So cute...

A combined gallery of creature portraits, including a collection of images of the Japanese Macaques at Jigokudani Yaen-Koen Snow Monkey Park.

Since the park was established in 1964 this troupe have been resident here, taking the opportunity to stay warm in the hot pools during the harsh mountain winter. It's a mecca for animal lovers and photographers, and the monkeys really are totally at home with the visitors. A few metres downstream from the park is a public bath-house where the Macaques will happily bathe with humans - photogenic it may be, but you might need a shower after your bath! Park rangers keep an eye on the tourists and also feed the monkeys during the winter months, which does encourage them to stay (the monkeys, not the visitors), but there are no fences to contain them (...like that would stop 'em!) so they're free to come and go as they please.

I hope you enjoy the gallery!