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“Monkey Park”

Takasakiyama Natural Zoo
Ranked #2 of 74 things to do in Oita
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 25, 2013

I was there in Winter 2012. The weather was so nice on that day. And Yep, there were a lot of moneys. They came down form Mt. for food. I loved watching them with theirkids. It was lovely.

1  Thank Jidee J
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

I traveled to Mt. Takasaki Monkey Land National Park with four men, my sister, and my new daughter-in-law. She is Japanese so was able to translate the speaker said. My son and Yoko go to the monkey park a few times a year so they know the routine well. Yes, there are hundreds of monkeys and yes, the babies are cute. They have their play area and love to climb and slide and groom each other. Of course, feeding time is the highlight of the park. According to Yoko, there are three different groups of monkeys and they come at their respective feeding time. To me, all monkeys look pretty much alike, but I'll take Yoko's word for it. The people that are familiar with the park spread their legs so that the monkeys can run between their legs when it is feeding time. It appears that men and kids can't get enough of the monkeys' antics!

1  Thank Doni J
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We really enjoyed the monkey mountain near Beppu. The Park has 100's of monkeys all around, doing a lot of grooming and squabbling. There is constant commentary from the staff there (in Japanese, which we didn't understand), but we still found it fascinating. The baby monkeys are very cute. The family groupings are sweet, and the attitude and behaviour of the alpha males is extraordinary. By far the most entertaining, and even amazing, thing we saw was the feeding time (at 11.00am). The zoo worker took the bucket to the food place which was the signal to every monkey for a hundred metres around to come running (out of trees, off roofs, from every nook and cranny) to the public viewing area. He started scattering the food and there was monkey chaos. After a few minutes of frenetic activity, the monkeys quickly dispersed to their original places and it was as if the monkey tsunami had never happened! We were astounded. If you can get there for feeding time, it's the best time to go.
Across the road, opposite the aquarium, is a large building with lovely views of the water. It has food shops, monkey souvenirs and places to rest, including a small children's play area on the top floor.
We got the bus from Beppu Station. The information desk there will give you details and a map. We caught the returning bus back. Be sure to get a timetable from the information centre as buses are infrequent. You can't use the bus pass for this bus. When we arrived at the mountain (cross the road via the pedestrian bridge and follow the big signs), we paid for a ticket including the mono rail to the top (600 yen altogether). The monorail is fine, but as it turned out, a bit unnecessary for us because the monkey viewing area is an easy 5 minute walk up the slope, (and an easier walk down!). There are lockers at the monorail station (100 yen, returned at the end).

2  Thank Fascinatingrhythm
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We read about the monkeys and aqarium near Beppu and decided to fit this in on the first afternoon we arrived. After getting the information about which bus to catch and a discount voucher which gave us 100 yen off the entrance fee of 500yen, from the tourist information office at the railway station, we arrived at the monkey park just in time for a show which included monkey exercise and feeding time. There were quite a lot of baby monkeys at this time and we were told that they had over 100 babies born in August. The guide explained that there were three monkey groups and each had a "number one" monkey. Group A's number one monkey was a grumpy fellow as we watched him walk along the ledge at the top of the park and promptly throw one of his grandchildren over the ledge, just because he was in his way. Fortunately the poor young thing caught hold of a tree branch and his mother then came to the rescue. The play area for the monkeys consisted of a slippery slide as well as other climbing areas and a rope swing. We watched the young ones climb up and slide down for such a long time......it was very enjoyable to see them having so much fun.
Feeding time consisted of one staff member with a cart full of chopped up sweet potato which he ran from one side of the area to the other releasing the food along the way and monkeys scrambling to get as much as they could with a large amount of noise and squabbling at the same time. This is when you need to stand still and just let them run between you as they fight for the food and steal from each other and you dont want to get in the middle of all this!!
It was very exciting...not frightening...but if you stand still they go past you, if you walk around you may walk into the middle to two monkeys fighting and may regret it.
The guide gave a long talk about the monkeys, identifying the number one monkeys of each groups A, B and C and also the number two and number three monkeys with their mates and offspring. He talked about a big fight as group A decided to "take over" group B and how group C came to the rescue and fought alongside group B. Groups B and C are now more tolerant of each other and get along better than before, they seem to have an alliance.
This was just such a lovely experience as these are wild monkeys and they are not caged at all.The only set back would be that the commentary is only in Japanese, but it is so informative to a non-japanese speaking person you are really missing out. Dont let that stop you from seeing it though it is still well worth the visit.

4  Thank Just-Julie-Cairns
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

We were looking for an exciting side trip, while in Fukuoka, Japan. We heard about the Monkey Park in Beppu and decided to visit the park and neighboring aquarium. Because we had 4 of us in our party, we qualified for the group rate of 4000 Yen, round trip from Tenjin Station in Fukuoka to Beppu, with one intervening bus change. The entire bus ride took about 2 1/2 hours each way, through the mountains - just gorgeous.

Next to the transfer bus station in Beppu was a taxi stand. They offered us a deal to the park for 1000 yen and a discounted ticket for all of our entries. Instead of the individual 500 yen entry fee, our cost was 400 yen. The transfer bus price would have cost the same as the taxi, except we were able to avoid the 5-10 walk to the park's entrance. So, we took their offer.

The park was extraordinary. There were little macaques all over the mountain. The tram, transporting visitors to the feeding area at the top of the park was not running, due to high winds that day. So, we walked up the steep mountain, watching all the macaques roaming around.

We watched tons of macaques come out of the woodwork during the feedings that took place every 30 minutes. We were advised to spread our legs during that time so the macaques could come and go without running into our legs. It was just amazing watching their playful interactions with each other and all their behaviors. On top of that, there were many baby macaques roaming the park and they were extremely cute.

This was an experience we will never forget. It was definitely worth the bus ride and the fare.

4  Thank Patrick S
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