The famous "Snow Monkeys" of Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park are as popular as always. Going to see the monkeys is an easy day trip from Kamesei Ryokan and our onsen town, Togura-Kamiyamada. By car, it only takes an hour from our inn to the trailhead. By public transportation, it can be a bit confusing. To make sense of it all, I compiled this list to get from our local Togura Station, changing at Nagano Station to reach the trailhead at Kambayashi. From there, it is a pleasant 30 minute walk through a beautiful evergreen forest.
There doesn't need to be snow to enjoy the snow monkeys. Especially with the babies being born in Spring, the monkeys are fascinating to watch in the green season as well!
Detailed information about the Jigokudani snow monkeys, their social composition, habitat and more available on the park's official website:
地獄谷野猿公苑 Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park