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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani Yaenkoen

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On a recent visit to photograph the Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani Yaenkoen in Nagano Prefecture, nature writer Mark Brazil sent us this amazing image of a trio of Japanese Macaques huddling together to keep warm.

Snow Monkeys Jigokudani Yaenkoen

Sometimes a thick winter coat just isn't enough protection against the elements. Then, huddling together conserves extra warmth - and makes for wonderfully photogenic moments.

© Mark Brazil & Japan Visitor


Access

Jidokudani-Yaenkoen

From Tokyo Station, take the JR Shinkansen (bullet train) to Nagano Station. Change to the Nagano Dentetsu train to Yudanaka (40 minutes by express or 1 hour by local train). From Yudanaka, catch a local bus (15 minutes) or take a taxi to Kanbayashi Onsen. From here it's a 20-30 minute walk to Jigokudani Yaenkoen (Entrance 500 yen).

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