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“Better to see in the winter”

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
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Sydney, Australia
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“Better to see in the winter”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

We went here in the summer and found that it was pretty ordinary. Monkeys are monkeys and it wasn't very appealing. Part of the appeal here is to see the monkeys in the hot springs in the snow, therefore I wouldn't recommend going there in the summer.

Visited July 2013
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“Even with snow monkeys are fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

To get to the snow monkey park from Yudanaka, we took the bus from Yudanaka stations. Just say Snow monkeys and everyone knows where you are going, even if if you don't speak Japanese and they speak no English! From the bus stop it is a nice walk through cedar forests to the snow monkey area. Once there, the monkeys (Japanese macaques actually) provide plenty of entertainment, But don't try to touch them and don't eat food at all while in the park as they may grab at the food and your bags, camera etc. As the brochure say "these monkeys are not lovable animals"! But they don't seem to mind walking around humans or humans walking around them. To get a preview of the park and the monkeys in the onsen check out the web cam at http://www.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/livecam/monkey/

Visited August 2013
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“Snow Monkey Mania”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

Quite intimidating at times but wow what an experience!!

Anyone interested in Nature should see this once....

Visited November 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

I was talked into going to this park having thought it didn't sound that special. When we arrived and caught our first glimpse of one of the monkeys I knew that it had been worth the journey. I can't believe how close you can get to the monkeys, if you like photography then you will particularly enjoy this place because the monkeys make great subjects. When we visited it was particularly cold and there was lots of snow, so make sure you are wrapped up and wearing decent shoes!

Visited February 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

We visited Jigokudani in mid July 2013.

Getting to the park from Nagano (or like we did, Matsumoto) isn't difficult. We travelled from Matsumoto to Nagano on the Shinano train line, then caught a bus from Nagano Station to Kambayashi Onsen. From here, Jigokudani is a 25 minute walk through beautiful forest. You can't possibly get lost - there are English signs at every turn!

The monkeys are brilliant - and there are lots of them! The babies are obviously the best. As others have commented, the monkeys are continually fed throughout the day to ensure they 'stay' where most the tourist flock to view. In saying this, the monkeys acted as if we weren't even there and carried on with their daily lives.

The park itself is not overly exciting - it could do with a tidy up (i.e. remove old piles of piping laying around etc).

It is definitely worth a visit - regardless of the time of year! Cost 500 yen per adult.

Visited July 2013
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