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WHEN WILL IT START SNOWING IN THE SNOW MONKEY PARK?With the temperature steadily dropping and the clouds puffing-up and rolling-in, the question many people ask is when will it start snowing in the monkey park? Affectionately known as...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN NOVEMBER 2018Autumn is reliably the least reliable season in the Snow Monkey Park as the monkeys trade their beloved hot spring for the promise of food and love in the forest. October through November is matin...
INTRODUCING OUR NEW 2-DAY SNOW MONKEY TOUR: NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA via MATSUMOTONagano and the surrounding regions that make-up central Japan are a place of natural beauty, typified by high mountain peaks, and deep culture found in its historic towns, temples and castles. Often o...
3-DAY ITINERARY: NAGANO PREFECTURE HIGHLIGHTSNagano Prefecture is one of the biggest prefectures in Japan. Widely known for its high mountains, apple orchards, and rice production, Nagano offers plenty to discover. See below for an itinerary tha...
COMBINE THE SNOW MONKEYS WITH AUTUMN LEAVES IN SHIGA KOGEN AND LUXURY RYOKAN VISITViewing autumn leaves, called koyo in Japanese, is after cherry blossom-viewing the most beloved seasonal activity for the Japanese. If you're planning on visiting the Snow Monkey Park in fall, we rec...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN OCTOBER 2018Autumn has arrived and with that, the temperature is dropping and the landscape is shifting in color and hue. It's a beautiful time of year to visit the Snow Monkey Park and through early-October, the...
Sales of Snow Monkey Pass for 2018 Green Season finishes on Sep 30.Sales of "Snow Monkey Pass" for 2018 Green Season finishes today (Sep 30th). For winter season, it will be re-sold from the beginning of December (Dec 1st, if it will be as has happened in the past...
INTRODUCING OUR NEW WINTER TOUR FROM HAKUBA: SNOW MONKEYS, MATSUMOTO CASTLE & DAISEKKEI SAKE BREWERY!Snow Monkey Resorts is excited to announce a new day tour from Hakuba for the coming 2018/19 winter season- Snow Monkeys, Matsumoto Castle and Daisekkei Sake Brewery Tour! This tour combines ...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN SEPTEMBER 2018Another month has slipped-on by and with that, summer has ended and the early hints of autumn are in the air. With the summer heat having faded away, days have regularly been punctuated by drizzle and...
RECOMMENDED WINTER ITINERARIES AROUND THE SNOW MONKEY PARK: LUXURY RYOKAN, WINTER SPORTS & ONSENThe prime time to visit Nagano Prefecture is in winter, when the snow comes falling from the sky in abundance. We suggest to make Senjukaku, a ryokan close to the Snow Monkey Park, your base. The ryok...
STAYING OVERNIGHT AT THE SNOW MONKEY AREA: 9 THINGS TO DOMany visitors headed to this region see the famous Snow Monkey Park as the primary destination and don't allocate time to explore other sights nearby the park. Given the global fame of the hot spring-...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN AUGUST 2018August is a busy time in the Snow Monkey Park as the resident macaques enjoy the late summer warmth, preoccupied with their constant grooming, foraging, and swimming. This year’s baby monkeys a...
REASONS FOR THE VISITING THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IN SUMMER: COMBINE YOUR VISIT WITH A STAY AT A LUXURY RYOKANAs we head into the second half of summer it’s the right time to continue our series of articles focusing on the many great reasons to visit the Snow Monkey Park in July and August. The days remain ho...
REASONS FOR THE VISITING THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IN SUMMER: BABY MONKEYS, LOTS OF THEM!For those thinking of visiting the Snow Monkey Park in summer, there's one big reason - or should we say, many small, adorable reasons - to do so, baby monkeys, lots of them! Since April, we ha...
REASONS FOR THE VISITING THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IN SUMMER: YOU’LL HAVE MORE SPACE & MORE TIME WITH THE MONKEYS!As highlighted in our recent blog article, the monkeys come to the park throughout the year including summer, and they typically come in big numbers. The monkeys – Japanese macaques to be exact – are ...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN JULY 2018Summer has arrived at the Snow Monkey Park with the usual heat and humidity you'd expect. While the days can be a little hot, July is a great time to visit the park. The monkeys have been coming in bi...
REASONS FOR THE VISITING THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IN SUMMER: THE MONKEYS ARE HERE ALL YEAR!Summer is here. The weather is hot and humid, cicadas are buzzing, and the mountains are lush and green. The deep snow and cold of winter are now distant memories, indeed it’s difficult to imagine tha...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN JUNE 2018The 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 ...
