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Old March 8th, 2009, 12:42 AM   #1
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Nagano Tour (March 7, 2009)

Nagano Tour March 7, 2009

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen (Snow Monkey Park)
Jigokudani Yaen Koen or "Jigokudani Monkey Park" is the chosen home of more than one hundred Japanese Macaques, Japan's indigenous monkeys. The park is located in a valley, named "Hell Valley" for the volcanic activities to be observed there, and features a hot spring pool for exclusive use by monkeys.

The monkeys enjoy bathing especially during the cold winter months, when the air temperature drops below freezing and the valley is covered by a thick layer of snow. But even in the summer they take occasional baths, sometimes allured by food thrown into the pool by park wardens.

stop at Okaya for a break


the city of Otaka, Nagano prefecture










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the road to the park
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after half an hour walk, is an onsen(hot spring) village










more walk to the park


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the monkeys at hot spring
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is water hot in winter?

some day I will visite japan, it is a fantastic country
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Yes the water is hot. But the air temperature is very low so I wonder how they can
dry their bodies after getting out of the hot spring...it can be much colder later.

You can see the monkeys on the webcam in realtime.

http://www.jigokudani-yaenkoen.co.jp/livecam/monkey/

You will also see many foreigners such as Australians, Taiwanese, and other Asian tourists there. (It's more popular among foreign tourists than Japanese)

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In Japan, you are not only seeing, but also being seen..

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they want to join him


we spotted a japanese serow from afar
The Japanese serow (Capricornis crispus or Naemorhedus crispus), known in Japanese as the "Nihon kamoshika", is a goat-antelope found in dense woodland on Honshū, Japan.

Japanese serow stand 60 to 90 centimetres at the shoulder and weigh 30 to 130 kilograms. Japanese serow are mottled brown and white and black underneath. Their fur is very bushy, their tails especially. Both sexes have short 10 centimetre horns, which curve backwards.

Japanese serow are found in dense hillside forests where they eat leaves, and acorns. They are diurnal, feeding in the mornings and evenings and resting under rock ledges for the remainder of the day. The serow are solitary, or gather in couples, sometimes with kids as well. Generally they live in small ranges, around 20,000 square metres for individuals and up to 200,000 square metres for larger groups. Ranges are marked with a substance similar to vinegar that is secreted from the Serow's pre-orbital gland, which is just in front of the eye.

They have lived up to 10 years in captivity. Lifespan in the wild is unknown. The captive population is around 35.
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lunch break






public park outside the restaurant








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Welcome to Nagano City!
Nagano, the capital city of Nagano Prefecture, is located in the northern part of the prefecture near the confluence of the Chikuma and the Sai rivers, on the main Japanese island of Honshū.

As of July 1, 2006, the city had an estimated population of 378,059. The total land area is 737.86 kmē.





















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Nice tour benchjade! I want to pay a visit to the bathing monkeys myself
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Fantastic tour, benchjade!


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thanks vapour and ryuhei!
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