Snow Monkeys Not Worth Seeing When No Snow? This Cutie Disagrees.

April 26th, 2014 by
Category: Information, Outdoor Activities, Seasonal Topics

“Are the snow monkeys worth going to see even when there is no snow?”

I get asked that question often.  And my answer is, “Of course!”  One reason is that the macaque babies that are born in the spring time are just the cutest little furballs that you’ll ever see.  They run all over the place, chasing each other around and jumping into the onsen bath. 

Hagiwara-san at the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park confirmed that the mother monkeys have started giving birth this spring.  So for visitors to Nagano during the green season, make sure to include a stop at Jigokudani to see cute little baby monkeys.

Mama Macaque Holding a cute Baby Snow Monkey (Picture courtesy of P. Harnett)

5 Responses to “Snow Monkeys Not Worth Seeing When No Snow? This Cutie Disagrees.

  1. Hi! I’m planning to bring my family to the Tateyama Kurobe alpine route but I cannot find any tour or group that heads there on the 16 or 17 June. There will be the 4 of us and we’ll be arriving at NRT on 16th June. Please advise if we are able to find our way there on our own from Tokyo.
    Thank you so much.

  2. Nani-san, Thank you for your inquiry about the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route. Regarding being able to find your way from Tokyo on your own, there are a lot of variables, for example if you will be using a rail pass or not. Guides are available (pro guides may run around 40,000 yen per day + expenses). By rail from NRT, you can use to look up train times to Shinano-Omachi Station (changing at Tokyo and Matsumoto. From Shinano-Omachi, busses depart to Ogizawa, the start of the Alpine Route. If no rail pass, it may be better to go NRT – Tokyo – Nagano then take Alpico bus to Ogizawa ( I hope this info is helpful!

  3. Tyler-san, thank you so much for your reply. This is my first time travelling to Japan from Singapore so with little Japanese (oral/written) I found it a challenge reading the tables from website. If I understand you correctly, it is better to go Tokyo (Shinkansen) to Nagano and take the bus (Alpico) to Ogizawa? Where do you recommend we stay overnight on this route if we want to go star gazing in the mountains? Thank you!!

  4. Nani-san, Thank you for your reply. I would say the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Nagano Station + Alpico Bus on to Ogizawa would be the simplest option for you. For a place to stay near Ogizawa for stargazing, my buddy Kashiwabara-san at Kuroyon Royal Hotel said they would be happy to accommodate you. Their hotel has English-speaking staff (but the stargazing would be in Japanese). I hope that’s helpful!

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