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Visiting the Amazing Monkey Park in Arashiyama Japan

Of all the countries I have visited Japan is now on the list of my favorites.  Although I only explored the amazing Kyoto area I would love to go back in see more of this lovely country.  The country is physically beautiful with so much interesting culture, but I found the people to be the most beautiful thing as they were so friendly and well mannered!

One of my favorite parts of visiting Kyoto was the Arashiyama area.  I'm a huge animal lover and the monkey park was one of my favorite parts of visiting Japan.  The monkeys were so much fun and being so well watched and taken care of by the staff.  I have visited monkeys in other areas of the world and you had to be careful because they were quite aggressive.  These monkeys we're very shy.  I had a hard time getting them to look at me when I wanted to take a photo of them.  They are very well fed so they are not looking for food from humans.  This attraction is rated number 13 out of more than 900 other attractions on Trip Adviser.

Although the monkeys in this park are not actively looking for food, you can purchase a small amount of fruits for a small amounts of money to feed the monkeys.  As you can see from the photos below I really enjoyed this activity!  They are so quick and we will take the fruit from you no matter how hard you try to hold onto it for a little bit longer!

The park is open from 9:00 to 5:00 most of the year.  During during the winter months between November and March the park closes at 4:00 PM.  The price for admission is approximately $5.00 USD for adults and $2.35 USD for children.


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DSC07145Here is a mother with her baby.  I was told by the staff to keep my distance as they are understandably protective:
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DSC07008This little monkey seem to be exploring time by itself.  I watched it walk away from its mother for a few seconds only to run back and jump into its arms:

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The monkey park is very close to a beautiful bamboo forest which I will write more about later:
DSC07145The monkeys were everywhere.  I could've stayed there for hours just watching them.  They were so entertaining and were all doing something cute and different.

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DSC07008Another nice feature of this park was the view of the city from an elevated location.

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I thought this monkey looked like it was meditating next to the pond:
  I think this monkey realized he needed a manicure:

Arashiyama-1437272_960_720It was rare to find a baby by itself but here is one eating a peanut:
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Thank you so much for stopping by my little corner of the world wide web.  I treasure all of your comments.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I haven't had time to update my blog but will try to due better now that I am home and most over the jet lag from flying more than twenty hours.  Have a great week everyone!

~Michelle

 

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