Wild Monkey Park

Wild Monkey Park – Jigokudani


The world famous wild monkey park is situated in Yamanouchi Town in Nagano Prefecture and is a must-see location during the winter months. It is easy to get to from Myoko and you have many different options available to you should you decide to visit the park. The park is hugely popular tourist attraction during the winter and images of the monkeys sitting in the hot spring have been seen all over the world.

The park is part of the Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park and is a beautiful area to visit. The name Jigokudani meaning “hell valley” comes from the steaming geysers that shoot hot water and steam into the air. Upon arrival to the park area you will walk through the forest to the park which takes about 20-30min. All the monkeys are wild and free roaming. While they are used to people you should still be aware that these are wild animals and you should take care at all times, especially with your camera/phones/bags and food. Also make sure you are wearing suitable clothing/footwear suitable for woodland terrain.

Park Info:

Open throughout the year.

Summer (Apr – Oct) 8:30am – 5:00pm
Winter    (Nov – Mar) 9:00am – 4:00pm

Admission Fee: Adult 800yen  Child: 400yen

For more information: Visit offical website HERE

snow monkey

Option 1: Train/Bus

Getting to the park by your self is actually pretty easy and cheap. The down side is that it takes around 2hours as you need to catch one train then change to a bus. The Train and bus times line up nicely so you dont have to wait for long periods of time.

From Myoko to NaganoFrom Nagano to Monkey Park
Shinano Railway
Kita-shinano Line
Nagaden Express Bus
Shigakogen Line
Nagano Station
East Exit Bus Stop
Snow Monkey Park
Bus Stop
From Monkey Park to NaganoFrom Nagano to Myoko
Nagaden Express Bus
Shigakogen Line
Shinano Railway
Kita-shinano Line
Snow Monkey Park
Bus Stop
Nagano Station
East Exit Bus Stop
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 17:15 18:2318:4019:24

Shinano Railway to Nagano is 830yen per trip, or 1,000yen for a day pass.

Nagaden Express Bus to the Monkey Park is 1,400yen per trip.

It takes about 30min to walk to the park from the bus stop. Please factor in this time when planning your return bus.

Option 2: Taxi

This is great option for convenience and speed. You can go at a time of your choosing and head there directly. The taxi company also parks closer to the actual monkey park area which means you don’t have to walk as far to the park entrance. This is a good option for families or groups of people who can split the cost among themselves.

The local Taxi company Kogen Taxi offers a monkey park service that is used by many visitors each year. They can collect you from your hotel and then drop you back again.

Prices below are the cost for a round trip, so there and back again.

Small Taxi 1-4 people

29,000 yen

Medium Taxi 4-5 people

30,000 yen

Large Taxi 9 people

43,000 yen

To book a taxi use the form below and we will get back to you about your reservation.

Option 3: Tour

IXSM Travel run a monkey tour that collects you from Akakura Bus Terminal/Kanko resort parking area. The tour departs at 13:00 and brings you back to Akakura at 17:00. The tour allows for 70min of free time in the park. The tour can be booked on line and requires 6 people for the tour to operate. If you have a large group this is fine, otherwise you will have to wait until the morning of the tour for it to be confirmed.

Adult: 6,800 yen

Child: 4,800 yen

Prices exclude the cost of park admission. For full details/times and online booking visit IXSM Travel page HERE.

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