Snow monkeys

Don't miss the famous snow monkeys enjoying bath time at Yudanaka Onsen.

Japan's most famous primates are the 'snow monkeys' of the Jigokudani hot springs near Yudanaka Onsen. To escape the chill of winter, the monkeys love to play in the natural hot spring baths. It's a fantastic spectacle; unperturbed by humans and their cameras, whole families of monkeys eat, wash, splash around and even have snowball fights.

When to go: While there's only snow on the ground at Yudanaka Onsen in winter (December to March), helped by the lure of food the monkeys play around the hot springs all year round.

Snow monkeys

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Savour Japan's wintery delights in this carefully curated seasonal itinerary

    Snow Country

    There's more to winter in Japan than just skiing. From winter wonderland landscapes around the Japan Alps to hearty and warming food in the backstreet izakaya of the big cities, there's plenty on offer for anyone willing to bundle up and brave the cooler temperatures.

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    Savour Japan's wintery delights in this carefully curated seasonal itinerary

Other Winter activities experiences

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  • Cat skiing

    Cat skiing

    Head up the mountain on a snow cat before the slopes opn and cut the first tracks in the powder.

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  • Snowmobiling


    Give your legs a rest and let the snowmobile do all the work, providing full throttle fun through Niseko backcountry and woodlands.

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  • Snowshoeing


    Strap on some snowshoes and explore winter scenery at a tranquil pace

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  • Snow rafting

    Snow rafting

    Fly across the slopes in an inflatable raft attached to a snowmobile. Sound like fun?

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  • Après-ski, Japan-style

    Après-ski, Japan-style

    Experience après-ski that's gloriously Japanese!

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  • Igloo building

    Igloo building

    Take a break from the Niseko slopes and learn how to build your very own igloo.

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