YAMANOUCHI, Nagano Prefecture--Foreign tourists are gathering at the Jigokudani Yaen-Koen park here to watch and photograph wild monkeys taking a dip in the hot springs, who seem bemused by all the attention.
The macaques in the park are popularly known as snow monkeys.
A special bus began operations from Dec. 23. It links Yudanaka Station of the Nagano Electric Railway line, Shibu Onsen hot spring and a parking lot close to the Jigokudani Yaen-Koen.
The bus will operate daily until Jan. 8 and on weekends and holidays thereafter until March 25. Reservations are required. For further information, call 0269-33-8636.