SPLASH! Jigokudani Yaen-Koen in the Wet Season (Part 2)

Japanese Macaque

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen, Nagano, Japan

June 10, 2012
Get ready! These are some more pics from last Sunday's visit to Jigokudani Yaen-Koen.

These photos show another side of the monkeys' behaviour. Some young guys were quite playful and spirited. I put my umbrella down briefly but had to quickly grab it again before it disappeared!

More to come in a few days.

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen in the Wet Season (Part 1)

Japanese Macaque

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen, Nagano, Japan

June 10, 2012

As if it wasn't wet enough for our for visit back in March, we headed back to Jigokudani Yaen-Koen for the official start of the rainy season, (this past weekend).

Actually it was raining steadily but fairly gently compared to our first visit and the light was a bit better. It's interesting to see the place with different colours. I took pictures quickly as I juggled my camera and umbrella, eventually becoming frustrated and discarding the latter. My camera got a bit wet and I got a bit scared when I tried to change aperture settings and got an "error" message but it seems to have survived. 

It was our biggest adventure for a while so I'll make a couple of posts with the images we got....more to come in a few days..

Faces in the Rain

Japanese Macaque
Also known as a Snow Monkey

Jigokudani Yaen-Koen, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

March 31, 2012

These photos were taken yesterday in Nagano Prefecture at Jigokudani Yaen-Koen. It is the famous place for wild Snow Monkeys bathing in a hot spring. 

I recommend you click on the Official Jigokudani Website for more information.

After years of thinking about going, it was pouring with rain when we finally got there. It was pouring rain in the morning as we were going there. It was pouring with rain while we were there. It was pouring with rain when we left. 
After we left, it snowed, and many more monkeys went into the spring. Ain't it the way?

Luckily, the night before we went I went into a camera store and bought rain coats for my cameras. I saw that the forecast for the weekend was for rain so I thought I'd prepare for it. Lucky I did, as I had imagined drizzly, soft rain and cloud but actually it rained quite heavily. I carried two heavy bags with cameras and lenses but couldn't change lenses in the conditions. Actually I didn't really watch my camera settings at all as I was just battling to keep them dry while balancing an umbrella. I'm happy with what I got in the conditions and think the rain actually added atmosphere. I know some photos are very dark but I like them that way.

I hope to go back someday. I recommend you go there too!!

Above and below: Shibu Onsen is the last of a string of hot spring villages leading towards the Monkey's Onsen (the Monkey's hot spring). We stayed there.

Walk to the Monkey's Onsen