Updated: November 06, 2018
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Have You Ever Been to Snow Monkey Park in Nagano?

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Is this a dream or what! Onsen and monkeys! What else can you possible ask for! In Nagano, you can take a trek in Snow Monkey Park, known in Japan as the Jikokudani Yaen Koen, and you will be surrounded by onsens and monkeys. I think this should be on your bucket list if it isn't already!

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Jikokudani Yaen Koen Wild Snow Monkey Park

In Nagano, you can see monkeys in their natural habitat. These Japanese Macaques are also known as "Snow Monkeys". The park is located near the onsens towns of Shibu and Yudanaka, in Yamanouchi. So you can see the wild monkeys relaxing in the onsen.
Can you imagine seeing monkeys up close relaxing in natural hot springs? It's so unreal!
You can take a trek around the park and explore the area. There are of course monkeys everywhere so you need to follow some guidelines. There are some explanations at the entrance about the alpha males and what to do and not to do around the monkeys. Be sure to listen carefully.
These monkeys certainly look very zen!

Opening hours and fees

From April to October, the park is open from 8:30-17:00.

From November to March, the park is open from 9:00-16:00.

The entrance fee is 800 yen.

When to go?

The park is accessible all year round, but the area is particularly stunning in the winter when the snow is covering the mountains! It is usually best to visit in January or February, but there is also some snow from December to March.

How to get there?

-You can either go by bus to Kanbayashi Onsen from Yudanaka station, Shibu Onsen, or Nagano Sation. Some buses stop at Kanbayashi station, while others stop at Snow Monkey Park. The latter stop is only a few minutes away, while the former stop is a 30-40 minute walk to the monkey park. It can be quite slippery in the winter, so please be careful.

-You can also get there by foot (a 10-15 minute walk) from the paid parking lot. This road is closed for public transportations on winter days.

Finally...

Did you know that Nagano isn't the only place where animals overrun an area? Animal lovers rejoice! In fact, there are plenty of others to visit. If you love animals, please check out these other areas too!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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