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Monkey Park Iwatayama

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Address: 8 Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0022, Kyoto Prefecture
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Year of the Monkey - go see the monkeys!

The good: 1. They are so cute! Especially the babies. There are 130 of them. 2. When do you get to be so close to our "cousins"? 3. I was sitting on a bench at the top of the... read more

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San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The good: 1. They are so cute! Especially the babies. There are 130 of them. 2. When do you get to be so close to our "cousins"? 3. I was sitting on a bench at the top of the hill, looking at the scenery and a monkey sat down next to me, also observing the scenery. I thought it was... More 

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Okayama Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my 7th or 8th time to go to Kyoto and just happened to find this on Trip Advisor. Considering we were going to Arashiyama anyway, we though we'd check it out. It's quite a testing climb but given it was a cold morning it was a good way to warm up. For me, I enjoyed the exercise and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Just a short climb up the mountain leads to the monkey park with an entrance fee of around 600 (?) Yen. Not too expensive for the experience. The monkeys are quite tame and well behaved, they will walk by right next to you and don't seem to be afraid of humans anymore. You can also feed them, however it is... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went early in the morning, so did not see any monkeys on the way up as they were all up the peak of the mountain getting started for the day. Once we made it to the peak it was a very entertaining time with them, and buying food was quite cheap. It also gave you a wonderful view out... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went during feeding time and enjoyed feeding a baby monkey in the feeding pen. There are certain rules to the park as the monkeys roam freely, however are very peaceful. Getting there is about a 15 minute walk uphill and is suggested to wear a good pair of shoes that you don't mind stepping in monkey poo with! Food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's hard to think of something that is more fun and more exotic for a New York City girl. First of all you have to climb the mountain. Think twice before you try climbing in the 3 million degree summer heat in Kyoto. Go towards the end of the day, take water, don't wear shoes with no traction. This is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very lucky. We arrived around 9:30 and there were only two other people on top. The wardens had a feeding show for us where all the monkeys gather for their feeding. The wardens helped take photos of us together with the monkeys. (they get you very close). The caged room you can feed the monkeys was fun. (we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Who doesn't like monkeys, they are awesome, although you cant pet them or anything still an awesome place to visit. The whole area is amazing to say the least. its about 20 minute walk up the mountain where the monkeys are. and you can buy a sack of sliced apples, potato or even some nuts and feed them to the... More 

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Misawa, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice stop for the kids who were sick of visiting temples and shrines. It is cheap to feed the monkeys and you have the safety of feeding them behind a screen. It's quite a steep hike to get there but there are incredible views of the valley from the top.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't realise this going in, but you are encouraged to buy fruit and hand feed the monkeys in this park. We had just visited Jigokudani Monkey Park in Nagano (highly recommended) which does not and the contrast in monkey behaviour and experience was really striking. In Kyoto the monkeys seemed very on edge and overly aggressive towards humans, while... More 

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Staying in Western Kyoto

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Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.