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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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6845 Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
+81 269-33-4379
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Reviewed 5 February 2019 via mobile

Amazing sight and experience in this part of Japan. Worth staying overnight and being there when it opens at 9am. About 20 minute walk in easy path and enjoy the snow monkeys with just a few other tourists. By the time we left 2 hours...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank billyroo
Reviewed 5 February 2019 via mobile

Since young I dreamed about coming here. After twenty years, here I am! Very happy to be able to see these monkeys taking a hot bath! The place could get quite busy so go there early and don’t bring any food with you as the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank onvacationmode
Reviewed 5 February 2019

This was a wonderful experience. So fascinating to watch the monkeys in a beautiful setting. I really enjoyed the half hour walk to and from the park as well.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank juliehudson1215
Reviewed 4 February 2019 via mobile

Be prepared to walk 1.6 km to watch the snow monkeys. As the trail is narrow, muddy, wet and icy, do wear appropriate shoes for the short hike. No sticks, selfie and hiking poles, are allowed in the park so you'll need to pay for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank IvanC272
Reviewed 2 February 2019 via mobile

Worth the trip. As you take the train from Tokyo to Nagano you get a great view of Fuji Yama. Then a train from Nagano to Yudanaka Station. We stayed at a hotel with a free shuttle service. From the parking lot you have a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 62Glenn2014
Reviewed 2 February 2019 via mobile

If you have the time, visiting the snow monkeys is well worth the trip. It isn’t accessible for all as there is a long trail through a beautiful forest of pine trees. The monkeys are fun to watch frolicking in the thermal pools and screaming...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank cdwhitaker
Reviewed 1 February 2019

Good to see monkeys soaking in a man made outdoor pool. Almost would consider it to be a tourist trap. Would truly not go back, once yes but not twice. Avoid it on an icy day. The trail going up to the park can be...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Pong-trips
Reviewed 31 January 2019

We made a day trip to Jigokudani Snow monkey park. Our day started early from Shinjuku station where we booked our Shinkansen's seat. Made our way to Tokyo station to board the Shinkasen to Nagano station. Journey was about an hour plus. Once you get...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank netjacq
Reviewed 30 January 2019 via mobile

To start of, it was amazing. Me and my friend went from Tokyo to Jigokudani over the day. It might seem tricky and difficult to get there when you google it but you can be calm it is easier than it seems, although it does...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank JesperSwedin
Reviewed 29 January 2019 via mobile

Beautiful walk up to the river & monkey onsen in the snoe. Beware , very slippery & dumos of snow falling from trees above. This was quite amusing, perhaps not so for the person being dumped on. Monkey's in abundance & very comfortable to go...More

Date of experience: January 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