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Snow monkeys

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Snow monkeys

Can I view snow monkeys in Hakodate in February? If yes, does anyone know a good place to stay, or a site to search for accommodation? Also, how Long to travel to Chitose airport (Sapporo) by train from here? Thanks!

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1. Re: Snow monkeys

The monkey onsen in Yunokawa Onsen can be seen from Dec to May the following year:

http://www3.ncv.ne.jp/~sige1618/

Accommodation in Yunokawa Onsen:

http://hakodate-yunokawa.com/hotel.html

You can also stay in Hakodate since Yunokawa Onsen is only 15 min by bus or tram from Hakodate.

Hakodate is a little more than 3 hrs by train from New Chitose Airport (with a transfer).

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2. Re: Snow monkeys

Thank you so much! Will say hi to the monkeys for you.

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3. Re: Snow monkeys

Hello - Sorry if you know this but have you had a look at their web site / web cam?

jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/english/top/englis…

I would also suggest that February would be a good time to go as there should be plenty of Monkeys as the weather will be cold but the water in the pool will be hot so they get in for a warm!!!

I went in September and the weather then was very nice so while there were plenty of monkeys about not all that many were in the water as it was warm out!

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4. Re: Snow monkeys

Hello - Sorry if you know this but have you had a look at their web site / web cam?

jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/english/top/englis…

I would also suggest that February would be a good time to go as there should be plenty of Monkeys as the weather will be cold but the water in the pool will be hot so they get in for a warm!!!

I went in September and the weather then was very nice so while there were plenty of monkeys about not all that many were in the water as it was warm out!

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5. Re: Snow monkeys

Thanks for your help. I will have a look but I think that web cam is for the area near Nagano. Best of Life in 2012!

Edited: 11:42 pm, December 29, 2011
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6. Re: Snow monkeys

You can see a bit more about the monkey onsen in Yunokawa Onsen on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM5RWctcoBg

www.youtube.com/watch…

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7. Re: Snow monkeys

Cheers. Have a great new years eve ( ours is only 6 hours away, it's 30C outside and we are heading to the beach)!

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8. Re: Snow monkeys

HI,

Just a small point, but...there are NO wild monkeys in Hokkaido. These monkeys in Hakodate are in an animal park created by a business as a tourist attraction.

North Aomori is the furthest north the Japanese monkeys roam in the wild and on mainland Japan. The most famous place to see wild monkeys sitting in water is Nagano.

Hakodate is an attractive, historical old city with many things to do and see - don't JUST go for a captive animal park!! :-))

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9. Re: Snow monkeys

Hi Amanda, we only have one night spare after skiing in Niseko, and need to fly out of Sapporo the next day so we dont have time to go to Nagano. I have already seen the Ice Festival on a previous trip, and really wanted to see the monkeys. Is there anything else that can suggest as 'must see' in Hakodate. We are hoping to go to the morning market but have nothing else planned, and as I have said, not alot of time.

Regards Bern

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10. Re: Snow monkeys

Besides the morning market, 2 more “must-see” are Fort Goryokaku/Tower and the night view up Hakodate-yama.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5352.html

http://www.goryokaku-tower.co.jp/

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5354.html

Time allowed, the Motomachi district is also worth going

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5351.html

For shopping, restaurants and a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, consider the area around the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouses.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5357.html

http://www.hakodate-kanemori.com/

Another interesting place for food is Daimon Yokocho with yatai-style stores

http://www.hakodate-tmo.com/yatai/index.html