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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