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Jigokudani Monkey Park
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This is the only place in the world where you can witness monkeys sitting in hot springs. It is said that a single baby monkey first got into the hot spring, and from there it took off with all the other monkeys too. It is surely the same throughout the world that all new things begin with a young person that knows no fear.
6845 Oaza Hirao, Yamanouchi-machi, Shimotakai, Nagano
Adults (including junior high school students) 500Under elementary school student 250
Summer season (from April to October)Around 8:30-17:00Winter season (from November to March)Around 9:00-16:00
Jan., Feb., Dec.
Winter is the best season to visit Jigokudani since monkeys there bathe in hot springs to protect themselves against the cold weather. To reach Yaen Koen it takes about 30 minutes by foot on snowy mountain trail, so make sure to bring appropriate clothes and footwear.
Nagano Dentetsu 'Nagano Station' - Nagano Dentetsu Yudanaka Line 'Yudanaka Station' - Nagano Dentetsu Bus Kanbayashi Line 'Kanbayashi Onsen' - 30 minutes by foot - 'Jigokudani'(it takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Station)
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