After traveling to Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, Saga Toriimoto & Sagano Bamboo forest we walked to Iwatayama Monkey Park.
It was a long walk up (especially in the heat & humidity). Lots of signs on the way up warning not to “stare at the monkeys eyes”. : Scary.
At the top was a small hut where you could feed the monkeys.
The monkeys living in Arashiyama Monkey Park is peculiar to Japan called the “Japanese monkey”. They are called “snow monkey” in English by living in the northernmost point in the world.
The wild Japanese Monkey generally lives in a group of 30 to 50 but about 140 monkeys are living in this area. All the monkeys have a name in Arashiyama Monkey Park so each monkeys can be known. It is important and valuable to Japan.
Japanese monkeys have the delivery period from April to July. Little and pretty babies are born in this season. Breeding season is from October to February. Their red faces and buttocs whici are the characteristic of the Japanese monkey turn more red.
The moneys become an adult in about 10 years. Their life is around 30 years.
You can watch the wild Japanese monkeys very close. This park’s monkeys are gentle and familiar to human. However they are wild monkeys. They hate being touched by us.
The 3 most important rules are: not to touch the monkeys, not to pick up the monkeys food on the ground, and not to stare at the monkeys.
Amazing view of Kyoto.
When I was taking photos I left my bag with Marius, and a monkey came over and stole a bottle from it. It ran away and sat here trying to open the bottle. I managed to get this photo before the guards got the bottle back.
Marius said he wasn’t sure what to do when the monkey came over as you aren’t meant to touch them. Later another monkey tried to crawl up his leg. xD
A short clip taken on Marius’ ipod:
Iwatayama Monkey Park – Baby Monkeys