Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Japan

Hello, guys! I’m finally back writing for this site after a while 😉 This review on Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano is probably gonna be the last post for in my Japan travel series (for now!). In this entry, I will be featuring the snow monkeys! Yes! I am sure some of you have seen snippets of the snow monkeys from social media before. Why not consider seeing them with your own eyes during your next trip to Japan?

Jigokudani Monkey Park

I visited the monkey park after an overnight stay at Nagano. I woke up really early in the morning and headed to Jigokudani Monkey Park, located in the Yamanouichi municipality. From Nagano, you have to take a bus from Nagano station. The journey takes 40 minutes and costs JPY1,400 (SGD16.02). After reaching the bus stop, you will have to walk for another 30 to 40 minutes before reaching the monkey park entrance. Admission to the monkey park costs JPY500 (SGD5.72).

The reason why I wanted to visit this monkey part was because of this photo I saw somewhere, which had a monkey covered in snow, holding on to an iPhone. Okay, lame reason but it was still an enjoyable visit. The bathing monkeys would have been really photogenic if the area was covered in snow. Unfortunately, no snow when I visited but I still managed to capture some good photos!

The 40-minute trek to the Jigokudani Monkey Park!
The 40-minute trek to Jigokudani Monkey Park!
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Honestly I think this hot spring area is quite picturesque!
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Upon arrival, you can see a lot of hot springs around this area
And there will be monkeys greeting you too!
And there will be monkeys greeting you too!
There's a live camera which takes photos every half hour to be shown on the official website!
There’s a live camera which takes photos every half hour to be shown on the official website!
These monkeys are really tame but do refrain from touching them!
These monkeys are really tame but do refrain from touching them!
An obligatory photo with the monkeys!
An obligatory photo with the monkeys!
Most of the time the monkeys were in the water!
Most of the time the monkeys were in the water!
Because it's quite cold!
Because it’s quite cold!
My friends asked me to submit this to National Geographic or something, is it that good?
My friends asked me to submit this to National Geographic or something, is it that good?
Cutest monkey baby!
Cutest monkey baby!

Overall, it was a great experience to be so near the monkeys. Monkey parks are not a new thing definitely. You can find such monkey parks in places like Bali etc. However, snow monkeys to be exact are rather rare and if you are visiting Japan when it’s snowing heavily around Nagano, please visit the Jigokudani Monkey Park because it will be so beautiful!

Want to read more articles from my Japan series? Click on the links below:

Discovering Hokkaido: Five Places to Visit in Hokkaido

Alternative Kyoto: Top Three Highlights Beyond the Famous Shrines

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