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

located in Yudanaka

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    Japan is a first class winter sports destination with a twist. Why not combine skiing or snowboarding with a taste of the unique Japanese culture?

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