Jigokudani Monkey Park

Sightseeing information about Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan.


Jigokudani Monkey Park4.5

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After successful feeding, this monkey park in the Jigokudani Onsen area was established in 1964 to protect and observe wild monkeys, known as Snow Monkeys in English. The hot spring pool dedicated to the monkeys, measuring 4m by 10m, was later constructed, as some of them had started dipping in the outdoor pools owned by the nearby onsen inns.

You can see monkeys throughout the year, but they only soak in the hot spring during the winter months. The park is currently inhabited by around 160 monkeys, and on a very cold day, visitors are likely to see nearly 50 of them taking a bath together. After covered by the Life magazine and spread by words of mouth during the Nagano Winter Olympics, this unique experience of viewing wild monkeys has attracted a large number of foreign tourists.

Prepare a pair of snow boots as you need to walk 30 minutes on a snow-covered path from the car parking area.

PurposeLMFAO,surreal&cool,nature,kids,family,winter in Japan
Airport/Sta.Toyama Airport (about 113.9km) Google Transit

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4.0in the last week

Small park that requires about a 40 minute walk to reach. I visited in the summer, and was able to see a lot of baby monkeys. The monkeys are wild but are used to humans and will walk around you quite freely. Employees provide grain to the monkey's every so often, so there are lots of photo ops.

5.0a month ago

Just gotta loved the snow monkey! You can save Get a 2 days pass (bus/train and park fees). Be careful as the trail can be slippery and icy. Bring a crampon or a hiking pole.
Witnessed a senior who fell during the hike up to the monkey area. The park ranger and the emergency staff respond with a amazing professionalism.

5.0in the last week

It's really neat and the monkeys are well taken care of. However, if you have knee, back or feet problem please be aware there is 45 minutes of walking to get to the exhibit and its a lot of steep hills and terrain. But fun and beautiful sights.

4.03 weeks ago

The Snow Monkey Park is about 45 minutes walking away from the bus station. It is an easy and very enjoyable walk through a forest area before you arrive at the confine sanctuary of the snow monkeys. The little dudes seem to enjoy themselves mostly around a pool (where people in winter take the "famous" shots") with all the dynamics such a group has. The small sanctuary is a little bit disappointing, I was expecting a bigger area with differing landscapes. However, the trip here was worth it.

5.0in the last week

It is a nice, albeit rather small place. There are many monkeys also in summer, with the young ones playing around. A very nice view too!

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Every time I visit here, I am realized that the nature we enjoy is not only for us. We should share the nature with all of the creatures on earth.

Every time I visit here, I am realized that the nature we enjoy is not only for us. We should share the nature with all of the creatures on earth.

VisitedMay 2018

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Snow monkey!!!!!

Snow monkey!!!!!

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Sweetie!!!!!!!!!!

Sweetie!!!!!!!!!!

VisitedMar 2015

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So the setting was just perfect to see snow monkeys! We took a day trip from nagoya in February. but,a lot of snow.

So the setting was just perfect to see snow monkeys!
We took a day trip from nagoya in February. but,a lot of snow.

VisitedMar 2016

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