Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park is located in Yamanouchi district of the Japanese Alps.
How to get to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
There are many ways to reach the Snow Monkey park. From Yudanaka Station there is a bus to Kanbayashi Onsen. From Kanbayashi Onsen, it is a 30-40 minute walk to the monkey park
Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park Price
Park entrance is 800 yen per person with free parking for people who have self drive to the park. Tours from ski resorts average about 5800 yen per person which only includes transport and entrance fee. Trains depend on where you are coming from and buses could be a cheap option.
Where to stay
There are many options on where to stay in the neighboring ski resorts I.e Nozawa Onsen, Hakuba, Nagano, Madarao, Myoko all of which runs direct tours the Snow Monkeys.
How much time do you need at Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
1 day is enough to explore the area and really enjoy watching the Snow monkeys bathe in the natural Onsens. The local village is also worth a visit to get a feel of local culture and try some delicious food. Most people will explore this area as a day trip from one the many ski resorts.
When is the best time to go
January and February would be the best time to visit due to snow fall. During the warmer months the monkeys tend not to bathe in the hot springs. Avoid between 12 -2pm as that seems to be the peak tourist time with tour groups. A great time to visit is about 4pm once most people have left and and temperatures have dropped.
- Make sure you wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear as will be snowy and icy along the forest walk.
- Do not take plastic bags or any food the monkeys can grab.
- Also apparently do not smile at the monkeys as this could be a sign of anger for them.
Why should Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park be on my bucket list?
It is the only place in the world you can see these Northern Japanese Snow monkeys bathe in Natural hot springs. Surrounded by nature and unique landscapes this should be on everyones bucket list.