Snow Monkeys (Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park)

地獄谷野猿公苑

This popular spot remains the only place in the world where humans can observe wild monkeys bathing in hot springs.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 1 hr 45 min by Shinkansen, train/bus and walk

Karuizawa

軽井沢

This town has a romantic reputation not only for its natural surroundings, but also as a summer home for the Imperial Family and a yearly destination for John Lennon.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 20 min by Shinkansen

Matsumoto

松本

Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest surviving castles in Japan, and the famous national park of Kamikochi is nearby.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 1 hr 30 min by shinkansen and express train

Kanazawa

金沢

Traditional crafts and one of Japan's most famous gardens survive to this day here.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 1 hr 30 min by Shinkansen

Hida Takayama

飛騨高山

The quaint traditional streets here are a popular sightseeing destination for foreign guests.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 4 hrs by shinkansen and express train

Shirakawago

白川郷

This village of antique thatched-roof houses is a World Heritage Site. You can stay at the houses.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 2 hrs 30 min by shinkansen and bus

Kiso Valley

木曽

The ancient road that leads to Kyoto through these mountains is known as the 'Samurai Trail', and is popular for walking.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 2 hrs 30 min by shinkansen and express train

Hakuba

白馬

The ski areas here are internationally recognized for their great powder skiing.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 2 hrs by shinkansen and bus

Nagano City

長野市

One of the most historic temples in Japan, Zenkoji is also the largest wooden structure in east Japan.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 12 min by Shinkansen

Mt. Fuji

富士山

This symbol of Japan is a World Heritage Site.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 4 hrs by shinkansen and express train

Tokyo

東京

Cutting-edge technology meets with traditional Japanese culture in one of the largest cities in the world.

Access from Ueda Sta

  • 1 hr 30 min by shinkansen