Konnichiwa! Is the snow monkey pass only valid for use between 30 April and 30 September 2017? (http://www.nagaden-net.co.jp/docs/snow-monkey-pass.pdf) I will be travelling to Nagano, Obuse and the monkey park in October so are there alternative passes you would recommend that I can purchase?
The snow monkey pass is currently being offered between April 1st and September 30th, 2017. Another option would be the “Nagaden Free Joshaken,” which allows unlimited rides on the Nagaden trains for one or two days. Using it, you will pay about the same price overall as the snow monkey pass (see below).
Nagaden Free Joshaken
One Day Train Pass: Adults/1,860 Yen, Children/930 Yen
Two Day Train Pass: Adults/2,320 Yen, Children/1,160 Yen
(Express tickets must be purchased separately)
Snow Monkey Pass
One Pass: Adults/3,200 Yen, Children/1,600 Yen
(Express tickets and pass to Snow Monkey Park included)
Total Cost with Nagaden Free Joshaken
One Day Train Pass (1,860) +
Roundtrip Bus Fare between Yudanaka Station and Snow Monkey Park (310 x 2) +
Snow Monkey Park ticket (800) =
3,280 Yen (+100 for each express train ticket)
While it’s a little bit more expensive than the snow monkey pass, it still saves you about 500 Yen off the regular fare.
I hope that answers your question!