Jigokudani Monkey Park

The Jigokudani Yaen-koen is located in the Valley of Yokoyu River which takes its water from Shiga-Kogen of the Jyoshinetsu-Kogen National Park in the northern part of Nagano prefecture. Looking at the very steep cliffs and the fountains of hot water, people started to call the valley ‘Jigokudani (Hell valley)’. The altitude is 850 meters, winter seasons in Jigokudani is so harsh, for example, temperatures drops to 10 degrees below zero and snow falls over 1 meter. These severities compare favorably with those of Shimokita peninsula (Aomori pref.), which is the northernmost habitat of primates except humans.
Since the establishment in 1964, the Jigokudani Yaen-koen has been popularly known as the place where we can see the wild monkeys’ biology up close. Many thousands of people from all over the world have visited here to see monkeys, especially researchers and photographers. They made a lot of accomplishments in their research and photographing.
In 1970, a photograph of bathing monkeys was appeared on the front page of LIFE and was reported by the world media. And during the period of Nagano Olympics (1998), many people from the games visited here, such as athletes, Olympic officials and news media. We captured public attention with these topics.

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Although the park is open all year round, the bathing monkeys are particularly photogenic when the area is covered in snow. There is usually snow in the region from December to March, and the best timing for a visit is January and February. Monkeys enter the bath around the year, but they sometimes need some encouragement to do so by park wardens throwing food into the pool, especially during the warmer seasons of the year.

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The Japanese macaques, well known as snow monkey (hereinafter called ‘monkeys’), inhabit all part of Japan except Hokkaido and Okinawa. What should we do when we want to see the monkeys? Do you go to a zoo? Yes, you can see monkeys in a zoo, but it is impossible to see their pristine actions such as high level sociality in a troop with the monkeys in a small zoo cage. Then, do you go to mountains? Actually it is difficult to find monkeys in mountains because of deep forests and steep cliffs. Even if you luckily find them, they keep enough distance from you and run away quickly. The best way to watch wild monkeys is to visit the Jigokudani Yaen-koen. Our objective is to provide a place where everybody can watch closely monkeys’ biology in a natural environment. There are no fences between monkeys and us. We can enter and see their world under natural condition.

To keep monkeys’ habitat naturally, our facility is far from town. Even though we feed monkeys, they are still wild animal. Our facility has no fences so that monkeys can come and go freely. They come to here during daytime just for seeking foods provided by us and this is only a part of their daily life. They also have their own life outside of the Yaen-koen. Their territories are in mountains around the Yaen-koen and are approximately several kilometers in radius. As we said monkeys inhabit in Jigokudani are wild animal, sometimes they stay in the mountains all day long, not necessarily come to the Yaen-koen.

Though monkeys in Jigokudani are well known as bathing monkeys, bathing is a measure to protect them against the extreme cold during winter seasons. Therefore they reluctant to take a bath during other warm seasons. Bathing is a small portion of their life. There is a lot of interesting biology of monkeys more than bathing, why don’t you try to find it? Each season has unique ways to have fun with monkeys’ observation.

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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.
*Monkeys’ behavior is irregular especially during autumn seasons.

Admission Fee (consumption tax included)

 Single ticket  Group ticket
(20 more people)
Annual Pass
 Adult  500yen  420yen  3000yen
 Child  250yen  210yen 1500yen

500 yen = Rp. 54.125         420 yen = Rp. 45.415      3000 yen = Rp. 324.525

250 yen = Rp. 27.037         210 yen = Rp. 22.707      1500 yen = Rp. 162.275

NB : 1 yen = Rp. 108,-

*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

By Car

From Kanto area

■ Nerima IC – (Kanetsu expressway) – Fujioka JCT – (Jyoshinetsu expressway) – Kousyoku JCT – (Jyoshinetsu expressway) – Shinshu Nakano IC – (R292) – Kanbayashi Onsen – (by foot 30mins) – Jigokudani Yaen-koen
(Approximate time required 3h30mins from Nerima IC)

■ Takaido IC – (Chuo expressway) – Okaya JCT – (Nagano expressway) – Kousyoku JCT – (Jyoshinetsu expressway) – Shinshu Nakano IC – (R292) – Kanbayashi Onsen – (by foot 30mins) – Jigokudani Yaen-koen
(Approximate time required 4hrs from Takaido IC)

From Osaka or Nagoya area

■ Komaki JCT – (Chuo expressway) – Okaya JCT – (Nagano expressway) – Kousyoku JCT – (Jyoshinetsu expressway) – Shinshu Nakano IC – (R292) – Kanbayashi Onsen – (by foot30mins) – Jigokudani Yaen-koen
(Approximate time required 6hrs from Osaka, 4hrs from Nagoya)

From Niigata Hokuriku area

■ Jyoetsu JCT – Shinshu Nakano IC – (R292) – Kanbayashi Onsen – (by foot30mins) – Jigokudani Yaen-koen
(Approximate time required 3hrs from Niigata, 3h30mins from Kanazawa)

*We have a reserved parking lot for visitors in Kanbayashi-Onsen area. (Charge-free)
*We do not assume any responsibilities for accidents, property losses and any other issues caused in the parking lot.
*There is another parking lot; ‘Jigokudani Parking’ in Shibu-Onsen area (500yen standard-sized car) You can reach Jigokudani Parking by R292 via Shibu Onsen. However the road to the parking from Shibu-Onsen is very narrow so it is impossible to go with big-size cars. Also it is closed during winter seasons. It takes 15mins by foot from Jigoku-dani Parking to the Jigokudani Yaen-koen.
For more information, please call 0269-33-5733 Jigokudani Parking
*No wheelchairs and carts are accessible in either approach due to unpaved roads, uneven surfaces and steps.

By Train and Bus

From Kanto area

■ JR Tokyo sta. – (Nagano Shinkansen) – JR Nagano sta. – Nagano Dentetsu Nagano sta.- (Yudanaka line) – Yudanaka sta. – (Nagano Dentesu Bus for Kanbayashi) – Kanbayashi Onsen – (by foot 30mins) – Jigokudani Yaen-koen
(Approximately time required 1h30mins from Nagano Dentetsu Nagano sta.)

From Osaka Nagoya area

■ JR Nagoya sta. – (JR Chuo Line) – JR Nagano sta. – Nagano Dentetsu Nagano sta.- (Yudanaka line) – Yudanaka sta. – (Nagano Dentesu Bus for Kanbayashi) – Kanbayashi Onsen – (by foot 30mins) – Jigokudani Yaen-koen
(Approximately time required 1h30mins from Nagano Dentetsu Nagano sta.)

From Niigata Hokurikku area

■ JR Naoetsu sta. – (JR Shinetsu Line) – JR Nagano sta. – Nagano Dentetsu Nagano sta.- (Yudanaka line) – Yudanaka sta. – (Nagano Dentesu Bus for Kanbayashi) – Kanbayashi Onsen – (by foot 30mins) – Jigokudani Yaen-koen
(Approximately time required 1h30mins from Nagano Dentetsu Nagano sta.)

*Also there is a bus service from JR Nagano station. Please take Shiga-Kogen Line of Nagaden Bus.
*You can take a taxi from Nagano Dentetsu Yudanaka station to Jigokudani Parking.
*It takes 15mins by foot from Jigokudani Parking to the Jigokudani Yaen-koen.
*No wheelchairs and carts are accessible in either approach due to unpaved roads, uneven surfaces and steps.

Referensi :

http://www.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp

http://in.coinmill.com/IDR_JPY.html

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