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:

  • This is a simple little package that proves it needn't break the bank to go on a winter sports holiday in Japan.

    Skiing on a Snowshoe String

    Spend four nights at a very friendly lodge in Hakuba, one of Japan's best ski resorts, sandwiched by nights in Tokyo with time for cultural sightseeing in the country's capital.

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    This is a simple little package that proves it needn't break the bank to go on a winter sports holiday in Japan.

Other Winter activities experiences

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  • Snowmobiling

    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

    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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  • 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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  • Igloo building

    Igloo building

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

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