Monkey Magic

Monday 24th April 2017 – Yudanaka

Having enjoyed our Ryokan / Onsen experience in 70’s concrete style, today we were off to see the other attraction in the spa-town of Yudanaka, the famous Jigokudani Onsen or ‘Snow Monkey Park’.  The local macaque monkeys started to imitate the locals in their outdoor onsen baths, so the town built the monkeys their own onsen and by coincidence created one of the regions most popular tourist attractions.

To get to the park, we took a bus up to the entrance, then it’s a 30 minute walk through the forest to reach the pools that have been given to the troop.  You can smell the sulphur of the volcanic waters and as you get closer you start to see little fair-haired monkeys. Today, it was a nice sunny day so they seemed content to potter about in the sun, grooming, looking for grubs and just lying down.. so we didn’t see any of them actually taking a bath, but in the winter, they are the only monkeys anywhere in the world to bathe in hot springs for warmth.

I’ll leave you with the photos of these lovely little fellas, Onsen water is supposed to be excellent for skin and hair and these chaps do have the most fantastic bouffants…



This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s