Snow Monkey Hotsprings Tour
Whilst pre organized tours are not run from Shiga Kogen, a highly recommended half day trip, is the snow monkeys in Jigokudani. Shiga Kogen is the closest ski resort to the snow monkeys at Jigokudani, or “hell’s valley” in Japanese, walk through the picturesque and peaceful forest to the monkey’s playground. The park has no fences; wild monkeys come down from the mountains to visit and soak in the hot springs to keep warm from the harsh winters. Ask your hotels staff the best way for you to get over to the monkey park.
Monkey photos © Toshio Hagiwara