Kyoto to Nagano


  • Fuji and Fuji Lakes
  • Snow Mountains, Snow Field

No Shinkansen. Visit other places along the way.
New Year 2020, my last trip before COVID-19 outbreak.





Part1: Aichi, Nagoya, Nagoya Castle, Toyota Museum, Nabana no Sato
Part2: Shizuoka, Miho no Matsubara
Part3: Shizuoka, Kunozan Toshogu
Part4: Shizuoka, Fujinomiya & Shiraito Falls
Part5: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes, Lake Kawaguchiko & Aokigahara (The Suicide Forest)
Part6: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes, Lake Kawaguchiko & Aokigahara (The Suicide Forest)
Part7: Yamanashi, Fuji Lakes, Lake Saiko & Mt. Fuji Panoramic Ropeway
Part8: Nagano, A tough route to Togakushi Shrine in winter
Part9: Nagano, Ski Resorts (Hakuba 47 & Goryu, Togakushi Ski Resort)
Part10: Nagano, Jigokudani Monkey Park
Part11: Nagano, Hokusai Museum (Ukiyo-e Artworks)

Point 4: Nagano

Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑, Jigokudani Yaen Kōen)

Jigokudani Monkey Park is located in Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture, Japan. It is part of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, and is located in the valley of the Yokoyu-River, in the northern part of the prefecture. Wikipedia

Jigokudani (地獄谷) : Hell Valley
Yaen Kōen (野猿公苑) : Public Wide Monkey Park (Wild – Monkey – Public – Park)

My Comment
Very nice place. But need to walk a lot. It is also recommend to have boot or tools that prevent slippery.

Map + Bus Schedule + Discount Ticket (Pass)

Beginner Area (original-edited)

On the bus

For preventing slip, bought from Don Quijote in front of the station

From Entrance to the Monkey Park

Entrance and info about Alpha Males

View from below

Where monkeys bath

Bathing Monkeys

Mother and Child

Hiding Monkey

What are you doing?

Going Back

Very good weather although snowy

Food there
There were some choices, but most were not availabe on the new year holiday. This one is just ok.


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My Suggestions for Beginners

  • Bring hat and may also sunglasses. Sometime, it can be snowy and windy.
  • Be careful, the route can be slippery