Today I’m kicking off a series of images from a trip to the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yudanaka, Japan. It’s a lovely spot, about 3 hours from Tokyo, and 45 minutes from Nagano, where the Japanese macaque (commonly known as ‘snow monkeys’) visit to warm themselves up in a hot spring.

I spent a couple of hours here one morning taking a lot of photos of a lot of monkeys who were playing, resting and grooming themselves in and around the pool.

It’s a little off the beaten track but if you are in Japan and have a day to spare it’s an excellent place to visit, and there’s an awesome little sushi restaurant near Yudanaka station that is well worth a visit also.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 200mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s