Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Yamanouchi-machi: Hours, Address, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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HelloKitty2014
Tokyo6 contributions
amusing monkeys even outside the hot spring
May 2021
"Snow monkeys soaking in a hot spring in snow" is the most iconic scene of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in Nagano. However, it is not the only thing. May and early June are months when the troop celebrate their newborn babies. We can observe adorable newborns and their interactions with their mothers up close, without special gears.

When we visited the park the other day (late May), monkeys were late "for work." We were informed that they should show up at 11:00 am (2.5 hrs late), but we needed to wait another 30 mins since monkeys were caught by something in the mountain. Finally, they showed up from the top of the valley. It was quite a dramatic show (not an intended one, though). Adult monkeys rushed down the steep valley, small monkeys came down the hill, hanging around a rockfall prevention net, very cute!

The 1-mile long trail was beautifully green last time. We enjoyed hiking and fresh air there, no hassles as we had during mid-winter!
Written 31 May 2021
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HenningSchmidt
Yokohama, Japan57 contributions
Wonderful experience
Feb 2021
We had so much fun in this valley and the monkeys where enjoying the hot springs. The walk to get there is a bit icy and slippery, be sure to wear the adequate footwear!
Written 7 February 2021
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yang0213
Port Dickson, Malaysia100 contributions
Day trip from Tokyo
Jan 2021 • Solo
One of the most famous destination in Japan. Expect to spend around 3 hours. If you are departing from Tokyo, make sure you leave early. Buses are recommended and the frequency is approximately 1 bus per hour. Wear good shoes (it is slippery due to the icy road) because you will need to walk for about 30-45mins to reach the park.
Written 1 January 2021
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Natalie
London, UK30 contributions
Great experience, go early if you can!
Mar 2020
We stayed in a hotel close to the start of the walk to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. This meant we could get up first thing and be the first ones to the park as soon as it opened! I think this is the best way to do it as it meant for the first half hour or so we had the park to ourselves. We went in mid-March so we had some fresh snow first thing but it melted quite a lot by the time we had left (around 10am). It was also starting to get much more busy at this time. It was an incredible experience to see the monkeys up close in the snow and the hot springs. One criticism I have is that parts of the park didn't feel that natural... there were what would like electric wires and water pipes running across it that did make it feel much less natural. As others have said, it is a fairly long (and muddy) walk to the entrance, but we found it really beautiful and is definitely worth it! The baby monkeys were the best part, very cute and playful and completely fearless!
Written 9 June 2020
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Helen B
Adelaide, Australia235 contributions
Worth the walk!
Mar 2020
Even though it was quite a long walk up to see the monkeys and the path was muddy my travelling companion and I enjoyed watching the monkeys move around freely with visitors respecting their space. Even though it was too warm to see the monkeys enjoy the hot spring they were very entertaining in the way they interacted with each other.
Written 24 April 2020
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Georgina
Houston, TX5 contributions
We love the monkeys!
Dec 2019
Seeing the now monkeys at the snow monkey park will always be one of my best memories. It's definitely worth the visit and the walk to the park.
Written 1 April 2020
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phalanxye
Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan666 contributions
UNIQUE MUST SEE PLACE
Feb 2020
The only place in the world where monkeys bathe in the hot spring (Onsen). Snow monkeys roam around and all tourists respect their space. It is worth the 30-minute hike from the tour bus parking, on a snowy slippery path. Make sure to wear warm clothes and proper shoes.
Written 1 April 2020
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SteveS1970
Coventry, UK6 981 contributions
A bucket list item
Mar 2020 • Friends
This is something that I have always wanted to do as long as I can remember. When we were on a previous trip someone said that out hadn’t been snowing enough and that he had held off until the weather changed which made me a bit worried as our tour was going in a few days. I needn’t have worried, as we walked up the long entrance to the park the snow came in abundance and stopped as we arrived. These monkeys are so photogenic and it was lovely to see a mother and her two young “posing” for the money shot, the exact one that you have seen a thousand times. If you are there during feeding time outs amazing to see them all run down to the main pool running between the visits.
Life goal - ✔️
Written 24 March 2020
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simon_and_emma69
Workington, UK56 contributions
Unique Experience.
Feb 2020
This was great experience. The monkeys are clearly used to people and essentially just ignore you as they go about their business of feeding, playing, relaxing and fighting. While the whole experience is a little artificial (food is put out to help keep the monkeys in the park), it is no less mesmerising for that. Watching the adolescents play, the babies clinging to their mothers and the big males strutting around and trying to look indifferent brought home just how emotionally and behaviourally close we still are to our primate cousins. The only recommendation for improving the whole experience would be to have a little less space devoted to souvenirs and a little more information about Japanese macaques in the small gift shop, but clearly they have to balance the experience for those just coming to see cute animals and those who want to learn a bit about them. Would highly recommend a special trip just for this and don't be put off by the 1.6km walk - wear decent footwear though as it can get a little muddy.
Written 13 March 2020
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1 643 contributions
Unforgettable! Monkeys are so entertaining and cute!
Mar 2020
My whole life, I've seen the snow monkeys on television and other travel articles, so I was so excited to finally get an opportunity to visit this park. I walked here from town, it is not that far, but once at the trail head you must walk another thirty minutes or so on fairly flat terrain but it does get muddy due to snow melt. The entrance fee was 800 yen I believe. The park itself is not that big, I felt it would get to crowded, but it is set up nicely so monkeys can get their distance from us onlookers if they wish. The monkeys are all over the place and don't really seem bothered by us being there. We went in the morning and there were a ton of monkeys hanging around, and once in a while they would enter the hot springs. The babies were all so adorable, and the adults were simply beautiful! I stayed here for several hours, truly natural entertainment. I am hoping to come back here next year, maybe going a bit earlier in the year around mid-January when more snow is on the ground.
Written 6 March 2020
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