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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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Get ready to hike up the mountain

This attraction is not far from the bamboo grove. It costs 500 yen. They indicate that it takes 20 minutes to reach the sanctuary but it took me so much longer. When you arrive... read more

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Elizabeth m
Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

This attraction is not far from the bamboo grove. It costs 500 yen. They indicate that it takes 20 minutes to reach the sanctuary but it took me so much longer. When you arrive at the sanctuary you can go inside a hut that has fence covered windows. You can buy nuts or fruit and feed the monkeys. You can't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Didnt realise until we were warned at the bottom of the mountain that it was quite a good climb up but with two small children who were looking forward to seeing 150 snow monkeys running round it was well worth it and actually we mostly enjoyed the hike through the forest. It was pathed out in most areas, mixture or... More 

Thank jay h
Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was the first trip to Kyoto with one of my kids and I knew I had to balance the cultural sites with activities geared more toward children. This is a fun attraction for the kids and probably interest adults as well. The Iwatayama Monkey park is located across the Togetsukyo bridge in Arashiyama. Look for the shrine at the... More 

Thank irvinejohn
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the park after it had rained for days, so the hike up was a little bit tiring since there were so many places that were muddy and slippery. If you do decide to go, wear tennis shoes because there are many rocky parts. There are a few benches and stopping parts along the way so you can... More 

Thank MinnieCheng
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was fantastic to see all these monkeys just wandering around the place, hanging about and having a great time. There's a closed off shed where you can feed them peanuts through bars which is pretty fun too.

Thank Mike M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The park starts with a hike up a modest hill, I think the climb was about 160m, so wear good shoes. At the top are the monkeys. It was interesting to see them interact with each other (and the dumb kids that got top close), as well as climb around the trees. This isn't a very long attraction, probably be... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to go to after visiting the Bamboo forest. Its about a 20 minute walk up the hill. Don't worry there are plenty of places to stop for rests, but the ground is quite uneven. I was pleased to be wearing trainers but there were a few women who were doing it in high heals! The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Actually, the hike wasn't that bad. It's just because we went through a lot of walking around Tenryu-ji temple and Arashiyama park before we went up the trail. You can't feed the monkeys outside the small rest area or caged shed. It's a real close encounter with the monkeys. They sell a small bag of sliced apple or peanuts in... More 

Thank Teresa U
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This park was really fun. A short hike up to the top of the mountain gives you a nice view of Kyoto and time with lots of monkeys! Tip: bring bug spray.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great way to see the macaques of Japan. The hill is a little bit of a hike, but it's absolutely worth it - there are apes everywhere, and you can see them going about their (monkey!) business! Unlike South East Asian monkeys, there doesn't appear to be any risk of them stealing any of your possessions. They... 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.