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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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Worth the Climb!

The incline is REAL! But also VERY worth it! My sister and I were very fortunate to be in Japan in late spring..which happens to be around the time that the snow monkeys have... read more

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

After a very exhaustive climbing up the hill we got on the top to see quite nice landscape. There were about 6-7 monkeys visible in the park, only one interacting with visitors (ready to eat nuts that are sold by park staff). Overall very limited adventure, maybe more attractive to small children.

Thank Starlein
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The incline is REAL! But also VERY worth it! My sister and I were very fortunate to be in Japan in late spring..which happens to be around the time that the snow monkeys have their newborns. This was one of the highlights of my trip! I had never experienced anything like it! They are wild monkeys still, but they are... More 

Thank jesspark3r
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

With the stifling heat and humidity it felt like I was hiking Mt. Fuji. The kids enjoyed feeding the monkeys, playing in the small playground and finding little caterpillars. Made a day trip of the Arashiyama area. Started with the Hozugawa river cruise, which ends at the bridge to cross over to the monkey park, then to the Bamboo grove.... More 

Thank Taylordds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had low expectations for the Monkey Park having just visited Nara the day before. While overall Nara was an enjoyable experience, running away from cookie-addled deer on the way to and from the Great Buddha Hall was most definitely not! We were preparing ourselves for the worst (aka cookie-addled monkeys) when visiting the Monkey Park. We could not have... More 

Thank Mary R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went with our two teens, both of whom enjoyed watching and feeding the monkeys. The monkeys are a bunch of moochers - clearly they've learned to ask for food, beg, etc. Seem a lot like human children. I enjoyed the hike up and down the hill, the scenery, etc. It was a hot hike (in June) - be sure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ticket booth to enter the monkey park is at the foot of the mountain. Monkeys are all on top of the mountain. So you basically have to hike a steep, mostly up paved path to top of the mountain. For someone who hates hiking and not particularly fit, it took about 30 minutes. Feels twice as long on a hot... More 

Thank Tina K
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had the best time here. It is a bit of a hike to get up there about 20-30 minutes depending on the individual. There's steps, rocky terrain and concrete but there's also places to stop for a rest. Once up there you forget about the walk. The view is amazing and the monkeys are cute and cheeky. I would definitely... More 

Thank hayles88
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Be prepared for some walking to see the monkeys. It is a bit of a walk from the station, but it is through the town so there is plenty to see and you can stop for lunch or a rest. Once you get to the monkey park entrance you will have to pay a fee of entry. It is a... More 

Thank Mel H
Great Neck, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The entry sign indicates a 20 minute walk to the monkeys when in fact on a hot August day, it was more like 30 minutes. There were benches available for stops on an uphill hike of 15-20 degree inclines studded with steps along the way. Ascension and the tree canopy allowed for cooler temperatures on a 95 degree hot day.... More 

Thank VinhNguyen1
Kamloops, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

About the only negative things I can say about this place is that it might be a tad overpriced (Ueno Zoo in Tokyo - a whole zoo! - was 600Y, and this park is 550Y), otherwise what's not to like? You climb a moderately steep path for 20 minutes (well wooded and shady) and then emerge into a small open... More 

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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.