Visiting the Japanese Snow Monkeys: Cutest animals in Japan (trip)

The Japanese macaques are the world’s
most famous bathing monkeys. and this winter it was finally time for
my wife and I to seed them for ourselves. I’m Andrew and this is my wife Lori. Here’s the plan. The snow monkeys live in Nagano Prefecture Right here. We’re going to take a train from our home in Nagoya. and on the way stop by Matsumoto to see the famous castle there before arriving in Nagano City where we’ll spend the night. On day 2, we’ll go see the monkeys and also go see the nearby hot spring towns. On the final morning of the trip we’ll visit Zenkoji temple near Nagano station before heading home. This is our “Quest for Snow Monkeys.” With this special train ticket we are able to hop
on and off the train as much as we want in one day so if we are hungry, and want to get noodles at a train station we can enter and exit as many times as we want, so long as it’s within the same day. One of the famous foods that Nagano is known for is soba. One of the best places to get soba is at a train station. which is where we are right now. We made it to Matsumoto, yeah! We were on the train for like, almost 4hrs, but it’s ok because we love trains. I’ll give you 3 guesses what this frog statue reminds me of. Naruto. Ya, got it in one. I mean, come on. I know right? I think we should get this for our apartment. Here’s everything I know about Matsumoto Castle Most of which, Lori told me about 5 min ago. So it is a “hirashrio” style castle Which literally means flatland castle. it is nicknamed “karasujyo” which means “Crow Castle” because it’s black. on the nationally curated list of top 3 castles in Japan it’s number 2. after Himeji. and also it’s the second oldest original castle in the whole country. Soooo, was that it? Matsumoto Castle, always a bridge’s maid, never a bride. On to Nagano Station. So we have arrived at Nagano Station. Naga-YES! As we like to call it “Naga-YES” station. You’ve spent approximately 6.5hrs on trains today… your thoughts? I’d definitely do it again… yea, that was fun. That’s good because we’re going to do it again in a couple of days on our way back. Well, and, you know, we’re one step closer to the snow monkeys. The ultimate goal of this trip and our lives… snow monkeys. Uh, I need to check the map. This room is actually really awesome. I bet they converted a closet to make this room but it’s perfect for two, it’s really close to the station, the price is right (ish) the first thing we usually do when we get to
our hostel/hotel room is unpack, get settled and in this case we’re going to head out for dinner afterwards. which I’m super excited for me too on a personal level whatever that means. Ok, so, time to unpack. T minus 2 hrs from Snow Monkeys Currently walking to Nagano Station. To buy our… OH MY GOODNESS! It’s ok… It’s a trick umbrella. It’s like a magic trick. She does this all the time just for fun. Wow, you actually did put the together, I’m impressed. Wow! Woah… alright. I feel like a Street Fighter Character Guile! You’re right. Thank you. First monkey sighting! So cute! We’re here! The monkeys are like, everywhere. What do you think of the monkeys? Very cute, very cute. Does it make your list of top 3 cutest things you’ve ever seen? Ya, easily! So out of all the options at that cafe, you grabbed an apple. Yes, well, it is a Nagano specialty. and it is good! Instead of taking the bus back we are walking to the nearest train station because our one-day snow monkey pass include the bus, it includes access to the snow monkey
park and it also includes unlimited travel on the train and if the Nagano tourism website is correct Then we should be seeing a lot more of these historical looking neighborhoods which are known for having hot springs, which would
be perfect right now because we are really cold. So, we have visited the snow monkeys. It was so cute! Did they live up to your expectations? Yes, it was everything I had hoped for. Would you go again? I would go again too.
It was a lot of effort to get there but it was definitely worthwhile What’s left in out trip? The temple! The temple. It’s been a good trip. It’s been a really good trip. I would still give Nagano a “yes”. It’s still “Naga-YES”
in my book. So, we’ve entered the grounds of Zenkoji. The most important temple in Japan because the first statue of Buddha ever brought to Japan came here. and this is the last stop on our trip. According to the lady at the information booth, who I trust no one can see the famous statue of Buddha here aside from the main temple, the primary attraction is to go into the pitch dark tunnel in which you are supposed to be able to get closer to the image of Buddha. So, that’s what you do at Zenkoji Temple, I think. What’d you find? So on the tourism web site they were saying that there’s some really original old stone lanterns here at Zenkoji and I think these are probably them just looking at the moss growth and general decay, know you… thank you CSI ha ha ha! We are about to make the long journey home but actually I really like train travel. That’s part of
the fun of the trip for me. It’s not a chore at all. So was it a good trip? Ya! It was an awesome trip! I would want to come back to Nagano for sure, what about you? Ya, it was really fun. Ya, let’s get to the train! How do you like the curry? To quote Eirc, from Eirc & Kyde, I’d say this curry is “on point.”

