Jigokudani Monkey Park Is A Hot Spot
Visitors to the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan can watch more than 200 wild monkeys in their natural habitat. Open year-round, the park offers a close view of Japanese Macaques, otherwise known as Snow Monkeys, bathing in hot springs.
Because Snow Monkeys are wild, visitors are advised not to touch one or eat food in their presence. However, guests can sit near monkeys and observe their behavior. Cameras are allowed. Access to the park is via train, bus or auto. All methods of travel require a short walk through a forest.
The Jigokudani Monkey Park, established in 1964, is part of the Joshin-etsu Kogen National Park.