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Macaques enjoying an onsen (hot spring) in Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano, Japan. Commonly referred to as Snow Monkeys, that go to the valley during the winter, foraging elsewhere in the national park during the warmer months. Starting in 1963, the monkeys descend from the steep cliffs and forest to sit in the warm waters of the onsen (hotsprings), and return to the security of the forests in the evenings.

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A traditional Japanese inn - Kanagu Ryokan in Nagano, Japan, is one of many ryokans that inspired the animation, Spirited Away.

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Snow Monkeys daytrip from Tokyo

The Japanese Macaque or Snow Monkey are adorable. If you don't have time on your trip to stay in Nagano this post sets out how to make the trip as Tokyo day trip.

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上高地

Kamikochi, Nagano, Japan Kamikōchi is a remote mountainous highland valley within the Hida Mountains range. It has been preserved in its natural state within Chūbu-Sangaku National Park

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