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Jigokudani Yaen-koen地獄谷野猿公苑


This is a park where you can watch bathing monkeys in a hot spring and it is also popular with foreign tourists as a place to see “snow monkeys”. All the monkeys in the park are wild and enter the hot spring in order to be able to endure the cold temperatures of the severe winters which can reach minus 10°C. The park is located in the valley of Yokoyu River which brims with rustic beauty, and is located 30 minutes by foot from the free parking lot at Kanbayashi hot spring.


Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 6845 (Obuse / Nozawa / Shiga HighlandsArea)

phone 0269334379

[Apr.-Oct. time] 8:30-17:00
[Nov.-Mar. time] 9:00-16:00
* Business Hours may be different as it is a guide.

Review of Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/01/02 Nice for a quick visit.
Took a long long hike to reach the smallish man made pool.
Take your time to observe the monkeys while their antics amuses you.
The only regret is that the snow came in late this year.
Reviewed:2020/01/01 Snow Monkeys
This was the highlight of my Winter Japan trip. The views along the long walk to the snow monkeys were BEAUTIFUL. This experience can be enjoyed by all age groups.
Reviewed:2020/01/01 Amazing!
Definitely make sure to get there when the park opens. There were more monkeys in the onsen in the earlier hours, and it got more crowded with people later on.

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Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 6845 [ map ]
Obuse / Nozawa / Shiga HighlandsArea
[Apr.-Oct. time] 8:30-17:00
[Nov.-Mar. time] 9:00-16:00
* Business Hours may be different as it is a guide.
open everyday
* May be temporarily closed due to natural disasters, etc.
[Admission fee] Adults (Over 18) 800yen, Children (Elementary School Students-High School Students) 400yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Not available
Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 15, 2020 (Information as of May 14, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
* Not recommended because it is in the mountains
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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          Nagano prefecture is an exciting mix of mountains, hot spring monkeys, and preserved Edo history. At the heart of the Japanese Alps, Nagano is one of the country's most popular destinations, whether in winter for its snow sports and the much-loved Jigokudani Monkey Park or in the warmer months for discovering the undulating hills on foot. For fantastic Edo architecture, head to the Kiso Valley for a 60-kilometer stretch of quaint wooden buildings that marked the Nakasendo route 200 years ago.

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