Jigokudani Monkey Park地獄谷野猿公園
Jigokudani Monkey Park is located in the northern valley of Nagano prefecture, and you can see monkeys bathing in hot springs only here in the world. At an altitude of 850 meters, almost one-third of the year is covered with snow. The steep cliffs, the steam of hot springs rising from everywhere, and the ancient people who saw such a scene called this place Jigokudani (Hell Valley). However, this is a paradise for monkeys. Since ancient times, a herd of Japanese macaques has lived in this area in its natural state. Since its opening in 1964, Jigokudani Monkey Park has been widely loved by people all over the world as a place where you can observe the interesting ecology of Japanese macaques up close and as monkeys entering hot springs. Many researchers and photographers have also visited and have achieved numerous results. The park has one man-made pool around which the monkeys gather, located a few minutes' walks from the park entrance. Visitors will likely already encounter monkeys along the path to the pool. The monkeys live in large social groups, and it can be quite entertaining to watch their interactions. Accustomed to humans, monkeys can be observed from very close and almost completely ignore their human guests. Naturally, it is prohibited to touch or feed the monkeys. Monkeys enter the bath around the year, but they sometimes need some encouragement to do so by park wardens throwing food into the pool, especially during the warmer seasons of the year. The snow monkeys love to soak themselves in the cold and heavy snow of winter. Spring is a time for new babies, summer is lush and verdant, and autumn transforms the landscape into a mosaic of red, amber, and gold as leaves turn before the return of winter.
(01Apr-30Nov)MAPCODE:341 820 603
Jigokudani Parking lot
(01Dec-31Mar)MAPCODE:341 818 199*47
During the winter, the road from Shibu Onsen to the Jigokudani parking lot is blocked. In that case, you will need to walk from the Jigokudani Monkey Park private car park at Kambayashi Onsen. The road from Kambayashi Onsen to Jigokudani has some slopes, but it is almost flat. It is about 2km to Jigokudani and about 30 minutes on foot.
Weekends in winter are crowded, so if you have to use the temporary parking lot, it may take more than 40 minutes on foot to Jigokudani Monkey Park.
You can check the local situation with a live camera.
Summer (April-Oct) 8: 30-17: 00, Winter (Nov-March) 9: 00-16: 00 * Varies depending on monkey behavior
Because of early sunset timing, please try to reach parking by 15:30 during winter.
Open all year round.
About 1 hour by car or 33km from Nagano City.