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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5.0in the last week

Went on Dec. 30, 2019. Thankfully, there were lots of snow when we visited. I bought a shoe grip from the store across North Face in Hakuba the day before (I think it was around 1500yen), and I don't regret it! It was super useful for the icy/slippery areas. I think I can use it for future travels. But you can also rent it out at the entrance. The place was beautiful. There were a lot of people though. Better to arrive in the morning since more people arrive around lunchtime.

5.04 weeks ago

It was well worth the trip, even though it was just cold and without the snow. They are very cute. One can check the camera online to observe the time the monkeys are out the previous day, if you want to see them in hot spring. Otherwise, many are up in the hills that you can observe as well.

4.02 weeks ago

Its a good hike up to where the place is but once you get there it not all that bad. They got hit hard by the typhoon this year in October so guess they were doing some construction. But when i was there they weren't making any noise the monkeys were all around. Plus the hike was nice not having snow yet made it really a pleasant walk.

5.02 months ago

This was one of the best places I’ve visited. The best season for you’ll to visit this place would be winter, mainly because you want to see the monkeys bathing in the hot springs. You’ll see the monkeys during the other season as well, but they would be enjoying the hot spring. They’ll be running around as normal monkeys do.

4.0a week ago

Look, you’re there to see snow monkeys, and there are plenty of them. Easy bus ride from the train station, and a little bit of a hump up to get there but overall worth it. We didn’t have snow, but to be honest, I was fine with that because it was cold enough for the monkeys to come to the springs.

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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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