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.
The entry fee is ¥500 (₹270/$4/€3.7)
Some information about the park
But first, I had to climb steps. Lot’s of it. Ugh. I hate steps!
You are climbing up Iwatayama ( yama is mountain in Japanese)
I was up the 109 metre high mark
Some facts about Japanese monkeys
It was cold, my legs were aching and to make it worse, it began to drizzle.
I was now as high as the Kyoto Tower
But I finally began to see the monkeys
After nearly 30 minutes…
…I was finally at the top.
Inside the cabin, it’s warm, they have wifi, sell hot drinks and snacks
You can buy apples and other fruits to feed the monkeys
(Taken on my Sony Xperia Z1 phone)
I like this concept. Humans inside, the animals outside.
When it stopped drizzling, I stepped out of the cabin
You have a nice viewpoint of Kyoto city from up here
Some notable landmarks (if you can read them)
Not many skyscrapers
Kyoto Tower in the distance
I swapped out lenses, mounted my 70-200 zoom lens and took some photos of the monkeys
I love watching monkeys do this 🙂
Here is a brief video I took:
It was time to leave (taken on my phone)
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.
On the way back, I spotted some sakura trees that had blossomed in a park by the river
A panorama of Togetsu-kyo Bridge
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.
Oh well. There would be many things I wouldn’t see now. Like how these trees turn red, orange and yellow in autumn.
Arashiyama is a really lovely getaway
Bus loads of tourists, mostly all Chinese
It was time to leave Arashiyama
Everytime I see these rickshaw pullers, the customers mostly seem to be women.
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live here
A fully bloomed sakura tree near the train station
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