Snow Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaenkoen)

February 25th, 2009 by
Category: Onsens (Hot Springs), Outdoor Activities
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Snow Monkey © Zeno

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Open air bath for Monkeys © Zeno

Also clever Japanese monkeys know, what is the best for body and relax !

Only one place in the World where monkeys (Jap. Macaque) are taking hot bath !!!
It is located in Yamanouchi town, just between famouse hot spring area Yudanaka-Shibu Onsen and the oldest, largest Ski area in Japan Shiga Kogen. It is harsh environment where snow covers the ground during the winter season. People named the area Jigokudani (Hell’s Valley) because the steep cliffs and hot water, bursting from the earth’s surface, resembled hell. However, this place is paradise for Snow monkey, around 200 of monkeys inhabit the area at present.

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