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Monkey Park Iwatayama

#12 of 1,074 things to do in Kyoto
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Western Kyoto
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Address: 8 Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0022, Kyoto Prefecture
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Loved this place. Seeing monkeys so close cruising around was great. The children loved it. Even saw a mum and baby. Worth the walk up the hill. Great view of Kyoto as well

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Corindi, Australia
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Corindi, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved this place. Seeing monkeys so close cruising around was great. The children loved it. Even saw a mum and baby. Worth the walk up the hill. Great view of Kyoto as well

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very safe and interesting place for kids! We had so much fun of feeding the monkeys. I would highly recommend you to buy the fruits instead of the nuts cause they like fresh fruits more then the nuts.

Thank Bellecmchin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was one of my favorite things to do during our trip to Kyoto! It was beautiful, fun and a good value. Basically imagine this: there's a bunch of monkeys roaming at the top of a scenic mountain with great city view, and you get to lounge on the park benches and hang out with them while viewing Kyoto from... More 

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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

As described by others. A bit of an uphill walk, 15-20mins. Then view of Kyoto with monkeys roaming about. Difficult to say if they'd stay if they weren't being fed but they probably wouldn't be there at all otherwise. Wasn't too busy in the afternoon when we went. More importantly had noodles at a market stall on the way down... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were honestly caught off guard. We did not know it was going to be a rather long climb from the entrance. Since it was the tail end of our vacation, the climb was tough we tired legs. Other than that, it was a good experience interacting with the monkeys. Don't buy peanuts to feed them, the monkeys clearly preferred... More 

1 Thank MaximusCruiser
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Surprised by how interactive the experience was. You are free to approach the monkeys outside and there aren't many barriers. You can pay a small amount for food to feed them as well. Worth the hike (be aware that it is a good 20-25 minute walk up a mountain - many tiring steps).

1 Thank Josh K
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I was a little skeptical about this one. I thought it would be super touristy with some monkeys in a cage so you could feed them. We paid our entrance fee and took a paved path up the mountain. There were benches along the way to rest if needed. I was pleasantly surprised at the top to find monkeys roaming... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The was our last stop in Arashiyama. We left our stroller at the bottom of the hill and climbed up. The climb is hard with many bends are uneven ground. But even my 5 year old managed it. My 1 year old had to be carried which probably made the walk quite uncomfortable for us. At the end of the... More 

Thank Sam A
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

There's 120 monkeys in this park and they are fun to watch. You can buy a small bag of apples or peanuts for 50 yen and feed them through wooden bars. (People are in the cage, not the monkeys;) The view from the top of this place is worth mentioning as you see all of Kyoto on a clear day.

Thank Harry B
Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I wish they would put a live webcam at the first rest stop on the hike up. The path starts steep to weed out anyone who won't be able to complete the walk up, and many people get to the first rest stop out of breath and saying they hope they're at least halfway there. When they see the map... More 

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