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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 yesterday

It is a small hike to get to the pools where the monkeys hang out. Go early to avoid crowds, all of whom are jammed up near the pools taking pictures.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bruce B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing to be amongst the snow monkeys! A must see! It gets quite busy and the walk in the winter is quite icy, so be prepared with appropriate attire.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JulesPD247
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After a glorious stroll through a mountain path, you eventually come across the monkey park entrance gate. For a moderate fee of 800 yen, you get to step into the snow monkeys habitat and see them in their natural setting. It was a beautiful sunny...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Pinki24
Reviewed 2 days ago

We were there on 4 January 2019. Was very fortunate that it did not snow on that morning. Quite a long walk/hike before we saw the monkeys. The pathways were also quite slippery due to the snow. There were many visitors and all with cameras...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 2 days ago

OK, so there is no place else on earth you can see monkeys bathe in hot springs. Got it? Are they fed to come down from the mountains? Yes. Is it crowded, yes, but not that bad. Its an awesome experience, take it for what...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lucycan
Reviewed 3 days ago

What's to say. There are lots of cute monkeys running around. And there are 10x as many people all taking pictures. I saw the biggest camera I have ever seen. There is a relatively small onsen for the monkeys. None were taking the waters when...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Bigal1953
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lots of things written about the long hike up the path to see the snow monkeys, so won't elaborate on that except that crampons are really essential to avoid slipping and falling on the icy path. The monkeys roam freely and what a carefree life...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank roselim888
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Was a long hole up to the resort. 1.6km from foot of path. About 200-30 meters from the bus stop. The hike up up during snow can be extremely slippery and crampons are highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kirikuru
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stay at jinpyolaju Honten which is 5 minutes from the entrance of the the park. Every visitor have to track 2 km into the park, with snow or without snow. At the after 1.7 km you would see the ticketing office 800¥ for individual...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Fanny L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of key goals of this trip was to see the snow monkeys in the iconic onsen shots you see in every photo of them. We stayed in a hotel right out side the park to be close enough to walk to the park which...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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23 January 2019|
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Response from cmka | Reviewed this property |
There are small lockers, but they are at the small shop which is at the entrance, 1.6km along the walking track. Definitely not suitable for pulling luggage along. From what I remember the lockers are backpack sized... More
13 January 2019|
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Response from EddyFilorio | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of bus tours you can find. Or take a train to Nagano Station and then a local train to Yudanaka, where you can find a lot of local tours too That is what we do.
7 January 2019|
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Response from Ckyy | Reviewed this property |
There is a car park at the entrance and the distance is 1.6KM(one way) from the car park to the monkey park. We were there in mid December and it snow the day before. So the trail is a bit muddy. There are snow boots and... More