Friday, February 12, 2010

Monkey See, Monkey Do

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with monkeys. (See other monkey posts here and here)

This weekend, we're lucky to be visiting a special part of Japan where a unique group of macaque live and exhibit remarkable behavior.

We're going to Jigokudani Yaenkoen Monkey Park near Nagano to observe snow monkeys.

These particular monkeys native to Japan sit in hot springs to warm up in the winter time, wash their food before eating it, and even roll snowballs for recreation. Needless to say, I am very excited for this unique opportunity.

Our trip to the monkey park is a bit of a planes, trains, automobile, and even walking odyssey. I'll report the whole itinerary when we get back in case you'd like to visit there someday.

Incidentally, the traditional inn we're staying at is located within the park and we have to walk, belongings and all, for about 40 minutes through a snowy mountain path to reach it. The reward is that we're about as close as we can get to observing the behavior of the wild monkeys, maybe even sharing the same hot spring if we're so inclined. I'm not kidding.

Check back in a few days for a full report...


Eve said...

Wow this sounds like an incredible trip! Enjoy!

Mica said...

Oh the fun things you do in Japan! Can't wait to read more on your monkey experience.

Who knows, they might just be observing you :-)

Becca Runs Sometimes said...

Monkeys terrify me. No joke. You two are brave :)

Dee Andrews said...

Walking in the snow to see the monkeys sounds magical!

Also, wanted to let you know, you've been tagged! I tagged Mary and Sean's Adventures to play the travel bloggers game of your Top Three Travel Secrets.

Blog about your 3 favorite places, link to the game, and tag 5 others.

Here's the link you're part of:

~ Dee Andrews

Fly Girl said...

That sounds like such a fun journey. I can't wait to hear athe details. My husband was born in the year of the monkey and I'm always entertained by their antics.

Civilla said...

Just found your blog. I am a wife of a RETIRED military man. Loved our time in the military. Miss it, but it is nice to be retired. We lived in Korea.

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