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
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5.02 weeks ago

The walk up and the park itself are stunning in the snow tight now. Try and go on a day it is snowing if you can. The monkeys are everywhere and basically running freely around your feet. The pool itself it nice, but totally swarmed with tourists with telephoto lenses all trying to get the same pictures. My favourite moments where actually away from the pool in a few of the other spots.

5.0a month ago

I can't explain how beautiful and peaceful is that place , it was really a good decision I made by visiting that spot.
The view of the houses inside the snow , also the monkeys around you everywhere , let go of the monkeys having a hot bath in this very cold weather almost -10°c , will make you feel very relieved.
You will need to hike about 2km on the snowy mountain, and then you will reach your destination, trees with ice on them is a really nice view also monkeys on some of these trees.
Monkeys are a little bit shy (Japanese) 😂 , so whenever you look at them they will always look the other side .

4.0a week ago

Definitely visiting the park is worth the trip. However do not set your expectations too high as the white snow perfect pictures depend on weather conditions. Check the forecast to make sure there is some snow, and go early to avoid the crowds that quickly surround the relatively small pool. However the monkeys are really uesd to human contact, so you can enjoy watching them in other areas of the park. Recommended!!!

5.0a month ago

The monkey park was well worth visiting. It was great fun seeing the monkeys run around the snowy hills and bathe in the hot springs. We were very lucky with when we went, as there was fresh snow on the ground, and it was sunny.

There is about a 30 minute walk from the bus stop up to the monkey park, but it is similar to a very simple bush walk (though it can be a bit icy in winter).

As we neared the monkey park, we could already see monkeys running around on the paths and in the snow. There were quite a few monkeys enjoying the hot springs on the cold winter’s day.

The area can get crowded with tourists, so try to go as early as possible.

4.02 months ago

It's possible to get very close to the monkey. There is an artificial pool where they hang out. It's about 1.5km to get there but I kind of wished I could have kept walking further into the park, it looked beautiful. It's probably limited for conservation.

If I went again I would wait until it was colder, maybe late January, as the monkey didn't need to warm up in the pool much.

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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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