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,family,winter in Japan,hot springs,Animals,Nature & Wildlife
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5.09 months ago

A stunning experience and a must if you're experiencing any traditional winter activities in Nagano. You are led through a gorgeous forested path, past hot springs (for humans) and a geyser to the monkey park. The monkeys are not fazed at all by humans so you can watch them socialize, feed and bathe naturally. They often come up to people and can get very close! But they are wild animals, so it's best to respect their space.

5.07 months ago

One of the best places I've been to in Japan. The hike up was scenic and just magical. I was lucky because there were a lot of monkeys out on that day. The monkeys are super cute and completely harmless. I would recommend this place to anyone. I went there at the end of December.

5.09 months ago

This is the only place from where you can see the world famous Japanese snow monkey. It is 15 mint bus distance from Yudanaka station. From the bus stop it will take approximately 40 mint by walk to reach the main entrance of the monkey park. There are many snow monkey inside the park. Although winter is the best time to visit this place but you can go in autumn or even in summer.

5.0a month ago

This is one of my all time favourite places on earth and I will most definitely be visiting again as soon as global travel is open and we can safely visit Japan. The monkeys are absolutely adorable and too cute for words and are absolutely hilariously entertaining and funny. Be alert though and respect them. No matter how cute they are, they are still wild animals regardless

5.012 months 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

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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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