Offbeat Traveler: Jigokudani Monkey Park
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Jigokudani Monkey Park( Hiro Komae / Associated Press )
By Michael Robinson, Los Angeles Times
When I lived in Chicago, a hot shower always made me feel better about winter, even if I wasn't sure why I lived in a place where I couldn't feel my toes after a short trek through the snow.
So I understand the joy Japanese macaques must feel when they get a chance to step out of the cold and hop into the hot springs at Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano, about 150 miles northwest of Tokyo.