Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park

Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park
4.5
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:00
Thursday
09:00 - 16:00
Friday
09:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
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  • mmt23
    70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A day trip from Tokyo
    A day trip from Tokyo. We took Shinkansen from Tokyo station to Nagano. In Nagano we took a local train to Yudanaka. Then the bus to Shibu Onsen. We took a hike from information stand. The start is rather steep. It is about 30-35 minutes brisk walk to the parking and then about 12 minutes to the park. The walk is worth it! Even outside of main season, we were able to see a lot!!! On the way back we stopped at Shibu Onsen and took a bath. 👍 Quick recommendation - take a bus from the train station and on the way back you can walk.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Emilie P
    Tokyo Prefecture, Japan15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique experience up in the Mountain
    After a long ( 30 mn) and beautiful walk on a small path through the Forest , you climb to a hot water spring where the monkeys take their bath. They are fascinating and not afraid at all of those many humans who take pictures, sometimes far too close from them . Kids friendly and unique . I recommend greatly.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Kristin U
    Chapel Hill, North Carolina44 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun excursion!
    Stayed at the hotel just down the road, so was able to enjoy a visit to the park without the rush. Loved the mile or so hike into the valley. The macaques were starting to mill around the bridge, and then lots of them frolicking near the onsen. Some visitors were getting a little too close to the monkeys, however attendants were quick to monitor and redirect. A smack/lunch stop at Enza Cafe at the end was a perfect ending. Overall a unique experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Linda
    Hanc, France228 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    excellent
    I found the walk up the road steep and tiring. once up the steps through the forest, it was level and easy going. the paths were icy, so grips on shoes essential. the monkeys were everywhere in the river, the spa, all around. they even came round your feet. we were told it might be busy but not today Well worth a visit but be prepared
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2024
  • dlaynmore
    Hong Kong, China156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Snow Monkey Experience
    Wake up early to visit the monkey park before the arrival of tour groups. The main park area is a steady half-hour climb through the national park forest. No food or drink should be taken into the park and no rubbish should be left behind. Toilets are at the lower bus stop entrance and at the visitor centre/ticket barrier 30 minutes up. Don’t get caught short. There are no other options. The Snow Monkey Pass sold by Nagano-Dentetsu Railway does not offer great value unless you arrive very early on day one of the 2-day ticket and plan to travel to other local towns like Obuse for the Hokusai museum. For the park only it works out better to buy train, bus and park entry separately.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 January 2024
  • Annestreet
    27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great experience but not recommended for young children
    The 1.6km hike up the mountain can be treacherous with young children. Be prepared to carry your child (toddlers) all the way up and down if they refuse to walk. The path is narrow, slippery and muddy, definitely not child friendly. Would advise to wear proper snow shoes, waterproof pants/ski pants, waterproof jacket with hoodie to shield your head from the snow and ice that falls from the trees. If you don’t have snow shoes, you can buy the snow spikes for shoes from the shop at the park entrance. However, despite the long walk, it was all worth it when we got to see the unassuming snow monkey up close. But I would definitely not recommend taking young children here.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Travelove58
    15,599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Extraordinary experience but be warned.....
    Seeing these amazing & unique monkeys live & so close ( only found in Japan) is so different from what one sees on Vblogs or pictures. Nothing beats this extraordinary experience. Definitely worth the trip here. However be warned - you need to walk very far from main entrance to the park entrance ( tiring), about half an hour ONE WAY ( about 1.6km one way ) - along a narrow mountain trek with lots of tourists going both ways. Certain parts are very close to the edge of the mountain. Path is very uneven, slippery & muddy when wet ( rains or snow ). If it rains or snow suddenly while engaging the long trek, can be pretty risky as no shelter. Certainly not recommend for the elderly, young kids or those physically disadvantaged as too risky & physically demanding.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 February 2024
  • John D
    Raleigh, North Carolina52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful morning on the mountain.
    We really enjoyed this trip. Starting up the 1.3 km trail at around 8:45 we took our time, enjoying the snow and the hike through to forest. Most of the way there was nobody else in sight. It's not an overly demanding hike, but on our way down we passed a number of people who were struggling. It's all up hill, not too steep but there are no places to stop and rest, so be realistic. Getting up close to the monkeys was a fantastic experience. We highly recommend it. Start early to beat the crowds.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 February 2024
  • Daniel W
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monkey magic
    Unique experience with the most northern monkey population in the world. Monkeys are unbothered by the presence of humans and stroll right by you. Very touristy and crowded, particularly when the buses with those on a day trip arrive around 1pm.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 February 2024
  • MissPerkyAK
    363 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Monkeys Everywhere!
    We got up early and arrived 45 minutes after the park opened. If you come in winter you have to park in the lower parking lots. It was extremely packed with humans and monkeys. The park staff throw out feed for the monekys so it's essentially a petting zoo minus the petting. Don't touch the monkeys no matter how close they get to you. The path is icy, ice cleats are recommended if you don't have good boots or are not used to walking on melty snow. You can take a stroller, but the paths are narrow, and you end up hogging the whole path, making it difficult for everyone else to walk by and not fall down the cliff. Overall, I'm glad we went. If we go again, we plan to arrive before opening to try to avoid the crowds.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 March 2024
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Krubee
Singapore, Singapore662 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Family
Ever since I’ve seen the Snow Monkeys in National Geographic magazine and TV shows in the 90’s I was mesmerized and enthralled that one day I would definitely visit this place and witness the adoring Japanese Macaques. It took a couple of years before my childhood dreams have been realized until late Spring last year 2023 - the time has come that I got the chance to see and experience the place as well as the adoring Monkeys in their home turf - the place with the famous outdoor Onsen, Pine trees, Luscious forest, Gently flowing streams and active Geysers - a very unique and wonderful place they call Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park!!!

