So, opposable thumbs aside, we have more in common with the Japanese Snow Monkey than previously thought.
Perched high in the Japanese Alps, in the village of Jigokudani, is a tranquil retreat for anyone needing some well-deserved R&R. At the Korakukan Inn, visitors can ease into natural hot springs and let the curing waters do wonders – the benefits of which are no longer strictly limited to the human race.
The Korakukan hot springs, originally for the inn’s paying guests, also have a regular following of local snow monkeys who often trek from the nearby Jigokudani Monkey Park for a delightful warm-water dip. They’re seen here year-round grooming each other or carelessly sprawled out with their arms over the spring’s edge. It’s during the winter months that their spa rendezvous becomes a notorious habit.
[via Spot Cool Stuff Travel]
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