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  • Address: 6845 Oaza Heion, Yamanouchi, Chubu, Japan
  • Hours: Summer: 8:30am–5 pm; winter 9am–4pm
  • Admission: Adult 500 yen, child 250 yen

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Jigokudani Monkey Park Tours

Located 2,789 feet (850 meters) above sea level in the Valley of Yokoyu, Jigokudani Monkey Park stands out as one of Japan's most popular and unique onsen. Although onsen (the Japanese term for hot springs) are popular throughout the country, the ones in the frequently snow-covered region of Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park in Northern Nagano attract more than just human bathers.

The forests of the valley serve as the natural habitat of wild Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, who gather in large groups to bathe in the natural hot spring water. Jigokudani Monkey Park features a man-made onsen where the natural hot water collects and the monkeys congregate, making it possible to view and photograph these wild animals from a safe distance. Visitors are not allowed to bathe with the monkeys but can choose to visit one of the area's human-centric onsen to do some soaking of their own.

Monkey sightings are not guaranteed, but the best time to see them is during the snowiest months of the year, typically from December to March. In warmer months, the monkeys may still be around (sometimes with babies in tow), but they don't enter the pools as frequently.

Practical Info

The monkey park can be reached by bus from JR Nagano station. While the area's snow monkeys are certainly fascinating to observe, visitors should note that they're still wild animals and refrain from touching them, feeding them, or getting into the pools with them.

Tours & Tickets

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See Snow Monkeys on a Private Day Trip from Tokyo by Bullet Train, Tokyo, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

See Snow Monkeys on a Private Day Trip from Tokyo by Bullet Train

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Travel to Japan's Nagano Prefecture on this 12-hour private guided trip from Tokyo. Ride the fast Shinkansen (bullet) train, visit the 1,400-year-old Zenkoji ...  Read more

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $493.96
Full Day Snow Monkey and Snow Tour in the Shiga-kogen Highlands in Nagano, Nagano, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Full Day Snow Monkey and Snow Tour in the Shiga-kogen Highlands in Nagano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

This full-day tour brings you to the snow monkeys at the Jigokudani Monkey Park, followed by lunch and snow fun activities. The snow fun part of the tour takes ...  Read more

Location: Nagano, Japan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.53
Cherry Blossom and Snow Monkey Day Trip from Nagano, Nagano, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Cherry Blossom and Snow Monkey Day Trip from Nagano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This small-group, 8-hour tour takes you from Nagano up to the snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can observe the wild Japanese macaques be able ...  Read more

Location: Nagano, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.14
Nagano Private Two Day Tour with Guide, Private Vehicle and Overnight at Ryokan, Nagano, Half-day ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Nagano Private Two Day Tour with Guide, Private Vehicle and Overnight at Ryokan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a 2-day, 1 night trip in Nagano where you will spend one full day with an English-speaking guide with a private vehicle taking you around the ...  Read more

Location: Nagano, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.00
Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Cultural Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a full day 8-hour tour after getting picked up at the Nagano station or at your Hotel in Central Nagano.Travel with an English speaking tour guide in a ...  Read more

Location: Nagano, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $148.79
Seasonal Snow Monkey Day Trip including Sukiyaki Lunch, Tokyo, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Seasonal Snow Monkey Day Trip including Sukiyaki Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Enjoy a day trip far away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and meet the snow monkey in the beautiful countryside of Nagano Prefecture. Snow monkeys are ...  Read more

Location: Shinjuku, Japan
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.49
Explore Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Knowledgeable Local Guide, Nagano, Day Trips
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Explore Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Knowledgeable Local Guide

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Nagano prefecture is widely known as the hometown of the Japanese Alps and the host of the Winter Olympics in 1998. This tour will take you to some of the ...  Read more

Location: Shimotakai District, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.81

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