I was really excited about going to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. I read that we could see snow monkey roaming around and bathing in hot springs. There was nothing much to do in Yudanaka and this was our main itinerary in that stay. I was afraid that we couldn’t see the monkeys if the temperature was not cold and snowing. But it was! Two degree Celsius up here and very much snowing.
Had a small trek (~20 mins) up the park. The floor was difficult to walk on as it was very slippery from the snow.
I did not have my down jacket with me so I piled up 4 layers of clothing.
These snow monkey were so cute! They were almost oblivious to the humans around them and continued with their activity. Please do not carry plastic bags around as they will snatch it away from you thinking that its food.
Keeping warm by the fire and helping each other to search for flea on their back.
Sitting by the hot spring.
And really bathing in it.
And a close up picture of the monkey and me. I was trying to get the monkey to look into my camera but I failed.
Although the park opens all year round, the best time to visit the monkey park is really during the winter season.