On our third day we traveled an hour by train to a town located in the foothills of some mountains Southeast of Nagano City.  From there we took a 15 minute car ride up a mountain and walked one a half kilometers through a forest (and up the mountain a little further) before finally reaching a hot spring full of snow monkeys.  Pictures and videos below.

This one had a toy it was protecting.

Galloping on three paws to keep it safe from a thief.

I watched him roll the ball in fresh snow to make it bigger.

At first I thought he was doing some sort of balancing trick but after a few moments it became apparent that he was marking his toy.

"My precious."


More photos and videos here.


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3 Responses to “Monkeys”

  1. sarah austad Says:

    Loved the pictures. The monkeys are so cute. Are they friendly or not? I never thought I’d see my first-born wearing a kimono! Glad you had fun.

  2. Courtney Says:

    I am not a fan of monkeys, but these ones are adorable!

  3. katie Says:

    That is the craziest thing! What a mischievous monkey you surveyed; did you witness him embark on a snowball fight with a friendly rival too? Great pictures, Taylor! Salut!

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