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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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09:00 - 16:00
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Snow Monkeys!

The main attraction of this place is of course the snow monkeys. And there were many of them! There is only one pond there so do not expect too much. Most of the monkeys were... read more

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Jeffrey B
Penang Island, Malaysia
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The main attraction of this place is of course the snow monkeys. And there were many of them! There is only one pond there so do not expect too much. Most of the monkeys were running around during our time of visit (afternoon) and only a few were dipping in the pool. I guess you have to come early in... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After walking 1.6km from the car park where we alighted, we arrived at the Snow Monkey Park at Jigokudani Yaen-koen - home to the wild Japanese macaque (popularly known as snow monkeys). It is interesting to see so many snow monkeys gathering around a hot-spring pond and many monkeys moving around the place, unafraid of humans at all. This is... More 

Thank 1john316
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been there a few years ago and it was nice. So I came back with my friends and there were so many tourists that it is not nice any more.

Thank Pierre M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Once getting off the bus, it is approx a 2km walk up to mountain area where the monkeys live. The track is muddy so make sure you wear good non-slip shoes and prepare to get wet. I took a 5 and 8 y.o. and they were able to do the walk with no problems. The monkeys were still wild and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Ww started the 1.6km walk along the path leading tothe park at 10.20am. It did take us longer than most people advised due to us stopping to take in the beautiful scenery and also taking care not to slip on the icy, snowy path. Inside the Park was magical. There were so many monkeys in the hot springs. Approx 30... More 

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Kihei, Hawaii
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We loved it. I have seen others so-so or negative reviews and will say this, yes it's not huge, one onsen that they hang out in and around, though they are also around the area and on path from entrance to the onsen & the onsen is man made, guessing there must have been a natural one of some kind... More 

Thank CaptQ1
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was an amazing and unique experience outside of Nagano. we took a rental car up in April. First of all, getting in: there was no snow on ground and it was fairly warm, but very narrow and treacherous road getting there. In the colder peak season, I'd suggest taking the train and shuttle bus rather than driving. It was... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's was on my bucket list to see they monkeys and my girls were keen to see the snow. I read lots of reviews on how to get there from Tokyo and it seemed very difficult but nothing could be further from the truth. It was super easy we got the bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano and there were... More 

Thank VLIrvine
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

After all the advertisements that I saw I expected much more than 300m with in fences. The only thing that puts me to ease is my belief that my money will support the monkeys. The nature around is very beautiful and it is worth visiting without entering. The monkeys are even on the path there and the views of the... More 

Thank Jana P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would highly recommend staying at Zen Hostel, or any other close lodging and hike about 1.5h (leisurely) to the park. It'll save you 3100 yen round trip by bus and allows you to take in the scenes of the beautiful area. Also, once at the park, don't be afraid to sit by the by the water and get close to... More 

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