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Monkey Park Iwatayama

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8 Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0022, Kyoto Prefecture
Western Kyoto
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The monkey park was a great addition to our visit to Arashimaya - travelling with 10 and 11 year old we needed to find something to offset the cultural elements of our days. The walk up to the top winds its way up the mountain...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DanielleW1972
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a lot of fun to visit and feed the monkeys. It’s not everyday you get to interact with wild animals in their natural habitats so close to a major city. The facilities were safe, well maintained, and very informative. There’s a ~15 min...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Koumeister
Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommended as it's a fun afternoon out for the family. Kyoto is a beautiful city but sometimes lacks when it comes to kid friendly activities - my girls (4yo and 7yo) aren't big fans of temples unfortunately! However, they loved this place - not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Angus G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love animals that would be place to visit in Kyoto. The park located on the hill of Katsura River about 160 metres above it. Be prepared for a steep walk but your effort will be rewarded. On top of the hill you will...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ivan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a day in Arashiyama and to finish it off - because we were there - we decided to visit the Monkey Park. After a 700 metre walk to the top of the mountain, we were glad to see some monkeys close up (&...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Susan B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Climbed the mountain, fed the monkeys, photoed the monkeys - super attraction, just be careful though, they are wild - no trying to touch them or even stare at them.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank faysie2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here and it was a wonderful experience. Be minded that there is a long hilly walk up to the top to visit the monkeys. You are able to buy food at the top to feed the monkeys. It was an amazing experience to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank IrelanfNicole13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool place situated on top of a hill. About a 20 minute hike uphill, so wear your walking shoes. Up there you are warned what to do and not to do with the monkeys. They seem very content in the area and are free...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank winterxgirl10
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The official signs says it's a 20 minute hike but realistically it would take double the time if you are not very fit and/or trying to go at a more leisurely pace. So to enjoy the place you need to factor in at least 2...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank hwlow
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a surreal experience. It will go down as one of the most memorable of my life. First of all, the area is beautiful...postcard beautiful. Admittedly, it is a long walk to the top of the hill where the monkeys are...but there are several...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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November 30, 2018|
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Response from copejenney | Reviewed this property |
That’s a great question! I was wondering the same thing!
November 25, 2018|
Response from Wendy W | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure about New Year's day as it is a National Holiday. However, it is likely open on the other days weather permitting. Kyoto has become a tourist mecca so it can be quite crowded even so we loved the entire area... More
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Petaluma, California
Arashiyama itinerary question (9 Replies)
Hello Everyone, I have been to Kyoto many times but never visited Arashiyama but I am going to make sure to go this time. I was wondering for those familiar with the town if this itinerary would work. I will be going on my own possible with a friend and have an entire day to visit from morning to evening. I am in decent health and able to walk a lot. Arrive JR Sagaarashiyama station -Walk to Bamboo Groves -visit Nonomiya shrine -visit Okochi Sanso village and garden have tea and...More
July 19, 2013|
Response fromK_Chan40|
Thank you very much for the great links and comment. I will look into those other spots North of Okochi for sure. Maybe at the end of the day coming down the Mountain I may crawl to a taxi and hope they will get me back to the station.
Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
If I choose cycling at Kyoto, (1 Replies)
If I choose cycling to enjoy the scene which day is much preferable? from below? Day 1 1)Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto 2) Tofukuji Temple 3) Kiyomizudera Temple, 4)Higashiyama District, 5) Gion Day 2 1) Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion). 2) Hirano Shrine & Kitano Tenmangu Shrine (enter from northern gate). 3) Nijo Castle (bus along the Horikawa Street) 4) Nishiki Market and Shinkyogoku arcade 5) Pontocho Day 3 1) Togetsukyo Bridge 2) Bamboo Groves ...More
November 07, 2012|
Response fromYobeekool|
Day 2, as it invloves area that are difficult to access by just train, and bus rides are needed although they might not be handy. Cycling the flat and relatively quiet backstreets of Kyoto is nice whereas Day 2 and 3 would mean busy areas full of tourists and hills and steps to climb.
Los Angeles, California
Itinerary advice please & Monkey park in Arashiyama? (5 Replies)
Can you please advise me on itinerary for family (2 adults, 14 & 12 year olds) for 3-4 days in the Kyoto area in late March. I would like to visit Nijo Castle, Sanjusangendo, and choosing between Kinkakuji, Higashiyama, Fushimi Inari, Kiyomizudera, day or half day trips - Nara & Arashiyama. How would you best combine sites? Has anyone been to Monkey park iwatayama in Arashiyama? I thought it might be a nice change for my kids after visiting temples, but wonder if it's worth the...More
January 07, 2014|
Response fromGochiso-sama|
Hello! I happened to grew up near Kinkakuji and wend to hi-school near Ayashiyama.. so I believe I am fairly familiar with the area.. :-) It's about 20 mins climb, a bit of exercise actually, but as long as you are fairly fit with walking shoes, then you'll be fine.. the view is great.. (you can see more less entire city.. usually makes one think it was worth climbing), as for Monkey.. they are cheeky monkey.. (also they are animals, they do smell) so if the kids are used to urban life...More