This area gets a lot of snow in the winter, but by mid-March, a lot of it had already melted. It was snowing very lightly while we were there, but not sticking.
They say the males do not help raise the little ones, so this may be Mama and Grandma with the baby.
I think I saw some seeds right here. The staff at the park scatter barley, brown rice and other seeds to encourage the monkeys to congregate for the tourists. There are signs saying "No selfie sticks, no flash, and no food!"
This is the steam vent for the hot spring well. The hot water is piped to various places in the park, including a spa for the monkeys.
This old grandpa is really enjoying the warm water.
This may be the Grandpa monkey again.
There is a very old inn at the entrance where you can reserve a room if you like. I think it is a bit primitive though. A parking lot and other accommodations are a 3 km rather icy hike down the mountain.
The pipes that carry the water from the well are warm, so we often saw monkeys hugging them.
This mommy obviously has a little one somewhere. I wonder where. They usually stay close to Mama.
More monkeys on a warm pipe. This looks like a group of juveniles.
They drink the hot spring water too.
You can often see them grooming each other.
This little one was being groomed by Mama when another one - probably an older sibling, tried to take over. The little one stuck out its tongue, then Mama chased it away.
Hi there! You looking at me?
It seems like they would be cold after getting out of the water, but it doesn't seem to bother them.