“Jigokudani Yaen-Koen” (Wild Snow Monkey Park) in the Yokoyu-gawa River valley originated from Shiga-kogen Plateau is located at the back of “Jigokudani-Onsen Hot Spring Town”, that is 850 meters in altitude, with over 1 meter of snow in winter, lowest temperature of -10 degrees. Although it is partitioned as a facility, there is no fence, and the Japanese Maca is free to enter and leave. Monkeys live in forests in the range of several kilometers in radius and come to Yaen-Koen Park for food.
It is a valuable place where you can observe the appearance of living with herds in close proximity in a more natural way, because Japanese wild maca actually live in a deep mountain.
In winter, the appearance of Japanese monkeys entering hot springs is called “snow monkey” and it is also known that there are many Australian tourists who visit ski tourism.
It is said that the adult monkey imitated the curious childish monkey entering the open-air bath of the inn called “Korakuen” in the vicinity is beginning. After that, “open-air bath exclusively for monky” of 4 meters in length and 10 meters in width was made.
It seems to enter a hot spring to keep off the cold weather where snow is piled up. It looks like a monkey feels good on a hot spring, and a gesture to make hair grows similar to a human. There are lots of observation points that there are monkeys who do not like to enter hot springs and monkeys who drink hot water.
“Wild Snow Monkey Park” thinks that feeding is “a means to keep monkeys observable and not a feeding show”. The feeding time is not fixed according to monkey condition, season, etc., so they do not announce it. And to ensure safety so as not to be attacked by monkeys and to keep the original ecology from being compromised, no foods are sold and tourists are banned from feeding.
There are some prohibitions such as “Do not touch monkeys”, but it is very important to observe rules. As tourists do not give food and do not harm, monkeys are indifferent to tourists, so they can observe closely.
Wild Snow Monkey Park is about a 10-minute drive from Nagano Electric Railway Nagano Line Yudanaka Station. It is about 30 minutes on foot from the private parking lot on the boardwalk and 15 minutes on foot from the Jigokudani parking lot (charged).
It seems that there are unusual places in the world where it is possible to observe the wild Japanese maca soon. Also, during the cold season where you can see the monkey entering the hot springs, you will forget to spend time. Why do not you visit the world’s only “monkey that enters a hot spring”.
Monkeys entering the hot spring
The “Jigokudani Yaen-Koen” (Wild Snow Monkey Park), which is famous because Japanese monkeys entering the hot spring is seen, is in Yamanouchi-machi, Nagano. In recent years, it is also the popular spot among foreign tourists, and is loved as the “snow monkey.” Approximately 160 monkeys gather now in one group. In order that many monkeys may take a bath every day especially in winter, it gets down from a mountain. Since there is a way into which a car cannot be gone, you need to walk about 30 minutes up to a park, but because the monkey entering really comfortably are seen, there is the value only for it.
Only this “Jigokudani Yaen-Koen”
Although you often see the photograph of the Japanese monkey taking a hot spring, in fact it is said that it is only this “Jigokudani Yaen-Koen” that there is a monkey entering in a hot spring in the world.
Then, why did only the ape of this park come to go into a hot spring?
It is said that one baby monkey went into the hot spring for the first time in fact. This spread out in the whole group, and the park made the hot spring for exclusive use of the monkey.
Living in the north most in the world
A Japanese monkey is a monkey living in the north most in the world. That the Japanese monkey of Jigokudani go into a hot spring is the learned wisdom in order to bear the severe cold of winter. Therefore, they do not go into a hot spring at warm time positively.
The monkey of Jigokudani graced the cover of the American magazine “Life,” and it became famous globally taking advantage of word-of-mouth communication etc., and many foreign tourists are visiting.
The ecology of an original monkey
It is forbidden feeding the monkey without permission. Feeding show etc. are not performed so that the ecology of an original monkey can be observed. You can observe the Japanese monkeys to spend leisurely.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Name:||Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Wild Snow Monkey Park)|
|Address:||Hirao 6845 Shimotakaigun Yamanouchimachi, Nagano 381-0401 Japan|
|Access:||Nagano-Dentetsu Line “Yudanaka-eki Station” (15 minutes by bus, then 35 minutes walk)|
|Price:||800 yen (Adult)|
400 yen (between 6-17 years old)
Free (below 6 years old)
Please refer the official web page.