see people clomping up and down the street dressed in yukata and wooden thongs on the way to one of the public onsens. It feels like the ultimate traditional Japanese cultural experience!

The sake museum Tamamura is worth a visit, at least to taste the many sake varietals on offer. Nearby is a brewery if beer is more your thing.

Of course the quintessential activity in Yamanouchi (other than skiing at Shiga Kogen) is a visit to the snow monkey park. The trail head to the Japanese snow monkeys park is only a 5 minute drive from Yudanaka.

Tours Based in Yudanaka

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
The Legendary Roadie DETAILS
HOSTED & GUIDED ROAD TRIP
11 Days | 10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing
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USD 2,719
To be eligible for any advertised specials you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions.
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Experience Japan powder like no other on this legendary road trip where you will visit up to 8 resorts in 3 prefectures; Nagano, Gunma & Niigata! Join a tour as a solo traveler, couple or small group. Max 6 spots per tour so get in quickly!
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Fire & Snow DETAILS
GUIDED ROAD TRIP NOZAWA ONSEN & AREA
11 Nights | 10 Days Skiing | 7 Ski Areas
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USD 2,289 USD 2,289
Book by Oct 31 & get 10% off price. Discounted price displayed.
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
NEW for 2019, this hosted & guided road trip visits some of the best ski areas in Nagano & Niigata including Nozawa Onsen, Lotte Arai, Myoko Kogen, Madarao/Tangram, Togari Onsen, Shiga Kogen & includes extras such as Nozawa Fire Festival, Snow Monkeys, Zenkoji Temple, Sake Brewery & Onsens.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Nagano Ski Buffet DETAILS
GUIDED SKI ADVENTURE (SKIERS ONLY)
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
From price based on quad-share room at Hostel Aibiya with shared bathroom.
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USD 2,279
To be eligible for any advertised specials you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions.
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Combine deep untracked powder skiing where few foreigners go, with a rich Japanese cultural experience, traditional Japanese accommodation and authentic Japanese food, and you have the perfect Japanese ski adventure!
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Nagano Ski/Board Progression DETAILS
SKI / SNOWBOARD GUIDED INSTRUCTION
10 Days | 9 Nights | 8 Skiing | Up to 8 Ski Areas
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USD 2,279 USD 2,279
Book & pay deposit by June 30 & get 5% off advertised prices
Early Bird Discount – book before 31st October 2018 & receive 5% off the advertised prices
Ability: Intermediate to Strong Intermediate
Learn to ski and ride deep powder with more confidence or improve your on-piste technique whilst checking out some of Nagano's fabulous ski areas away from the masses of foreigners. In addition to the skiing and snowboarding, experience an area rich in culture and history.
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Nagano Beginner Packages DETAILS
BEGINNER HOSTED INSTRUCTION PACKAGES
3, 4, 5 or 6 Nights
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USD 748
Book & pay deposit by June 30, 2018 and get 5% off advertised prices
Ability: Beginner
This package is ideal for beginners (families, groups, couples and solos) who are looking to experience the great Japanese snow and culture, and have some support to learn to ski or snowboard. Packages include ski/snowboard rentals and lessons, and the opportunity to visit the snow monkeys.
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