Snow Monkeys in Japan Enjoing Their Own Hot Spring Pools

If you ever find yourself in Nagano, Japan, consider checking out the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yamanouchi. There you will find large groups of Snow Monkeys (Japanese Macaques) bathing in the park’s natural hot springs.

Because of the very steep cliffs and the steam coming off all of the natural hot springs, ancient people called this valley ‘Jigokudani’ or ‘Hell valley’. There is usually snow in the region from December to March, and the best timing for a visit is January and February.

Photographs by Ron Gessel.
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