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SNOW MONKEY PARK
  • Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

    These are the only wild monkeys in the world known to bathe in hot springs, making them truly unique

  • Strong bonds hold the troop together

    Japanese macaques have a strong family bond, best seen in spring with the birth of new babies

  • A place of four seasons

    The monkeys come to the park throughout the year and each season brings its owns colors, sounds, and atmosphere

  • The snow monkey boss

    Though mostly female, the troop is hierarchical with a dominant alpha male at the top

  • Winter brings heavy snow

    The highly adaptable and resourceful snow monkeys are the most northern living (non-human) primates in the world

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SNOW MONKEY PARK

Located near the base of the Joshinestu Kogen National Park, the Jigokudani Yaen Koen (otherwise known as the Snow Monkey Park) is home to a very special troop of monkeys. Created in 1964, the park was established as a conservation area in which the monkeys - Japanese macaques to be exact - would have a refuge within what was already their natural habitat.

The Snow Monkey Park is a unique place where you can observe the wild monkeys going about their daily lives including the unique behavior of bathing in onsens (natural hot springs). They are the only troop known to do so, something that entered the global consciousness in 1970 when LIFE magazine profiled the bathing monkeys on its cover. Since that time, visitors from around the world have been coming to the park to spend time with the famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani.

Though wild, the monkeys come to the park throughout the year. A place of four distinct seasons, there is never a bad time to visit! Most famously, the snow monkeys love to soak themselves in the cold and heavy snow of winter. Spring is a time for new babies, summer is lush and verdant, and autumn transforms the landscape into a mosaic of red, amber, and gold as leaves turn before the return of winter.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • SNOW MONKEY PARK INFORMATION

    This page includes general information about ...
  • HISTORY OF THE JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK

    First established in 1964, the Jigokudani Mon...
  • SNOW MONKEY HIERARCHY: THE TOP 3 MONKEYS

    The famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani are in ...
  • WHEN DOES IT START TO SNOW IN THE JIGOKUDANI MONKEY AREA?

    The macaques of the Jigokudani Monkey Park ar...
  • HOW TO: PREP FOR THE HIKE TO JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK

    Planning your visit to the Jigokudani Sno...
  • THE SNOW MONKEYS FAQ

    What kind of animal is the Japanese macaq...
  • SNOW MONKEYS: MONKEY LOVE, BABIES & CHILDCARE

    Affectionately known as "snow monkeys", N...
  • SNOW MONKEYS: FOOD

    Foraging The snow monkeys love eat things ...
  • SNOW MONKEYS: BEHAVIORS TO OBSERVE

    The Japanese macaques have some peculiar beha...
  • SNOW MONKEYS: PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

    Males & females While it is hard to di...
  • SNOW MONKEYS: SOCIAL LIFE

    The monkey boss The boss of the Japanese m...
  • SNOW MONKEYS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

    The snow monkeys are famous for their hab...
  • SOME ADVICE FOR GOING TO JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK

    Winter Season The temperature can dr...
  • SNOW MONKEYS IN THE HOT SPRING

    The monkeys of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey...
  • SPRING (APR-MAY)

        Spring is one of the ...
  • SUMMER (JUN – AUG)

      In summer the snow monkeys can ...
  • AUTUMN (SEP – NOV)

    In autumn the mating season starts for th...
  • WINTER (DEC – MAR)

    Winter is the season the *Snow* Monkey Pa...

TOURS

  • 1-DAY TOUR IN NAGANO: SNOW MONKEYS, ZENKO-JI TEMPLE & SAKE

    Highlights Visit the world-famous snow mo…
  • 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS & SNOW FUN IN SHIGA KOGEN

    Highlights: Visit the world-famous snow m…
  • FROM HAKUBA: SNOW MONKEY WINTER TOUR

    Highlights Visit the world-famous snow mo…
  • [JAN 15 ONLY] FROM HAKUBA & NAGANO: NOZAWA FIRE FESTIVAL & SNOW MONKEY

    Highlights Get transported from and back …
  • [Spring Only] 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEY & CHERRY BLOSSOM IN NAGANO

    Highlights: Day tour with visits to the f…
  • [NOV 23RD ONLY] 1 DAY TOUR: EBISU-KO FIREWORKS FESTIVAL & SNOW MONKEY TOUR

