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

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5.03 weeks ago

So thrilled to see this place! The monkeys were peaceful and close. I was able get some decent photos. Beautiful snow covered walk. Nice facilities to rest and snack. Thank you.

4.0a month ago

Beautiful experience. I visited the park in winter, and probably its the most beautiful season, as the park is covered in snow.

There is a nice and easy 20 - 30 min. walk in the forest, until you reach the park. The park is actually not an enclosure. The Monkeys are living free in the mountains, and go down for food, and sometimes having a bath in the hot springs.

The monkeys are used to people, and they just walk freely around you. Pretty safe if you just leave them alone and don't bring food.

5.0a week ago

A nature reserve park should always be preserved for the sake of our own humanity. This park offer a close proximity with the snow monkey. Its a variety of macaque monkey. It is also has hot spring area where the monkeys keep warm during severe winter. A visit is recommended al least to help finance the preservation of such park.

5.02 weeks ago

One of the coolest things I've ever done in my life. Definitely a trek to get into the area with the monkeys, but it's an enjoyable walk and was beautifully snow covered while we were there. Monkeys are very used to people and while wander right past.

5.0in the last week

Very cool experience that you can't get elsewhere (at least not easily)... Scenic forest walk up of about 1.6km, and monkeys everywhere once you arrive. You're literally kinda just plopped down in the middle of their lives, so you get to see everything from grooming, to fights and everything in between. We had two younger ones screaming at each other on either side of the path we were on.

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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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