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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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Be prepared for a humid walk worth the view

Steep uphill walk to get to the top. I imagine during autumn it's beautiful with the trees, but no cherry blossoms to be found when we visited in April. It is a reasonable walk... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Steep uphill walk to get to the top. I imagine during autumn it's beautiful with the trees, but no cherry blossoms to be found when we visited in April. It is a reasonable walk but lined with benches and rest stops. There are also information stands as you go up, teaching you about the macaques. The view at the top... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was awesome to be able to take a nice hike up to the Park. It took about 30 minutes and isn't relatively easy. The view is amazing when you get to the top and the monkeys are so funny. We got to purchase bananas in the hut and feed them through the net (you were in the cage!). They... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You're never sure if these sort of things will be worth it. The walk is quitre long and up hill so not for the faint hearted. The views are great and there arte plenty of monkey roaming around ready to come and take your fruit

Thank Sue M
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There's a unpaved trail that you have to hike up to get to where the monkeys are. All the monkeys are roaming freely at the top (160 meters above sea level) with a beautiful view of Kyoto. There are signs that suggest it is a 20 to 30 mins walk to the top and I think the walk time is... More 

Thank tonaaay
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a bit of a hike, so plan it won't just be a quick drive up a hill. Plan accordingly if you have made other plans for the day. It has a wonderful view. Make sure not to look at the monkeys straight in the eyes or take photos with flash. They get skittish. There are a lot of... More 

Thank ellisislandfrank
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was definitely worth the rather strenuous hike up the hill to see the monkeys again, in a different environment, as we had previously seen the 'snow monkeys' at Yudanaka.The cherry blossoms in bloom at this time of year certainly added to the beauty of the area. The many monkeys roam freely around the park area and there are endless... More 

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Hilo, Hawaii
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Carrying a 2 yo most of the way is not desirable. Path is not smooth pavement throughout but unsure why they prohibit strollers. Maybe they are afraid kids strapped in will be easy targets for monkeys, especially when strollers are packed with snacks. Note, park officials closed feeding the monkeys while we were there. Not sure how often they do... More 

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Burnie, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was an amazing experience It was really hard walking up the mountain and we were very thankful of the benches that were in spots on the way up. But WOW how cool is it that you reach the top and there are monkeys everywhere, Just walking around between you in their natural habitat. If you want to feed them... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband, 14-year-old daughter and I visited this monkey park on our recent trip to Kyoto in March and it was a unique and enjoyable experience. The park offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with a large group of Japanese macaques (also known as snow monkeys), who are roaming freely around the site. The monkeys -... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great experience, enjoyed seeing the monkeys so closely, without cages. It does require a 20 minute hike up a steep hill to get to the monkey area, but that's forgotten quickly once you see them. Dozens of them roaming around, and lots of staff to make sure visitors follow the rules & keep everyone safe, both monkey & human. You... More 

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