A popular hot springs area, Yudanaka has a long history of approximately 1350 years and is famous for some 200 Snow Monkeys that live in this area. A special outdoor bath was built for the monkeys, who have become one of the most photographed sights in Japan. Yudanaka Onsen has a long history as a hot spring resort. It also offers temples and historic buildings. Shibu Onsen is located 2km from Yudanaka station and boasts many ryokan hotels and hot spring bath-houses. The monkey springs are easily accessible from Shibu Onsen.