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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 371 attractions in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Monkeys everywhere. Monkeys overhead. Monkeys down below. Monkeys behind you. Monkeys hiding. Monkeys watching you. Terrifying.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Don't miss visiting the monkeys while in Kyoto. These guys are adorable. Long walk up to the top so a mild level of fitness is required and the views are amazing, especially once you get to the top. The monkeys are friendly and go about doing their own thing without any fear of humans. You can even hand feed these... More

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Forfar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Kyoto is surrounded by mountains and many of the temples are on top of them. In this case, the temple is at the bottom and the top is the preserve of the colony of monkeys. It is a bit of a climb so pace yourself. The walk is shaded with trees so there is some relief from the summer sun... More

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Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

After climbing up a long path (which takes you to some very nice sights), you arrive at the top, where the monkey observatory is. The monkeys are running around freely and you can walk around between them (just be sure not to look them in the eyes, feed them or touch them!). There's also a small building from which you... More

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Amsterdam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The monkey park provides an excellent view of Kyoto and is a fun experience to feed and watch monkeys. The climb to the top may be a bit challenging for some, and lasts about 20-30 minutes. You can feed monkeys peanuts/apple (buy for 100 yen) through a fence which makes you experience monkeys up close. As the signs say respect... More

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Los Angeles, California
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28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We'd already done a few hikes, but this was an easy, nice one. I was so excited about the idea of being around the monkeys, but the really great part was that it got us to Arashiyama, which I might not have done otherwise. We started with the Monkey Park - probably just over an hour overall. We bought a... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We had a very good time at the monkey park. There is a hike up a trail so wear appropriate footwear and clothing. We did this in August so it was very hot, but well worth it. The animals are very comfortable and it is a lot of fun. Fun for all!

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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you bring a flyer (green map with white streets) that you find in the rack at Hankyu Rail station in Arashiyama a few blocks from the park entrance, adult admission is 400 yen instead of 550 yen, children 200 yen instead of 250. The park entrance is to the left of a shrine up a short set of stairs... More

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Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The whole activity does not take much more then 90 minutes or so. Our kids loved the monkeys and feeding on top. The hike is not long, but in July it was very hot. Regardless, we went to the top and it was well worth it. You'll get a view of all of Kyoto and get to see Monkeys running... More

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Madison, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Check the hours before you go, it takes a while to get to Arashiyama from Kyoto city centre and you really will want a chunk of at least three hours to get up and enjoy the view and the monkeys. The walk up is steep but there are frequent benches to rest on and it's shady so it's not too... More

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