It’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 with the changing of the weather. These time of year is the best if you want to see the monkeys in a playful, relaxed mood.
Babies have been popping up all over the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Every week sees a new monkey appearing. These young babies have changed the dynamic within the troop, with moms holding their new children tightly to their chest.
Another thing to see often when visiting the park is monkeys swimming. Bathing in the pool to keep warm is no longer necessary. Now the monkeys swim in the pool for entertainment, and to find food. Especially the younger ones like to take a dip in the pool, with the older monkeys watching them from the side.
If you’d like to see the monkeys in the warmer seasons, please take a look at the tours we have available here.