A pair of huddled snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Snow Monkeys – the always amusing aspect of Winter Wildlife in Japan

Whenever we mention our Japanese Winter Wildlife Tour, the first thing most people say to us is “Do you visit the Snow Monkeys? I would love to see them!”  No trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to these charismatic primates, watching them play in the snow & relaxing in their onsen. These beautiful images were sent to us by Nicola (Billows) who was one of the participants of our 2017 trip to Japan.

One of the adult snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the very young snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A portrait of one of the adult snow monkeys photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the adult snow monkeys bathing in the thermal spas photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayAn adult snow monkey of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayOne of the young snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The Snow Monkeys, also known as the Japanese Macaques are probably best known as the three wise monkeys that embody the proverbial principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. The Japanese Macaque is better known as the Snow Monkey as it lives farther north than any other non-human primate. Except for the face & posterior, which are pink, they are covered with brown, greyish or yellowish hair. This thick coat helps the Snow Monkey to survive in temperatures as low as -20 degrees C (-4 deg. F).

A pair of huddled snow monkeys of Hells Valley on the main island of Japan photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography HolidayOne of the very young snow monkeys cuddled into it's mother photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday  A pair of snow monkeys groom each other whilst sat in the thermal pools photographed by Nicola Billows during the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

PHOTOGRAPH THE WINTER WILDLIFE OF JAPAN FOR YOURSELF

To photograph the charismatic winter wildlife of Japan for yourself, join David Miles & Ian Roberts, members of the NaturesLens guiding team, in Japan during February 2019 for a trip lasting 13 nights; this photography holiday will offer you the opportunity to capture images of the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, steller’s sea eagle, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan, plus more; the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday is offered on a half board, non-shared room basis, & costs typically £5249 per participant, but there are several early-bird places available priced at £4999.

All the details of the  Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday are available on the dedicated event page.

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