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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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6845 Oaza Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
+81 269-33-4379
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Full Day Snow Monkey and Snow Tour in the Shiga-kogen Highlands in Nagano
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6845 Oaza Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
+81 269-33-4379
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Reviewed yesterday

Try to go in the morning when there's less people. Don't be surprised if the monkeys come really close to you. You may feel the urge to touch them, but there are workers around keeping an eye on everyone. After your hike back make sure...More

Thank Hibud52
Reviewed 2 days ago

They say you hike 2.0 km to get from the bus stop to the snow monkey park. If that is true, I'd say about the first 0.5km is uphill, the next 1.2 km is flat, and the last 0.3km is uphill via stairs. They say...More

1  Thank jeanjane112
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Snow Monkeys were great, but the tour company have a lot to learn, from the slow booking to the misrepresentation of the length of the walk to reach the monkeys. The bus from Nozawa Onsen was large and dropped us at the bottom of...More

Thank 3Mingara
Reviewed 3 days ago

The monkeys are cute and our main reason for coming to this area. They certainly didn't disappoint but it is a commercialised operation, with lots of tourists, so try to go near opening time to avoid the crowds. Be prepared with good cold weather gear...More

Thank CandN07
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

As the only place where you can see Snow Monkeys bathing in hot springs, know you will not be alone. This troop of 100 monkeys pale in comparison to the 1000’s of visitors that trek 1.6km from the trailhead to the monkey spa. Excited to...More

Thank ZenDark30
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A 1.3km hike into the National Park along an icy trial (be careful, where appropriate shoes or hire the clamp on grips from the souvenir store) you are trapped to pay the entry fee of ¥800 per person, now not too bad you might think,...More

Thank Brett L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you visit (or live in) Japan in the winter, this is a must-see. A weekend trip to a ryoken with a Snow Monkey Park visit is well worth your time. The monkeys aren't bothered by humans, and will come right next to you. We...More

Thank Chase C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Loved visiting the snow monkeys of Jigokudani. Couldn’t believe how many there were, and how unfazed they were by us humans. A very cool experience! The 1.6km wall out was lovely, and not too slippery. I hope to return one day!

Thank johnsonlaur
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Well, since this is the only place to see snow monkeys taking an onsen (they learned this from humans) you have to go..and best in winter...and best if raining or snowing. The 1.8km walk can be slippery in the ice..so take winter shoes.

1  Thank Scott M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great day trip, park is a short hike up to the entrance (1.7km). There is a cafe and restaurant at the bottom and an onsen and restaurant at the top. You can get up close to the monkeys as they run around and climb. If...More

Thank Jennifer M
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23 January 2018|
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Response from Marilyn C | Reviewed this property |
Half a day would suffice. You can spend the other part of the day visiting the nearby Shibu and Yudanaka onsens. Or drop by Ryoo Ski Park about 10km away. You can check out the website to see what activities they have in... More
Andrew W
11 January 2018|
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Response from Marilyn C | Reviewed this property |
The park is not huge and you can get very close to the monkeys so in my opinion, it's not necessary.
9 January 2018|
Response from Peter v | Reviewed this property |
Matsumoto a town with a famous castle is not too far apparently