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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

It was my second visit in a year. This time I took my partner. It is very scenic and just the Japan you want to see. If you are in Nagano it is a MUST.

Thank kdeeney
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

It was a brisk 30 minute walk from the entrance to the park. The monkeys are not always out for visitors to view. I arrived at 10:30 AM; it was too early. At ll:15 AM, they began coming out of the forests. Check with your ryokan staff; there is a link with a webcam which shows if the monkeys are out or not.

There were snow monkeys everywhere about noon; some were tanning in the sun while others were swimming in a pool of steaming hot water from a nearby river.

These creatures were oblivious to the visitors snapping photos of them in their natural, mountainous environment. Be mindful because these snow monkeys will snatch away food from bags of unwary visitors.

Thank Ruby S
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We stayed at Jinpyokaku Ryokan, which was only a couple hundred meters from the trailhead to the park. Trail was a lovely 1.3km walk through tall cedars. Arrived in an area with a "geyser" and a few buildings. Saw a few monkeys there. On a hunch (not because of a sign) we climbed some stairs up the hill and continued along the trail to the actual entrance. Up to this point we'd seen more monkeys than people. Paid Y500 each and walked another 100m to the onsen where the monkeys were. Took a LOT of pictures, finally left when my wife pointed out we'd be hiking in the dark if we didn't leave soon. Our first stop in Japan and the highlight of our 5 days there.

BTW, Jinpyokaku Ryokan nearby was fantastic.

1  Thank Erik B
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

I traveled there from Tokyo for a day trip. It was amazing and totally worth it. The monkeys are so organized and disciplined (just don't disturb them). I've never seen so many little cute monkeys dipping in an open-air onsen. It was a beautiful sight.

To get there from Tokyo, take Nagano Shinkansen from Tokyo Station or Ueno Station and disembark at Nagano Station. At JR Nagano Station, take Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line to Yudanaka Station. Once there, get a bus to Kanbayashi Onsen. From there, it'll take about 20 minute walk up to the park. Make sure you wear proper waterproof winter shoes during winter, as the snow may be deep. I went there during a snowstorm and my feet were all wet :S

After monkey park, I headed back to Nagano and enjoyed the best soba in town before heading back to Tokyo in the evening. I'll definitely be back again during winter!

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1  Thank stavrosting
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

We did this trip from Nagano. Thought about paying the ¥10000 to do a tour but decided to go solo. So glad we did as it was heaps cheaper and we took our time. Caught the express bus from Nagano station east exit. We had dropped into the information office in the station the day before and they gave us the bus and train timetables and instructions printed in English. So easy. We caught the 9.10 bus which arrived at Kanbayashi Onsen stop around 9.50. Stops were announced in English and easy to understand. A tip is to get to the station at least 20 minutes early if it is snow season as the line up really did grow fast and there's only so many seats on the bus. The 9.10 left from bay 4 but some leave from bay 3. the printout explained this and there were staff there to help you. When the bus drops you off you hop off and head left. It is clearly sign posted. It's a short walk up a hill then a flat walk for 30 or so minutes. It was quite snowy and a little slippery but not too bad. The monkeys themselves are gorgeous and quite enchanting. There are hot drinks available at the monkey park. We spent about half an hour watching them. Entrance was ¥500. When you walk back down the return bus stop is adjacent to the drop off stop. It is a timber hut and bus times are posted. We caught the 12.25 back to Nagano. The bus was ¥1300 each way and you just pay the bus driver when you get off.

5  Thank tsutt35
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