Photoblog: Jigokudani Monkey Park in March 2021
  • Photoblog: Jigokudani Monkey Park in March 2021

    March has flown-by and here we are in the final week of the month and time for our monthly photoblog! The first thing to say is that winter has well and truly finished at the park. Temperatures in March jumped-up quickly and the snow is melting quickly.


    It was a great winter here in Nagano. We had lots of very good early snow in December followed by regular, heavy dumps through January and February to keep the monkey park and ski resorts topped-up and looking good. But as often is the way, if comes early it also stops early and once we headed into March, snowfall more or less stopped as the temperature increased quickly.


    As always, the monkeys seem very content in the warmer weather. The melting snow has exposed vegetation for them to snack on and it won’t be long before the new growth of spring is supplying them with some tasty snacks.


    The warmer weather also makes the monkeys more active with the younger ones seeming to really relish the return of some warmth. The older monkeys also seem happy but are more likely to enjoy dozing in the sun rather than expend too much energy.


    At this time of the year, visitor numbers at the park are always low making it a great time to visit. The warmer days make it easier to enjoy an extended stay in the park and there’s lots of room to get some great photos of the monkeys. Pregnant through winter, expectant mothers are approaching term and we’ll see the emergence of this year’s babies sometime in the second-half of April through to June as we welcome in spring!


    As Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator, our tours are available every day of the year and we continue to offer discounts across all of our tours! All tours are led by locally-based, English-speaking guides with precautions taken to ensure the safety and comfort of guests (along with the guide) and as a registered travel agent, we can package your tour and accommodation so you save more and can enjoy the best of Nagano this spring.


    This information is provided as part of our ‘Clean Green & Healthy’ campaign, allowing you to plan and book your future travel to Japan with peace of mind. We hope this information inspires you to plan your next trip to Nagano – with so many outdoor destinations and activities, Nagano and Central Japan offer the perfect getaway!



    When planning and booking your trip to Central Japan, it’s important that you can do so with confidence that your intended destinations will be both enjoyable and safe.


    As Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, we offer a range of services including group tours, private tours and private charters, and accommodation to help you get the most out of your time in the region – including visit some of the region’s best cherry blossom spots each spring.


    Any of our group tours can be booked with accommodation in Nagano, or as private tours starting and ending at locations of your choosing. Please note, depending on the group size, group tours can be conducted using public transport however all private tours are conducted using our own vehicles.


    We can arrange transport to and from any destination in the region, with a customised itinerary to suit your travel needs. Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from any destination. Vehicles used for private tours are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety.


    We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!

    Why choose us?

    Awarded a 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano.

    Got a question about visiting the monkey park? Feel free to contact us and let’s get planning together!