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Monkey Park Iwatayama

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Address: 8 Genrokuyamacho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 616-0022, Kyoto Prefecture
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Great time viewing the snow monkeys

It was really nice and very cool to see the monkeys so close up you were within 1 foot of them the hike to get up the mountain was a treck took about 20 minutes and you better be... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was really nice and very cool to see the monkeys so close up you were within 1 foot of them the hike to get up the mountain was a treck took about 20 minutes and you better be in shape it wasn't easy but well worth as it was beautiful being able to see the monkeys and feed the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This monkey park was part of our day trip plan in Arashiyama. The entrance fee was ¥500 per person. We hiked up for approx 20 minutes and it was a really good but tiring workout. However, once you get to the top it was all worth it! The view was a very nice surprise and I would say it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited with our 6 and 8 year olds... it was a nice visit specially for them as they had done shrines and temples and gardens to their eyeballs! They got to feed the monkeys (bags of apples or peanuts for 100 yen) play in the playground and nice views of the city. Us adults enjoyed the shenanigans too! Come... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The walk takes around 20 minutes and is quite steep but it rewards you with cute monkeys walking around which is quite a thing to see. Not that many people when we were there in the morning.

Thank NightLord
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a bit reluctant about trekking up a hill to stare at monkeys in a park, but ended up having a delightful time. The hike may be strenuous for those who are not in okay shape, but there are benches for resting on your way. I found the interaction with the monkeys entertaining and photo worthy. The feeding was... More 

Thank Corey M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to check out the monkeys and be eerily reminded how human they can seem. Hot Tip : Wear comfy shoes as it's a walk about the hill (totally worth it).

Thank Katiekrackers
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was wondering why everyone was walking to this area in the forest. I followed and found out that it was a monkey park. Great place. The view from up top was great. You can feed the monkies behind a fence for about a 100 yen a bag. Nice place. I will visit again with friends.

Thank Bobby C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well first things first, wear comfortable shoes. It's about a 20 minute hike uphill to the monkeys and 15 hike back down. If you are a nature lover you won't mind the hike. Beautiful scenery that makes you love Kyoto even more. The monkeys are at the top of the hill, roaming around free. You can't pet them but if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have ever wanted to get up close and personal with some monkey's, this park is for you. The walk to the top takes about 20 minutes and isn't for the faint hearted, as it's all uphill. however, you are likely to encounter a few monkey's on the path on the way up. At the top you will find... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went fairly early in the morning so it wasn't busy. The walk to the top takes about 15 minutes and is fairly easy. Once you're there the view is amazing and there are monkeys everywhere, which you can feed from within the hut.

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