The best way to go see the Snow Monkey

Between Yudanaka and Jigokudani Monkey Park

The best recommendation: Catching a bus to the park then walk back to Yudanaka. 3-4 Hours.

So once you’ve arrived at Yudanaka Station 湯田中駅 by Nagaden 長電,

There are several ways to get to Jigokudani Monkey Park.

  1. Taxi
  2. Bus
  3. On Foot

1, By Taxi


This is ideal if you are in a big group of friends or family.

The Fare: About ¥1600 (As the 2nd photo above shows)

The Duration: Around 10 min to the car park at Jigokudani Monkey Park.

2, By Bus

Once you arrive at the station, turn right once through the exit. Then you will find Nagaden Bus 長電バス counter and their timetables.

The Link to PDF File of Bus Timetable to Jigokudani Monkey Park 地獄谷野猿公苑



As shown on the photo above, those 4 lines in the yellow circle actually stops by at the monkey park, by way of Kanbayashi Onsen 上林温泉.

So there are in fact quite a few departing during the day.

The Fare: ¥310

The Duration: 15 min

3, On Foot

This is personal favourite. I walk everywhere. But at the same time it’s a bit far for a family with kids or in a big group. You also need a decent pair of walking shoes.

Note: During winter months, the road to Jigokudani Carpark 地獄谷駐車場 is closed due to the icy surface condition. You need to walk from Kanbayashi Onsen 上林温泉 way.


This is a good day half day trip. It will take 1-1.5 hour to get to the park having a look around in Shibu Onsen.

Along the way you will see these signs often.


So as long as you keep seeing this signs you are ok.

Several things to remember.

  • From Yudanaka to The Park it’s mainly uphill. From The Park back to Yudanaka, mainly downhill.
  • Don’t go through the closed road behind Shibu Onsen. Go round to Kanbayashi Onsen to get to the park. Don’t believe everything Google Map tells you.
  • It’s still a bit of way to monkeys once you get to the park entrance.
  • Carry water with you.

So now you have some information to help you to decide how you want to get to see Snow Monkeys.

I think it’s best to go see the Monkeys, then walk back wandering through the maze of small streets in Shibu.

I’ll see you next time, hope you have a good day of walking so the onset afterwards will feel twice better!

-Today’s Phrase-

Arukunoga Suki Desu あるくのがすきです = I like walking

Walking is very good for your health!

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