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.
1.02 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.
5.04 months 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.
4.02 months ago
Good place to see hot tubbing monkey if don’t have a time to visit them in their natural place in Nagano. Cheap entrance fee only 300yen per person and additional 100yen for Monkey’s food. Not only yhe monkey, but you can see many flowers inside the garden area.
They also have a food sauna outside, additional price for the towel.
5.03 months ago
Love the snow/onsen monkeys. You can buy the feed for them too. Great fun though I spent only 30 mins in there. But worth it.
5.03 months ago
definitely a uniqur experience for me.
watching snow monkeys bathing in outdoor onsen. and there's a small botanical garden next to it.