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Snow Monkey Photo Exhibit Vol. II at the Shiga Kogen Roman Museum

Snow Monkey Photo Exhibit Vol. II

Shiga Kogen Roman Museum


Duration: December 19, 2009 (Sat)~April 11, 2010 (Sun)
Hours: 09:00~17:00
Closed: Thursdays (Except December 31, 2009 and February 11, 2010)
Entrance Fee: Adults ¥500 (¥450 per person for a group of more than 20) Elementary & Junior
High School Children ¥300 (¥250 per person for a group of more than 20)Shiga Kogen Roman Museum: 1465 Hirao, Yamanouchi-machi,Shimotakai-gun, Nagano, 381-0401, JAPAN

At the foot of Shiga Kogen Heights is the Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Wild Monkey Park) where one can observe wild Japanese monkeys in an unbelievably close proximity. The Park is located in the valley, about 30 minutes away on foot from the Museum.

One day, perhaps to survive the extreme freezing conditions, these wild Japanese monkeys started bathing in hot springs. For the monkeys this is the northernmost living environment and their life in snow has been moving photographers to capture them on films. Striking images of monkeys captured in the snow, as soon as they are presented, have been creating profound repercussions in the world. Wild Japanese monkeys that daily visit the Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Wild Monkey Park) are since known to the world as "Snow Monkeys" and have become a huge international attraction.

This "Snow Monkey Photo Exhibit Vol.II" is our second attempt to introduce images captured by photographers who frequent the Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Wild Monkey Park). We will be presenting approximately 100 photographs which, we believe, will be able to convey to you the beauty and strength of Snow Monkeys in their elements.

IMAI Toshio
OKADA Yusuke
FUKUDA Yukihiro
MAENO Yasushi
JIB Trimmer's

Services offered during the Snow Monkey Campaign

During the Snow Monkey Photo Exhibit Vol. II, we will be offering several services to make your visit more satisfying. This is a great opportunity not only to enjoy photographic images presented by 15 Japanese wild life photographers but also to actually observe wild Snow Monkeys at the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park.
*No services will be offered on Thursdays at the Museum, Restaurant Crystal Terrace, or Gosetsu-no-Yakata EXCEPT at the Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park.
Inquiries: Shiga Kogen Roman Museum Phone: 0269-33-8855

Cloak Service
We will offer a cloak service, free of charge, for the Museum visitors. (Please carry valuables with you.)
Maps of the neighboring areas, bus schedules, Snow Monkey's real time bathing situations in the Park will be offered at the Museum.
Special Discounts
Shiga Kogen Roman Museum, Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Wild Monkey Park), Gosetsu-no-Yakata, and Restaurant Crystal Terrace in cooperation will offer special discounts for visitors who use more than two facilities of the four mentioned here. When you enter in the first time into any one of these facilities, at the ticket booth, please ask for the Snow Monkey Campaign Ticket. It will ensure your eligibility to receive these discounts at the designated establishments listed above.

  • Shiga Kogen Roman Museum
    Adults ¥500→¥400
    Elementary & Junior High School Children ¥300→¥250
  • Jigokudani Yaen Koen (Wild Monkey Park
    Junior High School Children & Above¥500→¥420
    Children over Five (5) years old ¥250→¥210
  • Gosetsu-no-Yakata (Traditional Japanese Mansion) Adults ¥310→¥260 Elementary & Junior High School Children ¥160→¥110
  • Restaurant Crystal Terrace
    Meals 10% off
    Soft Drinks ¥100 off
[Directions]Shiga Kogen Roman Museum
By Train: From Tokyo, take JR's Nagano Shinkansen to Nagano, the last station of the line. Then change to Nagano Dentetsu Line. Take the Nagano Dentetsu's Tokkyu (Special Express) to Yudanaka, the last stop of this private line. At Yudanaka, either take a bus to "Shiga Kogen Homen" and get off at "Kanbayashi" (one minute on foot to the museum) or take a taxi straight to the museum from the station (eight minutes).
By Car: On Joshinetsu Expressway, go to Shinshu Nakano Junction (IC). Then take Route 292 (Shiga-Nakano Line) to the Museum in Kanbayashi. Estimated driving time from the Junction is approximately 15 minutes. 60 parking spaces are available.

Japanese Snow Monkeys 1-Day Tour website :

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