Wake up, sleepy-heads!
Just a short zip of the bullet train from Tokyo and you could be in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture–home to Japan’s hottest volcanoes, coolest hotsprings, and the world’s most contented monkeys! One popular place to see these monkeys in action (or inaction, as the case may be) is Nagano’s Joshinetsu Kogen National Park. There’s also a place called Yudanaka, to the north of Karuizawa, where you can visit if you simply haven’t had enough of these guys. There are, of course, plenty of hotsprings for humans, too.
Nagano Prefecture was the home of the Winter Olympics in 1998, so you can imagine that it’s a great place to go hiking and skiing as well. Just don’t expect the monkeys to join you.
Fighting or frolicking? You decide.
“I’ve been thinking about shaving my arm-hair…”
I sincerely hope he’s not doing what I think he is over there
“This hotspring isn’t big enough for the both of us, human.”
His face is red even when he’s not all toasty warm
Testing the waters?
Too cute for a pithy caption
In Japan, monkeys are considered the wisest animals known to man. I think these pictures go a long way toward proving that, don’t you? I’ve seen these hotspring monkeys live, and they really are something else…almost human, only with much more fur and much less baggage! I hope you can come to Japan someday and see them for yourself.