Getting there we took JR Pass from Ueno to Nagano and it was the start of the week long Golden week holiday in Japan so the trains are full we have to sit/stand by the Gangway for about 2 hrs. Luckily, we had lunch by Ueno station before taking the ride else it would have been more difficult for us. The ride to Nagano is breath taking we could see the rolling hills, endless plains, gentle rivers, luscious farms and trees and the towering Japanese Alps. When we arrived in Nagano station we were greeted by a totally whole different vibes - less crowded and busier than Tokyo and lo and behold as we made our way to the local train towards Yudanaka station the last stop towards Jigokudani and where our hotel is located. There is a 2 day Snow Monkey pass you could use if you’re base is in Nagano city or the nearby cities but since were staying in Yudanaka for 3 days we decided to opt out. The pass allows you unlimited train and bus rides between Yudanaka and Nagano, I have used it on my 2nd visit to the park.

While walking towards Nagano Dentetsu Line we saw on our left there the iconic emblem of Nagano Winter Olympics which happened in 1998, I just started my Uni days that year. Based on Snow Flower, with each petal representing an athlete participating and symbolozing the importance of natuee in this prefecture, the 4th largest in Japan. Of course, we have to take our iconic photos here to seal our stamp that we have arrived in Nagano. Once we arrived in the local line we went into the counter and informed that we need to go to Yudanaka. There are 2 ways - you could take the local line or the Snow Monkey Express. For some reason, the attendant asked us to ride the local line because its about to depart but is much slower - will take about an hour. The Snow Monkey express will take about 50 mins but has a more convenient seating similar to a bullet train. We took the former going back to Nagano. As we rode the local line it was packed initially passing through the city of Nagano but as we go deeper into the country side the packed crowds have dissipated and we were greeted now by endless farms of Apples, Barley and many more. The landscape has changed from houses and buildings into towering mountains, rolling hills, rivers, farmlands and a bit of Cherry Blossoms. It was so beautiful and picturesque that we forgot the stress we endured getting here. And what’s more were almost alone in our train carriage so we are by ourselves sitting in its elegant Fuchsia pink classic train seating. We took a couple of lovely photos and videos and enjoyed the peaceful and enigmatic view of Nagano’s countryside.

Until we arrived at 5 in the afternoon in the town of Yudanaka, the last stop and the home base of the famous Snow Monkeys!!! As we alighted, the weather was cool, crisp and sunny with some slight winds - just perfect to start off our 3 days stay in this charming town. There are photos of Snow Monkeys resting in Onsen covered in snow all around the train station and a welcome message of “Welcome to Snow monkey park” which sets the tone for your wonderful experience. A lo and behold we are just outside the station and it was eerily quiet - not a person in sight on a late afternoon just us and the surrounding buildings and empty roads. We were wondering for a moment so this is how Japanese countryside feels and looks like… Some people can do a day trip to the Snow Monkey park and some like us decided to stay here for 2 nights so we could visit not just the park but its surrounding attractions as well like the Sora Terrace (separate review) and of course try the famous Onsen here in Nagano.

