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Traveling to: Jigokudani Yaenkoen to see the Japanese Snow Monkeys

Heard about the snow monkeys (read more here! http://www.vingle.net/posts/304337-Snow-Monkeys-at-Jigokudani-Yaenkoen-Yamanouchi-Japan) and want to go them for yourself? Don't worry, it's not that hard! Probably due to their popularity for more than fifty years, the monkeys have become more and more accessible to the traveler that isn't quite ready to venture completely into the unknown. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ How to get there: Option 1: Bus to Kanbayashi Onsen from Yudanaka Station (costs 250 yen,15 minutes, 1-2 buses per hour), Shibu Onsen (costs 160 yen, 10 minutes, 1-2 buses per hour, or Nagano Station (costs 1300 yen, 40 minutes, 4-10 buses per day). Bus will stop at either "Kanbayashi Onsen" or "Kanbayashi Onsen-guchi" stop. From here, a 25-35 minute walking trail, depending on your speed, is available. You can do this trek year round, but make sure to have appropriate footwear for the season! Option 2: Go to the paid parking lot west of the park; the road to this lot from Shibu Onsen is closed in the winter, but you could still walk it in about 40 minutes, depending on the weather. The walk from the parking lot to the monkeys is about 10 minutes. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Where to stay: Most choose to stay in Nagano, but you have a wide variety of options. You can explore many of these options (see www.go-nagano.net) but these are some that are especially great, cheap, or popular! Korakukan Jigokudani (next to the hot spring geyser, 10,000-15000 yen / night) Address: Jigokudani, Yamanouchi-cho Shimotakai-gun Biyunoyado Ryokan (13,000 / night including breakfast and dinner) Address: 2951-1 Hirao str. Yudanaka Onsen Yamanouchi-cho Senshinkan Matsuya ryokan (8,550 yen/night, including dinner and breakfast) Address: 2222 Hirao str Shibu Onsen Yamanouchi-cho 1166 Backpackers (2,600 yen / night) Website: www.1166bp.com Phone: 026-217-2816 ---------------------------------------------------------------- Additional info: Hours: 8:30 to 17:00 (April to October) 9:00 to 16:00 (November to March) Admission: 500 yen --------------------------------------------------------------- Check out the cards above for maps and travel tips!
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