May 20, 2014

Monkey Park Iwatayama (Kyoto, Japan)

High above the Arashiyama district of Kyoto lies a mountaintop which is home to a little band of monkeys - Japanese macaque monkeys, to be exact.

It was late morning, so I figured a leisurely hike would be fitting before we grabbed some lunch. We found the entrance to the Monkey Park and paid our admission. 

The entrance happened to be across from a shrine! 

And so we began our hike up to see the monkeys. Only, the easy 10 to 15 minute hike that had been sold to me turned out to be grossly underestimated. We, first, started up a set of stairs, which seemed easy enough. 

We came upon a list of warnings about the monkeys, but alas, we had not reached the monkeys!

In total, the hike took roughly 30 minutes. In addition to the stairs, we climbed up a steep set of switchbacks before reaching the top of the mountain. It was sunny and hot, but it was worth it. Not only were there monkeys galore, but we had a wonderful view of the city. 


These two cannot get enough cuddles. 

At the top, there is also a building within the monkey park, from where you can feed the monkeys. Humans are inside the cage and monkeys are outside. We did not stay in there long and did not feed the monkeys either. 

A beautiful cherry blossom tree also made the trek worthwhile. 

Animal lovers, like me, will find the Monkey Park a fun and unique thing to do while in Japan.

Monkey Park Iwatayama
8 Genrokuyamacho
Kyoto 616-0022

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