Japanese 'snow monkeys' bathing in a hot spring (onsen) in Jigokudani ('Hell's Valley') in the mountains of Nagano prefecture northwest of Tokyo. These Japanese macaques (Macata fuscata fuscata) gained international fame through their habit of bathing in a local hot spring (onsen) in the depths of winter. Known as nihonzaru in Japanese, they are in fact able to endure temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius, but learned the habit from human bathers in the nearby country inn (ryokan ).
Photo ID: 14909_37_SnowMonkey
Author: Michael Freeman
File state: Final
Photo size: 16.7 Mpixels (47.9 MB uncompressed) - 4656x3597 pixels (15.5x11.9 in / 39.4x30.5 cm at 300 ppi)