Baby Snow Monkey Fresh from the Bath
Baby on the Shore
An Inn and Bath-house Within the Park
The Park Entrance, Me with Mom, Mother in Law, and Max!
For my first break (had 2 days off, 4 day weekend!) I was fortunate to go with my mother and mother-in-law to Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park near Yudanaka, Nagano, Japan. It can be a little expensive and takes some hours to get there, but can be accessed from Tokyo or Nagoya. We stayed at a Japanese style in that is oriented to both Japanese and Foreign tourists, called Shimaya. The couple that ran the inn was extremely friendly and helpful and the room was spacious with comfortable futon. The inn owners will give you a lift to places around town for free, and the price is reasonable. Japanese inns usually charge per-person and offer breakfast and dinner- usually you buy them in the per-person price per-night staying at an inn. Prices can become fairly high at those types of inns, but the price for the Shimaya inn was extremely reasonable for what was included. Enjoy the video and the monkey images.