Hakodate Monkey Hot Springs (Saruyama Onsen)3.4
Monkeys having a hot bath can be seen in Yunokawa Hot Spring in Hakodate city, Hokkaido.
Around 90 Japanese macaques are kept in the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden. Monkeys' their own pool is filled with hot spring water during the winter and they soak themselves in it happily.
Location: The Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden
The monkey hot spring : December to early May
Travel by train/bus: 17 min. by bus from JR Hakodate station
Travel by air: 3.2km from Hakodate Airport
Parking: 133 cars (free of charge)
PurposeLMFAO,family,Japanese resort,winter in Japan,hot springs,sightseeing
Airport/Sta.Hakodate sta. (about 5.2km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.0a week ago
Our kids love to see these monkeys swimming during winter in the hot spring
2.02 weeks ago
If you are in the area it's ok. But don't go out of your way.
1.010 months ago
You must have seen that typical tourism photos of Japanese monkeys soaking in hot spring. However this place is totally opposite of what I expected.
Firstly, this is a very small botanical garden located in the middle of nowhere. You will probably only spend 5 mins looking at the monkeys and spend another 5 mins walking through the botanical garden.
Secondly, the monkeys do not look like they are in a healthy state. I saw some of the monkeys almost bald (look at my third photo). I felt very sorry for the monkeys.
5.0a year ago
It was a fun escape from the cold. It’s a small place but really nice, the plants reminded me of Hawaii. The admission was like $3 but well worth it to feed the moneys, they funny. I got their food at the ticket gate for $1 a bag.
5.0a year ago
Admission fee is cheap. Can take close look at monkeys in hot spring. Monkey's food is available for sale at the entrance. Fun to buy some and feed the monkeys.