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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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Yeah, so we thought we would come here as an extra part of our day in Tokyo, and we were pretty terrified! They were big and the males were running around screaming! It was fun... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Yeah, so we thought we would come here as an extra part of our day in Tokyo, and we were pretty terrified! They were big and the males were running around screaming! It was fun, and we laughed, regardless of being terrified, but ultimately...we weren't there long.ha. We did get nice views of the city though, which was a bonus..

Thank lar372
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

After a short walk (approx 20-30 mins) combines climbing stairs and steps that lead to the top of this mountain, there will be heaps of wild life monkeys. Plus nice sightseeing at Kyoto city and mountain side. There are staff/security to make sure monkeys are under control, however, during the way up there, there will be no staff and at... More 

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Stratford, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots of monkeys (and people) roaming around but my favourite part was actually the walk to the top and back down again on the other side. The trees and trail are lovely. At the top, there's an excellent lookout across the city. The monkeys are not shy.

Thank J B
Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

That's right ,they got people in enclosure with monkeys hanging outside on grated windows. But you're allowed to roam freely too. Must go for animal lovers . It is a good hike up the mountain-about 20 minutes plus 20 minutes walk from the train station through some bustling market with restaurants and souvenir shops..

Thank SergeBkln
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

it was great to get such a beautiful view of Kyoto and get to visit these beautiful monkeys. There is also plenty to to do in the vicinity and highly recommend this you have children or animal lovers in your party.

Thank Karen T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This park is right after the main / big bridge. Once you walk up the shrine like stairs, pay your entrance fee and get ready for a 20 minute hike. The winding path isn't the easiest but it's doable with water and breaks along the way. We went around 10am which was perfect for the temperature. Signs suggest that it... More 

Thank Danielle L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The monkeys are awesome and funny. They love the food you can buy at the shop there. The walk up is lovely! It's peaceful and well kept. The mountain is beautiful at the top. Definitely don't stare at the monkeys eyes or else you will be looking for a fight.

Thank Katherine N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

First of all, I debated whether I could make 10-20 minutes worth of steps. It turns out that there were only a couple flights of stairs then it was just mildly steep paths with an occasional step. I'd totally do it again. The macaques were everywhere at the top of the hill - photo ops galore. And my daughter was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I enjoyed this monkey park more than the one in Nagano. Admission fee was 550 Yen. It’s about a 15-minute uphill walk from the entrance to where the monkeys are. There are approximately 120 monkeys living in the park. You can get very good close-up photos with the monkeys. There is also a very good panoramic view of Kyoto from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a long climb (20 mins) that'll test most people (if you're not really considered fit, you will struggle a bit) but thankfully there's resting spots with benches. However, the paths themselves could really use an upgrade, with no safety railings in parts, lots of potholes and degrading stairs that really need a fix (seniors will have to be wary... More 

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