Snow Monkeys of Japan

A 12 image Gallery of the Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani hotspring in Nagano, Japan, or as more commonly known as the Snow Monkey Park. The Japanese macaque (Macaca fuscata) is also known world wide as the snow monkey and is a terrestrial Old World monkey species that is native to Japan. Their name comes from the fact they live in areas where snow covers the ground for several months each year and no other nonhuman primate is more northern-living, or can survive in a colder climate.


© Peter Shepherd


The Jigokudani Monkey Park (Jigokudani Yaen Koen) offers visitors the unique experience of seeing wild monkeys bathing in a natural hot spring. The park is inhabited by Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata), which are also known as Snow Monkeys - without getting immersed in the pond this monkey takes a drink from the shallow central section.

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