Japanese monkey sleeping Arashiyama

Japan: Kyoto – Monkey Park in Arashiyama

Date: 24th March, 2015

After walking through the Bamboo Forest soon after arriving at Arashiyama, I walked to the Monkey Park, to see the Japanese macaques.

Arashiyama Monkey Park entrance Kyoto
The entry fee is ¥500 (₹270/$4/€3.7)
Arashiyama Monkey Park info
Some information about the park
Monkey Park steps hill Kyoto
But first, I had to climb steps. Lot’s of it. Ugh. I hate steps!
Monkey Park map Arashiyama hill
You are climbing up Iwatayama (yama is mountain in Japanese)
Monkey Park Arashiyama hill Kyoto
I was up the 109 metre high mark
Japanese Monkey Park Arashiyama
Some facts about Japanese monkeys
Climbing Monkey Park hill Arashiyama Kyoto
It was cold, my legs were aching and to make it worse, it began to drizzle.
Monkey Park Iwatayama eight
I was now as high as the Kyoto Tower
Japanese Monkey tourists Kyoto
But I finally began to see the monkeys

Monkey Park top of hill Arashiyama
After nearly 30 minutes…
Monkey Arashiyama park Kyoto
…I was finally at the top.
Inside room Monkey Park Arashiyama
Inside the cabin, it’s warm, they have wifi, sell hot drinks and snacks
Feeding Japanese monkey Arashiyama park
You can buy apples and other fruits to feed the monkeys
Tourist feeding monkeys park Arashiyama
(Taken on my Sony Xperia Z1 phone)
Japanese monkey asking for food Kyoto
I like this concept. Humans inside, the animals outside.
Cabin atop Iwatayama Arashiyama Japan
When it stopped drizzling, I stepped out of the cabin
Benches top of hill Arashiyama
You have a nice viewpoint of Kyoto city from up here
Kyoto landmarks Arashiyama hill
Some notable landmarks (if you can read them)
Kyoto city from Mountain top
Not many skyscrapers
Kyoto tower from Iwatayama Japan
Kyoto Tower in the distance
Japanese monkey sleeping Arashiyama
I swapped out lenses, mounted my 70-200 zoom lens and took some photos of the monkeys

Japanese monkeys close up Kyoto

Japanese monkey scratching Arashiyama
I love watching monkeys do this 🙂

Monkeys Arashiyama Kyoto Japan

Here is a brief video I took:

Arashiyama hill view of Kyoto
It was time to leave (taken on my phone)
Iwatayama walking down Arashiyama
Going back down was easier. I went down another path.

The visit to the Monkey Park was nice, although I hated the climb up in such cold weather. I forced myself to do it because I wasn’t going to Hokkaido to see the famous monkeys relaxing in Yunokawa Hot Spring. The park claims to have other animals but I barely saw much else. The monkeys? They’re aplenty. When I was there, many were taking a nap, which was cute to witness.

Sakura tree park Arashiyama
On the way back, I spotted some sakura trees that had blossomed in a park by the river
Arashiyama bridge park panorama
A panorama of Togetsu-kyo Bridge
Arashiyama boats river Japan
I felt a bit sad I was in Arashiyama but could not do or see more. Boat ride down Oi River and most notably a ride on the Sagano Scenic Railway.
Arashiyama tree hill Kyoto river
Oh well. There would be many things I wouldn’t see now. Like how these trees turn red, orange and yellow in autumn.
Arashiyama town Kyoto Japan
Arashiyama is a really lovely getaway
Tourist buses Arashiyama Japan
Bus loads of tourists, mostly all Chinese
Arashiyama street Kyoto Japan
It was time to leave Arashiyama
Rickshaw puller Arashiyama Japan
Everytime I see these rickshaw pullers, the customers mostly seem to be women.
Arashiyama neighbourhood Kyoto prefecture
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live here
Sakura tree Arashiyama Japan
A fully bloomed sakura tree near the train station
Clock JR station Arashiyama Japan
It was nearing 1PM. I had to head back to Kyoto city.

Once back in Kyoto city, I would check out the impressive Kyoto Central station, check out of Shiori-an Guesthouse and hop on a shinkansen to go to Himeji. All that in the next post.

Next posts in this series:

Japan 2015: Kyoto Station, and arriving at Himeji by shinkansen

Japan 2015: Himeji Castle, and the unexpected air show

Japan 2015: Nadagiku Shuzo Sake Brewery, leaving Himeji for Tokyo — and my last bullet train ride

Japan 2015: Nakamise street, Senso-ji temple, and Ueno Park sakura at half-bloom

Japan 2015: Ueno Zoo – pandas, a lonely polar bear, and more

Japan 2015: Shibuya – the busiest crossing in the world, and home to a loyal dog

Japan 2015: Nishi-Shinjuku — views from Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building sky deck

Japan 2015: Shopping in Shinjuku, and Kabukicho

Japan 2015: Denboin garden, near Sensoji Temple

Japan 2015: Cherry blossom celebrations by Sumida River

Japan 2015: Boat ride to Odaiba; giant Gundam statue at DiverCity Mall

Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms at Tokyo Imperial Palace east garden

Japan 2015: Cherry blossom sightings at Shinjuku Gyoen

Japan 2015: Harajuku on a Sunday – Meiji shrine and Yoyogi Park

Japan 2015: Harajuku at night — Takeshita Street

Japan 2015 – Visiting Akihabara a second time, because why not?

Japan 2015: Cherry blossoms in full bloom at Ueno Park

Japan 2015: Rikugien garden’s weeping cherry blossom tree

Japan 2015: Getting to Hakone; Lake Ashi sightseeing cruise

Japan 2015: Hakone ropeway; onsen at Hotel Green Plaza

Japan 2015: Ōwakudani sulphur springs, views of Mt. Fuji — and last night in Tokyo

Japan 2015: Getting to Narita Airport — and flying an Airbus A380 for the first time

Previous posts in this series:

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Gion Corner Cultural Show

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu Dera temple

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Fushimi Inari-taisha, and climbing to the mountain top

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Nishiki market and Teramachi

Japan 2015: Kyoto – Nishi & Higashi Honganji, Shijo street, and Gion

Japan 2015: Riding a bullet train for the first time, Tokyo to Kyoto

Japan 2015: Walking around Akihabara and Ginza

Japan 2015: Going to Akihabara, and spending way too much time in Yodobashi Akiba

Japan 2015: Landing in Tokyo… and using a communal bath for the first time

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