Although I had seen images of these macaques for years, actually being there to photograph them in person was really special. The macaques I've interacted with in other places of the world seem to be focused on getting food (and hats, and sunglasses, etc.) from tourists, but these macaques completely ignored us. Sure, there were one or two aggressive individuals who didn't like eye contact, but we could literally stand a few inches away from the rest of them without incident.
When we arrived at *Shibu Onsen*, I was worried because very little snow had fallen. Luckily, snow poured out of the heavens overnight and throughout the entire next day. We awoke to more than 6" of fresh snow on the ground -- perfect, for photography.
I plan on writing a comprehensive guide on photographing snow monkeys soon. Until then, enjoy these photos!
[smugmug url="http://photos.echeng.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=15228181_hdFYg&format=rss200" imagecount="100" start="1" num="100" thumbsize="Th" link="lightbox" captions="true" sort="true" size="L"]