100 thoughts on “Visiting the Japanese Snow Monkeys: Cutest animals in Japan (trip)

  1. Another amazingly well produced video mate – keep up the good work. It's only a matter of time before your beautifully produced videos get the exposure they deserve.

  2. ワーッ楽しそう~ 先週白馬にスキーに行きました。アンドリューさんも自転車でアルプス越えされましたね! 今回もローリさん可愛い!(^^)!

  3. Maaannn the editing…. wow! I really loved it. I´ve been following a bunch of vloggers from Japan and your videos are the best by far, CONGRATULATIONS you just won a new subscriber

  4. Awww the monkeys are so cute… i was suppose to see them last trip to japan but funnily instead of heading to Nagano, my friend read the signs wrongly and we ended up in Nagoya xDDD…. something i'll never forget ever.. HAHA… oh well another reason to go back to Japan again… you're vids are amazing… really tempts me back to japan and see the monkeys this time hahaa

  5. check out uwaga pies videos for good music ideas, this sickeningly happy music made me almost not finish the video 🙁

  6. This is very nice quality video, very professional. I don't usually subscribe just from watching one video, but subscribed! 😀

  7. Rachel & Jun's video sent me here. She sure wasn't joking that your videos were well edited. (Frigging amazing) great job ! ^_^

  8. Great video and editing. I was up in the area just a couple of weeks ago for snowboarding….can't believe the lack of snow this year. When I visited Jigokudani a few years ago, it was covered.

    Keep up the good work.

  9. Really excellent. You're a pro ! The video is super. We would like to do a promotional video for our Foundation ( Palm Sugar …. PPRPF). Interested ?
    Have you thought of visiting INDIA ?? [ That's where we make our sugar ].

  10. I love how well edited your videos are! Can you make a video sometime giving tips? I'm inspired to make beautiful shots like you! (And you also earned another sub 😀 )

  11. Your videos are beautifully shot, narrated and edited! Definitely spreading word about your channel- you deserve so much! Also, your videos make me miss Japan very much. I hope to return in a few years, and hopefully live there for a little bit with my husband. Fingers crossed. Looking forward to more videos and seeing your channel grow!

  12. That's awesome that they have a samurai guarding the castle! I would have asked him to take a picture of me pretending to cut off my head 😀

  13. Fantastic! As usual. How many packs of doughnuts did it take before you finished editing this one? The motion graphics are amazing! I love the camera work as well!

  14. We are 3G from Philip Island in Australia and we loved watching your video! We thought the monkeys were soooo kawaii!! arigatou gozaimashita!!

  15. This image quality, or say I say video quality, is a amazing!!! Camera work, editing, panning all super professional and beautiful. Simply a joy to watch.

  16. ?We're new to your channel, thanks to the lovely @Rachel&Jun. I LOVE your videos – thank you so very much!!!?

  17. 日本人の僕より日本を満喫していますねw 自立したら僕も色んなところに行ってみたいなあ

  18. Your editing is fantastic. I'm taking notes. Wonderful channel guys. Randomly found you today looking for some inspiration and I found it.

  19. Sad that I only discovered you now, but excited to binge watch all your videos and continuing to support you 😀
    Amazingly edited videos! Give it time and I'll be looking back thinking, "Ah, I remember when he only had 12,000 subs."

  20. Mate! I love your videos!! My girlfriend and I are heading to Japan later this year! I love your editing style!! Keep it up!

  21. Hi, Thanks for subscribing! Absolutely loved this video! The filming, the editing, the motion graphics, all of it worked together so well to show how fun and beautiful Japan can be. Really appreciate channels like these. Looking forward to more videos 🙂
    All the best!

  22. Came from Rachel & Jun's channel and I have to say I have made the best decision ? subscribed. I am planning to visit Japan by the end of this year and I happy to receive helpful travel informations through your videos. Thank you very much for sharing your experience. ?

  23. I came here from Rachel and Jun's channel and I must say that I love this video! So beautifully done and had me very interested. I can't wait to watch more from you guys!

  24. Hey, I really like the way you shoot your videos! I was just wondering what lenses do you use with your Nikon? Everything looks super good!

  25. Nice to meet you at Hiroshima Station. We did the Snow Monkeys as a result of this video. There was no snow but plenty of monkeys and it was great. The cafe on the way up is great for a half way beer and also on the way back.

