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.
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