The Snow Monkeys of Jigokudani

I stopped by Japan enroute to Indonesia and had just enough time to bullet train up to Nagano to see the famous wild snow monkeys in the Yokoyu River valley. The Japanese macaques are known for bathing in the onsen (natural hot springs) during the cold winter months. And it was definitley one of those months – my Nikon trigger finger nearly broke off from frostbite – I sure wish I could've joined them in the hot spring. Fun to watch them playing with each other, picking at each other and pretending we weren't around.