Our hotel for Yudanaka is Shimaya Onsen and we stayed here for 2 nights (did earlier review). The hotel offers free ride to the Snow Monkey park back and forth by the owner itself which we happily obliged. But if your visiting for a day only, there is a Nagaden bus from Yudanaka station going to the Snow Monkey park which takes about 12 mins. There is also an Express bus Shiga Kogen from Nagano station to Snow Monkey park which takes about an hour and a half. As mentioned earlier, it is more practical to take Snow Monkey pass if you’re doing day trip because you can use it for all these transportation going to the park back and forth which is a lot of savings!!!

It is better to go to Snow Monkey park early in the morning than after lunch because it is the time where the Monkeys are active and despite the crowd you are pretty safe and sure you could see them and have enough time to spend there and catch your ride back home. Since we stayed in Shimaya hotel, Oji-san drove us all the way to the park entrance which took only 10 mins. You could also walk all the way to the park entrance and may take about an hour. The scenic drive from Yudanaka onsen will pass through a stunning view of Shigakogen National Park which boasts gently flowring rivers, romantic bridges, majestic mountains, picturesque villages and towering pine trees. The drive itself was truly breathtaking a lot of beautiful sceneries!!!

Then lo and behold finally my dreams are becoming a reality, we were right here at the Yaen-Koen entrance of Jigokudani with a live streaming TV of the monkeys all around the famous onsen!!! This is actually the main and only entrance of the park leading up to the Snow Monkeys. To the left of the entrance is a small souvenir shop and there is a big signage of the park entrance to its right. The hike will take us 1.6 KM or around 40 mins but it was one of the most relaxing, enticing and breathtaking hike we ever had. And because of the pleasant cool weather its not too humid and sweaty as well. After taking a couple of photos from the main entrance we started our amazing journey into the world of the Snow Monkeys!!!

You will first go up a concrete pathway or ladder which is a bit steep but there are hand railings to support you. Note: We didn’t notice for PWD if they have different route or this is designed for them. We immediately noticed an immaculate sunshine past 9 in the morning greeting us in between glorious pine trees. After the steep concrete pavement then you will start the flat pathway, unpaved and just pure soil and rocks. Despite this, its pretty convenient and safe except you need to avoid passing through Ice and Snow and make sure you use Boots or Shoes equipped for ice/snow/wet pathways. To our right is the rocky hillside and to our left is a steep drop so navigating our way through the mountains is of utmost awareness and cautiousness. We are walking in the forests of Joshinetsyu Kogen National Park and on our way to the Yokoyu river valley where the hot spring is located at a height of 850m in Yamanouchi, Nagano. The name Jigokudani mean Hell’s valley in English due to the steam and boiling water that shoots out from the ground and there is a strong Geyser also along the valley. But the nickname itself is just the total opposite because this place is Heaven on Earth!!!

Along the way there are signages explaining the flora and fauna of the forests and information related to Japanese Macaques, the Biodiversity and how to help preserve and contribute to a healthy environment. In fact, this park is granted a UNESCO Eco Park accreditation. Walking again we could hear birds chirping, the slight breeze of air and the crisp, cool smell of the pine trees and fresh air in the morning. There are lots of fresh water streams flowing from the valley amongsts different colours and kinds of rocks. There were not only Pine trees here but all sorts of flowers, plants, ferns, vines and Maple trees all over the area. The walkway were traversing is called Yumichi and not only it serves the path towards the Snow monkeys but it also serves as irrigation systems for the farms below the valley. There’s a small resting place along the way where you could sit for resting or take shelter in case it rains or heavy snow. Eating is strictly prohibited on this area. And since we went late Spring, there were no more snow or even melting ice left but the air was still cool and crisp just the most pleasant weather out there. If I could remember maybe around 16 celcius so light jacket is just the perfect outfit for this fine day.

As we walked along we have reached the crosspoint area more like a junction where we saw a Snow Monkey statue greeting the visitor, a cabin house, and a wooden bridge traversing a gently flowing river with Turquoise Blue waters. There is the only Ryokan across the bridge called Jigokudani Onsen Korakukan where Snow Monkeys could be seen loitering and visiting its Outdoor Onsen and around its premises if you wanna be up close and personal with them then you could stay overnight here and immerse yourselves into their surroundings and natural habitats. We didn’t try this but maybe next time. We just took a couple of videos and photos by the bridge then we proceeded on until we reached Shibu no Jigokudani Geyser. This Geyser is so active it erupts continuously sometimes water reaching 20m in 90 degrees celcius. It has also this thundering sound coming from its strong continuous eruptions and just below it is the Yokoyu river. The Geyser is pretty safe for visitors because it is surrounded by fences and you have 2 viewing options one near the river bed and there is a viewing point to its right where you could have up close and personal viewing and experience of this small but incredible Geyser. Of course we have to take our memorable shots and videos here before we made our way to the Snow Monkeys!

