My husband, 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son are going to japan for a 12 day holiday from 24th of November on. We are from Cairns, Australia and our children have never traveled or experienced snow. We have a Mt. Fuji tour booked but i don't know if you can touch snow or only see it from afar (we are going to the fifth station). My question is should we take them to Nagana and go see the Snow monkeys instead? We only have 4 days in Tokyo and one of those is for Disneyland and we want to experience other parts of Tokyo so i don't think we have time to do both of the above. Any advice would be appreciated.
Mount Fuji is closed for general hikers from September. You can, howerver, enjoy hiking surrounding mountain peaks about 1300-1800 meters in altitude. During November it still has few snow even in Nagano mountains. To see snow in November I guess you travel to Hokkaido instead. Sapporo has some snow in late November if you come at the right time.
I would not hesitate to chose The Jigokudani Monkey Park: [original link]
Be sure to visit the place in December . We were there 2 times, one early December ,plenty of snow. The second time late November, very thin snow.
Check this daily for their livecam :[original link]