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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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6845 Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A lot of fun once you get up to the main monkey Onsen area! We took way too many photos and videos. Spent about 60-75 minutes just watching all the monkey happenings! If it’s a cold day and the sign says slippery at the walk...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Roara74
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Visited the park few days ago. Took train from Narita to Nagano and subsequent bus ride just to see the monkeys... The park is not that big but you need to hike up for more than 1.8 km to reach the park. Was let down...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sheronlee
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited in February and I suppose that helped a lot, because the mountains were covered in snow. I travelled with my wife and two young children from Tokyo unsure of what to expect. I honestly felt the most enjoyable part of the day was...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank RD_Global_Wanderer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we didn't go during snowy season, it was fun to visit. You get to see the monkeys roaming around the place. There are buildings (I thought they were homes) and they just walk on the roofs and everywhere. It's fun to see the monkeys...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank KellyS197
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Snow Monkey Park is an area with some hot spa pools in a valley of the Yokoyugawa River. The Japanese macaques live wild in the forest above but will come down for food provided by the park attendants. There they will sit on the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Roddlez
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is terrible. The monkeys are artificially fed and so it is no better than a glorified zoo. Overcrowded and the famous photos are in artificial pools. Biggest disappointment of my visit to Japan.

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank RobSRW
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got there by the free shuttle bus from our fabulous ryokan Biyunoyado just 10-minute drive away in Shibu Onsen. It was a sunny day so we stayed for over an hour gazing at the antics of the monkeys and their babies in the hot...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Stirfry151
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very nice experience. Monkeys were there but we stayed 2 nights in the nearby, it is by chance whether you manage to see the monkeys or not. The monkeys are wild animals so they go at will to the hot springs.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Aramis11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This secluded, often little-known park is a GEM in Japan's rugged mountains. A little hard to find and get to, the park offers a totally unique glimpse into nature, specifically the behaviors of the resident "Snow Monkeys" that only occur here! Best to visit in...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Divemasterking
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A picture speaks a thousand words so here are a few pictures. Even in autumn there were more monkeys than you can count!! And the babies!!!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Ellen S
November 15, 2018|
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Response from Paul R | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don’t know the answer from Nagano station. From Yudanaka station it is only a 10 -15 minute taxi ride and it costs 1600 yen today (Nov 16).
November 11, 2018|
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Response from TheFilmyCouple | Reviewed this property |
Go to Yudanaka station from where you can get a bus to visit the Jigokudani Monkeys
Keith E
November 6, 2018|
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Response from Ethel R | Reviewed this property |
If you stay at the ryokan near the Snow Monkey park, the monkeys do get into the onsens with you. Very cool and also, requires caution as you have to remember you are with wild animals.