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Nagano Diaries, Part #2

Hello! Today I want to share Part Two of my Nagano Diary (part one, here) and it’s all about SNOW MONKEYS!

Fun Fact: The Jigokudani Yaenkoen park opened in 1964 and since then many thousands of people from around the world have visited the park to observe the lifestyle of the Japanese Macaque.  The Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) is a monkey species native to northern Japan, and is the most northern-living non-human primate, surviving winter temperatures of below -15 °C.  They have brown-gray fur, a red face, hands and bottom, and a short tail – and often seem remarkably human like. – snowjapan.com

Find out more including how to get there, here.

Below photos taken en route to the park via the Snow Monkey train, which served up some pretty snowy views.


Welcome to Yamanouchi 


Lunch stopover at Enza Cafe

Scenery from the 1.6KM trail

** Once inside the main attraction there were a list of rules we had to follow, some of which were:

  • DO NOT FEED them, yes they are cute, and you have a few snacks in your pocket BUT they have special dietary requirements and are well looked after.
  • DO NOT touch them. You may be lucky enough to have one deciding to sit on your shoulder or on your shoes but that’s not an invitation for a cuddle unfortunately. The monkeys are extremely friendly unless they feel threaten so teasing them etc is a no. Please don’t be that person.
  • Because they are in their territory the monkeys are quite ummm open? There was poop scattered around, and in certain parts it was really SMELLY. But they are so cuteeeeeee I didn’t care, maybe take a mask with you to help with the smell?

Let’s see them in their natural state


Opening Times & Fee:

9AM – 4PM (November to March)

8:30AM – 5PM (April to October)

Fee: 500 yen

(please double check the information above beforehand)

To book onto Temple & Snow Monkey Tour we went on, check here .

Have a great day ahead.




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