Jigokudani Monkey Park4.5
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
We guide this spot.
5.0a week 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 week 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!
4.0a month ago
Unique. Been several times over the years. Always gets better. Enjoy the beautiful trail on the walk... And leave plenty of time so your not rushing.
5.02 months ago
Went there during August and saw the cute monkeys playing with each other while others were taking the time to relax in the sun. Highly recommended and if you travel by train the Monkey Pass is a good deal as you are able to use the Nagano-Tram for the whole day as well as local busses. The monkeys live completely free and you will have many chances to capture the perfect shot. The way to the Park through the forest is calming and pretty beautiful. I will definitely have to come back during winter to see it again.
5.0a month ago
I expected to not see any monkeys because the day was kind of cloudy but right outside the entrance there was a monkey chilling on the roof. Was not disappointed. Took a nice photo too with my brother from another mother.
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