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Yudanaka Onsen

Snow Monkeys in Hot Springs

Stunning Mountain resort with a rich history, steaming onsen, and playful snow monkeys.

Discover Yudanaka Onsen

Yudanaka has been a popular onsen resort for hundreds of years, attracting domestic and international tourists alike who want to enjoy the rejuvenating qualities of Yudanaka’s world-class onsen. The resort region has developed a lot over the years and combines incredible natural hot springs, wildlife, and historic temples with modern restaurants and wonderful entertainment.

See the breathtaking mountain landscapes of Yamanouchi, a place steeped in the rich tradition of onsen. Ascend the hill to discover the World Peace Buddha statue, a symbol of hope and harmony. Take a moment to ring the temple bell, its resounding chime carrying prayers for peace across the world. Enjoy the serene environment, as you contemplate the significance of this sacred site.

Venture into the peaceful woodlands. Follow the winding trails that lead you to a quiet ravine, home to the famed snow monkeys. Visit the world-famous Japanese snow monkeys that bathe in the hot springs at Jigokundani Yaen-Koen. Witness these wild monkeys in their natural habitat as they groom each other and soak in the open-air baths. Find babies during spring, child-rearing in summer, and feeding and mating in autumn and winter.

After immersing yourself in the wonders of nature, indulge in the time-honored tradition of onsens. Relax and rejuvenate in the soothing thermal waters of Yamanouchi’s hot springs, where the stresses of the world melt away. Wear a traditional Yukata robe for an authentic connection with local culture.

Enjoy delicious food, artistically presented in the traditional kaiseki style at your ryokan. Some specialty dishes in the region include onsen manju (bean jam buns), takenoko, or bamboo shoots, which can only be picked by locals but may be enjoyed by everyone. They are usually served as tempura, grilled, or in miso soup. Soba (buckwheat noodles) are also popular in the region, with many hot and cold varieties available to try. Fruit takes center stage in this region, as local farmers grow spectacular varieties of Kyosho grapes, cherries, peaches, plums, and apples.

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