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Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park
  • Jigokudani Monkey Park

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Meet Nagano's Famous Hot Spring-bathing Monkeys

Key features

  • Wildlife
  • Unique Experience
  • Nature Reserve
  • Outdoor Experience
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Gift Shop
  • Public Bus Stop
  • Public Parking
  • Nearby Restaurants
  • Nearby Accommodation

Public Transport

Yudanaka Station<10 min drive or 30 min walk
Nagano Station 45 min by train or 1 hour drive

Popular Attractions

Yudanaka/Shibu Onsen<10 min drive or 30 min walk
Shiga Kogen Ski Resort30 min drive or public bus
Zenko-ji Temple1 hour drive

Jigokudani Monkey Park

Meet Nagano's Famous Hot Spring-bathing Monkeys

Key features

  • Wildlife
  • Unique Experience
  • Nature Reserve
  • Outdoor Experience
  • Wildlife Photography
  • Gift Shop
  • Public Bus Stop
  • Public Parking
  • Nearby Restaurants
  • Nearby Accommodation
Established in 1964, the Jigokudani Monkey Park was created as a refuge for a local troop of monkeys who now frequent the park on a daily basis. With approximately 150 to 160 monkeys– Japanese macaques to be exact – in the troop, you are likely to encounter many on any given day and with no barriers separating the monkeys from visitors, a visit to the park is a rare chance to walk through and between wild animals going about their lives. The monkeys have achieved global fame for their unique behaviour of soaking in 'onsen' (hot springs) and ability to thrive in the deep snow of winter. But don’t let that fool you, the monkeys come to the park throughout the year and are just as entertaining in spring, summer and autumn.
The park is accessed via a 1.6km/1 mile forest trail starting from Kanbayashi Onsen. The trail is well-maintained and takes most visitors 25-30 minutes to walk (in each direction). In winter, the trail is likely to be affected by snow and ice, and visitors should proceed with caution. Reasonable mobility and good quality footwear are required to walk the trail in winter. Winter is the most likely time to see the monkey soaking in their hot spring – one of Nagano’s most curious and memorable experiences.

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Experience the World-famous Monkeys of Jigokudani

Experience the World-famous Monkeys of Jigokudani

As the only troop of monkeys in the world known to bathe in hot springs, the monkeys of Jigokudani achieved global fame in 1970 when featured on the cover of LIFE Magazine.

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A Place of Four Seasons – There’s Always a Reason to Visit

A Place of Four Seasons – There’s Always a Reason to Visit

Often called 'snow monkeys', it’s easy to think that the monkeys only come in winter. Not the case! The monkeys are there all year with each season offering its own special reasons to visit.

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Take Your Time & Enjoy Everything the Park has to Offer

Take Your Time & Enjoy Everything the Park has to Offer

While the monkeys are the main attraction, visitors to the monkey park have some great dining and accommodation options to make a long stay worthwhile.

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Join a Tour & Turn Your Visit into an Experience!

Join a Tour & Turn Your Visit into an Experience!

Locally based and operating all year round, our tours offer a fun and informative way to experience the monkeys - a great way to get the most out of your time in Nagano!

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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park General Information

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park General Information

Located approximately 1 hour from Nagano City, the monkey park is open every day of the year and can be accessed using public transport or private vehicles including group and private tours.

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Preparing for Your Visit & Walking into the Park

Preparing for Your Visit & Walking into the Park

A visit to the park is one of Nagano's most enjoyable experiences. Accessed via 1.6km/1 mile forest trail, it's worth making sure you know what to expect when preparing for your visit.

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The Snow Monkey FAQ

The Snow Monkey FAQ

Why do they bathe? Where do they sleep? What do they eat? Everything you might want to know about Nagano's favorite furry residents.

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Destinations & Attractions Nearby the Monkey Park

Destinations & Attractions Nearby the Monkey Park

One of Nagano’s most popular destinations, a visit to the monkey park can be combined with any of these nearby attractions.

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Recommended Nearby Destinations

Shiga Kogen Ski Resort

Shiga Kogen Ski Resort

Bigger, higher, better!

As Japan's largest and highest ski resort, Shiga Kogen is blessed with Nagano's longest season and great powder.

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Joshinetsu National Park

Joshinetsu National Park

A perfect destination for nature lovers & outdoor enthusiasts

Shiga Kogen is just one part of the larger Joshinetsu National Park. Blessed with many hiking trails, this is an ideal destination for hikers and nature lovers.

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Yudanaka & Shibu Onsen

Yudanaka & Shibu Onsen

Historic hot spring towns nearby the monkey park

Offering numerous 'ryokan' (traditional guesthouses) with their own onsen, these quaint towns boast fascinating histories.

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Obuse

Obuse

Small town with lots to offer!

Famous for its chestnut confectionaries, Obuse is home to the Hokusai museum along with sake and miso breweries.

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Hokusai Museum

Hokusai Museum

Dedicated to Japan's most famous and influential artist, Katsushika Hokusai

Having resided in Obuse in some of his final years, the town is now home to the Hokusai Museum profiling the life and work of Japan's most celebrated artist.

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Gansho-in Temple

Gansho-in Temple

Home to Hokusai's last great masterpiece

Painted on the ceiling of the temple, 'The Phoenix Staring in Eight Directions' is Hokusai's last great masterpiece and largest remaining artwork.

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Zenko-ji Temple

Zenko-ji Temple

The spiritual heart of Nagano with a hidden secret

Established in 642, Zenko-ji is one of Japan's oldest and most important Buddhist temples and welcomes visitors of any faith or background.

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Togakushi

Togakushi

Combine your visit to the monkey park with exploration of some of Japan's most important Shinto shrines

Located in the forests just outside of Nagano City, Togakushi is a sacred landscape where tradition lives on.

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Amenities

Gift Shop including rental and baggage storage
Nearby Restaurants
Nearby Accommodation
Public Toilets
Access using Public Transport
Public Car Park

Access

Public Transport

Yudanaka Station<10 min drive or 30 min walk
Nagano Station 45 min by train or 1 hour drive

Popular Attractions

Yudanaka/Shibu Onsen<10 min drive or 30 min walk
Shiga Kogen Ski Resort30 min drive or public bus
Zenko-ji Temple1 hour drive

Yamanouchi machi, Jigokudani, Nagano Prefecture
TEL:+81-(0)269-33-4379