The village of Yudanaka Onsen is most famously known for the troop of Japanese Macaques, also called Snow Monkeys) who reside in the Yokoyu Valley and soak in the area’s natural hot springs. While the monkeys are certainly entertaining, the historic village, with a history as a hot springs resort dating back hundreds of years, is well worth a visit.
One of several onsen (hot springs) resort areas in the region, Yudanaka is one of the largest, while still maintaining its historic charm. Many of the structures lining the gently sloped streets house hot springs and foot baths, both especially pleasant during the cold, snowy months between December and March. The town also has a variety of family run Japanese inns, called ryokans, for visitors who want to stay and explore the region.