Nozawa Onsen Kawaichiya ryokan. Snow Monkey.  

Nozawa Onsen Kawaichiya Ryokan

Nozawa Onsen

(C)Jigokudani Yaen-koen

The Jigokudani Yaen-koen (altitude 850 meters) is located in the Valley of Yokoyu River sourced from Shiga-Kogen of the Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park in northern part of Nagano prefecture. Because of the very steep cliffs and the steam coming off the springs in everywhere, ancient people called this valley eJigokudani (Hell valley)f. Also it is buried in snow almost one third of the year. Even that kind of severe environment here is a paradise on earth for monkeys to live in. The troops of wild Japanese macaque (they are popularly known as snow monkeys) inhabit here naturally through the ages. Since the establishment of Jigokudani Yaen-koen in 1964, it has been a worldwide popular place for watching the bathing monkeys in a hot spring and for ecological observation of researchers or photographers, and some of them who visited here have accomplished certain results in the area.

Jigokudani Yaen-koen

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Opening hour

Summer season (generally between April - October)@8:30-17:00
Winter season (generally between November - March)@9:00-16:00
*No fixed holidays, open 7days a week (Unexpected closure might happen due to the weather condition, the season and so on)
*The period of season and opening hour are guidelines. Please note that these are subject to change without notice.
*Monkeysf behavior is irregular especially during autumn seasons.

Admission Fee (consumption tax included)

  Single ticket Group ticket i20 more peoplej Annual Pass
Adult 500yen 420yen 3,000yen
Child 250yen 210yen 1,500yen

*An adult includes children who have completed primary school
*A child is aged between 5-12 (primary school student) years old inclusive
*Physical disability certification holder: Adult 250yen, Child120yen
*Physical disability certification holder group: Adult 210yen, Child100yen
*School group: Junior high and High school student250yen, Primary school student120yen
*A child aged below 5 is charge-free (must be accompanied with the guardian)
*No senior discount
*No combination use of any kinds of discounts
*Valid period of annual pass is one year form the purchase date


Half a day trip to meet the snow monkey !!

Price : Adult 5,800yen / Child 3,800yen
Tour date : Dailyiminimum 2 adlutsj
Departure : Nozawa Onsen Kotsu, Inc office
Including : fare & Monkey Park entrance fee
Benefit : Tea ceremony experience
Booking : Reception of Kawaichiya Ryokan
/ Nozawa Onsen Visitor Center / Nozawa Onsen Kotsu

TOUR Schedule
12:45 Tea celemony
13:15 Depart from Nozawa-onsen
14:05 Parking lot of the monkey park
Hike up about 25 mins
14:30 - 15:30 Monkey Park
15:55 Depart from the Parking lot
16:45 Arrive at Nozawa-onsen


Toyosato 8923-1, Nozawa Onsen-mura, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano-ken, zip389-2502
TEL : +81-269-85-4126 @FAX : +81-269-85-3825
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