Jigokudani Monkey Park is a natural hot spring area that is home to about 200 Japanese Macaques, or Snow Monkeys. To cope with Japan’s cold winter temperatures, the monkeys spend a lot of time lounging around in a hot spring pool, which, as you might expect, is pretty adorable.
The most interesting part was that the monkeys flat out ignored all the tourists gawking at them. Perhaps in part because people are not allowed to bring food into the park, the monkeys have zero interest in visitors. They moved directly around us, paying us about as much attention as they would a tree. It was an amazing opportunity to get extremely close to these fascinating animals and watch how they behave naturally in the wild.
What cool animal-related experiences have you had during your travels?
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