    THIS TOUR HAS BEEN SOLD OUT FOR 2018 SEASO…
  • 1-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEY & COUNTRYSIDE CYCLING

    Highlights: Visit to the Snow Monkey Park…
  • 2-DAY TOUR: SNOW MONKEYS, LUXURY RYOKAN, ZENKO-JI TEMPLE & SAKE

    Highlights: Visit Jigokudani Snow Monkey …
  • 2D SNOW MONKEY TOUR: NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA via MATSUMOTO

    Highlights: Visit the world-famous snow m…
  • 3N/4D SKI/SNOWBOARD & SNOW MONKEY PACKAGE TOUR

    Inclusions:   ・3N/4D stay in Shiga Ko…
  • 3-DAY SNOW MONKEYS & NAKASENDO WALKING TOUR

    Highlights Day 1: Visit the world-famous …
  • 【CUSTOMIZED SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR】

    Known of its high mountain peaks, abundant…
  • 【START FROM NOZAWA/MADARAO】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…
  • 【START FROM SHIGA KOGEN】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…
  • 【START FROM MYOKO】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…
  • 【START FROM HAKUBA】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…
  • 【START FROM KARUIZAWA】SNOW MONKEY PRIVATE TOUR

    Highlights: Private tour with private veh…
  • 3 DAY TOUR FROM TOKYO: MT. FUJI, SNOW MONKEYS, LUXURY RYOKAN, FRUIT PICKING, MATSUMOTO CASTLE

    Highlights See the highlights of Japan on…

HOTELS

  • HOTEL SENJUKAKU

    Located in Kanbayashi Onsen, gateway to…
  • JINPYOKAKU

    Located in the nearest onsen area from …
  • SNOW MONKEY AREA

    The snow monkey area is regionally know…

RESTAURANTS

  • ENZA CAFÉ

    Enza Café is the perfect place to r…
  • HOTARUTEI

    Hotarutei, a Japanese lunch & d…
  • SOBAROKU

    SobaRoku is, as the name implies, a…

ACTIVITY

  • JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK

    The Japanese macaque is known for being th…
  • SNOW MONKEY RESORTS INFO & GIFT SHOP

    The Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Sh…
  • CYCLING AROUND THE SNOW MONKEY AREA

    People who come to the snow monkey area of…
  • EXPERIENCE ONSEN

    Going to an onsen is one of the most darin…
  • ONSEN WAKUWAKU NO YU

    The onsen Wakuwaku-no-Yu is the closest op…
  • EAT NAGANO'S SOBA

    Soba noodles, or buckwheat noodles in Engl…
  • ROMAN MUSEUM

    World famous architect Kurokawa Kishou, de…

BLOG

  • SNOW MONKEY RESORTS INFO & GIFT SHOP: OPEN EVERYDAY THROUGH WINTER!

    Visiting the famous Snow Monkey Park is on...
  • 9 THINGS TO DO IN NAGANO THIS WINTER

      We are now officially into w...
  • HOTARU-TEI: JAPANESE DINING & LUNCH IN A 160-YEAR-OLD MANSION

    Newly opened Japanese restaurant Hotaru-te...
  • WINTER TOUR PICKUP SERVICE: AVAILABLE FROM TOMORROW (Dec 1st 2018 to Mar 31st 2019)!

    Winter is here and from tomorrow onwar...
  • INTRODUCING OUR NEW 3-DAY SNOW MONKEYS & NAKASENDO WALKING TOUR

    Japan is a land of legend and mystique...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN NOVEMBER 2018

    Autumn is reliably the least reliable ...
  • INTRODUCING OUR NEW 2-DAY SNOW MONKEY TOUR: NAGANO TO TAKAYAMA via MATSUMOTO

    Nagano and the surrounding regions that ma...
  • 3-DAY ITINERARY: NAGANO PREFECTURE HIGHLIGHTS

    Nagano Prefecture is one of the biggest pr...
  • COMBINE THE SNOW MONKEYS WITH AUTUMN LEAVES IN SHIGA KOGEN AND LUXURY RYOKAN VISIT

    Viewing autumn leaves, called koyo in Japa...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN OCTOBER 2018

    Autumn has arrived and with that, the temp...
  • Sales of Snow Monkey Pass for 2018 Green Season finishes on Sep 30.

