Exploring Kyoto’s Mountain-top Monkey Park


Monkeying around in Kyoto ©FarrahK12

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High in the hills of Kyoto, Japan lies a little-known tourist draw–a monkey park.

Kyoto’s Arashiyama district is home to the Iwatayama Monkey Park. Getting there involves a bit of a hike up Mount Arashiyama, where a community of Japanese macaque monkeys awaits. The park has everything a semi-urban monkey would love: a koi pond, breathtaking views of Kyoto and lots of visitors with snacks (snack bags can be purchased at the park for Â¥100; admission is Â¥500).

Interested in meeting the monkeys up close? Read one visitor’s account of the park at Huffington Post.

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