This park is located opposite the Umitamago Aquarium, so you can cover both on the same day, and using the combined ticket for both attractions, including 2-way bus fare to and from JR Beppu station where the bus departs. Tickets are on sale at the tourist centre inside the train station, next to the car rental. This is basically a natural reserve for the 1000 odd monkeys inhabiting in the mountains behind the park. Once you enter the park, take a slow walk up the slope and you will see monkey everywhere. They are harmless so long as you do not look them in the eye, and leave them alone. The staff will share with you in Japanese how the monkey park came about, the 3 clans living there, the power play, and help you to identify some of the stereotypes. Do stay for the feeding time (every hour?) where all the monkeys young and old will suddenly appear out of nowhere to scramble for the food. Visitors staying for the feeding time will be asked to form a row, and stand close to each other, with legs parted, to allow the monkeys to pass through. It is said that good luck will follow you, if the monkeys go pass you through your open legs, so the more monkeys pass through you, the luckier you will be! The helpful staff will also help you to take pictures with the monkeys, especially those of mothers carrying/nursing their babies. An interesting experience not to be missed.
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