The 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 macaques since they are more active, more playful. In May, there will be even more activity because baby monkeys are born to the troop.
In Spring, the older monkeys are lying around, lounging on the sun-warmed rocks while fleecing each other. The younger monkeys are finally old enough to be out of their mothers embrace. They are running around, discovering the area, and challenging one another to a playfight.
The monkey in this photo was sunbathing but rudely interrupted by some younglings fighting.
When you’re in the area in spring, summer, or autumn, don’t worry about not seeing any monkeys. They’ll be in their park, running around or lounging in the sun.