The cuteness has continued unabated here at the Snow Monkey Park through June, as the seasons babies continue to emerge and we move into Japan’s rainy season. The days are punctuated by bursts of sun before clouds roll in and the rain starts to fall, soaking our favourite furry friends who take cover under the abundance of lush trees and bushes in the park.
New mothers are increasingly willing to let their little ones venture further and explore their new world. Their first steps are awkward and adorable, often stumbling over rocks or losing their grip and toppling down when first attempting to climb the surrounding shrubs.
Mum is never too far away and quickly steps when needed, scooping up their little one and holding them tight.
Our guests and guides have delighted in watching these antics and the snow monkeys are coming to the park in good numbers. There is often a misunderstanding the monkeys don’t come to the park outside of winter. This isn’t correct.
The monkeys come to the park throughout the year and as previously mentioned on this blog, spring is one of our favourite times of year to take guests to visit Jigokudani given the numerous cute and extremely photogenic babies, the cool weather, and low numbers of visitors to the park through spring.
While we are now into the early wet season, don’t let that stop you! Showers tend to be short and nothing that a good jacket, shoes, and umbrella can’t handle.
If you’d like to join us on one of our daily tours we’d love to see you! Our tours combine a visit to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park with other nearby cultural destinations. We look forward to welcoming you to Nagano!