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Jigokudani Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaen Koen) Tours

Jigokudani Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaen Koen)
If you’ve been captivated by photos of furry macaques sitting in steaming hot water, surrounded by snow, head to the Jigokudani Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaen Koen). Located in the Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park, in Nagano Prefecture, this is believed to be the only place in the world where monkeys bathe in hot springs

The Basics
The Jigokudani Monkey Park is in the Yokoyu River valley. It’s surrounded by steep cliffs that gush fountains of hot water—the park’s name, Jigokudani, means “Hell Valley.” At an altitude of 2,788 feet (850 meters), the valley gets very cold in winter, and the resident monkeys have found an ideal way to warm up: by bathing in the hot springs’ waters, just as people do all across Japan.

To reach the park without having to drive or read Japanese signs, join a guided tour. Nagano (which is about an hour’s drive from the park) is the most convenient place to visit from, but you can find trips that come from as far away as Tokyo and Kyoto.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The park is not a zoo, and there are no barriers separating the monkeys from the visitors. Be careful how close you get to the animals—for their protection as well as your own.
  • There is no guarantee that you’ll see the monkeys; there may be no activity when you visit (regardless of the time of year).
  • You must pay a fee to enter the park, but kids under the age of 6 can visit for free.
  • The park is not wheelchair accessible, and guide dogs are not allowed.
  • There are no dining facilities at the park.
  • Selfie sticks are prohibited in the park.

How to Get There
The park is roughly a 25-minute drive from the nearest large town, Nakano, and a ten-minute drive from the smaller town of Yudanaka. The nearest railway station is at Yudanaka, and there are buses from the station to the park. You can also book a guided tour of the park that includes transportation, which might be preferable during cold weather.

When to Get There
The park is open every day of the year from mid-morning to mid-afternoon with slightly extended hours from April to October. There are no scheduled holidays, but the park sometimes closes unexpectedly due to weather conditions. Visitors can come at any time of year, but if your goal is to watch the monkeys bathe, plan a visit in the winter. 

Bathing at Yudanaka Onsen
While people can’t bathe at Jigokudani (it’s reserved for the monkeys), you can enjoy a nice soak in the town of Yudanaka, located a couple miles from the park. The mountain town’s hot springs have been used for hundreds of years, and there are a variety of places where you can enjoy a traditional soak, including a public bath located right at the train station.
Address: 6845 Oaza Heion, Yamanouchi, Chubu, Japan
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17 Tours and Activities to Experience Jigokudani Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaen Koen)

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Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Explore the magnificent temples and natural wonders of Nagano on a full-day tour and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the famous Zenkoji Temple and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy lunch (own expense) in Obuse Town, then choose a soak in the hot springs at Shibu Onsen.
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See two of the top attractions near Nagano on this full-day excursion. Explore the tranquil grounds of Zenko-ji, a lovely religious site known for its historic Buddhist statue. Enjoy a sake tasting and lunch before heading down a beautiful forest trail to the home of the snow monkeys, a group of local macaques known for their willingness to live in the snow and bathe in the local hot spring.
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Nagano Private Two Day Tour

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Discover Nagano’s many highlights on this private 2-day tour. Save time planning transport, as a driver and private vehicle is included. You’ll have a guide to show you around on the first day, and then free time to explore on the second day. Overnight stay in a Japanese Ryokan, entrance fees to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Zenko-ji Temple, and a private onsen experience is included, making it the ultimate hassle-free tour.
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Snow Monkey in "Jigokudani Yaen-koen" & Obuse Town

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You will go around famous sightseeing spots in Hokushin (Northern Nagano) area. First, you will see the Jigokudani Wild Snow Monkey Park worldly known for its snow monkeys. Then you will go to Obuse Town, which is reputed for its town renewal project vitalizing the historical heritages such as Hokusai Katsushika.
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Enjoy fun winter activities and visit the famous Japanese snow monkeys during this full-day trip to the Shiga Kogen Highlands in Nagano. Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can observe wild macaques bathing in the area hot springs. After a warm, delicious lunch, you have time for sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters, and a lift ride up the 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) slope of a famous area ski resort.
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2-Day Snow Monkey Tour: Nagano to Takayama via Matsumoto

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Situated between the popular destinations of Tokyo and Kyoto, the mountainous of region of Nagano is the literal heart of Japan and a road less travelled by many international visitors. This tour combines some of the region’s most iconic destinations - including the world-famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani, the 1400-year old Zenko-ji Temple, Matsumoto Castle, and the historic old town of Takayama - with the unforgettable experience of being driven through Japan’s Northern Alps, a place of high mountain peaks and rarefied beauty. With English-speaking guide, lunch, and full-service accommodation on Day 1 followed by hotel pick-up and transport to Matsumoto and Takayama, including hotel drop-off, on Day 2, this tour captures the history and beauty of central Japan with the convenience and comfort of one easy package.
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Nagano Full-Day Cycling Tour with Snow Monkey, Obuse Town, Apple Orchards

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Experience the nature and culture of beautiful Nagano on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, head out with an informative local guide and bicycle through apple orchards along the Chikuma River, watch macaques bathe in their natural habitat at Snow Monkey Park, relax in a hot spring at Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen villages, and treat yourself to delicious chestnuts in Obuse.
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In the middle of the cold winter, there is one festival that will surely keep you warm at night! The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival, called 'Dosojin Matsuri' in Japanese, is one the three great fire festivals in Japan, taking place each winter in the picturesque village of one of Nagano's most popular ski resorts. This lively tour takes you to the Fire Festival in combination with a visit to the world-famous hot spring-bathing snow monkeys of Jigokudani - a day and night that will leave you with burning memories of the tradition, culture, and snow monkeys of Nagano!
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