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Yamanouchi: The Place to Be for Skiers and Monkeys

With half of its area in the Joshin'etsu National Park, Yamanouchi, a town of 16,000 people, is rich in natural splendor. Within the town limits is Shiga Kogen, considered Japan's foremost skiing area. Every year crowds of skiers are attracted here by its excellent snow and rich variety of slopes.

The downtown area has many hot springs where skiers relax after their days on the slopes, including internationally noted Jigokudani, whose waters are enjoyed not only by weary-limbed skiers but--especially on cold, snowy days--by local wild monkeys as well. In the Nagano Games, Yamanouchi will be the venue for alpine skiing and snowboard events.