Iwatayama Monkey Park (Japanese: 嵐山モンキーパーク, Arashiyama Monkī Pāku) is a commercial park located in Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan. The park is on Mt Arashiyama, on the opposite side of the Ōi River as the train station. It is inhabited by a troop of over 120 Japanese macaque monkeys. The animals are wild but can be fed food purchased at the site.
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Really nice experience, where monkeys are treated well and the humans actually stay in the wire house to feed the monkeys. First time that I've saw humans in a cage and animals treated with respect and gratitude. Be careful not to scare them or come to close. Although they are used with humans, be polite. The way through the top it's a nice walk, but of you don't do exercise often, it may be a little overwhelming. The staff is nice and the view at the top where the monkeys are, is really breathtaking. You should definitely go for it!
It's a short hike up to the monkey park. Once you get up there, there are monkeys roaming free. I went on a beautiful sunny day and the view was great. If you wish to feed the monkeys, go inside the shop and purchase snacks, it's very cheap. The babies ride on their mothers back. It's cute
Steep walk to the top where the monkeys are but worth every second. The monkeys were great and the view was amazing. You can buy food for the monkeys and feed them through the wire (you're inside, they're outside). Highly recommend. Entry is approx 550¥ per adult
It's definitely worth the visit. It's about a 20-25min walk to the top where you can feed the monkeys. Purchase some food from inside the cage and watch the monkeys come over. They will sit there with their hands out waiting. The view over the city from up there is amazing. If you lucky enough there will be a monkey or 2 you can stand next to just to add to the picture.
One of my absolute favourite places in Japan. It is a monkey reserve, so the decisions are made with the best interests of the monkeys in mind---this means limited hours, minimizing contact between visitors and the monkeys, and lots of staff to make sure the monkeys are not stressed. It's about a 20 minute climb up the mountain (gets very steamy/humid so dress lightly!) and you get to see the monkeys in their natural habitat. If you wish to feed them, you pay a small fee (like 100 yen) to get a bag of food, and then YOU enter into a cage from where the monkeys can grab snacks from you. I don't visit zoos because I hate the idea of animals in cages, so it was nice to see the visitors have to go in one (for just feeding). Lots of fun, the monkeys are taken care of, and the surrounding area (Arashiyama) is also lovely to visit. Would recommend an entire day
This was an amazing experience. Only 550 ten entry, and you get to have an awesome monkey experience. You have to hike around 20 minutes, uphill, to get to the monkeys, but very much worth it....because cute monkeys. There are a number of rules you need to keep in mind, such as no touching the monkeys and no eye contact, and also no food, and this is for your safety as well as the monkeys. There were two babies when we went which were super cute. You can buy a bag of food (50 yen) to feed the monkeys while in the rest area which is a great experience. They will take the food gently out of your hand. Please come here rather than the zoos. A way better experience and the animals are a lot happier.
This place is amazing! It's a beautiful location high above the city area. It's a bit of an uphill walk to get to the monkey park but there are plenty of places to sit and take a short breather along the way. Totally worth the trek! The park is well-maintained and the staff are helpful and truly do a good job caring for the monkeys. The monkeys are curious and can be aggressive. Follow the directions on the ticket for guidelines on what not to do and you'll be fine. Great place for taking photos so if you have a camera with a nice zoom lens bring that with you. Highly recommended!
An excellent day trip from Kyoto. The surrounding parks are beautiful. The hike up the mountain requires some exertion but is doable by most attendees. If you are taking small children it is not really a stroller trip. It is easy to get to by train, bus or taxi. The monkey park has a children's playground with a great slide. The monkeys themselves are delightful but you need to abide by the rules. There is a small snack shack at the top of the hill. The view from the top is fantastic and there are paid telescopes for viewing.
a great place to visit and the way to the peak is not too steep with many benches along the way for old folks to rest and enjoy the scenic surrounding. the peak offers a great view around that areas and there is a building on the peak where you can purchase some peanuts to feed the monkeys. there is a fire stove to warm you if you need to be warmed. the building also sells some drinks and souvenirs. there are also washrooms in this building which makes spending more time here to admire the view of surrounding areas enjoyable. i will suggest that you come when you have plenty of time to spare and of course when the weather is clear and nice to enjoy this place to the fullness.
A long winding walk uphill through the trees, with lots of little stops to learn about the monkeys, then at the top an air conditioned room with refreshments and a bathroom. From here you continue up and can see the monkeys freely playing, grooming, walking around. There is a room you can feed them in, as well as an observatory with an amazing viewpoint of the city of Kyoto. A few trails up by the monkeys, then a long walk down. Not far from the Bamboo park and tourist area, worth the long walk up!!!
Such a cool experience! Don’t crouch down though. Somehow I overlooked the signs at the entrance, but I got some great pictures/videos. It’s a bit of a hike up to the top but it’s a beautiful view. Went during cherry blossom season so it made it even more gorgeous. Well worth the hike and the couple dollars it costs to make it up top.
Fun time with the family. Get ready for a bit of a hike, nothing too difficult, but still a decent incline with a few winding paths. It had been raining on and off during our visit in early June, so the paths were slick. The monkeys are at the top of this mountain. Monkeys are all loose, and get up close... if you're patient, and perhaps none threatening enough, a few might come right up to you. Although we witnessed one spontaneous monkey feud/fight (loud screechings and chasing around), they were mostly comfortable and at ease with us. One rather friendly monkey even posed for pictures for me close enough to sit on me... touching is not encouraged though. Feeding them can only be done through a metal mesh inside a small house were they sell little bags of fruit or peanuts, 50yen each. We bought several bags and delighted in the experience... especially feeding the little ones as they jostled there way around the bigger ones for the better feeding crowd. It was all a new experience for us, a memorable time with the family.
It was a nice weather with a lots of small monkeys and their moms. It was my second time to climb up Iwateyama (~20mins) to see them. In June however there were a lot more aggressive monkeys-mostly female ones. Sometimes they wouldn't let smaller ones to take the snacks. At the beginning of April it was really different, monkeys were much more calm. Apart from this, it was again a nice experience to be there. Small, cute ones were playing a bit further away from the place people can enter and also they were picking the bug from each other's fur. If you want to buy snacks for them I would recommend banana or apple, because most of the people would give them peanuts and after a time even if you give them peanuts, they will leave it in the window.
There is a bit of a climb (20 minutes according to the sign at the entrance). The trail is in decent shape. There are a number of benches along the way. One or two with fans. There is a rest area/room that is technically air conditioned, but it is virtually at the top and if it is really brutally hot (say mid July) you are probably better off continuing to the top, where there is a water sprayer/mister set up, as well as cold water for sale. The view is fantastic, and the monkeys are delightful.
The monkeys are super cute, I can only recommend going there. The monkeys roam freely in the area, there are no fences of whatsoever. They are just being fed by humans from one specific building, otherwise they are free to do whatever they want. The park contains a small artificial pond in where the younger monkeys play. It's awesome to watch them jump in or get pushed in by their companions.
Beautiful area and well worth the 20 minute hike up the mountain to the peak of monkey park. The views are outstanding. The monkeys roam freely and they leave you alone as long as you don't make eye contact or feed them outside of the feeding room. There are staff there to keep them in their place if they get aggressive so it's totally safe for kids 550yen to go up to see them. 100 Yen to buy some peanuts or sliced apples to feed them