Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Hiking Jigokudani Monkey Park, Yamanouchi, Nagano, Japan

This morning I traveled to Yudanka to visit the monkey park. I woke up around 730am, met up with the four Singaporeans at 800am, and left the station around 900am on the limited express train.

Normally, a ticket to Yudanka is 1320yen one way, 2640yen round trip, but for whatever reason, there exists a special ticket that only costs 1500yen which not only includes round trip but also free entrance into a hot spring.

The ride from Nagano station to Yudanka station is about an hour or less. As we got closer to Yudanka, the weather became colder and colder until it started snowing. When we got off the train, it was freezing.

From the Yudanka station, we then took a local bus to the park entrance. From the entrance, it was about a half hour hike up the mountain to the Monkey park entrance.

Despite the freezing weather, everyone still enjoyed themselves because the view was breathtaking. It was all quite serene.

Upon reaching the Monkey park, we were not disappointed. From what I read, I thought there was going to be very few monkeys and that all the visitors would be packed together in a single line through the park, but no, you could walk anywhere as long s you respected the monkeys. And man were there monkeys. There were monkeys everywhere.

Jigokudani Monkey Park was a wonderful place.

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