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Hokkaido "Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden" Monkey Mountain Hot Springs Video Introduction

This video, titled "Monkeys in the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden Hot Springs" (函館市熱帯植物園温泉の猿たち), was uploaded by "HOKKAIDO FAN MAGAZINE."

The Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden in Hokkaido is home to a number of monkeys that can be seen enjoying hot springs during the winter months in Hokkaido. The Japanese macaques coming to the hot springs to seek warmth has become a signature sight of the winter season in Hakodate.

At the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, visitors can see the monkeys cheerfully running around the enclosure, or happily soaking in the hot spring water. It's a popular sight on Japanese Instagram. Be sure to check out the video of the happy monkeys and their cute expressions as they soak in the hot springs before reading along!

More About Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden in Yunokawa Onsen

Image of Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden
Photo:Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

Yunokawa Onsen is conveniently located near Hakodate Airport in Hakodate, Hokkaido. Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden is located along the coast overlooking the Tsugaru Straits from the hot spring resort.

In the greenhouses of the garden, visitors can enjoy rare flowers and plants that bloom in the everlasting summer in the tropics. There are approximately 300 species and 3,000 tropical plants, including ice cream trees, breadfruit, bougainvillea, hibiscus, etc. It's a popular spot where tourists can feel like they're in the tropics despite being in the cold of Hokkaido. From the observatory in the center of the greenhouse, visitors can look down on the unique tropical plants, and observe parakeets, beetles, and a variety of other creatures, including a crocodile (stuffed of course).

In addition, the Japanese monkeys outside of Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, which can be visited all year round, are the most popular attraction in the garden.

In the front garden, visitors can enjoy the flowers of Japan's four seasons, and small children can play on the playground equipment.
The park is also equipped with footbath facilities, so adults can also enjoy themselves in a way that only a hot spring can offer. It's great for warming up on a cold day!

Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden is a popular destination not only for tourists but also for local families. Prices are 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students and 300 yen for adults, with a 20% discount for groups of 20 or more. Preschool children and students and children who attend school in Hakodate or live in the city but go to school outside the city are admitted free of charge.

Cute Monkeys in Hot Springs at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden in Winter

Image of the monkey hot springs at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden
Photo:The monkey hot springs at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

Have you ever seen the famous footage of Japanese monkeys bathing in hot springs? Seeing them look so comfortable, as they relax in the hot springs just like humans would makes for a memorable sight. The approximately 90 monkeys at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden have become famous for bathing in hot springs, and many tourists now come to see them enjoying the baths.

The history of these monkey hot springs dates back to 1970. It all started when 20 Japanese monkeys were brought here to entertain guests. The current monkeys are the descendants of the boss, Kantaro, and his wife, Tomoe, who were brought in from Honshu (mainland Japan) at that time.

If you're visiting Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, you'll definitely want to check out the monkeys soaking in the hot springs. They say that the less hair a monkey has, the longer it's been bathing in the hot springs.

Visitors can also buy food to feed the monkeys. The monkeys are also good at doing puppy-dog-eyes and while the beg you for food.

The monkeys are also really photogenic, so be sure to being a camera for some nice Instagram shots.

Summer at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden!

Image of a banana tree at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, Hakodate
Photo:A banana tree at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden, Hakodate

During the summer, Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden holds an event called the Tropical Botanical Garden Summer Festival. There are water exciting activities, such as underwater tug-of-war, and concession stands are set up as well. There will also be hula dancers and Hawaiian bands performing, adding to the tropical atmosphere. (※Not held in recent years due to the coronavirus pandemic).
In the greenhouse, visitors can also enjoy banana trees and summer flowers blooming in the flower beds. "Water Square" by the greenhouse is a popular place for children to splash about during the hot summer months. It's a place filled with cheerful laughter!

Even in summer, you can watch the monkeys and feed them at the monkey hot springs. Be it winter or summer, Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden is fun in every season!

Summary of Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

If you haven't seen the cute monkeys bathing in the hot springs with bright red faces yet, be sure to check it out in the video. The monkey hot springs are a famous winter attraction at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden. The monkeys enjoying the hot springs just like humans is a n adorable sight.

Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden is located inside the Yunokawa Onsen resort area, and hotels and inns are available for visitors planning to stay overnight. You can use Yunokawa Onsen as a base when planning a trip to Hakodate and enjoy the amazing sightseeing spots and delicious food the city has to offer!

Hokkaido is a charming place to visit in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom, in the summer when the lush greenery returns, and in the fall when the leaves change color. If you visit Hakodate's Yunokawa Onsen, be sure to check out the cute monkeys relaxing in the hot springs!

◆Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden◆
【Address】3 Chome-1-15 Yunokawacho, Hakodate, Hokkaido 042-0932
April - October: 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
November - March: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
【Admission Fee】General admission: ¥300, Elementary and junior high school students: ¥100
【Parking】Available (Free)
【Access】Please check the official website

【TripAdvisor】Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

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Last Updated : Jan. 10, 2023
平敷 篤(Atsushi Heishiki)
My name is Atsushi Heishiki, a writer who loves Japanese culture and lives in Okinawa.
Cute Monkeys in Hot Springs at Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden. See Them Relax in the Hot Springs and Even Clean Each Other!
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