It’s a little later than usual – let’s face it, a whole lot later than usual! – but here, finally, is our July photoblog for the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. Summer has arrived at the park and in the increasing heat and humidity, the monkeys are staying cool by retreating to the shade of overhanging trees and shubs or relaxing nearby the river which runs through the park.
Given the heat of summer, you’re unlikely to see many monkeys in the hot spring at this time of year. But that shouldn’t suggest that it isn’t worth visiting the park! The monkeys come to the park all year round and this time of year, they are very reliable coming to the park every day and (usually) in big numbers.
With (human) visitation to the park very low in the summer, those who do make the journey typically have a great experience with lots of monkeys but few people competing for space and photographs.
As our series of articles published last year highlights, there are lots of good reasons to visit the park in summer including:
- The monkeys are here all year round
- You’ll have more space and more time with the monkeys
- You’ll see this year’s baby monkeys, lots of them!
- You can combine your visit with a local festival
- It’s a great time to combine your visit with a stay at a luxury ‘ryokan’
This year’s baby monkeys – mostly born from late-April until the end of June – are maturing quickly and a little more coordinated than in their first few months. Keen to explore the park and their wider world, they are now very active with their mums a little more willing to let them explore for themselves. Adorable to watch and ridiculously photographable, a visit to the park is worth if for no other reason than to see these bigtime cuties!
In the warmth of summer the monkeys seem content with their usual roster of monkey activities to purse: wrestling, grooming and dozing their days away.
And if none of those hold their interest, the monkeys can always just position themselves in a good spot to watch the rest of the troop and the daily antics that make the park such a fun and entertaining place to visit – whether you be monkey or human!
Snow Monkey Resorts is Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator. Locally-based and operating all year round, we offer daily tours to the Snow Monkey Park including our award-winning 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour.
Combining a visit to the monkey park with a morning visit to Nagano’s near-1400 year old Zenko-ji Temple, ‘sake’ tasting experience and lunch at one of Nagano City’s most popular restaurants, our most popular tour is led by an English-speaking guide and includes all transport and entry to the park. The best way to turn your summer visit to the monkey park into a fun, informative and memorable day-out in Nagano!
For guests wanting visit the park and enjoy a night’s accommodation, including dinner and breakfast, at one of the region’s best known and most luxurious guesthouses, our 2-Day Snow Monkeys, Luxury Ryokan, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour combines visit to the same destinations with the comfort and pleasure of traditional Japanese service at Senjukaku.
Renowned for its ‘kaisekki’ meal service and indulgent indoor and outdoor ‘onsen’ (hot springs), Senjukaku is located nearby the park, making it the ideal hotel of choice for guests wanting to experience the best of traditional Japanese service and comfort in combination with their visit to Nagano’s most unique sight – the Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani.