From Matsumoto I took a train, a bus, and walked to get to this point.
After getting to the entrance to the park, there is a steep uphill climb. It seems like everything in Japan is uphill!
Finally! The snow monkeys!
Monkeys everywhere seem to be picking bugs off each other, even when they are in the onsen.
See the paper cup in the yellow pack? A monkey came out of the onsen and attacked the cup! The man with the big camera was able to get his pack away from the monkey. They kind of look like people, but they are wild animals.
There were lots of foreign tourists at the monkey park. One of my students told me that Japanese people can see monkeys all over Japan, so this isn't such a novelty for them.
Food is thrown out on the snow to keep the monkeys around the onsen area.