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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Yamanouchi-machi

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Part of a larger national park, Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park features a series of hot springs that attract a large number of Japanese macaques. Especially picturesque when covered in snow, this remote area allows you to observe monkeys as they bathe in the pools of warm water. Get close to the animals and take a few photos, but remember that it's forbidden to touch and feed the wildlife sheltered within park grounds. Put Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Yamanouchi-machi trip itinerary maker.
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  • First caveat. Was expected spring snow monkey, monkey comes not quite hot. Into the rare, long-awaited open monkey in a hot brand new morning paid tour buses come to the horrible snow very narrow and steep stairs to climb, but we totally didn't. Little expectation gap is disappointed. Is there is a crowd of people are brandishing around the hot spring monkey for Smartphone with a camera, as even several hours just empty spectacle. Foreigners are particularly taken with a telephoto lens with Mania you will stand out. Just monkey itself is very, very close. Or hanging around underfoot, or intimidate tourists. Unusually large number of foreign guests. It is Asakusa like Shibuya. Depending on where there is this there monkey excrement, stepping on the foot to note is insane!. It is a large crowd of onlookers, and you can't say it without feeding marks day of love, but that time is really terrifying. (Did so Saturday and Sunday week head on weekdays so maybe not) might haunt tendency to check before you go because there are live on the site of the Park.
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  • So far come from Kansai to travel back from Tokyo. Just Nagano train snow monkey No. Express suitable time. Express train ride and go to the end Yudanaka, change trains at Shinshu Nagano; From Yudanaka by bus 15 minutes from kanbayashi Onsen is less frequent. Got off the bus and then take walk about 40 minutes until the public garden at the entrance. February Snow boots are required as the climbing irons were better. There are also rental shops. To take tough monkey, but relieved, approaching the entrance to public garden are on the prowl and there's food bag. Food so even if they grab attention. At the Park gift shop no drinks and food. I think you can put up with because it failed it's still winter, but summer is hard. Eat indoors, be sure to bring. Soak in a hot spring monkey, really enjoyed it.
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  • Aim to get there at the 09:00 winter opening hour or perhaps later in the afternoon to try to avoid the tourist masses. Aim also to stay very locally to be there promptly. A photo delight despite the ...  more »