Jigokudani Monkey Park Tours

Jigokudani Monkey Park
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.
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, Hot Springs and Zenko-ji Temple in Nagano

Snow monkeys, onsens, soba noodles and temples. All are included in this action-packed day trip from Nagano.  Travel by foot, bus and train, and enjoy visits to the 7th-century temple of Zenko-ji, Jigokudani Monkey Park and Yudanaka Onsen — one of the country’s best-known hot springs. Bask in the onsen’s indoor and outdoor springs and saunas, and learn all about each site from your guide. This wintertime tour runs between November and April.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Full-Day Tour of Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple and Sake in Nagano

See two of the top attractions near Nagano on this 8-hour excursion, including a visit to the area’s famous snow monkeys and a stop at the serene Zenko-ji temple. Travel along a beautiful forest trail to the home of the snow monkeys of Jigokudani, a group of local macaques known for their willingness to live in the snow and bathe in the local hot spring. Then, enjoy a break for a tasty lunch before continuing to the tranquil grounds of Zenko-ji, a lovely religious site known for its historic Buddhist statue. Finally, indulge in a sake tasting nearby, for a taste of Nagano.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Day Trip to Seasonal Snow Monkey with Sukiyaki Lunch from Tokyo

See the snow monkeys of Japan bathing in the hot springs with this hassle-free day trip from Tokyo. Making it easy to access Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, the experience includes coach transport from Shinjuku plus a prebooked entry ticket to save you time when you get there. You’ll even stop to enjoy a beef sukiyaki lunch (or vegetarian meal) along the way.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Full-Day Private Nagano Tour: Zenkoji Temple, Obuse, Jigokudani Monkey Park

Explore the magnificent temples and natural wonders of Nagano on a full-day tour and benefit from the undivided attention of a private guide. Visit the famous Zenkoji Temple and Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, enjoy lunch (own expense) in Obuse Town, then soak in the hot springs at Shibu Onsen.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Nagano Day Trip from Tokyo: Snow Monkeys, Hot Springs and Zenko-ji Temple

See some of Japan’s most incredible creatures in their natural environment on this enriching full-day tour from Tokyo. Board a super-fast bullet train and commence your excursion with a tour of Zenko-ji, a stunning 7th–century temple considered a national treasure. Experience magical moments while watching snow monkeys bathing in hot springs. Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group seasonal sojourn, which runs from January to April.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Nagano Private Two Day Tour with Guide, Private Vehicle and Overnight at Ryokan

Discover Nagano’s many highlights on this private two day tour. Save time planning transport, as a driver and private vehicle is included. You’ll have a guide to show you around on the first day, and then free time to explore on the second day. Overnight stay in a Japanese Ryokan, entrance fees to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, Zenko-ji Temple, and a private onsen experience is included, making it the ultimate hassle-free tour.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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1-Day Snow Monkey Tour with All-You-Can-Eat Shabu Shabu Lunch (From Tokyo)

Escape busy Tokyo and spend the day in the serene countryside of Nagano Prefecture where, at Jigokudani Onsen, you can see charming snow monkeys warm themselves in the hot water. And keep yourself warmed up with an all-you-can eat shabu-shabu lunch.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Explore Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park and Knowledgeable Local Guide

Japan’s Nagano prefecture is widely regarded as the country’s winter capital, due to its snowy landscapes and premium ski spots. Visit one of Japan’s most famous winter spots on a 3.5-hour tour of Jigokudani Monkey Park from Shimotakai-gun. Marvel at red-faced Japanese macaques as they bathe in steaming ‘onsen’ (hot springs) and follow walking trails rife with flora and fauna.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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See Snow Monkeys on a Private Day Trip from Tokyo by Bullet Train

See snow monkeys and temples on a small-group day trip by bullet train from Tokyo. In an intimately sized group of just six people, you’ll travel to the Nagano Prefecture in just two hours. Visit the history-steeped Zenkoji Temple, then head to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park to see the monkeys bathing in a beautiful hot spring.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Full Day Snow Monkey and Snow Tour in the Shiga-kogen Highlands in Nagano

Enjoy fun winter activities and visit the famous Japanese snow monkeys during this 10-hour trip to the Shiga Kogen Highlands in Nagano. Visit Jigokudani Monkey Park, where you can observe wild macaques bathing in the area hot springs. After lunch, you’ll have time for sledding, snow bikes, snow scooters, and a lift ride up the 5,800-foot (1,900-meter) slope of a famous area ski resort.Please note: this seasonal tour runs between December 22 and January 10.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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3-Day Private Tokyo and Nagano Tour: Snow Monkeys, Tsukiji Market and Bullet Train

Ride by Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Nagano, and explore both of the cities during privately guided visits on this 3-day tour. In Tokyo, you’ll visit the outer fish market of Tsukiji, enjoy a laid-back ‘izakaya’ dinner, try your hand at calligraphy and explore Zenkoji Temple. Then, head to Nagano to see snow monkeys at Jigokudani Monkey Park and soak in an onsen before your return to Tokyo. Please note there may be a chance that no monkeys will be sighted during the spring, summer and autumn seasons.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Cherry Blossom and Snow Monkey Day Trip from Nagano

Check out Japan’s famous cherry blossom blooms and see snow monkeys on a full-day trip from Nagano. After visiting the Jigokudani Monkey Park, you’ll stop for lunch, then visit several different ‘hanami’ spots to admire the cherry blossom trees. This seasonal experience runs from April to the end of May, allowing you to take in the later blooms of the mountainous northern Nagano region.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Nagano Full-Day Cycling Tour with Snow Monkey, Obuse Town, Apple Orchards

Experience the nature and culture of beautiful Nagano on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, head out with an informative local guide and bicycle through apple orchards along the Chikuma River, watch macaques bathe in their natural habitat at Snow Monkey Park, relax in a hot spring at Yudanaka and Shibu Onsen villages, and treat yourself to delicious chestnuts in Obuse.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Nov 23rd Only: Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival and Snow Monkey Tour

This tour combines a visit to the world-famous Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani with attendance of the Ebisu-ko Fireworks Festival - Japan's largest and most stunning autumn fireworks display. With over 15,000 individual fireworks bursting into light over two hours, this annual festival first began as a small local event in 1899 and is now hailed as the grandest autumn fireworks show in Japan, attracting more than 400,000 people to Nagano to witness the spectacle!
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Dinner Plan "Shinshu beef" 【Hotel Tsubakino】 Yudanaka Onsen

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