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
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4.0a month ago

Really nice hike, when the weather is good. We came just as the snow and ice was melting. It was quite muddy to say the least. It's hit or miss with the monkeys especially if you were hoping to catch them bathing in the hot springs. And please follow the directions on the signs, less you get mugged by monkeys looking for food.

5.03 months ago

The walk up and the park itself are stunning in the snow tight now. Try and go on a day it is snowing if you can. The monkeys are everywhere and basically running freely around your feet. The pool itself it nice, but totally swarmed with tourists with telephoto lenses all trying to get the same pictures. My favourite moments where actually away from the pool in a few of the other spots.

5.03 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 months ago

What a unique experience! The monkeys are so active and run past your feet as if you don't exist which is such a cool and immersive experience. I personally love that they make you walk in the 30 min to the entrance as a way of deterring some people from going and it has the secondary effect of making you feel like you really are among the wild. Highly recommend going as it truly is a beautiful experience

5.02 weeks 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.

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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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