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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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Address: 6845 Oaza Heion, Shimotakai-gun, Yamanouchi-machi 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
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+81 269-33-4379
09:00 - 16:00
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Mid winter monkey must do

The 30 minute walk through the woods to the monkey park is absolutely stunning and was a real surprise. Fresh powdery snow made an incredible backdrop to the main event - snow... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Lisa J
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The 30 minute walk through the woods to the monkey park is absolutely stunning and was a real surprise. Fresh powdery snow made an incredible backdrop to the main event - snow monkey viewing! There is plenty of monkey action, look up, you may see them sitting in the trees before you get to the main area. We arrived early... More 

Thank Lisa J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's accessible buy shuttle buses or the Nagano express. The entrance is just a 10 minutes walk, with staircases and can be slippery during winter. Wear reasonable shoes for the short hike. Entrance is just on top of the hill, there are toilets in the building. Then you walk down to the river and springs, where the monkeys are feeding,... More 

Thank CharetMelbourne
St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One word: Incredible!!!!! Fantastic experience. I highly recommend it. There was a lot of tourists around but manageable. The monkeys are adorable. You can see them retreat into the trees late afternoon. There's about 200 of them. It's about a 30 minute walk from the parking lot to the the monkeys. Beautiful walk. Well worth it.

Thank CatMal007
Winter Park, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Must take a bus from Nagano station, don't even attempt to take a cab, starting at 12,000yen one way....buy the monkey pass includes transport and admission. Once the bus drives you about 40 min, you walk about 2 km. It's not an easy hike, especially if it's raining or snowing, as it's very very slippery up hill. One you get... More 

Thank Keith P
Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

If you've never done it before, go, experience. It is a great experience, don't mess with the monkeys , they are ok until you get too close! Have fun . Expect a walk from the bus/parking lot 10 minutes and than 40 minutes walk up, more walk inside and all the way back down, not suitable for strollers or wheelchair

Thank Irit S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying in Shiga Kogen so we took advantage of the tourism promotion for bussing to the Monkey park (¥1,000 round trip for adults). Bussing to/from Shiga Kogen to the Monkey Park: we bought the tickets from the front desk of our hotel and then went out to catch the next bus. All busses stop at Hasuike, and they... More 

Thank Ariana B
Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fantastic site to see in the Nagano region. There is a 2km walk from the parking area up to the Snow Monkey habitat. It's very flat and a nice walk through the forest. I did it in running shoes in the middle of February with no issues. Once you're up there, the Monkeys do roam freely but... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a treat to get to see these gorgeous animals up close and personal. I'm always a bit concerned about "animal parks" and avoid zoo's, but these little critters are doing their own thing and quite happy to get on with their own business as you walk up to and around the hot spring area. Of course there are still... More 

Thank jacbski
Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To be realistic, it's not a huge onsen for the Monkeys, but just the site of the monkeys in nature, the running stream, small waterfall it was a nice site to see. I think if you are overly expecting a huge forest filled with monkeys you might get disappointed. But don't get me wrong, there are plenty to see. I... More 

Thank Bchen88
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes there was monkey everywhere, but the park ranger or staff were feeding the monkey. They throw these seeds or nuts onto the snow which attract the monkey to come, which to me is messing around with the feeding habitat of the monkey. Is like putting a piece of meat in the middle of the african jungle to attract the... More 

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