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Snow Monkey Park - Nagano

The Japanese snow monkey park is one of the most popular spots for skiers and snowboarders from overseas.

We visited there early 2011. We'll show you our little adventure!

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Here we are!  The entrance of the Snow Monkey Park.  Did you know that it would be about a 20 - 25 minute walk to the actual park from here?

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What?!  Nice Japanese English..

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This little track along a river will take you to the snow monkey park.  Not suitable to take a pram or a stroller if you are travelling with young children.  It can be icy, wet or muddy depending on the weather.  We were wearing normal shoes that day.

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After a 20 minute walk, you'll see an old ryokan on the other side of the river and the ticket office up on the right.

Entry fee:  Adult - 500 yen / Child (5-12) - 250 yen

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A view from the ticket office.  That looks dangerous, Mr. Monkey!

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You can go as close as this!  But don't tease them!!

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Oh No!  Would you like a towel?  Brrrrrrrr

Travel tips

  • One day snow monkey tours are operated from Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Myoko.
  • If you are dropping in on your way to / from Shiga Kogen, get off the Nagaden bus at Kanbayashi Onsen-guchi.  You can leave your luggage at the Shiga Kogen Roman museum for 500 yen per person, that includes the entry fee to the museum.  Remember! It is a 20-25 minute walk from the entrance to the actual park.
  • From Tokyo, catch Nagano Shinkansen to Nagano station and then Nagaden Bus to Kanbayashi Onsen-guchi.
  • If you are travelling with babies or young children, we would recommend using baby backpack carriers.
  • The surface can be wet and muddy, snow boots would be the best to be worn.

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Official website - https://www.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/english/html/top_e.htm

Hakkoda is famous for back country skiing/boarding and it is one of our most popular resorts.  There are English guided tours operated and your accommodation can help you arrange it.

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The ropeway can carry 101 people to the top.

There is a base hotel called Hakkoda Resort Hotel right next to the Hakkoda Ropeway station.

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We have listed a new accommodation in Hakkoda.

The name of the hotel is pretty similar to the one near the ropeway station but the Hakkoda Hotel which we just listed is located 6.5 km off the mountain and it is surrounded by the beautiful Hakkoda forest.  There is the Sukayu Onsen which is internationaly well known nearby.  Hakkoda Hotel is a high class hotel where you will receive a luxury experience.  The hotel staff will drive you up to the ropeway station whenever needed.   .... Read Geust's Review

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You also receive complimentary use of the Sukayu Onsen.  What's unique about the Sukayu Onsen is its mixed bathing of men and women. “Sennin bath” means that it is big enough to occupy one thousand people. People of all ages enjoy its effects by hot spring. As an exception, from 8am to 9pm and from 8pm to 9pm, the bath becomes available only for women. There are smaller bathes which are available for men and women separately.  But, if you are not shy...why not?

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Shirouma-so has a spacial event called "cultural evening" every Monday and Thursday (18:00 - 22:00) This event includes Welcome Taiko (Drum) performance, Sake tasting, Tea ceremony, Japanese Rice Cake Stamp, introduction to Japanese Traditional Toys.

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Please contact us for more info on the Shirouma-so or the Cultural Evening.

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