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 actually open all year round. However the monkeys usually only enter the hot springs during the coldest days of the year.
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.
Open throughout the year
Hours: 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
Getting to the park by your self is actually pretty easy and cheap. This year there is a new service that will take you directly from Akakura Onsen bus stop to the monkey park and back again. This service leaves once a day and is a daily service.
Adult 5,000 JPY Child 4,000 JPY (return trip price)
|10:12||Akakura Kanko Resort|
|10:25||Myoko Bus Terminal|
|15:45||Myoko Bus Terminal|
|15:58||Akakura Kanko Resort|
TRAIN & BUS
Alternatively if the time above doesn’t line up with your schedule you can use take the train from Myoko to Nagano and then use the bus from Nagano station to the park
From Myoko to Nagano take the train (Shinano Railway Kita-shinano Line).
From Nagano to the monkey park, go to the east exit bus stop in Nagano station and take the Nagaden Express Bus Shigakogen Line.
|Myoko Kogen Station||Nagano station||Nagano Station||Snow Monkey Park|
|Snow Monkey Park||Nagano station||Nagano Station||Myoko Kogen Station|
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. Please ask your hotel front desk to book the taxi for you. If they are unable to do so, please send us an e-mail and we will try to assist you.
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
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.