Witnessing the wild Japanese macaques of Jigokudani Monkey Park bathing in natural hot springs in the depth of winter is a fascinating experience that offers superb photographic opportunities.
The most northerly of all non-human primates, the Japanese macaques of Jigokudani Monkey Park have grown larger and developed a thicker coat than similar macaque species found elsewhere in the world, allowing them to survive in temperatures as low as minus twenty degrees Celsius. Being highly intelligent animals, they have taken to bathing in the natural hot water springs to warm themselves and alleviate the extreme cold.
It’s a quite remarkable experience to see these wild animals displaying such human-like behavior, with the pleasure they get from the experience only too evident on their faces.
is featured in the following itinerary:
This highlight-packed 11-day itinerary reveals Japan’s most unique and renowned wildlife spectacles - large flocks of Steller’s sea eagles, dancing Japanese cranes, Blakiston’s fish owl, and the bizarre sight of Japanese macaques bathing in steaming hot springs – creating a photographic extravaganza.