The hot springs resort of Yudanaka located in Hell Valley is home to Japan’s famous snow monkeys. Visit the Jigokudani Monkey Reserve during the cold winter months to see these resourceful creatures keeping warm in their own hot springs bathing pool; stay in a traditional ryokan inn; relax in a bathhouse and soak up the nostalgic atmosphere of Shibu Onsen, full of charming historic buildings.
While the snow monkeys are the star attraction, a visit to historic Shibu Onsen, where traditional yukata or kimono is worn to visit the bathhouses, is recommended. It is also possible to combine a visit here with a skiing holiday at Shiga Kogen ski resort which is just a 30-minute drive away.
Established in 1901, Jinpyokaku is a historic onsen ryokan loved by many writers and artists such as Yasunari Kawabata and Soseki Natsume. With only 6 rooms, this is a quiet and traditional option and a great base from which to explore the mountains.
Family Fun in Japan
Tokyo, Yudanaka, Kanazawa & Kyoto
This unforgettable journey is designed with families in mind, combining the weird and wonderful with arts and crafts and the great outdoors. The journey takes in Snow Monkeys, Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa, brilliantly combining interests for adults and kids alike. Brimming with unique experiences, this is one of our favorite family itineraries.