Japan days 14-15

Day 14 was shopping and testing out many Japanese snacks and candies. Let’s move on to my favorite day ever…day 15!

SNOW MONKEY PARK!

I have watched the PBS documentary on the snow monkeys many times and it wasn’t until our trip was planned that I learned it was filmed in Japan. I had to go! It involved three hours and multiple train transfers to get there from Tokyo but it was worth it! Jason wasn’t as excited about it as I was and we knew it would be tough (read: nightmare) with the younger two, so it was decided just me and the big guys would go and it was the most relaxing, fun travel day!

We started early in the morning with a subway ride, a (slow) train ride and then grabbed junk food and drinks from a convenient store for an hour bullet train ride…
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Then we had one final train ride to the mountain town where the monkey park is. We sat in the back for a full window view of the countryside as we went…
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A taxi ride to the park and here we are, ready for the short hike to the monkey (and human) hot spring…
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I seriously could not contain my excitement and as we got closer and closer I was nearly bursting!
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Following the signs and Isaac points out monkey poop…
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The hot springs create a steam throughout the mountains, giving it its name: Jigokudani, meaning Hell’s Valley.
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Up the steep steps…
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Bam! First macaques up close! With a baby too.
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The kids had to drag me away! I wanted to stay, it was so incredible. My hands were freezing and we stopped at the gift shop to warm up by the heater before catching a taxi back to the train station.
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More junk food on the train with our favorite gummy candies…
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