Jigokudani Yaen-koen

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.

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Nagano Pref. Shimotakaigunyamanouchimachi Hirao 6845 map map Map
[Apr.- Oct.] 8:30-17:00
[Nov.-Mar.] 9:00-16:00
*Business hours are approximate and may vary
open everyday
*May be temporarily closed due to natural disasters, etc.
[Admission fee] Adults (18 and over) 800yen, Children (Elementary school students-High school students) 400yen
Parking Lot
Credit Card
Available (Not available in the park. Available in the smoking space.)
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
30-60 minutes (Walk about 30 minutes one way from the parking lot to the park)
Wheelchair accessible
* Not recommended because it is in the mountains
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Fun to see the Mom’s with babies in the park!
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.06.14
    We had a great experience at the Snow Monkey Park! We took a taxi from the train station—which took about 15 minutes and cost around 2000 yen. We arrived right when it opened at 08:30 am and were...
  • Snowstorm visit
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.16
    Pleasant walk to the Monkey Onsen in a snowstorm. As expected. Not too crowded. Inexpensive, easy to reach from nearby town after skiing at Shiga Kogen
  • One of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. Beautiful and so surreal
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.04
    Undoubtedly one of the best places I’ve been to in my life. The whole experience from trekking up the mountainside in the snowy forest to seeing the actual monkeys in the natural hot springs was...

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