Monkey Park Iwatayama

Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kyoto: Hours, Address, Monkey Park Iwatayama Reviews: 4.5/5

Monkey Park Iwatayama
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
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.
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JHL
Seoul, South Korea7,764 contributions
Frightened by monkeys. Amazing experience on little mountain
Feb. 2020
This is a mountain park of wild monkeys.
There are signs you don't make eye contact with monkeys. If you do, some provokes you screaming. It was quite scary.
It's a bit of hiking and you meet several monkeys on the way. On top, there's a chamber you can feed evacuating inside.
There are many monkeys. It was really fun. I especially liked it because they almost let monkeys free. Quite different from monkey circus in some other places.
Written 12 January 2021
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Morag V
Ladner, Canada118 contributions
"Do not miss a trip to Arashiyama Monkey Park"
Nov. 2019
Our visit to the Monkey park was one of the highlights on our trip to Japan. Even though it was a very warm walk up to the top of the park, it was totally worth it! The first thing we did was to go to the "cooling" hut, which was a great way to get ready for our super fun time. Then we began our fun 3 1/2 hour visit at the park. The Monkey park is home to over 120 Japanese macaque monkeys. The monkeys are free to do all their natural behaivours, in the large out side setting. We enjoyed buying food to feed the monkeys from inside the hut. The monkeys would come up to the meshed windows where we would put the food through to them. We got so many wonderful photos of babies riding on their Mom's backs, and being groomed by them.
This is a must see in Kyoto!
Written 3 October 2020
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mmaarraaa
127 contributions
Quite a hike up
Feb. 2020 • Solo
I spent WAYYY more time hiking go the top than at the top which is where the monkeys are lol. It's quite steep in parts. I didn't know this before going lol. Neat experience nevertheless
Written 5 August 2020
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Maria J
Dublin, OH8 contributions
So much fun to visit
Jul. 2020
It was quite a climb to reach the top but so worth it. It was so much fun to stand among the macaques and watch them play and interact.
Written 29 July 2020
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Geobar01
Manchester, UK1,496 contributions
See Japanese Macaques without the crowds
May 2019
During our visit to Japan we had thought about going to see the famous ‘snow monkeys’ of Yudanaka but we were going when there would be no snow and a little research told us we’d be in the midst of large crowds of other visitors and that perhaps it had been a little over sold as an attraction. We still wanted to see monkeys (Japanese Macaques) though and wanted to see them in the most authentic and ethical setting we could. Since we would be staying for a short while in Kyoto that led us to the Arashiyama Monkey Park, something we could combine with a visit to the popular bamboo groves.

We liked the idea that the monkeys were free to roam in the surrounding countryside are not captive and we liked the idea that when being fed it’s the visitors who are confined to a feeding station with the monkeys free to come and go outside albeit that outside there is nothing but a low rope barrier limiting the area we visitors could walk in but not so the monkeys.

If you arrive by bus or at Arashiyama station head down to the river and cross the long Togetsukyo Bridge. The apparent end is in fact just an island two thirds of the way across so keep going and on reaching the end turn right and look for signs that will lead you to the park entrance in a short distance. You will need to walk up to it on your left to where we found a small ticket kiosk. The cost when we visited was 550 yen for adults with children over four admitted for half that. The park is normally open from 9am to 5pm between the middle of March and October, closing an hour earlier outside that, but be prepared for a long uphill walk of at least 20 minutes at a steady pace if you arrive late. Some of this was along broad paths, though sometimes a little rough and initially there were steps so it would be difficult with a buggy (we didn’t see a minimum age limit) and it wasn’t wheelchair accessible in any way as far as we could see.

Once at the top we found the feeding station where crackers and bananas can be purchased and passed to the monkeys outside through a grill. Bear in mind these are wild creatures and this is for your safety even though the recommendation to keep 3m between yourself and the macaques outside doesn’t take account of their desire to move around and there are plenty of park staff on hand though to prevent them getting too inquisitive or mischievous. We watched one repeatedly unplug a cable, forcing a ‘keeper’ to come back until eventually he duct taped it up and chased away the young monkey when it tried to undo it.

We really enjoyed watching the monkeys both closer too and on the hillside nearby, perhaps more so than the chance to feed them and it is a wonderful place for photography especially if you have a long lens. This is also a great viewpoint with panoramic views out across both City and countryside beyond.

In summary, this is a great place to see Japanese Macaques and if you can forego the novelty of watching them bathing you will find it easier to reach, close to other attractions that will make it a good day out (including the bamboo grove and nearby Kameyama Park and River Oi) and probably a good deal less busy. Don’t arrive too late and remember it’s a lengthy and sometimes steep walk uphill from the entrance. We really enjoyed it and hope I hope you will too.
Written 23 April 2020
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Caroline V
San Jose, CA20 contributions
So much fun!
Apr. 2019 • Couples
We really enjoyed exploring the area around the monkey park and the hike up was quite pretty (good exercise, too!). It was so neat to watch the monkeys interact with each other and to be able to see them up close. Feeding the monkeys was a really cool experience and the prices were reasonable.
Written 31 March 2020
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julie m
9 contributions
holiday to see daughter on foreign exchange from uni in uk
Feb. 2020
Went to the monkey park to see Japanese monkeys as didnt have time to go to sapporo to see snow monkeys. Just got train here and then hiked up to the top phew! however it was well worth it to see the monkeys and their babies, preening each other. bought food, nuts and fruit, and fed them from our cage, they were free we were the captives, Just watching them take the food was lovely there hands are very dexterous not sue this is the correct word but they could take the food from my hand amazing, Short walk from here to the bamboo forest and there are lovely eateries in the town and the snoopy chocolate place.
Written 28 March 2020
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JMars
3 contributions
You wont get closer to wild monkeys
Mar. 2020 • Solo
This is well worth a short hike for! Arishiyama is worth going to regardless but I would put this high up on the list. The monkeys roam free, there is one cage (it's a room with wired windows) and thats for us to stand in so we can feed them safely. Admittedly first impression is "is this it" when you get to the top as it's just one small area you get to be in BUT the entertainement brought by just watching the monkeys is well worth it!
Written 27 March 2020
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TmL
California8 contributions
Monkey park
Mar. 2020 • Family
Easy place to get to from train station. You get some exercise walking up to the top. Fun experience for the kids. The town is also nice to walk through in your way there
Written 14 March 2020
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H&L - Sydney
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Monkey Climb
Feb. 2020
Don't despair - this is well worth the hike to the top - choose a fine day for the most amazing view of Kyoto from the top - the view will amaze and delight
Written 9 March 2020
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