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Snow Monkeys in Japan are also known as Japanese Macaque. These types of primates live in areas where for months on end are covered in snow.

The Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano Prefecture is the place where you can see Snow Monkeys bathing in a natural hot spring. The park is within the natural habitat for the Japanese Macaque, which is Jigokudani Valley in Yamanouchi. It is close to the onsen towns of Shibu and Yudanaka. To give better access to people wanting to see the snow monkeys they built a man made onsen (hot spring) for the primates to enjoy. Snow monkeys are known to have thick coats of fur for the cold weather. The color of their fur is of a brown-grey variety and their faces are red. They have short tails and as species they are referred to as Nihonzaru.

Jigokudani Monkey Park was first established in 1964 near the Yokoyu River. Jigokudani translates to Hell Valley and it is called that because of the steam coming from the natural hot springs resembles mythological description of it. Back before the park opened the snow monkeys would sneak into onsens at hotels, hostels, and ryokans (traditional Japanese inns) to stay warm during the winter. The Japanese Macaques can be found in different parts of Japan, but in the Jigokudani Monkey Park their unusual love for the onsen can be seen. Thousands of visitors go to the area to take photos the snow monkeys relaxing in the heated water.

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Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow 
Monkey Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour
Beyond Tokyo: Kawazu Cherry Blossoms & Snow Monkey Tour

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Take an exclusive 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo to experience the blooming of Japan's earliest cherry blossoms at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and a trip to see the adorable Snow Monkeys!

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $1898.00

Yokohama / Kawazu / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Obuse / Nagano
Take an exclusive 5-day trip Beyond Tokyo to experience the blooming of Japan's earliest cherry blossoms at the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival and a trip to see the adorable Snow Monkeys!
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Feb 13, 2023 Fri. Feb 17, 2023 US $1898.00 Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Book Now  
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Beyond Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Snow Monkeys Winter 
Photography Tour

Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Beyond Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Snow Monkeys Winter Photography Tour
Beyond Tokyo: Mt. Fuji & Snow Monkeys Winter Photography Tour

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $2498.00 (Limit to 10 guests)

Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Obuse - Yudanaka Onsen
Go beyond Tokyo for a 5-day journey to Mount Fuji, Matsumoto, Obuse, and Nagano prefecture, and photograph Japan's natural splendor including the adorable Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka.

5 Days 4 Nights | from US $2498.00 (Limit to 10 guests)

Mt Fuji - Matsumoto - Obuse - Yudanaka Onsen
Go beyond Tokyo for a 5-day journey to Mount Fuji, Matsumoto, Obuse, and Nagano prefecture, and photograph Japan's natural splendor including the adorable Snow Monkeys of Yudanaka.
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Fri. Feb 17, 2023 Tue. Feb 21, 2023 US $2498.00

Small Group Limited to 10 passengers

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Small Group Limited to 10 passengers

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The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow 
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Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys
The Golden Triangle of Japan Tour Winter: Snow Monkeys
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8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.

8 Days 7 Nights | from US $3198.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Snow Monkeys.
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Fri. Dec 23, 2022 Fri. Dec 30, 2022 US $3198.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
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The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu 
Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys

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Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys
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51 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3498.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Kawazu / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.

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The must see sights of Tokyo, Takayama & Kyoto... plus the Kawazu Cherry Blossom Festival & Snow Monkeys.
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Sun. Feb 19, 2023 Mon. Feb 27, 2023 US $3498.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Snow Monkey Tour

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Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Snow Monkey Tour
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Snow Monkey Tour

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3498.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3498.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.
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Sat. Dec 23, 2023 Sun. Dec 31, 2023 US $3498.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Dec 23, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $3498.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow 
Monkeys & Snow Corridor

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Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
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51 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3898.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan.
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Tue. May 9, 2023 Thu. May 18, 2023 US $3898.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow 
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Group Tour |          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour |    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow Monkeys
Best of Japan Tour Winter with Japanese Alps: Snow Monkeys
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70 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4298.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4298.00

Tokyo / Lake Kawaguchi / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Mon. Jan 2, 2023 Thu. Jan 12, 2023 US $4298.00 Tokyo Osaka Save this tour Book Now  
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Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Cherry 
Blossoms

Group Tour |          

Group Tour |    

Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Cherry Blossoms
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Cherry Blossoms

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4930.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4930.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.
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Tue. Mar 28, 2023 Mon. Apr 10, 2023 US $4930.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Spring

Group Tour |          

Group Tour |    

Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Spring
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Spring

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4930.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4930.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Sat. Apr 15, 2023 Fri. Apr 28, 2023 US $4930.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Fri. May 12, 2023 Thu. May 25, 2023 US $4930.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn

Group Tour |          

Group Tour |    

Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn
Japan Walking Tour: Shoguns and Samurai - Autumn

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4930.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4930.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

Tokyo / Obuse / Yudanaka Onsen / Matsumoto / Narai / Tsumago / Magome / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kyoto / Nara / Mt Koya
A small-group guided cultural walking tour exploring the highlights of central Japan.
Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Compare Status
Mon. Sep 18, 2023 Sun. Oct 1, 2023 US $4930.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
Tue. Oct 17, 2023 Mon. Oct 30, 2023 US $4930.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Tokyo Tokyo Save this tour Inquiry  
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