    A little update. The 1-day Snow Monkey Pass has been suspended so you have to pass individual prices for the bus up and back and entrance to the park. I assume its just suspended out of season.


  26. Hi there! I'm planning my trip to Japan April 2017 (8th – 30th) and I can't tell how amazing it is for me to have found your videos. Thank you so much. Now I would like to ask for your help: I am trying to figure if it's ok to do a one day trip from Tokyo to the Jigokudani Monkey Park, or do you think it's too far? I guess there's a 2 hour trip with the JR pass (Shin) Tokyo-Nagano and then we take the bus for the park. Do I need to buy the ticket before I go? How long does it take from station to park? And how long should we stay in the park? Also, is it really ok and nice to go back from park to train station walking, as you did? Thanks a lot for the help!!!! PS: I am crazy about monkeys and I would never know I could see them in Japan if I haven't found your video. I am sure I will be HAPPY IN JAPAN because of you, Andrew and Lori. Thanks a lot! (I guess I should show you my plan so you could tell me if it's ok and suggest me something else. Can I?)

  27. This video brought so many memories! We stayed in Nagano a couple of years ago to visit the snow monkeys and the Zenkoji temple was definitely worth a visit! Thank you for the video, it was beautiful!

  28. My family and I are going to Tokyo in March, and have resv. at hotel for one night near the Snow Monkey Park.  Are you still able to see the monkey around the 2-3rd week in March?? Are they still around.  I heard it is only around December.

  29. ''11:04'' It's so sad to see there are just two pins from Mama Africa, and the saddest thing is to know more infos and history about Japan and to watch every documentaries about this amzaing planet without having the chance(Money) to be there.
    hahaha My name is happy, absurd world
    Thanks so much for sharing <3
    Love and peace for you

  30. Nagano amazing beautiful place! Thanks! I want to visit Japan! Greeting from Malaysia

  31. Thanks Andrew! Because of your video, I've decided to make Nagano prefecture and the snow monkeys part of my trip to Japan. Will be there next week.

  32. Very well made and informative video. This is the first video I have seen from your channel. Really loved it. Professionally edited. Would love to see all other videos and hope you keep coming with more……

  33. My mind is blown!! Your editing is so clean, professional and very good quality. Your videos made me miss Japan soo much =( ! Will have to visit again soon.

  34. Did anyone noticed how calm the monkeys were? some of them are like meditating in the hot water 🙂 Its beautiful isn't it. It shows that they natural habitat has not touched by the Japanese. Much respect for the Japanese..

  35. Awww you got married how sweet. You went and lived in japan yes? wow how lovely what job did you end up with doing there to survive? i wuld love to live in japan

  36. Just stumbled on this video – and damn this production is :claps:. Lovely integration of annotations and animation!

  37. First timer not even half way through the video and already subscribed 🙂 love all the little details and travel tips! Keep up the good work guys

  38. sorry if this has been asked already (looked through a few of the comments and didn't see it) but when was your visit? We're looking at either early November or late November.. is either of those preferable to see these cuties!? Thx.

  39. This is honestly by far one of the most aesthetically pleasing, emotionally jerking, and just awe-inspiring videos I've ever seen. I inspire to be just like you one day

  40. these monkeys and this place have some serious best manner comparing to other places, humans and monkeys around the world , i visited a lot of monkey place, some of it was nightmare, …. tourists attack monkeys, monkeys steal and attack people, for example, Monkey Island in Can Gio Mangrove, Vietnam

  41. うーん、日本人としては、英語の「No」と ひらがなの「の」では全く違って聞こえるんだが。というか、あなたを含めた英語圏の人が読み上げる「長野, Nagano」は、日本人には「ながのぅ」としか聞こえていないんだよ、実際。

  42. You called them macaws ? They’re macaques ! At least get that right before trying to make some video like you’re all informed ?

  43. Take not of the temple, notice the big swastika symbol up there?
    That was there many years prior to ww2 if my presumption is correct, the swastika means good luck/fortune/peace in cultures around the globe, being seen in some way or form across the east (Europe, India, japan, etc), Adolf hitler most likely used the symbol to represent a better Germany with better economy and more jobs than the "jew ridden" country he came home too during ww2, eventually sparking a worldwide war and mass genocide, thus, the story of how one broken man with a very ugly mustache ruined a symbol of peace and fortune.

  44. I love seeing them so relaxed. Nature gives us what we need. The monkeys have their springs and we humans went to theirs.

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