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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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Friendly (and greedy) Japanese macaques up close

Ok, so friendly isn't quite the right word, maybe "tame". These are wild monkeys hanging around Iwata Mountain in Arashiyama, but they are fully accustomed to humans. Access is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ok, so friendly isn't quite the right word, maybe "tame". These are wild monkeys hanging around Iwata Mountain in Arashiyama, but they are fully accustomed to humans. Access is just across Togetsukyo bridge if you're coming by train. It's an easy walk up some switchbacks, then you will get to clearing with a great panoramic view of Kyoto city below,... More 

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Hong Kong / Columbus, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was totally worth the hike up the mountain - which is a good 30 minutes for us who weren't expecting it. The views at the top is magnificent, and the monkeys are very cool to watch and be so close to. They were hustling and bustling in the trees and just roaming about freely, and they are hilarious!! I... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Be warned, that there is a very long walk up hill with some stairs. When we were walking up, the higher we got it started to snow! It was light and flakey and made the walk up so much prettier, when you looked up you can seeing all falling delicately and floating down from the sky! When you reach the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The views from here are really amazing and well worth the crazy hike up the hill. Not for the weak-hearted or severely out of shape...or people who are afraid of monkeys.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Monkey Park in March 2016 and we were very impressed. Japanese people loves animal. Once you visit the Monkey Park (or also the Kobe Animal Kingdom) you can really feel the love. In addition to observe them, you can also feed the monkeys but in a funny way: You are the one in the cage, all the... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The monkey park took some time to travel to by train from Kyoto. To get to the monkey park also requires a significant climb up the hill. It is definitely not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Once at the top of the hill, the tourists and monkeys are milling about freely. One of the fun options is feeding the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was so fun, these monkeys are HILARIOUS. Animal lovers will have NO guilt visiting this place. The cage in the pictures you see is to protect you from the monkeys when you feed them. You go into a cage so they don't mob you. The monkeys are roaming free around the top of the mountain. Don't be cheap,... More 

3 Thank Jason S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked up here in the afternoon after seeing the bamboo forest and stopping for lunch. It took about 20 minutes and was uphill and sometimes a bit muddy. We loved seeing the monkeys and there were good views at the top...those monkeys have the best view in Kyoto! The kids (6 and 8) loved feeding the monkeys (we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting this wild monkey park is a must in Kyoto. For only 550 yen you can walk up to the wild monkey park and see the monkeys. You can also feed them too. It's lovely to see the monkeys in a natural and non captive environment! (Quite a steep walk to the park so must have good level of fitness)

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fun experience for my husband and I. It's a long walk to the top of the mountain, but it's a pleasant (shaded) hike and being so up close to the monkeys is worth the walk! You can pay to feed them peanuts or fruit. If you're lucky there will be baby monkeys to feed- they are precious!

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