Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. hike. Iwatayama. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

If you want to see monkeys when you’re in Japan, a trip to the Arashiyama monkey park in Kyoto may be worth a visit!

This park is also known as the Iwatayama monkey park.

 

 

Arashiyama monkey park as part of a one day Kyoto itinerary

I went to the monkey park as a part of my one day in Arashiyama and Sagano:

 

If you’re going to be planning the monkey park as your last main activity of the day, be sure to check the closing time. Last entry might be 4:30pm.

 

 

Getting to the Arashiyama monkey park

Although Arashiyama is located a bit away from the main part of Kyoto, access to the area can be pretty convenient to get from Kyoto station to Arashiyama.

The entry to the monkey park is located near the main river of the area, the Hozugawa River.

It’ll depend on where you’ll be coming from to get to the monkey park, but you’ll likely end up crossing the famous Togetsukyo Bridge either on your way to the park, or after the park when you are ready to explore more of Arashiyama.

 

Arashiyama monkey park from Togetsukyo bridge, Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park from Togetsukyo bridge, Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park from Togetsukyo bridge, Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park entry. torii gate. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park entry. torii gate. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park entry. torii gate. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park entry. shrine. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

 

How much does it cost to go to the monkey park?

The ticket for entry to the Arashiyama monkey park will cost around 550 yen (US$5).

 

Arashiyama monkey park iwatayama ticket, Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

 

And then once you’ve paid for your entry ticket…

 

 

Here’s a bit of what you’ll see with a visit to the Arashiyama monkey park!

 

Start the hike up to the monkeys!

The area the monkeys are is located at the top of a hill, so it requires a little bit of work to get to the monkeys.

This is about a 20-30 minute walk, and you’re going up a hill the whole way.

If you visit on a hot day in summer, you might also encounter a misting fan on the trail too!

 

Arashiyama monkey park - Kyoto hike. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park - Kyoto hike. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park - Kyoto hike. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park - Kyoto hike with misting fan on hiking trail on hot summer day in August. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park - Kyoto hike. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park - Kyoto hike. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park - Kyoto hike. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Guidelines for monkey interaction

And as you’re hiking up to the top, you’ll come across a number of signs posted with “rules” to keep in mind when you’re around the monkeys.

 

  1. Don’t stare at the monkeys directly in the eyes
  2. Don’t touch the monkeys
  3. Don’t feed them your own food

 

Arashiyama monkey park map. rules for Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park map. rules for Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park map. rules for Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

Basically… one of the biggest ones is no food of your own at the monkey park!

Don’t tempt the monkeys!

 

 

Information about Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto

Arashiyama monkey park map. Facts and information about Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

And then you can also take the opportunity on your way up to the top to study up on your monkey knowledge. 😉

If you’re looking for an excuse to rest for a bit, you can take the monkey quiz!

 

Arashiyama monkey park map. Facts and information about Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Arashiyama monkey park trail map

Arashiyama monkey park map. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Trail summit!

Arashiyama monkey park hiking trail summit. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park hiking trail summit with tourists in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park hiking trail summit with Kyoto city views and mountains. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park hiking trail summit with Kyoto city views. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park hiking trail summit with Kyoto city views and mountains. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

 

 

And…

Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto!

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto at 160m altitude. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Feeding the monkeys?!

So by the time you reach the area with all the monkeys, you’ll know that you shouldn’t feed them your own food because of all the signs you’ll see.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t feed them at all!

There’s a spot where you can buy monkey food, and it’s that food (and in that location) that you CAN feed the monkeys.

And so, there’s a specific area in which you can feed the monkeys.

It’s not the monkeys that will be in a cage, it will be you!

 

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. Feeding monkey food. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. Feeding monkey food. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. Feeding monkey food. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. Feeding monkey food. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. Things to do in Kyoto with kids activities. Feeding monkey food. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. Feeding monkey food. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. Things to do in Kyoto with kids activities. Feeding monkey food. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. Feeding monkey food. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. Feeding monkey food. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Get a monkey park stamp!

You’ll find this inside the monkey feeding room.

 

Arashiyama monkey park stamp station. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

Arashiyama monkey park stamp. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano, Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

 

 

You can get monkey souvenirs too!

There’s a shop in the same spot that you’d buy the monkey food.

 

Arashiyama monkey park. Monkey souvenir shop in Kyoto. Backpacking Japan

 

 

Arashiyama monkey park with Japanese snow monkeys in Kyoto. One day in Arashiyama and Sagano. Backpacking Japan travel blog

 

HAPPY ARASHIYAMA MONKEY PARK VISIT!

 

Use this Kyoto tourist map to plan out your 5 days in Kyoto with the monkey park!

 

 



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