The Macaca fuscata, or Japanese snow monkey, is the world’s most northernmost living non-human primate. Native to Japan, these monkeys are known for their intelligence, which can be displayed by their affinity to washing food as well as making snowballs. You can find these special creatures bathing in the onsen (hot springs) of Jigokudani Monkey Park, located in the mountains of Nagano.
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
This tour first visits Kambayashi Onsen in Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. It is a 30 minute walk, from the car park area to the snow monkey
location. Since 1964, Jigokudani Yaenkoen has been loved by many people from all over the world. Jigokudani Yaenkoen is a place where the interesting Japanese Macaque, can be observed up close and is also the location of the famous Snow Monkey Onsen!
After Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, the tour continues to a small, but dynamic, restaurant called Obuse. Obuse blends culture and the arts with an atmosphere of camaraderie, good food and sake. You can chose a meal with Japanese fish or meat, as well as your choice of local Obuse wine or sake (Advance booking is required for vegetarian customers). After lunch, you’ll see one of the most visited temple in Nagano, Zenko-ji. Founded 1400 years ago, Zenko-ji stores, what many believe to be, the first Buddhist statue ever brought to Japan.
8:00 Depart Hakuba Tokyu Hotel (8:05 @ Happo Bus Tearminal)
- 10:00 Arrive Snow Monkey Hot Spring
- 12:30 Lunch at Obuse
- 15:00 Arrive Zenko-ji Temple
- 17: 30 Arrive at Hakuba
- English Speaking Guide throughout duration