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“Snow Monkeys in winter”

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

What I noticed when arriving at the park was that everyone was smiling. There were so many monkeys going about there business and completely ignoring all the 'gawkers'. The babies were so cute trying to run up the hillside and sliding backwards in the snow. At one time I hade three babies scrambling around my feet, but hard to photograph as they kept their backs to me. In the hot pool there were mothers feeding babies, young ones grooming the older ones. The babies eemed to be toilet trained as they would leap out of the pool have a 'wee' and then get back in. The walk along the track in winter particularly after the sun has come out can be very slippery so go carefully. There is a bus back down to Yudanaka but check the times as they only go every hour or so.

Thank Maggie0z
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

Took a bus to the park from Nozawa.
A beautiful walk through a forrest to reach the onsen where the snow monkeys soak in the hot springs.
The setting was beautiful in a steep valley and to watch the monkeys was amazing particularly at feeding time when they come from all areas of the valley.
Best to be there around 3Pm for the feeding.

2  Thank Bernie1954
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

The walk up there is pretty difficult. I have some knee problems but I'm otherwise fine, and yet it was a very tough climb for me. Most of the length of the walk is more or less flat, but the parts with incline are quite steep. If you are uncertain about your ability to climb, be careful when deciding whether or not to go. There was heavy fresh snowfall when I visited and this made it even more difficult; the first stairs into the park were not even stairs, just a snow ramp! Fortunately there is a rope to hold onto.

When you finally do make it there, it's fun to look around. You don't need to spend a lot of time here really, once you've had your fill of taking monkey pictures, that's all there is to do. It is definitely a fun expedition though, I do recommend it, if you are able to make the trek. Unfortunately it is not at all wheelchair accessible, and service animals are not allowed.

Thank etoile_81
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

A fantastic day trip. Easy travelling by JR rail to Nagano then local train to Yudanaka, then bus to near the snow monkey park After that it's about a 40 minute walk into the monkey area through the woods. A lovely walk in fresh snow. When you arrive it's all worth the effort as there are monkeys everywhere and you can get extremely close. They are very photogenic so its easy to get great pictures.

50  Thank pollyoppy
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This isn't the great get up close to monkeys in their natural environment as portrayed by the tourism industry or others. These monkeys have been trained by humans through food rewards to come and hang out in the hot pool that has been specially constructed for them. It reminded me of the bad old days where monkeys in zoos used to be dressed up in clothes so you could have a tea party with them for visitors amusement. So while it is an opportunity to get close to a monkey without bars separating you, it's not a nature experience. It's also very crowded with tourists jockeying for the best spot to snap a photo. There was one gentleman present on the day we visited that claimed his spot and when asked by others if he would please move after he had spent considerable time there replied no despite repeated requests.

The walk in from the bus stop at Kanbayashi Onsen (where we got off from Shiga Kogen via Hasuike) is about 3 km and treacherous. Wear good shoes, spikes would be a good idea too. I did meet someone here that talked about a single tourist operator that has access to a shorter entry route but wasn't able to get any further information about it but it may be available on line if you search for it.

This attraction has novelty value and good photo opportunities but is contrived and slightly distasteful.

13  Thank Kiwi_Boop
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