Japan 160129 Jigokudani Monkey Park - Tokyo - Hokkaido

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Today I woke up early as usual. I had time to take a walk around the area to take a look at the hot water river. There is a waterfall as well. And everything is very beautiful. I did even see a Brown dipper searching for breakfast. 

After breakfast we headed up to the Monkey Park. On the way up I spotted 2 guys taking a bath in the outdoor Onsen. Probably hoping for a monkey to join in. But no one did.  We had 2 h today at the monkey park before we had to go back through the forest to the Onsen where the bus is waiting o pick us up. And today it was snowing.
Today we were going straight to Haneda airport in Tokyo for transfer to Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. After landing in Kushiro airport we had to go by bus another hour to our first hotel up north in Tsurui. Everyone wanted a very late dinner but I did not. I don´t really like to have dinner at 22.00 in the evening. Instead I took a shower in the Onsen and just enjoyed myself.  There was no shower in the room but the Onsen, hot spring water bath in the other end of the hall, was great. So nice after all the sitting in busses and airplanes today.
Uploaded the images and then "hit the sack" in a normal bed today. No sleeping on the floor this time. 
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The mountain lodge a snowy morning

In lack of monkey company you can always take a selfie.  Outdoor hotspring  onsen.

Monkey gathering

The walk back to civilization with different types of trees on both sides.

At the Haneda Airport in Tokyo it was raining. Taking from our plane window


Linking up with: Our World Tuesday
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29/1: Morgonen i Jigokudani Monkey Park, sedan vandring tillbaka och buss till Tokyo. Flyg Tokyo –
Kushiro på Hokkaido på kvällen, sedan buss till hotellet i Tsurui.

Idag inledde vi dagen med ännu ett besök hos de badande makakerna vid Jigokudani Monkey Park. Där även en brun strömstare. Sedan lämnade vi lodgen och vandrade vi ner för berget, till bussen som väntade på oss. Därefter väntade en lång bussresa tillbaka till Tokyo.

På eftermiddagen tog vi sedan flyget norrut, till Kushiro på Hokkaido, där vi körde en timme norrut till vårt hotell för de kommande två nätterna i byn
 Tsurui (vilket betyder "där tranorna finns", p g a av alla japanska tranor). Nu väntar resans sista del, med riktigt kalla och arktiska förhållanden och fler fantastiskt fina fotomöjligheter! 


  1. Så fina bilder och text!


  2. Hello, I think it is so cool to see these monkeys in the snow and water. Awesome series of photo. Enjoy your day!

  3. Hot springs sounds wonderful, but sleeping on the floor ... not sure I could do that. But, I have to say, if it were to have the many wonderful experiences you have had in Japan, it would be worth it. Love the Snow Monkeys ... and the pictures on facebook. Great job, Monica ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

  4. Hello, I love the monkeys! What a cool habitat. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  5. What an amazing water spot. I'm not sure I'd want to slip into the hot water with those monkeys. I think watching them from dry land seems a safer bet. Beautiful photos of the mist, water and snow.

  6. Lovely shots of Monkeys inthe snow. Have a great week ahead.

  7. Amazing shots! I never really considered Japan as a vacation destination because I associate it with technology and over crowded cities, but THIS is beautiful!!! What an adventure. Definitely makes me want to go now.


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