One of my favourite places to visit in Japan. The snow monkeys in Jigokudani, Nagano, Japan. Jigokudani means “Hell Valley” It is a snowy chilly little place with thermal activity resulting in some natural hot springs along side a swift running river. It is also the habitat for some Japanese Macaque monkeys who love to come down and bathe in the pools.
These wee fellows just chill out, groom each other and soak away the stresses of monkey life in the pools, seemingly oblivious to the snappy happy tourists who come to see them. They may even be wondering why we are so shy and don’t get our kit off and get in for a soak with them. This area is for the monkeys only but they have been known to wander over to nearby hot spring lodges and use the guest pools.
I love visiting and just spending some time chilling out with these funny wee monkeys. This is a doable day trip from Tokyo, especially if you have a rail pass. I quite like going up and spending a night or two up in the mountains and enjoying a soak in the local hot springs albeit without our little primate friends! Hope you get the chance to get up there and monkey around with them one day too.
In response to A Momma’s View – Nature Chills Challenge
Yoroshiku Onegai Shimasu