Wild Japanese Macaques or more commonly known as Snow Monkeys can be found at the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano. The Monkey Park is two train rides away from Tokyo, the Shinkansen Kagayaki (bullet train) for about hour and a half, then followed by the local train (Nagano Dentetsu Train), another hour, to Yunanaka Station and then a short car ride to the entrance of the park. Instead of waiting for the 2nd local train, we reserved a taxi to take us from Nagano station to the entrance of the Snow Monkey Park which took about 1 hour. And then it was another half an hour walk to the man-made onsen or hot spring pool in the middle of the park where these snow monkeys like to soak in the warm waters especially during the winter months.
Entrance to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
It is a 1.6km walk along a tree-lined path from the entrance of the park to the ticket booth and then the hot spring where the monkeys gather.
The monkey onsen is set by the river running down from Shiga Heights.
The diet of these snow monkeys mainly consists of barks, twigs, grain, insects, fruits, etc. They are constantly picking away looking for food.
Red color of the face is a sign that the monkey has reached adulthood
Snow monkeys are known as one of the cleverest species of monkeys and they learn easily and share new skills with each other.
The cutest little baby monkey!
Baby monkey on the monkey bars :)
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