From the right side of the Geyser is a high stone stairs that will lead you to the hillside pathway onto the main entrance of the Snow Monkey Park. Individual tickets cost 800 Yen for adult and they accept credit cards. As you enter there is a lounge area/souvenir shop/toilets before you enter the main park outside itself. This is also the same exit as you go out of the park. My first impressions - breathless and stunned!!! I couldn’t speak any words or know what to do first. I could literally see the Monkeys playing around by the river bed, sleeping amongst the rocks in the shade, helping groom each other, foraging and feeding on seeds or twigs, and just staring at us mindfully ignoring us as we walk along the way to the main public onsen which was made famous since its establishment in 1964 and even more when Nagano hosted the 1998 Winter Olympics. The monkeys are Japanese Macaques, which is the northernmost primates on Earth and accustomed to temperate weather more so Winter. They are similar to size with their Tropical cousins except their Pinkish faces and slightly lighter Brown furs. The only difference - their tame and well behaved compared to their much scarier Tropical peers and they have no tails. They are also the only Monkey in the world who are not accustomed to eat Bananas. They will literally ignore you as long as you don’t touch or annoy or feed them. You could take photos and videos of them up close and personal but keep your slight distance and they won’t even nudge or move and would sometimes ignore you or just look at you. In short, they will just do their own day to day things. The park ranger sometimes feed them fruits like Apples which they are trained to do so. So in short, this is the safest and comfiest place to get up close and personal with a Monkey in the wild!!!

There is a bit of walk still going to the outdoor onsen of the monkeys where you have to follow the amazing Yokoyu river valley opposite its gently flowing streams on your left and hillside to your right. Along the way there are Snow Monkeys doing their morning routines where you could take your lovely photos and videos until we saw a bridge which we need to cross to get to the outdoor onsen on the other side. We arrived late spring so there were no more snow, however, there’s still a lot of tourists specially at this part of the park because this is also the last stop. The onsen has its natural Greenish Brown colour at this time of the year with its clear, hot water and hot steam oozing from it. The air is still cool and crisp so its still not too hot for the Monkeys to take a dip but most of them are just hanging by the side on the natural rocks forming this onsen. We could see one or two monkeys sometimes would drink the water from the onsen or take a very quick dip for just few seconds. Yokoyu river is still gently flowing below with its beautiful Turqoise Blue waters and some of the Monkeys are there on its river banks playing, resting and foraging. Some of them are so adorable and charming hanging and doing their own things by the Wooden bridge with steel railings. Below the bridge, the river waters flows down cascading deeper into the valley which is similar to a waterfalls. A couple of Monkeys are on the hillside and shades resting, sleeeping, playing or foraging. You could hear some calls, squeels or shouts sometimes from them if their fighting or chasing or playing with each other. We could see a Park Ranger manning and monitoring the Monkeys at that time as well.

My parents and I really enjoyed this wonderful and surreal experience witnessing a very unique and adorable type of Monkeys living and adapting uniquely in a temperate place much different from the Tropical landspace but they’ve endured and made their marks not only in Japan but for the rest of the world. As we left the premises, I bought some tag pin as souvenir and made our way back to the hillside forest pathway I still couldn’t believe that finally my childhood dreams are now being realized and has just came true!!! Finally, I got to see what I’ve seen on Natgeo Magazine and the internet about this mysterious, adorable, charming and unique inhabitants of the Jigokudani - the Snow Monkeys!!! We left the park feeling surreal, fulfilled, satisfied and delighted!!! We asked the staff for help at the souvenir store by the entrance to call Oji-san so he could pick us up on our way back to Yudanaka. And as his car drove thru this beautiful onsen town by the valley and snow capped Japanese Alps on the horizon I already made my plans to come back here this time during Winter where the Snows are plentiful and the air is cold enough for the Snow Monkeys to take that relaxing and comforting bath in their hot Onsen in this unique and magical world!!! See you soon Snow Monkey Park!!! Matah neh!!! :=)
Written 29 June 2024
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Brian M
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Jun 2024 • Family
Understandable that they can’t ensure monkeys will be there, but when they don’t show up at their predicted time, then this information should be shared with the locations where you purchase the day passes. Website predicted monkeys from 10-4 (approximately). We did not purchase passes until 11:30 AM in Nagano. Took over two hours to get there only to find out at the bottom of the entrance that there were no monkeys. We hoped this might change and still hiked up. We were turned away at the top. At this point, we had already invested the money and time.

