Thursday, July 6, 2017

Travel: Arashiyama and the Iwatayama Monkey Park

After the Sagano Romantic Train, we catch the train back to Saga Arashiyama station and we make our way towards Togetsukyo Bridge and Iwatayama Monkey Park. It is still raining but it’s not too heavy, so we keep going as we are looking forward to seeing the macaque monkeys.


After walking for about 10 minutes we get to the main street of Arashiyama. It is so quaint and there are so many gorgeous shops that we stop and look in along the way.


We even find a store that’s dedicated to cats. As a cat lover, Kate is in shopping heaven. She buys a bag and some bandaids with cats on them.


After we come out of the cat store, the Togetsukyo Bridge is quite close and we continue towards it. The Katsura River is so pretty, but unfortunately, it is such a grey and dull day with the rain, that it doesn’t look as beautiful as it normally would.



Once we’re on the other side of the river, we follow the sign to Iwatayama Monkey Park. There’s a shrine just outside the entrance. I don’t think I could ever tire of looking at tori gates.


We pay the entrance fee and we start the climb up to the top of the Mt Arashiyama. It is not an easy walk and whenever there is a seat along the path, we stop and have a drink and catch our breath.


We finally get to the top after about 30 minutes and we are amazed at how many monkeys are just hanging about.




At this park, you’re able to hand feed the monkeys. You have to go inside the building to do this though and you feed them through the wired windows. You buy a bag of apple pieces or nuts for 100Y, which is a great price for a little bit of fun. It was amazing to watch the relationships between the monkeys and working out the hierarchy between them.



We hang around the monkeys for about half an hour before we decide to get going. But before we head back down the mountain, we catch a glimpse of these sweet monkeys cuddling up.


Today has been an awesome day. It has been so full of different sights and experiences. Here’s one last photo of the Katsura River that I took on our way back to the station. So pretty.


And then we make our way back to the Saga Arashiyama station and then to Kyoto so we can go back to our accommodation.


15 comments:

  1. I fell in love with this place! Seems amazing!

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    1. Arashiyama is stunning! It'd be hard not to fall in love with this place!

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  2. The autumn colors make the surroundings so much more prettier. I wonder whether the monkeys go into hiding as it gets really cold during winters.

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  3. My husband and I just visited Gibraltar and it was our first experience with wild monkeys. I'm surprised they let you hand feed them, an unforgettable trip I'm sure. It sounds like a place I need to add to my ever growing list!

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  4. That's so cool that you got to feed monkeys! I would love to get to do that!

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  5. It took me a few paras to figure out this was Kyoto. <3 the monkeys :) Enjoy!

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  6. Aww, this looks really cool! We've seen many monkeys in the wild and its been amazing but also sometimes scary as they can attack!! This place reminds me a little of Gibraltar! We went to the monkey temple in Bali recently, that was fun!

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  7. I am somewhat afraid of monkeys. Maybe this place will cure that!

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  8. This sounds like a perfect family day out. I'm with Kate, though....cat store? I'm in.

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  9. Now thats a fantastic place to take kids. I bet they really enjoyed feeding the monkeys.A boat ride down the river would haave been nice too.

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  10. So cool to see the monkeys up close like that! And I love the cat store :)

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  11. I love monkey forests like this, I can't remember the amount of times I went to the monkey forest in Ubud, Bali. I would love to visit here, the whole forest looks amazing with some great views. :D

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  12. It's really a sign - in the last couple of months I see so many great blog posts on Japan. Seriously need to consider it as my next destination.

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  13. i love places like this! the monkeys are just too cute!

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  14. That would be so cool to visit. I'm in Panama this month and did get to have some howler monkey fun at a few places.;)

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