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Monkey Park Iwatayama

8 Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0022, Japan
+81 75-872-0950
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Ranked #7 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Turku, Finland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We went there on a very hot day, not realizing you have to walk to the top of a mountain. We managed to do that, however, and we're glad we did it. It was a nice change of scenery from the urban Kyoto (as well as Arashiyama in general). The monkeys seemed to have nice living conditions and what impressed... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I was not too keen at first when our family decided to make the trek to the top of the hill where the Monkey Park is located. We went after lunch on a very humid day. While most of the hiking up the mountain was in the shade, it was strenuous after a busy day of other sightseeing. By the... More

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Townsville, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We were pleasantly surprised as this park exceeded our expectations in every way. Though the climb up was reasonably high it was not overly difficult even though the weather was warm. It was very pleasant walking up through the Japanese mountainside forest enjoying the views and the kids like the information signs about the monkeys on the way up. We... More

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Guam, Mariana Islands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We were lucky that it wasn't hot at the time. Even so, the trek (a zig-zag combination of slopes and steps) going up was tiring and long. Fortunately, the path was mostly shaded by the surrounding trees. There was, surprisingly, even a huge fan that was set up and turned on at one point in the path. Unfortunately, there were... More

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Great mild-moderate hike to the top of this mountain. There are monkeys everywhere. You can hand feed them and can't help but smile as their tiny hands gently take a piece of fruit from your hand. Cut fruit is for sale at the top of the mountain for about $1 per bag. This was a good temporary detour from the... More

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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

it seems people around the world at any age can enjoy Iwatayama monkey park. For those children who have been fed up with visiting old temples and shrines, for those young couples who want some excitement, and for those experienced travelers who learned so much about cultural city Kyoto and who need some refreshment, Arashiyama monkey park is the best... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The walk up the mountain was worth the effort to see the view from the top and feed the monkeys. Handing feeding the monkey's apple and peanuts was great fun. The monkeys were so gentle taking the food from your hand. We took thousands of photos of the monkeys as we could walk amongst the wild monkeys. Our group enjoyed... More

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Northern ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was probably my favourite place to visit in Kyoto. We arrived quite late and didn't realise that it closed at 5.30pm. We ran over the bridge at around 4.30pm, once someone told us the closing time and paid to enter the monkey park. We then, already tired out proceeded up the mountain, which wasn't as bad as I thought... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you want to take a picture forever, try to depict one of these macaques in the winter. They are beatiful in many ways. Their hair looks like golden in the sun or silver in the night. They are also very bold. Do not look them in the eyes.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We discovered the Monkey Park by accident after heading out to see the temples and bamboo forest. Once the kids spotted the monkey park sign - we were committed. The walk up the hill was long and tiring. 20min in the heat. But once we arrived at the peak and the kids spotted the monkeys it was well worth it.... More

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