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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

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6845 Heion, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai-gun 381-0401, Nagano Prefecture
+81 269-33-4379
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots of things written about the long hike up the path to see the snow monkeys, so won't elaborate on that except that crampons are really essential to avoid slipping and falling on the icy path. The monkeys roam freely and what a carefree life...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was a long hole up to the resort. 1.6km from foot of path. About 200-30 meters from the bus stop. The hike up up during snow can be extremely slippery and crampons are highly recommended.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kirikuru
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stay at jinpyolaju Honten which is 5 minutes from the entrance of the the park. Every visitor have to track 2 km into the park, with snow or without snow. At the after 1.7 km you would see the ticketing office 800¥ for individual...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Fanny L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

One of key goals of this trip was to see the snow monkeys in the iconic onsen shots you see in every photo of them. We stayed in a hotel right out side the park to be close enough to walk to the park which...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Bill_Susan_5662
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Arrived at the Monkey Park in the afternoon (they close at 4 pm). It takes about 45 min from the foot of the hill to the entrance of the park so allow plenty of time, especially since the snowy path can be slippery. The monkeys...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mk849
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waste of time and money! 3 hours of my life I will never get back! I strongly urge you not to believe any of the marketing images you see regarding this non-attraction. They should be charged with false and misleading advertising. Don’t waste your time,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank hillsboy56
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed overnight to ensure I got to the park early. The actual ticket office at the end of the c1.6km trail opens at 9am, so you can start walking up the trail earlier. By the time I left at approx 10:30am there were large amounts...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tall_Paul_F-4
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was great and worth the stop! Get here by public bus (round trip around $30 USD per person) and enjoy the 45 minute walk into the park. We visited in January and there was plenty of snow for the monkeys to roll around...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank misskennel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only seeing the monkeys it's quite fun but we enjoyed a lot the views on the way up the hill, it was January and it was all snowed, really beautiful!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Olguitax
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had great fun visiting the snow monkeys! From the entrance it’s about a 20-25min walk to the hot springs as it’s a nature reserve. This is not wheelchair accessible, nor for people with mobility issues - during the winter (which is when the monkeys...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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23 January 2019|
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Response from cmka | Reviewed this property |
There are small lockers, but they are at the small shop which is at the entrance, 1.6km along the walking track. Definitely not suitable for pulling luggage along. From what I remember the lockers are backpack sized... More
13 January 2019|
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Response from EddyFilorio | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of bus tours you can find. Or take a train to Nagano Station and then a local train to Yudanaka, where you can find a lot of local tours too That is what we do.
7 January 2019|
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Response from Ckyy | Reviewed this property |
There is a car park at the entrance and the distance is 1.6KM(one way) from the car park to the monkey park. We were there in mid December and it snow the day before. So the trail is a bit muddy. There are snow boots and... More