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Japanese Wild Hot Spring Monkey tour

Most   people   have   seen   the   snow   monkeys   on   TV   bathing   in   the   hot   springs at   Jigokudani   about   1& 1/2    hours   from   Hakuba.   If   you   want   to   see   the   real thing   it   is   very   easy   to   do   so   on   a   day   tour   from   Hakuba.   You   do   need   to allocate   a   full   day   though   and   to   give   up   a   day   on   the   mountain.   This   will      set you   back   at   current   rates   ¥12,000   a   person   (¥8,000   for   children).      The   tour usually   includes   transport,   the   park   entry   fee,   lunch   at   a   restaurant,   a   trip   to the   historical   town   of   Obuse   and   a   trip   to   the   1,400   yr   old   buddhist   Zenkoji Temple.   To   get   to   the   monkeys   is   a   30-45   minute   walk   along   a   forest   trail (take   sturdy   shoes   and   warm   clothing).   If   you   are   renting   ski   or   snowboard gear   we   recommend   you   schedule   your   snow   monkey   tour   for   the   last   full   day of   your   trip   in   Hakuba   so   you   are   not   paying   for   a   day   of   rentals   that   you won’t   use.         The   tours   typically   leave   around   8am   and   get   back   at   5pm.   The following   are   2   companies   that   run   the   snow   monkey   tour   and   that   can   be recommended.

Japan Ski Holidays

Runs   daily   tours   from   the   middle   of   Dec   till   the   end   of   Feb, and 4 days a week during March (Mon,Wed,Fri,Sat).

Sanroku Tours

Do   tours   4   days/week   (Mon,Tue,Thur,Fri)   from   the   middle   of December till the middle of March.

Doing the trip by yourself

Another   option   is   to   do   it   yourself   with   public   transport.   It will   only   cost   you   ¥2,500   for   the   transport   +   ¥500   for   the entry   to   the   park.      You   need   to   get   yourself   to   Happo   Bus Terminal   and   purchase   the   Nagano   Snow   Resort   pass   for ¥2,500   which   is   a   one   day   bus/train   pass.   You   then   get   the express   bus   to   Nagano   station   (1hr)   and   from   there   change to   a   bus   going   to   Kanbayashi   Onsen   (40   mins).   It   is   then about   half   hour   walk   to   the   mountains   so   you   do   need   to allow a full day. .
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