With monkeys, great views, rich contacts between visitors and nature, Arashiyama
Monkey Park Iwatayama promises everyone a perfect day out.
Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama is especially very popular among foreign
visitors. The park is located on the left bank of Oi River that flows through
Arashiyama area. It is inhabited by a troop of about 130 wild monkeys.
The animal is native to Japan called the "Japanese macaque'' and is also known as the "Snow monkey''. It is the most northern-living
as well as the polar-living non-human primate. All monkeys seen in the
park are wild but fed by our staff. They stay around the feeding site on
the top during the day and go back into the mountain after the closing
time. The mother-child relationship and year of birth can be identified
through each one's name, so that the troop has been a precious object of study for primate researchers.
Snow monkeys in a heavy snowfall.
There is much to see and do at the park, which provides fun for all visitors. You can enjoy hiking upon the trail from the entrance to the top. In the spring,there are beautiful cherry blossoms and green leaves along the trail but you shouldn't miss the coloured leaves in the autumn, either. You might be able to find wild deer and about 100 kinds of birds among trees. We have also a playground for children. At the top there is a hut with wire fence covering the windows and from within visitors can feed monkeys. At the feeding site in front of the hut, you can have a great view of
Kyoto City and enjoy our "Feeding times''.
Monkeys at the feeding site and
a great view of Kyoto City.
Even though the monkeys are fed by people, they are wild and not tamed
at all. In order to conserve the wild nature of the monkeys and to avoid
troubles between the monkeys and visitors, Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama
requests agreement on the following rules from visitors.
Rule 1. Don't stare into the monkeys' eyes.:
They consider it as a sign of a threat and some of them become aggressive.
Rule 2. Don't touch the monkeys.
:Like other wild animals, the monkeys hate being touched and feel stress.
Rule 3. Don't feed them outside the hut surrounded by
a wire netting.
: This encourages them to misbehave to people.
Oppress-60-65-85 (M) is in a
menacing attitude, hiding upper
teeth and showing lower ones. This is a typical sign of a threat.