SKI SEASON JAPAN 2018/19: JAPAN’S LARGEST SKI RESORT – SHIGA KOGENWhile the sun is shining here in Yamanouchi and we head towards another hot summer, we can’t help but turn our minds to the coming winter and another highly anticipated snow season in Japan... and we ...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN MAY 2018May has been a month of unremitting and undeniable cuteness at the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. As the weather continues to warm and move we steadily into the Japanese spring, we continue to welcome b...
PHOTOBLOG SPECIAL: THE FIRST BABY SNOW MONKEYS OF 2018!We recently (and happily) reported that the first baby monkeys of the year had been cited in the Snow Monkey Park. At that time we hadn't yet been able to capture our first photographs of these adorab...
JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK: RESEARCH INDICATES THAT SNOW MONKEYS BATHE TO REDUCE STRESSAs dedicated publicists of the Jigokudani Snow Monkeys, we are always excited when our favourite furry residents make international news. Over the past few weeks they have been making headlines follow...
ANNOUNCEMENT: FORGET THE ROYAL BABY, THE FIRST BABY SNOW MONKEY OF 2018 HAS ARRIVED!Spring is one of the best times of year to visit the Jigokudani Monkey Park for one very important (and exceptionally cute) reason – baby monkeys! April and May are the months during which expectant m...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN APRIL 2018The weather this April is very much up and down at the Jigokudani monkey park. Some days have been very warm – nearing 30°C – while others have seen the return of cold, wintery days. The shifting weat...
BUS, TRAIN OR TOUR? – HOW TO GET TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK FROM JR NAGANO STATIONThere are two popular ways to get to and from the Snow Monkey Park and JR Nagano Station - either by bus or train. Both are convenient and can be easily navigated with a few simple tips. ...
2018/4/5 NAGANO CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATEIn Japan the season of spring is heavily celebrated. The most famous habit the Japanese display is sitting under colorful cherry blossoms and just watching the blossoms bloom while drinking a beer, et...
JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK: SUMMER OPENING TIMESWinter is officially with the last bits of snow disappearing in the Park. With the changing of the seasons the opening times of the Snow Monkey Park have changed as well. The opening times of t...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN MARCHThe month of March has seen a rise in temperature. Some days really feel as though we're in spring already. Other days though, it's snowing and the monkeys are hiding from the cold in the pool or in b...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEYS IN FEBRUARYThe beginning of February was still very cold and saw quite a few monkeys taking a bath or rummaging around for barley. The monkeys in the two photo's below were exactly doing that; digging in the sno...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEYS IN JANUARYIt's a new year and a new monkey season! The Snow Monkey Park is now completely covered by snow. As you can see by the photo directly below, the snow is not only in the park, but also on the tr...
CAUTION: THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN VISITING THE JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARKThe Snow Monkey Park is absolutely a must-visit when you’re in Japan. The monkeys are incredibly cute and cuddly. They are still wild monkeys though, so some caution is advised. We will explain all th...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEYS IN NOVEMBERWinter is coming! The first snow of the season has fallen around the 20th of November and this has had an impact on the behavior of the snow monkeys of Jigokudani as they now have to make sure ...
11/19 FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON IN JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARKIt has snowed in the Snow Monkey area! Winter has finally begun with the first snowfall of the 2017/2018 season. The people living in this area woke up in a wintry world, with more snow than pe...
SNOW MONKEY HISTORY: WHY DID THE MONKEYS START BATHING?The Japanese macaques don't have the innate habit of swimming in hot water, they didn’t even need to do it to warm themselves. So why did the monkeys start getting into the hot spring? The answer i...
JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK UPDATE: WINTER OPENING TIMESThe rangers of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park have changed the Park opening times from 8:30 to 17:00 to 9:00 to 16:00. This because of the shorter days. The monkeys have a habit of coming down...
10/31 THE KANBAYASHI ROUTE TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IS REOPENEDThe Kanbayashi route to the Snow Monkey Park is open from today! This is good news for bus and train travelers, as this route is the closest and easiest one to the Park. After the typhoon on th...
10/23 MONKEY PARK UPDATE: CLOSED FOR TODAYNagano is in the midst of a typhoon at the moment which makes traveling to the Park not safe enough to open. The heavy rainfall could even cause small-scale landslides. Thus, for safety reasons the Pa...
HOW TO BECOME SNOW MONKEY ALPHA MALEThe Japanese macaques have a strong hierarchical society, with every monkey holding a certain position. At the top of the food chain the alpha male, the monkey boss. The number 1 monkey of the Jigokud...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN OCTOBERIt's October! The temperature has gone down quite a bit compared to September and this is noticeable in the behavior of the monkeys. Some of them have started to get into the hot spring to warm themse...
VISITING THE JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN AUTUMNAutumn is a wonderful season to visit the snow monkeys of the Jigokudani Monkey Park. The leaves of the trees in and around the park start turning red, orange, and yellow, and the monkeys inch clo...
