Photographer's Note

I remember first seeing these wild Japanese Snow Monkeys on some documentary years ago, and then again in National Geographic etc. They're amazing to see as these wild troups of monkeys that live in the hills around Yamanouchi are the only ones in the world that bath in baths like these.
Since I was in Tokyo on business for a couple weeks, I decided to take the Shinkansen (bullet train) out to Nagano for a day trip to see them.

As the story goes- during the winter years ago- one of the monkeys fell into the Onsens (Hot Springs). However, since the waters were quite warm- the monkey decided to stay in for awhile. As the old saying goes 'monkey see-monkey do', hundreds of them now frequent the Onsens.

More information can be found here... Japanese Snow Monkeys.

I hope you like the shot,
- Dan

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