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Monkey Park Iwatayama
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Kyoto Rickshaw Tour
Ranked #13 of 1,247 things to do in Kyoto
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Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

Needed: ok health, jr pass (optional), camera, determination.

Duration: ~45-75 minutes travel from jr kyoto station, 60-180 minutes attraction (but you can do a couple of other things in that village which are also nice, so take 4-10 hours)

Take your JR pass, take the train to arashiyama. Tip: eat breakfast on the train as it takes a while to get there. Upon arrival you can walk from the station to the bridge where you get your first "photo op" the view is nice! Don't fall for the footcabs/taxi's, if you do need a taxi/footcab, skip this attraction because you will struggle to get up the mountain. Follow the monkey signs and get yourself a bottle of drinkables you'll need it. Next pay the admission fee (600¥ i believe) and hike the path up the mountain. We did it just after heavy rain in a (sub)tropical climate, prepare for some sticky and possibly dirty (yellow sand) clothing. Along the path are some signs explaining things in "ok english". When you reach the top of the trail you might find yourself already eye to eye with monkeys on your path, simply ignore them and be greeted by the staff, they will guide you inside to (much needed in our case) refreshment. This is where the fun begins. Buy some monkey food (100¥ per packet) and start feeding the monkeys. When you are done feeding the monkeys go outside and enjoy the view of the monkeys out in the open with the whole of Kyoto in the background. Walk the grounds a bit and if you can stay for it, watch the official feeding. The official feeding only takes about 5 minutes but it is nice to see so many monkeys gather for the event. The walk back down is better than going up as you can skip a bit of the climb. After the monkeys you can head to the other things to do in arashiyama like the bamboo path, scenic train or the world heritage garden/temple. I would put this on everyone's todo list for Kyoto.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

the hike up the mountain is wonderful!!! it is a bit long and steep though so be forewarned. there are tons of macaques and you can get up pretty close. They sell generous bags of monkey food for a very reasonable price and it's a hoot to feed them. They gently take the food from your palm, well, except for one crazy little guy who was a bit rambunctious! We even bought some adorable monkey face candy which my son will love. Another warning though, my friend was afraid so be prepared to walk among the animals, and they do fight with each other a little.

1  Thank Lorimendenhall
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fun excursion. It is a bit of a climb up to where the monkeys are, but I am not in the greatest physical condition and I was able to make it. It was a very hot day, so I took my time. It took about 1/2 hour to walk up the mountain.

Try to be their for feeding time, it is amazing how they will walk up right by you. I was able to get some great pictures.

1  Thank 762SueS
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I traveled with my teenage boy, so it was nice to give him a break from visiting mostly temples in Kyoto. We enjoyed the the exercise going up the hill to reach the area where the monkeys are. The view of Kyoto is great and the monkeys are cute and interesting.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Our family (2 adults, one 7 year old daughter) went to this attraction in mid-July (very hot). We walked up the mountain for 30 minutes (with our slower daughter) but was not bad due to the shade of all the trees. The view was nice, and the monkeys were even nicer, although aggressive in trying to get food (they fought each other!).

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