PHOTOBLOG: SNOW MONKEY OF JAPAN IN SEPTEMBERIt is September which means another blog about this month's monkeys! The monkey below was kept on watching the exit of the Jigokudani Monkey Park, and tried to sneak his way into the room...
PHOTOBLOG: 2017 SNOW MONKEY BABIESThe page is completely dedicated to the adorable snow monkey babies. The last baby has been born last month in the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, so we thought it was time to introduce you to some o...
PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEYS IN AUGUSTThe month August has started and the heat is still continuing. Slowly but surely though, the temperature is going down and becoming more comfortable. The monkeys now sometimes dare to go from their sa...
JIGOKUDANI MONKEY FIGHTSWhile the snow monkeys tend to be relaxed, they are not docile. There is a strong hierarchical system amongst the monkeys which is maintained with vigor. When the position of a certain macaque is thre...
CHANGES IN THE JIGOKUDANI MONKEY HIERARCHYA shift in power has occurred within the Jigokudani monkey troop. Togura 95, who has been in power for the past 6 years, has been displaced by Tomamu 96. This has caused the balance of power to shift....
PHOTOBLOG: JAPAN’S SNOW MONKEYS IN JULYIt's summer! It's getting hot in the Snow Monkey area (though still relatively cool compared to places like Tokyo and Kyoto) and the Jigokudani monkeys are feeling the arrival of summer. They've taken...
SNOW MONKEY ALPHA MALE MISSINGThe Boss of the Jigokudani Monkey troop (named Togura 95, nicknamed Little Black because of his dark fur) hasn't been seen for almost three weeks now. It is not unusual for male monkeys to separate fr...
PHOTOBLOG JUNE: SNOW MONKEY OF THE MONTHThe month of June has begun and brought with it whole new monkey behavior. The new-born baby monkeys of the Jigokudani Snow Monkeys have become a little bit more confident, finally pulling away from t...
SNOW MONKEY RESORTS INFO & GIFT SHOP: WINTER SERVICESThe Snow Monkey Resorts Info and Gift Shop is the shop that is found right in front of the trail entrance to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. It is the last stop before you begin your 30-minute long journe...
PHOTOBLOG: JAPAN’S SNOW MONKEYS IN MAYIt's beginning to get warm in Japan, with all the snow on the mountains slowly but surely melting to finally make the high peaks accessible hiking paths. The behavior of the monkeys has changed wi...
SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE SNOW MONKEY AREAEven though this region is called the Snow Monkey area, we have more than six months without snow. Our Spring, Summer, and Autumn all have their own attractions. In this article we will expand on the ...
PHOTOBLOG: 2017/4/28 CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATEThe blossoms are finally blooming in the town of Yamanouchi, the town closest to the Snow Monkey Park. Here are a few photo's to give you an impression of the colorful trees. Here you...
SNOW MONKEY AREA CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATE: APRIL 21ST 2017Most of Japan have now seen the last of the sakura blossoms. The cherry flowers in places like Tokyo and Kyoto have fallen from the trees. The trees in Yamanouchi (also known as the snow monkey area) ...
PHOTOBLOG: SUNNY MONKEYS IN APRILThe sun is out and the monkeys are here for the sunshine! While many people think that the monkeys only appear in winter, they are here all year round. Spring is a lovely time to see the Japanese maca...
SPRING… SNOW… MONKEYS…?!The Japanese macaques of Jigokudani Monkey Park are known as the "Snow Monkeys". There is however, plenty of time in the year without snow. There is snowfall from the end of November until the beginni...
SNOW MONKEY PARK SITUATION UPDATED (January 22nd 2017)Snow Monkey Park situation updated (January 22nd 2017) The onsen pipe line has been fixed yesterday late afternoon and the snow monkey park is back to regular business today. There are tons of snow...
WINTER IS COMING: SNOW MONKEY VERSIONAutumn is only just starting, but here in Japan's mountainous region winter will come sooner than you think. Some of you reading this might be in the process of planning your trip to the snow monkeys ...
THINGS TO DO AROUND JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARKWelcome to Snow Monkey Resorts in Nagano, Japan ! Here at Snow Monkey Resorts we would like to on top of your great experience with the snow monkeys make your stay in the area, or even your day-trip, ...
RESTAURANTS AROUND THE SNOW MONKEY PARKA day-trip is never complete without eating some really good food! So you are about to go up or you just got back from the snow monkeys and you are looking for someplace to eat and/or drink? Please lo...
SERVICES FOR WINTER WEARSince it is getting colder every day, SNOW MONKEY RESORTS INFO & GIFT SHOP located next to the entrance of Snow Monkey Park is providing rental service for winter wear. To be able to...