    Sales of "Snow Monkey Pass" for 2018 Green...
  • INTRODUCING OUR NEW SNOW MONKEY WINTER TOUR FROM HAKUBA!

    Snow Monkey Resorts is excited to announce...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN SEPTEMBER 2018

    Another month has slipped-on by and with t...
  • RECOMMENDED WINTER ITINERARIES AROUND THE SNOW MONKEY PARK: LUXURY RYOKAN, WINTER SPORTS & ONSEN

    The prime time to visit Nagano Prefecture ...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN AUGUST 2018

    August is a busy time in the Snow Monkey P...
  • REASONS FOR THE VISITING THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IN SUMMER: COMBINE YOUR VISIT WITH A STAY AT A LUXURY RYOKAN

    As we head into the second half of summer ...
  • REASONS FOR THE VISITING THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IN SUMMER: BABY MONKEYS, LOTS OF THEM!

    For those thinking of visiting the Snow Mo...
  • 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,...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN JULY 2018

    Summer has arrived at the Snow Monkey Park...
  • REASONS FOR THE VISITING THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IN SUMMER: THE MONKEYS ARE HERE ALL YEAR!

    Summer is here. The weather is hot and hum...
  • SNOW MONKEY AREA FAVORITES: HOTEL SENJUKAKU

    One of the most famous attractions is Naga...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN JUNE 2018

    The cuteness has continued unabated here a...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN MAY 2018

    May has been a month of unremitting and un...
  • TOUR PICKUP POINTS IN NAGANO CITY: WINTER 2018/19 (Dec 1st 2018 to Mar 31st 2019)

    We are happy to announce that if you are b...
  • PHOTOBLOG SPECIAL: THE FIRST BABY SNOW MONKEYS OF 2018!

    We recently (and happily) reported that th...
  • GETTING TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK BY BUS: REVISED TIMETABLES FOR APRIL TO NOVEMBER 2018

    Visitors have several transport options fo...
  • JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK: RESEARCH INDICATES THAT SNOW MONKEYS BATHE TO REDUCE STRESS

    As dedicated publicists of the Jigokudani ...
  • SNOW MONKEYS & CHERRY BLOSSOM TOUR: THANK YOU TO ALL OUR GUESTS & LOOKING FORWARD TO CHERRY BLOSSOM TOURS IN 2019!

    As spring continues to warm this year’s ch...
  • NAGANO’S YUKEMURI EXPRESS SIGHTSEEING TRAIN: TURNING YOUR JOURNEY TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK INTO AN EVENT!

    There are several transport options when v...
  • GETTING TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK: UPDATED TRAIN TIMETABLE AS OF APRIL 2018

    One of the most popular ways to access the...
  • ANNOUNCEMENT: FORGET THE ROYAL BABY, THE FIRST BABY SNOW MONKEY OF 2018 HAS ARRIVED!

    Spring is one of the best times of year to...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN APRIL 2018

    The weather this April is very much up and...
  • BUS, TRAIN OR TOUR? – HOW TO GET TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK FROM JR NAGANO STATION

    There are two popular ways to get to and f...
  • 2018/4/5 NAGANO CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATE

    In Japan the season of spring is heavily c...
  • JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK: SUMMER OPENING TIMES

    Winter is officially with the last bits of...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN MARCH

    The month of March has seen a rise in temp...
  • RECOMMENDED NAGANO SKI RESORTS

    Nagano Prefecture is home to the majority ...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEYS IN FEBRUARY

    The beginning of February was still very c...
  • 1-DAY SNOW MONKEYS, ZENKO-JI TEMPLE & SAKE TOUR: PICKUP/DROPOFF POINTS IN SHIGA KOGEN

    For guests joining our winter 1-Day Snow M...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEYS IN JANUARY

    It's a new year and a new monkey season! T...
  • HOW TO: JR HOKURIKU ARCH PASS

    What is the Hokuriku Arch Pass: The Jap...
  • CAUTION: THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR WHEN VISITING THE JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK

    The Snow Monkey Park is absolutely a must-...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI SNOW MONKEYS IN NOVEMBER

    Winter is coming! The first snow of...
  • 11/19 FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON IN JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK

    It has snowed in the Snow Monkey area! ...
  • SNOW MONKEY HISTORY: WHY DID THE MONKEYS START BATHING?

