A short walk from the beautiful bamboo forests in Arashiyama, get up close and personal with over 170 Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys.
If you hate zoos and it makes you upset seeing animals in cages, then do not fret! These crazy cute monkeys are wild and free-roaming, and will run in and out of your feet chasing each other across the mountain top.
For a truly role-reversal experience, you can step into the 25×25 metre feeding building where the humans are the ones in cages and the monkeys are peering in at you! You can get even closer and for only ¥100 you can buy a bag of peanuts or apples, and have furry little hands reaching in for you to feed them!
A word of warning – try and follow the “don’t stare” and “don’t touch” warnings, which are there for your safety – these playful primates are wild after all. Also the hike up the mountain takes approximately 30 minutes and is quite an effort if you’re not used to hiking inclines so wear comfortable shoes.
Where to go:
61 Arashiyama Nakaoshitacho, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-0004. The entrance to the park is a 5 minute walk from Hankyu Arashiyama station, or 15 minutes from JR Saga-Arashiyama station, which is an easy train ride from Osaka.
What it costs and when to go:
Entry will only set you back ¥550 plus extra if you want to hand feed the monkeys. The park is open from 9am – 4:30pm, 7 days a week.
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