Dec/1 - May/6, 2019 Hot-Tubbing Monkeys in Hakodate3.5
from 12/1 '19 to 5/6 '20
The Hakodate City Tropical Botanical Garden, located in the Yunokawa Hot Springs area, is home to some 100 free-range Japanese macaques (or snow monkeys). Although the monkeys can be seen enjoying themselves all year round, they are a particular draw for visitors in the colder months, when they can be seen taking a leisurely dip in the hot springs. The monkeys warm themselves in a pool of steaming mineral water from December 1st through the beginning of May. Hakodate is famed for its monkeys, a rare sight with their human-like passion for bathing in the hot springs.
Venue : Hakodate City Tropical Botanical Garden
Address : 3-1-15 Yunokawa-cho, Hakodate City, Hokkaido
Access : take a bus from JR Hakodate Station, and get off at Tropical Botanical Garden
*3.2 kilometers from Hakodate Airport
Fee : 300 yen / adult, 100 yen / elementary and middle school student, Free / child under school age
Hours : Nov. - Mar. 9：30～16：30, Apr. - Oct. 9：30～18：00 *closed on 12/29～1/1
Purposeeasily accessible,LMFAO,kids,family,Japanese resort,winter in Japan,hot springs,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Hakodate sta. (about 5.2km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
2.0in the last week
We went to this place primarily because of the hot-tubbing snow monkey, but we werent amazed. The botanical garden has a tagline that says "the garden that feels tropical all the time", however there is nothing much to see. Probably it can take max 10 minutes inside the garden because there are not much plants and flowers. And the snow monkey were not even having a bath (probably of the cool weather and the water isnt hot).
1.02 months ago
One star for how the monkeys are housed. Overcrowded, dirty, concrete mess with rusty monkey bars. Zero tree cover and greenery. Heart was breaking for these creatures.
The greenhouse complex was small, and cute, but without many English translations.
3.0a month ago
Nice small garden and a few fish and other animals too. However the monkey enclosure looked pale and boring for the monkeys. Kind of depressing, especially when it is not an endangered species.
3.04 months ago
Can't say it's a highlight especially coming from tropical climate and during the summer season.
The monkey in hot tub is only seen during the winter as they would avoid it during the summer.
The greenhouse contains plants from tropical climate and hence is not really of any interest from a person coming from these areas.
1.06 months ago
After reading all the negative comments and a handful praising the place, we decided to go with an open mind, so we boarded the tram to the Yunokawaonsen station and walked to the botanical gardens. After all, we wanted to see snow monkeys in their natural habitat.
It was shocking to see the monkeys in the small enclosure. There were many monkeys sitting around and probably more in the cement housing below the pool. Some of them looked sickly. They should close this place down and rehabilitate these monkeys and set them free in some reserve. They are DEFINITELY not in their natural habitat. There are no trees in the enclosure and I am not sure if these monkeys would be able to survive in the wild.
Some reviews commented on how the monkeys were losing fur because they were dipping too long in the hot water. That really broke my heart seeing how true it was.
I cannot fathom how this place is still allowed to operate and how stupid I was, paying to enter and support this unethical and inhumane act of keeping these monkeys captive in this concrete enclosure.