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
Airport/Sta.Toyama Airport (about 113.9km) Google Transit

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5.0in the last week

If you like nature life, you need come to see them. This place is to enjoy the life of one of the closest relatives/Genus to humans. I really like seeing the behavior of monkey kids here. It's so cute and so funny.

5.0in the last week

Really awesome place to see the snow monkey.

The feed them around 13h45 if you want to see them all in the same spot.

They will go to the hot onsen after and you can admire them in their natural habitat.

You can not feed the monkey and you have to be careful so they don't steal your camera or other items.

Don't be scared and you can get really close to them.

5.02 months ago

So relaxing to see the monkeys. Sure, they're not entirely in their natural habitat, as humans have changed the landscape to better suit the monkeys. It's always awesome seeing them roaming and interacting, they love photos too, so they'll sit there posing like models while you snap a few shots. We were lucky to see a few babies as well. As awesome as the monkeys are, the walk to the park is great as well. You're surrounded by pine trees and snow (if you go in the colder season), only warning I can give is to take good snow shoes with good grip so you don't slip over on the walk way. Also please respect the park and don't feed the monkeys, you could make them very sick.

5.0a month ago

It's wonderful. An absolute go to for everyone! Hundreds of wild monkeys just playing (or should I say monkeying around) between the visitors. You have to keep your distance, about 1 metre (3 feet). But while watching one monkey, the next just wanders right by you.

5.02 months ago

A highlight of our trip in Japan!
We arrived there around 10am however at the time no monkey arrived to the park, they came around 1pm and we were lucky enough to see them.
There was many of them next to the water or even running next to us.
I would advise to follow their Facebook page and their live camera to check when the monkeys arrive.
The trails to go the park is not too steep. Only at the end you will have to climb some stairs to get them.
It was great!

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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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