Some Advice For Going To The Jigokudani Monkey Park
The Jigokudani Monkey Park is an all year round destination and one of Nagano’s most popular attractions. At it’s busiest in winter, conditions are likely be cold with snow and ice affecting the trail leading to the park. As such, it’s worth considering what to expect and to dress accordingly in both winter and other months of the year.
The temperature can drop to as low as -15°C in Jigokudani during the winter. So we recommend dressing up in warm clothing for your visit! You will be standing still for quite a long time when watching the snow monkeys all warm in their hot spring, so take care not to get a cold.
Please refer to our ‘Winter (Dec-Mar) at the Jigokudani Monkey Park’ page for full details regarding what to expect. The Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop – located just before the entrance of the trail for Snow Monkey Park – provides a rental service for winter boots and winter coats and sells hats, scarves and gloves!
OUTSIDE OF WINTER
During the Green Season, which are spring, summer and autumn the temperature doesn’t get as low as during winter. However, it is advisable to bring an extra layer of clothing during early spring and late autumn as it can be quite chilly in the morning and the afternoon.
Please refer to our ‘Snow Monkey Park Throughout the Year’ page for specific information regarding spring, summer, autumn and winter at the park. Further information can be found on our ‘Information about the Walk to the Snow Monkey Park‘ page and ‘The Snow Monkey FAQs‘ page.
NEED ASSISTANCE WHILE AT THE PARK?
Need assistance while at the park? The Snow Monkey Resorts Info & Gift Shop is located at the entrance of the trail leading to the Jigokudani Monkey Park. Offering a range of services including winter rentals and English language information, luggage storage, along with monkey merchandise and souvenirs including official Snow Monkey Resorts products, the SMR Info & Gift Shop has you covered when visiting the park. Open from early October until late May, 9AM to 5PM, English-speaking staff can answer your questions on your way to and from the park including bus timetables and information about nearby attractions.
JOIN A GUIDED TOUR AT THE MONKEY PARK
Based in Nagano and operating all-year-round, we offer a number of group tours that include a visit to the monkey park. All tours are led by locally-based guides and combine a visit to the park with another great destination, activity or event including lunch or dinner. Our tours are fun, interactive and family-friendly. For a more information and a listing of all tours on offer, click on the banner or button below.
1 Day Tour
|1-Day Tour: Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake in Nagano|
|Period||All Year Round|
|Time||09:35 – 17:35|
|Meeting Place||Nagano Station |
Hakuba (winter only)
Of course, we also offer private tours and transport to the monkeys and any regional destination. Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from your preferred destinations in combination with any activity that suits your schedule. All vehicles 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 your adventure in Central Japan and help you discover even more!
Got a question about visiting the monkeys? Click the ‘INQUIRY’ button below or contact us and let’s get planning together!
SNOW MONKEY RESORTS ONLINE SHOP
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