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Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kyoto

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Get an up-close look at Japanese macaques at Monkey Park Iwatayama, a forested area providing a home to a large troop of native primates. You'll be able to observe the monkeys from the safety of a caged viewing area, but be sure to follow posted instructions to avoid potentially dangerous encounters within unfenced spots. In addition to the monkeys, you'll find that the park features a sweeping view over the nearby city. By using our Kyoto itinerary planning website, you can arrange your visit to Monkey Park Iwatayama and other attractions in Kyoto.
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  • Nice to see macaques in the semi-wild. When I was there, the monkeys were on their best behavior, largely ignoring tourists under the watchful eyes of 2 wardens. It was a hot and humid summer day... 
    Nice to see macaques in the semi-wild. When I was there, the monkeys were on their best behavior, largely ignoring tourists under the watchful eyes of 2 wardens. It was a hot and humid summer day...  more »
  • People are saying ‘gentle hike’, ‘20 minutes’ and that’s only true for people who actually hike. There was nothing gentle about it. It was extremely steep and long. It took about 40 minutes including....  more
    People are saying ‘gentle hike’, ‘20 minutes’ and that’s only true for people who actually hike. There was nothing gentle about it. It was extremely steep and long. It took about 40 minutes including....  more »
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  • There's a 15 to 20 minute incline trek up to the Monkey Park. When you get there you get a spanning view of the Arashiyama region and of course you get to see the cheeky monkeys running about. As with all monkeys, they look cute in pictures but are pretty intense in reality and sometimes aggressive too. Especially amongst themselves. There's an enlcosed area with some chicken wire fencing where you can have a safety barrier whilst offering them food. Respect their space, don't bring open food, and don't wear loose items like sunglasses hanging on your collar and you'll have a fun day.
  • This was a memorable experience. The hike was worth the view and the experience of getting to interact with the monkeys. There is a play ground for the Little’s to burn off extra energy if the home didn’t do that already. It has a slide and zip line. You can buy monkey food there and it’s not too expensive and they use the money to keep the place running. We visited in November and the weather was AWSOME!

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