Famous bathing snow monkeys will steal your heart

Visit their pristine winter wonderland in the scenic mountains of Nagano

Wild Japanese macaques saunter out of the snowy forest and slip into a steamy hot spring.
This truly unique wildlife scene is sure to warm your heart on even the coldest winter’s day. At
Jigokudani (meaning “Hell Valley”) —located within the borders of Joshin'etsukogen National Park—the monkeys roam free in their natural habitat, and you’ll see that they appreciate a relaxing soak just as much as you do!

It’s a captivating sight that can’t be experienced anywhere else in the world. Later, take a 30-minute drive to the historic town of Obuse and visit the Hokusaikan Museum, home to a spectacular collection of works by the legendary Japanese woodblock artist Hokusai.

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