After dreaming of seeing the snow monkeys 10 years ago, I finally made it. A short car or bus ride from Yudanaka, then you walk 1.6km up a beautiful tree lined snow path to the monkeys. Not only are they in the hot springs (onsen) , they are also in the mountains and streams surrounding the 42 degree baths.
We saw big monkeys, old monkeys, babies, mischievous ones, sleepy ones and all were content. There is a heated pipe that many sit on and of course they are in and out of the onsen all day.
A truly unforgettable experience…..it is quite cold though. They said it was minus 10 degrees today. Dress warm and you will have an amazing adventure with the monkeys.
Here is the link to the Official website for the monkeys. The Live Cam link is on here. Enjoy :-)