See cute monkeys up close while enjoying a wonderful view at the park
The entrance to the Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama is located near the Arashiyama Togetsukyo Bridge, one of Arashiyama’s popular tourist destinations. A lookout featuring a complete view of Kyoto’s cityscape can be reached within a 20-minute walk from the entrance. Around 130 Japanese monkeys roam around this spot and you can get up close to the monkeys. You can also feed them from inside the Rest Hut. Both adult and baby monkeys can be seen at the park and they are all cute. All of the monkeys are wild, but they are used to humans, so as long as you follow the rules, you will be safe.
All the Cute Monkeys!
There are around 130 wild monkeys at the park, each with their own names and distinct faces. Check out the spectacle of the monkeys frequently frolicking and running about. Many of the monkeys gather in the square for their three daily feeding times*. *The three feeding times are at 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, and 2:30 PM. However, depending on different factors, such as how hungry the monkeys are, feeding times are subject to change.
The Great View from the lookout
The lookout is about a 20-minute walk from the park entrance. It is about 160m above sea level, and it provides a complete view of Kyoto’s cityscape. Enjoy the wonderful scenery with the monkeys.
Feed the Monkeys from Inside the Rest Hut
If you buy a bag of monkey food (100 yen per bag) inside the Rest Hut, you can feed the monkeys that are outside the hut. Please hold the food in the palm of your hand or place it on the shelf. If you do so, the monkeys will reach out and grab the food. The monkeys are so cute when they eat!
Take the Monkey Quiz
The Monkey Quiz is on the path to the look out. If you get tired walking on the path, why not stop for a break and take the Monkey Quiz?
Manner & Tips
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The walk up the path takes about 20 minutes, so attire suitable for walking is recommended. The monkeys frequently try to touch plastic bags and bags with cute designs.
Please put any items that the monkeys may take an interest in into a plain bag when you enter the park, or ask the park staff to keep them for you at the office at the entrance.
- Don’t stare into the monkeys’ eyes
- Don’t touch the monkeys
- Don’t feed the monkeys outside the hut
Please read the warning signs throughout the park during your visit.
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Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama / 嵐山モンキーパーク いわたやま
|Category||Other Things to See|
|Address||8 Arashiyama, Genrokuzan-cho, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, 616-0007|
|Directions||5-minute walk from Hankyu Kyoto Line Hankyu Arashiyama Station 5-minute walk from Keifuku Randen Tram Line Keifuku Arashiyama Station 15-minute walk from JR Line JR Saga Arashiyama Station|
|Open Hours||March 15 - November 20：9am - 5pm November 21 –March 14：9am – 4pm * times may change depending on daylight hours and weather.|
|Closed||Open everyday * Park may be closed due to heavy rain, snow or typhoons.|
|Notes||We recommend visiting the park in the morning when the monkeys are hungry. The park is very crowded during spring, fall, and Golden Week(at the end of April and the beginning of May). Please plan accordingly.|
Adults (16 and over)：￥550 Children (4 to 15)：￥250
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
There are warning and information signs written in English throughout the park
|Information||Japanese and English|
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese and basic English|