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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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6845 Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
+81 269-33-4379
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the main reasons to visit Japan were a visit to these gorgeous and cute monkeys in the natural habitat bathing and relaxing in the hot springs in the mountains, and man - we were not mistaken at all. If you’re a nature and...More

Thank TheFilmyCouple
Reviewed 1 week ago

These monkeys are absolutely adorable, and they surely know how to make themselves comfortable and relaxed! It started snowing a few days before our arrival (you can check the live camera on the snow park website), and both the mountains covered with snow as the...More

Thank Mic C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We started our climb around 8:20 AM, it was a pleasant trek to the forest like environment. About 1.5 KM walk from the entrance.. have to be careful though since we saw small snakes while we walk so better be mindful when walking. When we...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Did the trek from the car park to the snow monkeys. Very easy walk and when we arrived, there were so many snow monkeys around! Not afraid of humans at all. It was in August so unfortunately no monkeys were bathing in the onsen but...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As has been discussed previously, we didn’t know if we would see any snow monkeys in August but thought it was worth the trek. It’s a 25 minute walk from the main car park with steep slopes at the start and end. Other than that...More

Thank Dirk_Schmoker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We weren't sure whether we'd see many monkeys, as we were visiting in summer and there's less incentive for them to be in the park than when they want to bathe. However, we saw loads! It was incredible how many there were, with loads of...More

Thank Kirsty A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice walk in the forest to get there - it was so nice and cool in the shade. The monkey park had lots of babies in early July and they were either playing around other young ones or sleeping with mom. Very cute....More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed July 15, 2018

This was really strange experience for me. Forst of all, be ready for quite a walk to the actual spring (we took a bus to the venue and so walked from the bus stop to the springs) - this path may be a bit harder...More

Thank Nathalocka
Reviewed July 13, 2018

We went here in the summer, so the monkeys weren’t bathing, because it was too hot. Still it was to come here. Instead we watched the monkeys grooming each other and relaxing in the shadow. The train ride from Nagano was also worth it, it’s...More

Thank jolav12
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

We stayed in Shibu for two night and made a trip to the park. The hotel drove us to the southern gate and we walk to the park, a lovely pathway. After seeing the monkeys (a lot of them, babies and adults) we walked the...More

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Response from Carolyn C | Reviewed this property |
They come out of the mountains when the weather is cold. In mid April they were hanging out around the pools but were not sitting in the water as the weather was too warm.
March 31, 2018|
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Response from alanyeo76 | Reviewed this property |
I’m sure the monkeys are all around the National Park but whether they will stay inside the hot pool (depicted in the pictures always), I am pretty doubtful as the weather then will be hot. They only bathe and stay in the... More