Jigokudani Monkey Park

Sightseeing information about Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan.


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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
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5.02 weeks ago

Tucked away in the mountains approximately 25 minutes on foot. The hike to the place was very nice even in the hot summer: lots of shade in the forrest and a cool stream alongside most of the hike.

Great fun for kids and not very crowded outside the core travel times.

5.06 months ago

We had a great time at this park! We went with some of our local friends and it was so much fun to watch the monkeys play around the onsen! It was a fairly nice day but a little cold in the shade so some of the trail was still ice to get to the park. There is good parking and restrooms right by the parking. They also have a little area to wash your shoes off before you get back into your cars by the restroom. We should have taken some food to maybe eat before we saw the monkeys as the walk from the parking lot to the park is 25minutes one way. That is the only thing I would suggest is that you eat before you go so you aren't hungry. Otherwise it was a wonderful day and I would definitely suggest this park to anyone!

5.03 weeks ago

I love animals and place where you can observe in this case monkey free to do and go when and where they want. Monkey play and enjoy them self next to you without any fear, look really beautiful

5.03 months ago

I was born in year of the monkey so it felt like I was meeting my spirit animal. Amazing experience and scenery. The monkeys were roaming everywhere and they were a lively bunch.

5.06 months ago

A rather busy place to visit, but worth the trip for the famous monkeys.

There is a little parking at the bottom of the hill but I wouldn’t rely on it, as there are many more visitors than spaces. Lots of onsen and cafes are within easy reach too.

Entry to see the monkeys is ¥800 for adults. If you are disabled you can get a discount, but they require proof.

In order to reach the monkeys you’ll need to walk through the woods for about 2km. It can be rather uneven and muddy. You can buy or rent appropriate footwear at the start of the trail, but it’d make more sense to prepare ahead.

Touching and feeding the animals is forbidden.

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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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