A visit to the Jigokudani Monkey Park is one of Nagano’s most enjoyable experiences. For most people, the journey will begin at Nagano Station from where they have the option of heading to the park by express bus or train (followed by a short local bus ride) to reach the park. Both options are straight-forward to navigate and covered by the Snow Monkey Pass.
Our ‘Bus or Train? How to get to the Snow Monkey Park from JR Nagano Station‘ page provides helpful information to help you choose with option suits you best. For visitors who choose to use the bus, it is important to note that schedules vary throughout the year, including fewer services outside of winter.
The Nagaden Express Bus transports passengers directly between Nagano Station and the Snow Monkey Park, with no other connecting transport needed. However, between April and November it operates significantly fewer services than in the winter months. Our ‘Nagaden Express Bus Timetable‘ page provides the current operating schedule.
Alternatively, many visitors choose to take the train from JR Nagano Station to Yudanaka Station– the nearest station to the monkey park. From Yudanaka, two local bus services will transport visitors to stops nearby the park. Our ‘ Nagaden Local Bus Timetable‘ page provides the current operating schedule.
It is worth noting that the Nagano Dentetsu Line Timetable (train) does not change and is consistent throughout the year. Used in conjunction with the local bus services from Yudanaka to the monkey park, it is an comfortable way to come to and from the park while enjoying the passing scenery and combining your visit with other destinations along the Nagano Dentetsu Line.
Of course, don’t let the reduced schedules outside of winter mislead you! The snow monkeys come to the park throughout the year.
Fewer services outside of winter simply reflects the reduced number of visitors that come to the park, which in turn highlights one of the main reasons to visit this time of year – the monkeys are here enjoying the warmth of spring, summer and autumn and you can enjoy observing them without the crowds of winter!
For further information – including other destination and activities in each season – please referral to our seasonal pages for the monkey park:
Regardless of when you’re in Nagano, it’s always a great time to visit the adorable monkeys of Jigokudani!