Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kyoto

Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama, Kyoto (must see)

Iwatayama Monkey Park is certainly a fun place for anyone who loves wildlife and animals. The park is famous for having a lot of free monkeys that can be found everywhere walking, jumping or eating. On the top of the hill, there is a small place where people can rest and admire the city panorama. The park is on Mt Arashiyama, on the same side of the Oi River as the train station. It is inhabited by a troop of over 170 Japanese macaque monkeys. The animals are wild but can be fed food purchased at the site.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful walk through the forest to get to a very close encounter with lots of monkeys.
The monkeys walk alongside you and are very fun to watch – especially the youngest ones.

Tip:
Go early in the day and/or when the weather is a bit cooler. The hike is about 20 minutes and definitely feels nicer when it's not so hot.
Pay attention to the guards in the area – they'll help you identify the monkeys friendly enough to take photos with.
Whatever you do, don't look at the monkeys in the eyes, as it may make them nervous and aggressive.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm (Apr-Oct); 9am-4:30 (Nov-Mar); entry ends 30 minutes earlier
Closed on days with heavy rain or snow
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama on Map

Sight Name: Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama
Sight Location: Kyoto, Japan (See walking tours in Kyoto)
Sight Type: Park/Outdoor
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