Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park

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Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park is first and foremost a research park. The monkeys are fed enough so they don’t scavenger off for good, but are not fed so much as to become dependent on humans for food. As the ‘snow monkey’ moniker infers, the park is located in snow country, an unusual habitat for monkeys. No one knows for sure when the monkeys first discovered the hot springs, but find them they did and the park continues to be the only place in the world where monkeys soak in an onsen in nature.

Jigokudani’s resident troupe is made up of over 200 monkeys. The babies born in spring time are cute little bundles of fur that frolic all over the place, making the green season an equally rewarding time to go. The park is located at the end of a 30 minute walk through a picturesque cedar forest from Kanbayashi, a convenient 45-minute bus ride from Nagano Station.

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Japanese Name
6845 Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
Summer season (generally between April – October) 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. /Winter season (generally between November – March) 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.