Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park, known for its cute monkeys bathing in snowy hot springs, is located in Yamanouchi Town at the foot of Shiga Kogen in northern Nagano Prefecture.
Although it is located in a remote mountain area, it is crowded with tourists from all over the world who come to see the adorable “snow monkeys” at first sight all year round.
This is probably the only park where you can enjoy the rich nature of the four seasons while observing wild monkeys so close to nature.

<Access to Jigokudani Monkey Park>

  • Hokuriku Shinkansen

    Tokyo Station——Nagano Station
    <About 1 hour 20 minutes>

  • Chuo Line Limited Express

    Nagoya Station—-Nagano Station
    <About 2 hours 50 minutes>

  • Joetsu Shinkansen/Hokuriku Shinkansen

    Niigata Station——Nagano Station
    <about 2 hours>

  • Hokuriku Shinkansen

    Kanazawa Station——Nagano Station 
    <About 1 hour 5 minutes>

  • Nagano Station → Nagano Electric Railway Limited Express「Yukemuri/Snow Monkey” → Yudanaka Station <about 50 minutes> →
    bus ride〜bus stop「snow monkey park」<about 15 minutes> → on foot <about 35 minutes>

  • From Jinpyokaku<About 35 minutes on foot>
    Right on the mountain side from our hotel「Jigokudani Monkey Park private parking lot」there is。
    “Yamanouchi-cho Kanbayashi Onsen” is the closest lodging facility to Jigokudani Monkey Park.

Jigokudani Monkey Park

<Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park birth story>

Surrounded by sheer cliffs, Jigokudani got its name from the sight of many fountains rising up.
When humans started clearing the surrounding mountains (Shiga Kogen), which was rich in nature, many Japanese macaques that had lived there before were driven out of their habitats, and troubles such as destroying human fields began to occur.
While the movement to exterminate monkeys is gaining momentum, the first director of the park was instantly fascinated by a group of Japanese macaques that he encountered during his hobby of hiking in the mountains. It is said that the park was established in 1964 as a purpose.


Japanese macaques have a habit of not moving beyond their range of motion.
By feeding the monkeys in the park, we are controlling the movements of the monkeys, returning to the mountains at night and returning to the park at dawn to lead a “wild life starting from the park”.
Keeping the park away from human habitation is the key to protecting the monkeys and coexisting with them, by keeping them away from human habitation = not causing trouble with people.

The monkeys who visit the park are unaware of the areas where humans live, so they are still able to continue their “wild life”.


<Road to Jigokudani Monkey Park>

Walk for about 2km (about 35 minutes) on the “Yudo promenade” that leads to Jigokudani.
The mountain trail, which has been cherished since ancient times, has some slopes, but is flat and suitable for even small children.
There are places where the sides are cliffs and rivers, and there are many cases where it is difficult to walk due to mud due to rain, fallen leaves in autumn, remaining snow and freezing in winter. Avoid heels and sandals regardless of the season, and wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in.
Wheelchairs/strollers/carts cannot be used as there are slopes, steps, and stairs along the way.
Also, please be aware that “pets” are not allowed so as not to irritate the monkeys.


<Enter Jigokudani Monkey Park>

Enjoying the clear air of the forest and the chirping of birds as you pass through the mountain path, you will finally see the entrance to the park. Pay the entrance fee (800 yen for adults, 400 yen for children) here. There are restrooms, coin lockers, a small shop, and an exhibition here. This is the only restroom in the park, so let’s finish it. The park is about an hour long, even if you enjoy it slowly.

Park entrance

The hot spring is located in the back of the park, but even if you don’t go there, you can see the cute appearance everywhere, such as mountain slopes, wooden paths, and riverbeds. You will be healed by the natural appearance of the monkeys, who show you their fluffy fur, expressions, playfulness, and friendly grooming. Jigokudani Monkey Park is the only place where you can observe and photograph from this distance.
Childbirth rush in early spring. Baby monkeys are really cute, so be careful not to chase them or get too close. Please be careful not to be intimidated by the mother monkey. The feeling of thinking about a child is the same for people and animals.
When you arrive at the hot spring, you will see the monkeys gathering around the hot spring. Depending on how the monkeys feel that day, such as when the temperature is high, there may be days when they do not enter the hot springs.
monkey grooming
little ape
monkey in hot spring

<What you need to know to go to Jigokudani Monkey Park>

■Please follow the rules in the park so that monkeys and people can keep a good distance.
  1. don’t show or give food
  2. Do not touch or threaten monkeys
  3. don’t stare into the eyes
  4. Don’t get too close, stay as far away as possible
  5. No special photography (drones, selfie sticks, underwater photography)
■The monkeys are not always in the park and do not enter the hot springs.
  • You can only enter the hot springs during the cold season (winter). Almost nothing else. It is rare for a child monkey to play.

*Before coming to the park, it is also helpful to check the [official site live camera/Facebook] where you can always check the situation in Jigokudani Monkey Park.

<Jigokudani Monkey Park staff recommendation>

“Winter is a popular season, but you can actually enjoy spring too!” said the staff.
It is said that spring (April-May), which is not well-known, is the birth rush season, and the mountain trails are easy to walk.
You can see the beautiful scenery of fresh green and you can see a lot of cute baby monkeys.


Even if there are no monkeys, and even if you don’t go to the hot springs, you can enjoy the seasonal changes of the monkeys living in the great outdoors in this park all year round.



  • Jigokudani Monkey Park

  • Official site here


  • location

    〒381-0401 6845 Hirao, Yamanouchi Town, Shimotakai District, Nagano Prefecture
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  • business hours

    〇Summer (around April to around October)
     Garden opens around 8:30 Closes around 17:00
    〇Winter season (around November to March) Open around 9:00 Close around 16:00

  • Entrance fee

    Adult (over 18 years old) 800 yen
    Children (elementary school students to high school students): 400 yen
    ☆Group discounts (20 people or more) and annual passports are also available.
    ※It will be the amount as of August 2023

  • From Jinpyokaku
    There is a “Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park Private Parking Lot” located right on the mountain side of the hotel.
    “Yamanouchi-cho Kanbayashi Onsen” is the closest lodging facility to Jigokudani Monkey Park.
    When you come to Jigokudani Monkey Park, please come to Kanbayashi Onsen’s Jinpyokaku, where you can enjoy the nature of each season.