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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

We visited the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park as a part of our four day road trip. To get there, we drove from Matsumoto (fantastic castle there if you are in the area) which took a little less than two hours. It was easy to get to and we drove up the mountain to the park via the forest road, following English road signs. The road is small, but we saw several SUVs and minivans made it up despite the tight squeeze. Keep in mind that the parking lot only has limited number of parking spots (500 yen for parking). Even though the park wasn't very busy (late November, before snowfall), we waited about 15 minutes for a parking spot.

The hike up the hill from the parking lot took us about 15 minutes with two kids (8 and 9) in tow. I suggest wearing good walking shoes and warm clothes (it was around 0 C the day we went). It is not wheelchair or stroller accessible. There are many steps and the dirt path was slippery even without the snow/ice. There is a bathroom at the end of the hike behind where you pay the entrance fee to the park. The bathroom is clean but, like many other bathrooms in Japan, does not have soap. Bring your own hand sanitizer.

2  Thank HinJapan
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

A great place to visit - where else can you see monkeys using their own onsen!! The area is not the most interesting but its worht the trip just to visit the monkeys

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Best place to be able to get up close without fences, you dont take food so they are not agressive towards the people. Take a camera with a large memory card as you wont be able to resist hundreds of snaps! Funny to watch the dynamics between the different 'families'

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

This was one of the best things my husband and I did in Japan. We visited during the summer, and we were literally the only people in the entire park, with the exception of a few staff members. It was so cool to see wild monkeys in their habitat with no fear of humans. That being said, they had some serious teeth, so I wouldn't try petting them or anything. We got some great pictures and great memories. There were lots of babies and it was fun to watch them eating and playing. You have to walk about a mile to get there, but it's a nice trail and completely worth it. There are signs marked with different things to look for, and we saw some pretty lizards during the hike. I can't think of any place where you would get a similar experience.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

We loved the snow monkey park. The monkeys come down from the mountains every day to use the hot springs and they feed them every morning at 9am I believe. It was cool how they weren't interested in humans and there were no fences. It wasn't so great that there was litter in the river that I feel the staff should clean up. There was a little hike you could do thru the forest to the next town and back which we really enjoyed.

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