    The Japanese macaques don't have the innat...
  • JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK UPDATE: WINTER OPENING TIMES

    The rangers of the Jigokudani Snow Monkey ...
  • 10/31 THE KANBAYASHI ROUTE TO THE SNOW MONKEY PARK IS REOPENED

    The Kanbayashi route to the Snow Monkey Pa...
  • 10/23 MONKEY PARK UPDATE: CLOSED FOR TODAY

    Nagano is in the midst of a typhoon at the...
  • HOW TO BECOME SNOW MONKEY ALPHA MALE

    The Japanese macaques have a strong hierar...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN OCTOBER

    It's October! The temperature has gone dow...
  • VISITING THE JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK IN AUTUMN

    Autumn is a wonderful season to visit ...
  • HOW TO GET TO SHIGA KOGEN BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

    If you intend to visit Shiga Kogen - Japan...
  • PHOTOBLOG: SNOW MONKEY OF JAPAN IN SEPTEMBER

    It is September which means another blog a...
  • PHOTOBLOG: 2017 SNOW MONKEY BABIES

    The page is completely dedicated to th...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JIGOKUDANI MONKEYS IN AUGUST

    The month August has started and the heat ...
  • JIGOKUDANI MONKEY FIGHTS

    While the snow monkeys tend to be relaxed,...
  • CHANGES IN THE JIGOKUDANI MONKEY HIERARCHY

    A shift in power has occurred within the J...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JAPAN’S SNOW MONKEYS IN JULY

    It's summer! It's getting hot in the Snow ...
  • SNOW MONKEY ALPHA MALE MISSING

    The Boss of the Jigokudani Monkey troop (n...
  • PHOTOBLOG JUNE: SNOW MONKEY OF THE MONTH

    The month of June has begun and brought wi...
  • BEST WAY TO EXPLORE THE SNOW MONKEY AREA – RENTAL CYCLE

    If you want to get a real feel of the area...
  • SNOW MONKEY RESORTS INFO & GIFT SHOP: WINTER SERVICES

    The Snow Monkey Resorts Info and Gift Shop...
  • PHOTOBLOG: JAPAN’S SNOW MONKEYS IN MAY

    It's beginning to get warm in Japan, w...
  • SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN THE SNOW MONKEY AREA

    Even though this region is called the Snow...
  • SNOW MONKEYS OF JIGOKUDANI – BABY SEASON 2017

    It is spring in the Jigokudani area and wi...
  • PHOTOBLOG: 2017/4/28 CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATE

    The blossoms are finally blooming in t...
  • SNOW MONKEY AREA CHERRY BLOSSOM UPDATE: APRIL 21ST 2017

    Most of Japan have now seen the last of th...
  • PHOTOBLOG: SUNNY MONKEYS IN APRIL

    The sun is out and the monkeys are here fo...
  • SPRING… SNOW… MONKEYS…?!

    The Japanese macaques of Jigokudani Monkey...
  • SNOW MONKEY PARK SITUATION UPDATED (January 22nd 2017)

    Snow Monkey Park situation updated (Januar...
  • WHAT TO DO WHEN TAKING A BREAK FROM SKIING/SNOW BOARDING

    When coming to the Shiga Kogen, participat...
  • NEW YEARS AT ZENKOJI TEMPLE & SNOW MONKEY AREA

    New Year is only a few months away and we ...
  • WINTER IS COMING: SNOW MONKEY VERSION

    Autumn is only just starting, but here in ...
  • AUTUMN IN JAPAN

      Watching the reds, oranges a...
  • LITTLE SNOW MONKEYS PLAYING ABOUT

    This year there were 40 Japanese macaques ...
  • THINGS TO DO AROUND JIGOKUDANI MONKEY PARK

    Welcome to Snow Monkey Resorts in Nagano, ...
  • RESTAURANTS AROUND THE SNOW MONKEY PARK

    A day-trip is never complete without eatin...
  • WHAT IS SNOW MONKEY RESORTS ?

    “Snow Monkey Resorts” refers to numerous r...
  • NEW WEBSITE

    As you may have noticed, the Snow Monk...
  • SERVICES FOR WINTER WEAR

      Since it is getting colder e...