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The bathing monkeys of Jigokudani

Since 1964, in the city of Yamanouchi, in the northern part of the Nagano Prefecture, a very unusual park can be found.
The name Jigokudani means “Hell Valley”, a name that’s been inspired by the vapours emitted by the thermal activities of these japanese valleys.
But what makes this park so peculiar is the presence of a large community of Japanese Macaques (Macaca fuscata), more commonly known as Snow Monkeys who love to bathe and relax in the thermal waters of the park.

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