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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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Wear appropriate shoes

I enjoyed the monkey park, but I didn't realise getting there would involve a 20 minute hike up a steep rocky hill. Wear sneakers! (And maybe don't go on a really hot day... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I enjoyed the monkey park, but I didn't realise getting there would involve a 20 minute hike up a steep rocky hill. Wear sneakers! (And maybe don't go on a really hot day). Other than that it was great. Great views of Kyoto. Feeding the monkeys was fun. Cross the river afterwards for a nice ice coffee at Arabica on... More 

Thank SydneySider1983
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went to visit with 3 kids, it's a steep way up the hill but a rest can be taken along the way. Uphill you have the most beautiful view of Kyoto, the monkeys are very nice and the kids had a great time feeding them. There's also a small playground that was fun and exciting (since we didn't see a... More 

Thank Hilla D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Monkey feeding station at a scenic location with a great view of Kyoto. The monkeys are wild, and only choose to come to the location for food. Staff is helpful and knowledgeable. You can buy monkey food for 100 yen and feed the monkeys.

Thank PohutukawaFlor
Takarazuka, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I thought this is one of we or monkeys can relax place as you see from those pictures. They know we don't do anything bad and just around them. It was wonderful experienced and really enjoyed the time!

Thank erikamix
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Been once before and went again just now. Really great place to see the monkeys up close. A bit of a walk to get there but worth it.

Thank ce105wine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I will warn you that you are literally climbing a mountain to get to the monkeys at the top. There are stairs, but they are uneven lengths. I did see some older folk going up and talking advantage of the rest stops along the way, just make sure to wear appropriate shoes. The top view was just breathtaking, you got... More 

Thank Megan M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

often places like this can be poorly executed but this park is fabulous. the monkey roam freely and there are spectacular views from the park. Beware the walk up is steep!

Thank Carolinewales
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Monkey Park was one of the most impressive attractions my wife and I saw in all of Japan. There is a bit of a strenuous hike up the mountain to get to the actual park, but well worth it to see the Japanese Snow Monkeys in the wild. They are among the most amazing and majestic creatures I've ever... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great views of Kyoto, and monkey roaming around you! The monkeys are very cute, and you can feed them in the enclosure. Had a fantastic experience and amazing pictures!

Thank Anastasia P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We are a family with two teenagers, and we are animal lovers, so we had to make a stop at the Monkey Park. We arrived just as it opened, which was a good thing as the hike up is difficult and if it were warmer, would be even more uncomfortable. Plus, there were no crowds and the monkeys were hungry!... More 

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