Also, when we purchased the passes, the transportation times were not clearly listed anywhere (and they turned out to be less often than expected).
Written 19 June 2024
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ameliashiner
London, UK656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
100%, you must go.
The monkeys roam free and are not aggressive in the slightest. It is almost as if humans don’t exist and they go about their activities as if we weren’t.
We went in June and there were so many newly-born monkeys with their mothers.
They are exceptionally playful with each other and you get really really close to them.
It was so wonderful how respectful the visitors were to the monkeys.
Written 15 June 2024
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Tilt-scale-gyro
Pitmedden, UK444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The hot springs are where the “Snow monkeys” or more properly Japanese Macaques visit (if you’re lucky). We were but you can check the webcams before you go if you don’t want to miss them. From our coach/car park, where there is a good café (and Wasabi ice cream), it is also the start of a 1.6Km walk along a forest path (that can be slippery in places). There is a choice of steep steps or wheel chair ramp at the end. They were everywhere when we arrived indeed some on the way up too and well as in the hot spring. The macaques were not in the slightest bit bothered about all the humans, but we were told after the last of our party came down that they had all trooped off into the forest.
Written 15 June 2024
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Rossita M
Caracas, Venezuela5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful experience! It can get very slippery though so crampons in winter are fully recommended. The coffee shop was also amazing
Written 5 June 2024
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Karen M
Kirkwall, UK1,199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We travelled from Nagano on the Monkey Park Express - purchased a 2 day pass, as we wanted to visit other areas & works out a good deal, as gives you access to the park as well.
The journey time is about an hour, then you get a bus outside the station for about 20 minutes.
There is an uphill walk at the start to get access to the park, this was very icy in February & difficult to negotiate even with winter boots. There is a stand that hires cramp-ons for your boots/shoes.
I would definitely advise to get there early - as the paths start to get busy from 11am onwards.
However, be aware of the park open times, as the first part of your walk is through the forest, then a stepped climb takes you up to the gates to access the actual monkey park area.
It can be muddy in places depending on the weather & there is NO guarantee that you will see monkeys as they are wild in the forest surround.
That said - we were lucky to see them at the first river section & then again at the hit springs.
Note - the hot springs area is only small - it can get very busy, especially with Instagram & Tiktok people wanting to hog the best photo spots - another reason to get there early.
The monkeys are super cute & not bothered by the crowds around them - they just sit a enjoy the water.
I would recommend the winter months as a good time to visit - the contrast of snow & steaming pool is what the monkeys come for.
The forest walk is lovely in the snow too.
There is a small gift shop & toilet before the park entry & also a toilet & food stalls at the start from the carpark/bus stop
Written 3 June 2024
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Julie S
mossley344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This was the trip I'd been most looking forward to and it didn't disappoint. It's a long walk to get to where they are, and there are some difficult steps to get up that not everyone in our party could manage. There are notices saying keep a metre away from the monkeys but obviously no one has told them because they came really close which was amazing! They are beautiful, very noisy too, and were chasing each other around. Because we went in April, there were loads of babies there who were really cute. Definitely a place to visit if you love animals.
Written 20 May 2024
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Masa77xx
Adelaide, Australia818 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
一軒の価値ありですが観にいくのに徒歩約往復一時間です。片道約30分です。足の悪い方はお気をつけて!駐車場は無料です。Approximately 30 minutes on foot. Parking is free. Worth a look. Please do not overdo it if you have a limp.
Written 14 April 2024
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JM
Hong Kong, China404 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
If you plan to go from Tokyo and with a tour like I did using KKDAY platform, just forget it , the monkey place by itself it’s ok , you have few monkeys only , maybe 20 ? , such a long trip for that not worth-it, the guide doesn’t explain much , no shopping around , very basic , they don’t entertain you with anything else that just 3/4 day in the bus and less than 2 h visit - Tour super messy and boring
Written 2 April 2024
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Eliana
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Please do not visit this place. If you truly care about animals, avoid visiting the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. It is a tourist trap that is really affecting their habitat. They cannot be called wild if staff members feed them, making them fight for food just to keep them around to please tourists who want a good photo, they cannot be called wild if we cared about a good photo + tourism more than conservation, and they cannot be called wild by having hundred of cameras in front of them every second for 7 hours day by day… that’s is so sad and I truly regret my visit, it was not was I was expecting. I hope people start thinking it twice and making a good research about this place before visiting, I thought I did but in fact, I was wrong.
Written 26 March 2024
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