Travel Bucket List: Seeing Bathing Snow Monkeys in Japan

Travel Bucket List: Seeing Bathing Snow Monkeys in Japan

Don’t miss a trip to this monkey park in Japan to see snow monkeys bathing in the natural hot springs By: Mark Edward Harris
A Japanese macaque relaxes in a hot spring. // © 2017 Mark Edward Harris
A Japanese macaque relaxes in a hot spring. // © 2017 Mark Edward Harris

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Humans are not the only creatures to take advantage of Japan’s "onsens" (hot springs).

Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, are regular patrons at Jigokudani Yaen-Koen, part of Joshinetsu Kogen National Park in the country’s northeastern Nagano Prefecture. Winter is, of course, the best time to see these primates taking a dip in the waters. 

Clients should stay in the authentic Korakukan ryokan (Japanese-style inn), which is the accommodation nearest to where the monkeys bathe. Once there, travelers can take advantage of the ryokan’s own hot springs before visiting the monkeys just a short walk up the valley.

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